Knicks' J.R. Smith named 6th Man of the Year

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 23 2013 09:01 AM | Updated as of Apr 23 2013 05:01 PM

NEW YORK - New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was named Monday as the winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award as the top reserve in the 2012-13 NBA season.

Smith averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while coming off the bench for all 80 games he appeared in.

He garnered 72 of a possible 121 first-place votes and tallied 484 points to easily beat Los Angeles Clippers guard and 2009-10 top reserve Jamal Crawford in voting by a panel of 121 sports writers and broadcasters.

Smith, a nine-year pro, led all league reserves in scoring, 30-point games (seven) and 20-point efforts (29), while his point total ranked second to NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony among members of the Atlantic Division champion Knicks.

Smith added 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game, playing a key role in New York's run to the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Crawford earned 31 first-place votes and 352 points, with Golden State's Jarrett Jack finishing third in the voting.

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