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J. R. Smith
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Denver Nuggets  – No. 5
Shooting guard
Born September 9, 1985 (1985-09-09) (age 24)
Freehold, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBA
Salary $5,508,426
High school Lakewood High School
Saint Benedict's Preparatory School
Draft 18th overall, 2004
New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets (2004–2006)
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Earl Smith III, known as J. R. Smith (born September 9, 1985, in Freehold, New Jersey), is an American professional basketball player currently with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.[1]


High school

Before attending high school, Smith attended Millstone Middle School and graduated in 1999. Next he moved on to Steinert High School and McCorriston High School before transferring to Lakewood High School.[2] He played high school basketball for the first time at Lakewood High School. He would later transfer to Saint Benedict's Preparatory School and play basketball there as well. He averaged over 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during his career there. In the fall of 2003, Smith signed a letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


In April 2004, Smith decided to forgo college and make himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He was selected eighteenth overall in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets—one of nine players who were drafted that year straight out of high school. In his rookie season, he averaged 10.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

Smith participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in 2005, finishing behind Amar'e Stoudemire and the eventual winner, Josh Smith.

On July 13, 2006, the Hornets formally traded Smith and forward–center P.J. Brown to the Chicago Bulls for center Tyson Chandler.[3] On July 19, 2006, Smith was traded again, this time to the Denver Nuggets for guard Howard Eisley and two 2007 second-round draft picks.[1]

On December 16, 2006, Smith was involved in the Knicks–Nuggets brawl. He was suspended for 10 games.[4]

On February 20, 2007, Smith injured his left knee which required knee surgery. He missed 3–4 weeks.

On October 13, 2007, Smith was involved in an incident at a Denver nightclub. The Nuggets suspended him for the first three regular season games of the NBA 2007-2008 season for his role in the incident.

On July 25, 2008, Smith was added to the Team USA Basketball select team to help the senior team prepare for the Olympics.

On February 10, 2009, Smith was chosen to replace the injured Rudy Gay in the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest.[5]

On April 13, 2009, Smith scored a career-high 45 points on 13-of-22 shooting, as part of a 118-98 home win over the Sacramento Kings. He made a franchise-record 11 three-pointers during the game, which was one shy of tying the NBA record.[6]

For the 2009-10 season, Smith and teammate Chauncey Billups agreed to change jersey numbers. Smith changed to the No. 5 jersey, in order to accommodate Billups' request to wear No. 1, the same number Billups wore with the Detroit Pistons[7]. On December 23, Smith scored 41 points against the Atlanta Hawks which included 10 three-pointers, one shy of his record. Smith shot 10-of-17 from 3-point range.


NBA Playoffs

Smith's first trip to the playoffs during the 2006-2007 season with the Denver Nuggets was viewed by many as widely disappointing. Smith, a 39% 3-point shooter during the regular season, failed to connect on any three-point shots in the first four games and also was criticized for poor decision-making by coach George Karl. After game four, Karl informed reporters of his plan to bench Smith for all of game 5. Karl said, "He's done," and explained his frustrations over Smith's poor judgment to shoot a three late in the game, "I have no idea what planet that came from." Karl told the Associated Press that he had drawn up the play to give the ball to either Allen Iverson or Carmelo Anthony. Karl did not stop there and continued venting over Smith's poor play, "And then, of course the one with eight seconds to go, from 50 feet, I just love the dignity of the game being insulted right in front of me."[8]

Smith had a better showing in his second trip to the playoffs during a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 27.0 minutes, averaging 18.3 points per game on 53.5% shooting. He also had a 31.8% three-point shooting percentage. Although the Nuggets were swept in the first round, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant said in a postgame interview that, "J. R. is a good young player. He was a lot to handle."

On his third trip to the playoffs, Smith averaged 14.9 points per game on 45.4% shooting, providing scoring off the bench. He helped the Nuggets make the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers.

Career transactions

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2004–05 New Orleans 76 56 24.5 .394 .288 .689 2.0 1.9 .7 .1 10.3
2005–06 NO/Oklahoma City 55 25 18.0 .393 .371 .822 2.0 1.1 .7 .1 7.7
2006–07 Denver 63 24 23.3 .441 .390 .810 2.3 1.4 .8 .1 13.0
2007–08 Denver 74 0 19.2 .461 .403 .719 2.1 1.7 .8 .2 12.3
2008-09 Denver 81 18 27.7 .446 .397 .754 3.7 2.8 1.0 .2 15.2
Career 349 123 22.9 .431 .376 .751 2.4 1.9 .8 .1 11.9


2006–07 Denver 4 0 11.8 .273 .000 1.000 2.3 .5 1.0 .2 4.5
2007–08 Denver 4 0 27.0 .535 .318 .833 1.8 1.8 1.0 .0 18.3
2008–09 Denver 16 0 27.2 .454 .358 .543 3.3 2.8 1.1 .2 14.9
Career 24 0 24.5 .452 .321 .671 2.9 2.3 1.0 .2 13.8

Off the court

On February 2, 2007, Smith and teammate Carmelo Anthony were involved in a car accident. Neither player was injured in the collision. The only detail released by the team was that the car J. R. was driving belonged to Anthony.[11]

On June 9, 2007, Smith and two passengers were injured in a car accident on Stagecoach Road in Millstone Township, New Jersey, when the SUV he was driving collided with another car.[12] Smith and a passenger, Andre Bell, were ejected from the vehicle at around 5:30 p.m. Smith's vehicle appeared to have gone through a stop sign and collided with the other car.[12] Smith was taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital.[12] Bell suffered serious head wounds[12] before being pronounced dead on the night of June 11.[13] Smith, the second passenger, and the driver of the other car did not suffer life-threatening injuries.[12] Smith and Bell were not wearing seatbelts at the time.[13]

In October 2008, a grand jury in Monmouth County, New Jersey declined to indict Smith on a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from the accident. However, Smith is due in court in early January to face summonses stemming from the crash.[14]

On June 30, 2009, Smith pled guilty to the June 2007 accident. Smith was initially sentenced to 90 days in a Monmouth County (N.J.) jail, but 60 of those days were suspended, on the condition that he completes 500 hours of community service.

On July 31, 2009, the Denver Post reported that Smith was released from jail after serving only 24 days of his sentence.[15]

On August 5, 2009 Smith closed his twitter account (jr_smith1) because he was accused of writing in a way that reflected the Bloods gang, specifically replacing his c's with k's.[16]

On August 28, 2009, Smith was suspended 7 games for the 2009-2010 NBA season because of his guilty plea in the 2007 reckless driving incident. The NBA also cited his poor driving record as grounds for the suspension. [17]

Smith's driving record included five suspensions in eight months, but was "in good standing" at the time of the crash in New Jersey. He was required to pay restoration fees and fines. Smith totaled 27 points against his record from April 2005 to January 2006, including eight violations on seven different days. Five citations were for speeding.[18] Since the accident, he has received two more speeding tickets and three license suspensions in New Jersey.[19]

He also made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Bedrock" by Young Money.


  1. ^ a b NUGGETS: Nuggets Acquire J.R. Smith from Bulls
  2. ^ Smith shining as shooter
  3. ^ ESPN - Bulls acquire F-C Brown, G Smith from Hornets for C Chandler - NBA
  4. ^ ESPN - Suspensions total 47 games from Knicks-Nuggets fight - NBA
  5. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/smith_dunk_contest_021009.html
  6. ^ Smith knocks down franchise-high 11 3's as Nuggets lock up Northwest title. Associated Press. April 13, 2009. Accessed April 13, 2009.
  7. ^ http://nba.fanhouse.com/2009/09/25/j-r-smith-calls-time-in-jail-most-humbling-experience-of-his-li/
  8. ^ "Karl: Smith's decisions in playoffs led to benching". ESPN.com. May 1, 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2857204. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  9. ^ Hornets Acquire Tyson Chandler
  10. ^ Nuggets Acquire J.R. Smith from Bulls
  11. ^ Nuggets Anthony, Smith miss shootaround after out accidentrealgm.com, March 12, 2009
  12. ^ a b c d e Nuggets guard Smith hospitalized but OK after SUV crash, updated June 10, 2007
  13. ^ a b Passenger in Smith car dies; player doing OK, updated June 11, 2007
  14. ^ JR Smith Facing Traffic Charges From Fatal Crash NYTimes.com, January 6, 2009
  15. ^ Dempsey, Chris (July 31 2009). "Smith released from New Jersey jail". Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_12954703. 
  16. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/J-R-Smith-shuts-down-Twitter-account-amid-contr?urn=nba,180969
  17. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4429517
  18. ^ [1], updated June 13, 2007
  19. ^ JR Smith Facing Traffic Charges From Fatal Crash NYTimes.com, January 6, 2009

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