J.R.: On way to be among top shooters ever

August, 26, 2014
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SmithNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesJ.R. Smith gave himself the thumbs-up via social media on Tuesday.
J.R. Smith has a message for his doubters.

On his Instagram account, the Knicks shooter wrote about perceptions he believes he has overcome and how he's "on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen!"

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"They said I wouldn't make it!" Smith writes. "I did! They said I wouldn't stay! This is my 11th yr! They said you can't shoot like that in the league! I'm on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen! Bottom line what yall say don't me sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone"

During his 10-year career, Smith has shot 42.5 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from 3. His career scoring average is 13.4 points per game.

No one doubts Smith's ability to shoot, but Knicks fans will certainly settle for a bounce-back season from Smith first. He averaged 14.5 points per game last season after a slow start following offseason surgery. The season before, he averaged 18.1 points per game.

What do you guys think? Is J.R. right about being on pace to be one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen?
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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