Saturday, October 5, 2013
Woody: J.R. needs better shot selection
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Woodson would like to see enigmatic sixth man J.R. Smith improve his shot selection this season.
"When you're a scorer in this league, you've got to learn when you can turn it on and turn it off and I think those are the adjustments that he's going to have to make," the New York Knicks' coach said Friday.
J.R. Smith, last season's Sixth Man Award winner.
Smith is known for having a quick trigger on offense. His numbers from last season show that he was at his best when attacking the rim.
During the Knicks' 13-game winning streak late in the regular season, Smith scored 23.2 points per game on 49 percent shooting. Smith doubled the percentage of shots he took in the restricted area during the streak (15.6 percent beforehand; 33 percent during).
Woodson didn't say so explicitly, but he'd probably like to see Smith take it the basket with more consistency this season. Last year, 35 percent of Smith's shots were mid-range jumpers. He made 42 percent of those attempts.
Smith also struggled in the postseason, making just 33 percent of his shots.
"I think J.R. did a great job in scoring the ball last year. It's really the first time he's been in that mode of when he came off the bench. We catered to his needs and I thought he responded," Woodson said.
Smith is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. Once he's deemed healthy, he will serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.