Forecast: J.R. Smith for Sixth Man

Updated: April 15, 2013, 4:38 PM ET

Best spark plug of the year? How about New York's fiery shooting guard?

With the Knicks hobbled by injuries during the second half of the season, J.R. Smith made his presence felt off the pine. After the All-Star break, the nine-year veteran averaged 21.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists, and shot 45.5 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3. His production helped the Knicks reach 50 wins for the first time in 13 seasons and snag the No. 2 seed in the East.

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