ďIíve always wanted to start. Everybody knows that. Everybody knows how I feel about that,Ē Smith said after practice in Greenburgh. ďI won the Sixth Man last year, so I felt as though thereís nothing left to prove at the sixth-man spot.
ďBut at the same time, if thatís what my team needs me to do, thatís what Iíll do. If Coach (Mike Woodson) wants me to be a sixth man, Iíll be a sixth man. If he wants me to start, Iíll start. Thatís up to him.Ē
JR is missing the key thing about coming off the bench vs starting, more chances to shoot the rock. Once he is in rhythm he can then blend in with the starters for the rest of the game.
You are missing the key thing- you don't want him guarded as a primary ball handler/scorer/ creator all the time. If he got the same defensive treatment as shumpert and hardaway you'd get a more efficient player. He'd still get shots; they'd just be better shots
Jr plays starters minutes and usually is in at the end of games, and plays with the starters, so i really dont see the point of this.
It the extra 10-15 minutes that he isn't put in the 1st option role. If this team had a strong lead gaurd and jr could play the corner it would be ideal, but at the very least w Carmelo he isn't the only option out there