J.R. Smith puts six fingers in the air, because he knows what's up. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Knicks piqued our interest with a vague Monday morning tweet:
Just 10 minutes later, we found out the contents of said announcement:
That's right, sports fans. J.R. Smith — the New York Knicks' butt-photo-tweeting, midnight-bike-riding, Power-Rangers-loving, Sean-Paul-video-stealing, slow-jam-inspiring, title-tattoo-promising shooting guard — will be named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year on Monday afternoon. That's just delightful, isn't it?
The voting falls in line with our 2013 NBA award predictions, in which all three of us here at BDL (along with Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Marc J. Spears) tapped Smith as the league's best backup. Smith received 72 of 121 first-place votes, receiving 484 total points to take first place ahead of a slew of other very worthy candidates for the honor of the NBA's top reserve. Fellow shot-happy guard Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers (the choice of Y! Sports editor Al Toby) finished second, receiving 31 first-place votes and 352 points.
Veteran Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack finished third, receiving 14 first-place votes, followed by sweet-scoring guard Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder (two first-place votes), sharpshooting New Orleans Hornets forward Ryan Anderson (one first-place vote), Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (zero first-place votes) ... and, amusingly enough, Jordan Crawford, who was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Boston Celtics during the season and received one first-place vote (which, one would suspect, probably intended to go to Jamal).
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