J.R. Smith is the NBA Sixth Man of the Year, according to report

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

J.R. Smith will reportedly be named the Sixth Man of the Year after averaging a career-high 18.1 points for the Knicks this season.

New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith will be named the NBA's 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, according to Howard Beck of The New York Times.

Smith had the best year of his career in helping the Knicks to a 54-28 record and a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Smith led the league in scoring off the bench, posting a career-high 18.1 points per game as the second scoring option behind Carmelo Anthony. Smith also posted a career-high in rebounding, averaging 5.3 on the year.

Smith was especially good the last few months of the season, averaging 22.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and 35.9 percent from three over March and April. Smith shot 42.2 percent overall on the year and 35.6 percent from three-point land.

Smith had 15 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes in the Knicks' 85-78 Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday afternoon.

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