J. R. Smith

Basketball Player
Born Sep 9, 1985

Earl Smith III, known as J. R. Smith, is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks.

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1985 Birth Born on September 9, 1985.


1999 13 Years Old Smith grew up in the Clarksburg section of Millstone Township, New Jersey, where he attended Millstone Middle School and graduated in 1999. … Read More
2003 17 Years Old In the fall of 2003, Smith signed a letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2004 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2004, following a 25-point performance at the McDonald's All-American Game (in which he was named game co-MVP with Dwight Howard), Smith decided to forgo college and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.
2005 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Smith participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in 2005, finishing behind Amar'e Stoudemire and the eventual winner, Josh Smith. … Read More


On July 14, 2006, the Hornets traded Smith and forward–center P. J. Brown to the Chicago Bulls for center Tyson Chandler. … Read More
2007 - 2008 3 More Events
On February 10, 2009, Smith was chosen to replace the injured Rudy Gay in the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest.
2011 25 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Smith signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
On February 1, 2012, Smith scored a CBA career-high 60 points and 14 three-pointers in 18 attempts off the bench, during a 122–110 victory over the Qingdao Eagles. … Read More
On March 7, 2013, Smith scored 36 points in a losing effort, 95-94, to the Oklahoma City Thunder. … Read More
2014 28 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 8, 2014, Smith was fined $50,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after repeated instances in which he attempted to untie the shoelaces of his opponents.
On January 5, 2015, Smith was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade that also involved the Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


…  Smith won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.
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