Nov. 9, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) drives to the basket as Dallas Mavericks small forward Jae Crowder (9) gives chase during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 104-94. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

J.R. Smith Cutting Back on Partying

If you plan on hitting the New York City clubs anytime in the next few months, there will likely be one thing missing from your party experience- New York Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith.

Nov 16, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) as forward Zach Randolph (50) looks on at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated New York 105-95. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Smith admitted recently that the New York City nightlife got to him last season and he has made a point to cut back on it, as he recently told ESPN New York:

“I’m not going to lie. The New York City nightlife pretty much got to me. I was going out pretty much every other night and not focused on the task at hand.”

There has been a correlation between Smith’s newly renewed focus and his production on the floor.

Smith is off to the best start of his nine-year NBA career, averaging 16.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, which also includes shooting a remarkable 63.6 percent from behind the arc.

He wanted to be a starter coming into the season, but has not only accepted his sixth man role, he has thrived in it. In the process he has been more focused, more professional and a better teammate.

“He’s so locked in and focused this year,” Tyson Chandler said recently (via ESPN). “He’s a different player. He’s really matured and he’s really buying into what coach is preaching, and it’s been a big help.”

Smith has always been known as a very talented player, but he’s never quite met expectations.

However Mike Woodson seems to have gotten through to Smith and he’s taken things much more seriously. The results have been fantastic and the Knicks are a much better team because of it.

Give Smith credit for realizing the situation he is in and taking advantage of the opportunity.

The clubs will be there in the offseason.

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