J.R. Smith is doing more than just scoring for the New York Knicks. Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

How long will the fans' love affair with J.R. Smith last?

J.R. Smith has been one of the most valuable players on the New York Knicks this season. He is an early candidate for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. Knicks fans adore Smith right now, but how long will this love affair last?

The Knicks really need Smith’s scoring off the bench. He is currently second on the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. When Carmelo Anthony is out, the Knicks rely on Smith for points. Since Smith comes off the bench, he often has favorable match-ups. So I fully expect him to continue his scoring ways.

But Smith is doing more than just scoring. He is rebounding, defending and setting up his teammates. Smith is doing it all for the Knicks right now. This is ultimately what will endear him to Knicks fans long-term. Knicks fans want overall effort, not just scoring.

The bottom line is that the Knicks are winning. As long as Smith continues to contribute the way he has been, Knicks fans are going to love him. And the Knicks will keep winning with Smith in the lineup. It is an endless cycle that Smith controls. How long will the love affair last? As long as Smith wants it to.

Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.

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