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J. R. Smith is known as an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. He is most famous for winning a title with Cleveland Cavs led by Lebron James.
Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III was born on September 9, 1985 in Freehold, New Jersey. He went to Millstone Middle School and various High Schools, including Steinert High School, McCorristin Catholic High School, Lakewood High School, and after that Saint Benedict's Preparatory School where he graduated from. It was at Lakewood that Smith's affection for the game ended up clear as he started playing high school basketball there. When he later moved to St. benedicts prep, his game improved and his performances got the consideration of numerous schools, most specifically Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels. In 2003, he signed a letter of purpose to play in the program yet later altered his plans and announced himself qualified for the 2004 Draft following a MVP performance at the McDonald's All-American Game where he scored 25. He was among nine players who went straight into the league from high school that year.
In his first season in the NBA, Smith was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for three successive months, January, February and March 2005. He participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition that year and came third, completing behind Amare Stoudemire and Josh Smith.
On January 5, 2015, Smith and his teammate, Iman Shumpert were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he discovered some steadiness next to Lebron James. At Cleveland, he set the playoff record of three-pointers with eight three-pointers against the Atlanta Hawks. The group lost the 2015 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors but they would get revenge the next year. The Cavaliers turned into the first team at any point to return from a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
In June 2019, there were rumblings that Lebron James wanted to bring Smith to his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
JR Smith originates from a huge family. He has three siblings and two sisters. One of his more youthful siblings, Chris, played at Manhattan and Louisville before briefly played alongside him on the Knicks in the 2013–14 season. His other sibling, Dimitrius plays football and attended Monmouth University.
In 2016, Smith married Jewel Harris. The couple has three little girls whose names are Dakota, Demi, and Peyton. Smith is known for his outside affairs but there seems to be an understanding between him and his wife that have kept their marriage together.
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