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J.R. Smith: ‘I’m On Pace To Be One Of The Best Shooters’ Of All Time

J.R. Smith (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You never know what J.R. Smith is going to do — or type.

The shooting guard’s latest episode is harmless, although some might find it a tad over the top. The 28-year-old Knick took to Instagram to pat himself on the back and proclaim his greatness.

“They said I wouldn’t make it!” Smith wrote on the website. “I did! They said I wouldn’t stay! This is my 11th yr! They said you can’t shoot like that in the league! I’m on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen! Bottom line what yall say don’t (mean) sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone”

The New Jersey native, entering his fourth season with the Knicks, had a difficult season in 2o13-14. In addition to several off-the-court issues, the former first-round pick struggled on the floor with an expanded role.

After being named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2013, Smith started 37 games for New York last season. The veteran shot .415 percent from the field, averaging 14.5 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. He shot .394 from three-point range.

Smith — along with Iman Shumpert — have been the subjects of trade rumors this summer, though there haven’t been any indications that a potential deal is close.

Veterans Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler were traded to the Mavericks in June.

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