Before dropping their first game in about two weeks, the Knicks inked free agent shooting guard and Newark native, J.R. Smith. Smith, who had been playing in China, averaged 12.4 points per game last season with the Denver Nuggets. Smith was apparently recruited by former team mate, Carmelo Anthony. In Smith, the Knicks get a player who can come off the bench, score, and shoot well from three-point range. Smith made 39 percent of his threes last season. Smith is also a very tough defender and should adapt well to the Knicks’ pick-and-roll scheme under Jeremy Lin.

While Smith has been a decent player on the court, he has had his issues off the hardwood. In 2009, Smith spent three weeks in jail for reckless driving. Smith has had his share of nightclub incidents as well, which have resulted in suspensions. Clearly, J.R. Smith isn’t the model professional athlete, but he has toughness and ruggedness that the Knicks need.

A bench scorer that can shoots three and play tight defense? Sounds like something the doctor ordered. 

Welcome to NYC, J.R.