J.R. Smith: I'll be one of NBA's best shooters ever


When you think of the best shooters to ever grace the NBA Court, J.R. Smith doesn't exactly pop into your head. Streakiest, maybe. But greatest ever?

On Tuesday the Knicks' mercurial shooting guard took to Instagram to defy his critics and claim his place in NBA history. Smith posted a screenshot of the NBA's list for all-time 3-point field goals made, a list which he ranks No. 30 with 1,312 splashdowns. Clearly the 28-year-old has a chip on his shoulder, but with a career field goal percentage of .425, the New Jersey native might be looking through rose colored glasses.

Smith's Instagram post reads as follows:

"They said I wouldn't make it! 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 me sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone."


Clearly New York's 3-point specialist is fueled by criticism, but to proclaim himself to be one of the greatest shooters to play the game is going too far. Even for Smith.

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