Not since Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie in the 2000-01 NBA season have we seen members of the same team win the regular season scoring title and the Sixth Man of the Year award respectively.
Just days after New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony won his first-ever scoring title, teammate J.R. Smith proved his worth by locking up the first Sixth Man of the Year award of his career.
Now, we all know how much J.R. loves his sneakers. So to pay tribute to his on-court style and skills, and the incredible regular season he had for the Knicks, we deemed it appropriate to take a look back at The Sneakers Worn for J.R. Smith’s 10 Highest Scoring Games.
No. 10 - Air Jordan XII "Playoff"
Opponent: Sacramento Kings
J.R. laced up in many different versions of the Air Jordan XII throughout the course of the regular season, but in a late-December game against Sacramento, the Knicks swingman dropped a then-season high 28 points in the "Playoff" colorway Michael Jordan debuted in the 1997 All Star-Game.
No. 9 - Air Jordan XII "Cool Grey"
Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers
As he ended 2012 with the Air Jordan XII "Playoff," J.R. kicked off 2013 with yet another edition of the iconic sneaker—this time in the "Cool Grey" colorway. Can you tell he likes the shoe? And why not, he dropped another 28 in them, this time on Portland.
No. 8 - Nike Hyperfuse Low
Opponent: Chicago Bulls
By now, we've established that J.R. can hoop in retro sneakers. He's just as good in newer models too. Earlier in April, Smith had his third 28-point game of the season, this time in the Nike Hyperfuse Low. Despite the effort, the Knicks came up short against the Bulls.
No. 7 - Nike Hyperdunk 2012
Opponent: Milwaukee Bucks
J.R. held it down for "Team Hypedunk" by putting up 30 points in the Nike Hyperdunk 2012 "Knicks" in a recent game against Milwaukee. On a night when members of the 1972-1973 Knicks celebrated the 40th anniversary of their NBA Championship, Smith showed why the Knicks have a shot (albeit an outside shot) at getting back to the title game.
No 6 - Nike KD IV
Opponent: Cleveland Cavaliers
You can tell J.R. likes his low-tops, as he went with the Nike KD IV instead of the newer mid-top edition of Kevin Durant's signature shoe. Smith did his best impression of Durant, as he put up 31 points against Cleveland in the shoes.
No. 5 - Nike Hyperdunk 2012
Opponent: Boston Celtics
On March 26, J.R. and the Knicks took a trip to Boston, where he dropped 32 points on the Celtics in a 100-85 win. Smith hit the court in a pair of blue Hyperdunk 2012 to compliment the Knicks uniforms.
No. 4 - Nike Hyperdunk 2012
Opponent: Portland Trail Blazers
A couple weeks prior to the Boston game, J.R. laced up the same pair of blue Nike Hyperdunk 2012, and had a nearly identical scoring output. Smith put up 33 points, as he led the Knicks to their sixth straight victory at the time.
No. 3 - Air Jordan IV "Cement"
Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
The Air Jordan IV "Cement" resurfaced in 2012 after a long hiatus, and it's no surprise J.R. Smith made sure to get his feet in a pair. In a March 27th game against Memphis, J.R. wore them and went off for 35 points..
No. 2 - Air Jordan IV "Cement"
Opponent: Oklahoma City Thunder
If you haven't figured it out by now, when J.R. walks onto the hardwood in a pair of Air Jordan IV "Cement," you better believe he came to play. The Knicks lost by one point to the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 7, but it wasn't because of Smith, who exploded for 36 points.
No. 1 - Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE
Opponent: Charlotte Bobcats
J.R. failed to put up a 40-point game in the regular season, but he came close against Charlotte earlier this year, dropping a season-high 37 in the predominantly white Nike Hyperdunk 2012 PE's. An impressive shoe, with an impressive stat line to match.
Gurvinder Singh Gandu is a New York City-based contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports and Sneaker Report. A California-raised, performance gear and footwear expert, Follow him here to keep up with all things performance.