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J.R. Smith was born Earl Joseph Smith III on 9 September 1985, in Freehold Borough, New Jersey USA. He is best known for his role playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. Over his career, he has also played for teams such as the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets. Overseas, he has played for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls.
How rich is J.R Smith? What is his net worth, as of early 2016? According to credible sources, J.R. Smith is a wealthy individual with a net worth of more than $20 million. Reports indicate that the talented basketball player signed a contact, in which he was offered $6.5 million as salary.
J. R. Smith Net Worth $20 Million
J.R. Smith was born to Earl Smith and Ida Smith, and raised in Milestone Township, New Jersey. He was enrolled at Milestone Middle School, in 1999 Steinert High School, McCorrstin Catholic High School and then transferred to Lakewood High, where he began playing basketball, before finally joining Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School, where he polished his talent as a basketball player. During his time there, Smith averaged more than 27 points, which included five assist and six rebounds. In 2003 fall, he signed a deal to play at Chapel Hill of University of North Carolina.
Following an impressive performance with McDonald’s All-American Game in April 2004, Smith decided to declare himself for the NBA draft, foregoing college. He succeeded and was selected by New Orleans Hornets as 18th overall in the 2004 NBA draft’s first round. In his rookie season, he averaged 1.9 assist, 2.0 rebounds and 10.3 points per game, earning himself the name “Western Conference Rookie of the Month” three times in 2005. On 14 July 2006, Smith was traded for Tyson Chandler, a forward-center playing for Chicago Bulls, but on 20 July he was traded again, but this time for a guard called Howard Eisley who played for the Denver Nuggets. He was, however, suspended from the team for three season games starting on 13 October 2007, following an accident he was involved in at a nightclub in Denver. He returned in 2008, and finished the season with an average of 15.4 points, 2.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Of course his net worth continued to grow.
During the NBA lockout in 2011, Smith decided to sign with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, a Chinese team that helped him win the ‘Foreign Player of the Week Award.’ He returned to the US in 2012, signing with New York Knicks for a sizeable $2.4 million. On July 11 that same year, he was offered more money following his success with the team, getting a $2.8 million contract. In 2013 he was given the ‘NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award’ for his role in the season, after which he requested a salary increase to about $17.95 million, making his net worth increase considerably in a short time. However, on 15 July 205, Smith joined the Cleveland Cavaliers after being traded by the Nicks. He continues to play for the team, helping it win against major NBA teams such as the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves.
In his personal life, J.R. Smith has two daughters with Jewel Harris. Details about the couple’s marriage are not well known, but it was reported that Smith proposed to her in August 2015, and they married shortly after. On 30 June 2009, he pleaded guilty to an accident he was involved in June 2007, getting a 90 days sentence, which was later shortened to 30 days in jail and 500 hours of community service. Following this decision by the Monmouth County jury, he incurred a suspension for seven games on 28 August 2009.