Earl Joseph Smith III, better known as J.R. Smith, American former professional basketball player. Smith was drafted into the NBA straight out of high school by joining the New Orleans Hornets. As of 2021, J. R. Smith’s net worth is estimated at approximately $35 million.
Over the years, he has made significant contributions to the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Zhejiang Golden Bulls. During his career, Smith won two NBA championships with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
|Earl Joseph Smith III
|September 9, 1985
|Freehold Borough, New Jersey
|Former Professional Basketball Player
J.R. Smith grew up in a place called Clarksburg, New Jersey. He attended various high schools as a child, first attending Steinert High. He later attended McCorristin Catholic School but transferred to Lakewood School.
He had two successful seasons for them but transferred again, this time to St. Benedict’s Preparatory School. During his high school years, he played football, baseball and basketball. However, he then turned his full attention to basketball as he believed it was the best direction for his career.
Smith was going to attend college, but after being named one of the McDonald’s AllAmerican Game MVPs in 2004, he selected the 2004 NBA draft.
J. R. Smith net worth and career
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Smith was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets and immediately showed his worth by winning the Western Conference Rookie of the Month three times in his first season. However, his relationship with head coach at the time Byron Scott was deteriorating, so Scott was unfazed by Smith’s work ethic.
As a result, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls for another player named Tyson Chandler. But what would be very odd is that Smith was traded back to the Denver Nuggets within six days. However, Smith was unable to perform well in his first season with the Nuggets as he suffered a knee injury that forced him out of action.
However, his scoring improved in later years, and he even finished second in the NBA Sixth Player of the Year award. That same year, he also entered the NBA Slam Dunk Contest where he placed third.
Over the years, he played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls and then the New York Knicks. After playing well with the Knicks, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he won his first NBA championship. In 2020, he won another championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.
J.R. Smith married Jewel Harris in 2016. The couple have three children with Jewel. Smith also has another daughter from a previous relationship.
Although Smith had a very successful career, he struggled to be part of several controversies. He was arrested several times, including for driving without a license and assaulting another person.
J. R. Smith net worth
As of 2021, J. R. Smith has an estimated net worth of $35 million. Smith has had a very successful career, with the last contract he signed in 2016 worth a total of $57 million.
Now, he happily pursues other interests in life, such as returning to complete his education in 2021 by transferring to North Carolina A&T State University with a liberal arts degree and playing on the golf team. This was due to Smith skipping college and starting playing for the NBA right after graduating from high school.