Death. Taxes. Inconsistent play from J.R. Smith.
For the past eight seasons, those were three things NBA fans could count on. But the third one might be changing this year.
It's still early, but Smith has played consistent basketball at both ends of the floor for the 4-0 Knicks. He is scoring 17.5 points per game off the bench, the second-highest total behind Carmelo Anthony (27.3 ppg). Smith is handing out 3.3 assists per game, the highest total outside of the three-headed point guard trio of Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni.
Futhermore, Smith has averaged five rebounds a night (highest for non-frontcourt Knicks) and 2.25 steals.