J.R. Smith is a professional basketball player hailing from the United States. He has a net worth of $35 million and an annual salary of $14 million. In this article, we will take a closer look at Smith’s life, career, and net worth.
Born Earl Joseph Smith III in Freehold Borough, New Jersey on September 9, 1985, Smith began playing basketball in high school. He graduated from St. Benedict’s Preparatory School and was originally planning to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, he chose to enter the 2004 NBA Draft, and the New Orleans Hornets drafted him directly out of high school.
Smith played moderately well during his two years with the Hornets, earning Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors three times during his first year with the team. He was traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2006, where he set a franchise record for the number of successful three-pointers (11) during a single game.
Smith spent one year with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Asia in 2011, reportedly signing a $3 million one-year deal to play with the team. However, he sued the Golden Bulls for failing to pay him $1 million in salary. The team claimed they withheld his salary for missing practices and faking an ankle injury.
After returning to the NBA, Smith played for the New York Knicks during the 2012 season. In 2013, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year. Smith then went on to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, where he helped lead the team to an NBA Championship in 2016. Ahead of the 2016 season, Smith signed a four-year $57 million contract with the Cavs.
J.R. Smith’s net worth of $35 million can be attributed to many years of hard work and dedication on the basketball court. His annual salary of $14 million makes him one of the highest-paid players in the league.
J.R. Smith’s career as a professional basketball player has been filled with many ups and downs. However, through it all, he has managed to maintain a net worth of $35 million and establish himself as one of the most talented players in the league. As his career continues, it will be interesting to see what other successes Smith will achieve in the coming years.