J.R. Smith is an American NBA player turned professional in 2004 as the draft of New Orleans Pelicans (then Hornets) & has played other NBA teams: Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks & Cleveland Cavaliers.
Currently, a free agent after waiver from the Cavaliers, Smith played the 2011- 2012 season with Chinese team Zhejiang Golden Bulls.
The 2016 NBA Champion with Cavaliers, J.R. Smith played a total of 16 NBA seasons so far & made career earnings of $87.091 million.
What Is J.R. Smith’s Net Worth In 2020?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 34-year-old Smith owns the net worth of $20 million as of May 2020. The 18th overall pick of New Orleans Hornets in the 2004 NBA draft made such a hefty sum through career contracts in NBA, salary & endorsements.
From 2004 to July 15, 2019, until the waiver by Cleveland Cavaliers that resulted in free agency, J.R. played in 16 seasons & totaled in $87,091,718 in career earnings.
As for a fact, through base salary only, the shooting guard/small forward made $86.558 million.
Throughout his playing career in NBA, Smith made his career-high salary of $14.72 million in 2018- 2019 season.
Moreover, the now-free agent NBA player made considerable sum through endorsement deals too. Reportedly, in 2013, he signed a promotional deal with rapper 50 Cent‘s drink Street King.
Throughout his career, J.R. Smith NBA stats average stood at:
- Points per game- 12.5
- Rebounds per game- 3.2
- Assists per game- 2.1
- Total game- 971
Career Contracts & Salary Earned
J.R. Smith the co-MVP of the 2004 McDonald’s All-American Game, went for the 2004 NBA draft & became the 18th overall pick of New Orleans Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans).
On July 6, 2004, he earned his first-ever contract; Smith signed a 3-year deal worth $3.89 million.
After 2 seasons with Pelicans, J.R. Smith was traded to Chicago Bulls on July 14, 2006, & was soon transferred to Denver Nuggets, on July 20. There, he played from 2006 to 2011.
The 6 ft. 6 inches tall NBA player then saw his playing days in New York Knicks (2012- 2015) and in Cleveland Cavaliers (2015- 2019), until he turned free agent.
In 2016, J.R. Smith won the 2016 NBA Championship with Cavaliers, against the Golden State Warriors. Smith recorded a franchise playoff-record 65 3-pointers & scored in double figures in each of the last five games in the NBA Finals.
The then-Cavaliers LeBron James became the MVP.
Did you know? During the 2011- 2012 NBA season (in NBA lockout), Smith signed with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls with an estimated $3 million deal.
Contracts Signed In NBA
|New Orleans Pelicans (then Hornets) (2004- 2006)||3-year deal on July 6, 2004||$3.89 million|
|Traded to Denver Nuggets on July 20, 2006|
|Denver Nuggets (2006- 2011)||Option bonus for 2007- 2008 (on October 28, 2006)||$2.13 million|
|3-year contract (on August 21, 2008)||$16.5 million|
|Played for Chinese league’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2011- 2012)|
New York Knicks (2012- 2015)
|1-year contract (February 17, 2012)||$2.5 million|
|On June 26, 2012, he declined $2.4 million option|
|2-year deal (on July 11, 2012)||$5.74 million|
|On June 25, 2013, he declined 2.93 million option|
|3-year contract (on July 11, 2013)||$17.95 million|
|Traded to Cleveland Cavaliers on February 11, 2015|
|Cleveland Cavaliers (2015- 2019)||4-year contract (on October 16, 2016) after declining options of $6.4 million (in 2015) & $5.38 million (in 2016)||$57 million|
|Waived from Cavaliers on July 15, 2019, & became a free agent|
List Of Salary Earned Per Year:
|2004-2005||New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans)||$1.206 million|
|2007- 2008||$2.134 million|
|2008- 2009||$4.985 million|
|2009- 2010||$5.508 million|
|2010- 2011||$6.031 million|
|2011- 2012||Golden Bulls (of Chinese League)||$3 million|
|2012- 2013||New York Knicks||$2.8 million|
|2013- 2014||$5.565 million|
|2014- 2015||$5.982 million|
|2016- 2017||$12.8 million|
|2017- 2018||$13.76 million|
|2018- 2019||$14.72 million|
|2019- 2020||$1.456 million|
Where Does J.R. Smith Live & His Car Collection?
Currently, the Freehold Borough, New Jersey-born NBA player lives in Clarksburg, New Jersey, which he bought in 2005 for $1.235 million.
An avid fan of luxurious rides, J.R. Smith owns a collection of cars which include Ferrari 458, Bentley Mulsanne, Mercedes-Benz S550, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Mercedes-Benz G550, and Gurkha F5 armored truck.
Car Accident Controversy
Back on February 2, 2007, along with his then Nuggets’ teammate Carmelo Anthony, the American NBA player got in a car accident but did sustain major injuries.
After a few months, while driving an SUV, Smith along with the other 2 passengers collided with another car in Milestone Township, New Jersey, on June 9, 2007. Reportedly, one of Smith’s passengers Andre Bell died on the night of the accident.
After pleading guilty to the accident, he faced 30 days in Monmouth County (N.J.) jail & suspended 60 days on a condition of 500 hours of community service.
Did you know? After sharing the picture of his then-girlfriend model Tahiry Jose’s posterior on his Twitter, Smith received a fine of $25,000 by the NBA in March 2012.
Father Of 2: Who Is His Wife?
The NBA player (now a free agent) enjoys a blissful marital relationship with his wife Jewel Harris. The couple married on August 8, 2016, in New Jersey & is together ever since.
Furthermore, they are parents to 3 children, all daughters: Demi, Payton, and Dakota; the latter one was born in 2017 at just only 21 weeks.
In late 2019, the news of J.R. Smith & Jewel’s separation made highlights following publicly disclosed affair of Smith with The Flash actress Candice Patton.
However, later in October 2019, Smith and Harris reconciled.
Family Background & Education
J.R. Smith was born on September 9, 1985, in Freehold Borough, New Jersey, the USA. His birth name is Earl Joseph Smith III.
In an interview with NBPA, Smith revealed that until the age of 17, he assists his father Earl Smith, Jr., a mason contractor. His mother’s name is Ida Smith.
The NBA player has 3 brothers & 2 sisters; his younger brother Chris played alongside him in the Knicks (2013- 2014). His other younger brother Dimitrius played football at Monmouth University.
Smith attended high school for 5 years; after his freshmen year at Steinert High School (1999- 2000), he transferred to McCorristin Catholic High.
Thereafter, the NBA player went to Lakewood High School & repeated his freshman year. In 2002, J.R. Smith transferred to Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School & went for the NBA draft 2 years later.