Free agent shooting guard JR Smith claims he is better than 85 percent of the players in the NBA right now.

In a Q&A session on his Instagram stories, Smith was asked what motivates him to keep going, perhaps referring to his pursuit of making an NBA comeback. Interestingly, the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard responded by saying that he is better than a majority of players in the league today.

Smith hasn’t played in an NBA game since November 19, 2018. He was with the Cavs last season, but he ended up getting exiled from the team before eventually being waived last July.

Smith averaged 6.7 points in 11 games with the Cavs last season. His last full season came in 2017-18, during which he played in 80 games and averaged 8.3 points for Cleveland. That was the year Smith made his mistake in the 2018 Finals in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets have been linked to Smith in the past, but it doesn’t appear he is going to play this season.

Now 34, JR Smith has career NBA averages of 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 971 games.

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