07:18 AM ET 10.16 | While an NBA title is on his mind, there's one title J.R. Smith has little interest in taking home. [Smith], the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year, says he has no problem coming off the bench again this season, but he'd prefer to start. "I've always wanted to start. Everybody knows that," Smith said. "I won the Sixth Man [Award] last year, so I felt as though there's nothing left to prove at the sixth-man spot. But at the same time, if that's what my team needs me to do, that's what I'll do. If Coach wants me to be a sixth man, I'll be a sixth man. If he wants me to start, I'll start. That's up to him." Smith will compete with third-year guard Iman Shumpert for the starting shooting guard spot in Mike Woodson's lineup. Shumpert, though, has an early edge because Smith is sidelined due to offseason knee surgery.