Adrian Smith (basketball)
October 5, 1936 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Farmington (Farmington, Kentucky)|
|College||Northeast Mississippi JC (1954–1956)
|NBA draft||1958 / Round: 15 / Pick: 85th overall|
|Selected by the Cincinnati Royals|
|Pro playing career||1961–1972|
|1969–1971||San Francisco Warriors|
|1971–1972||Virginia Squires (ABA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA and ABA statistics|
|Points||8,750 (11.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,626 (2.1 rpg)|
|Assists||1,739 (2.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Adrian Howard (Odie) Smith (born October 5, 1936) is a retired American basketball player. He played college basketball at Northeast Mississippi Junior College (now known as Northeast Mississippi Community College) and the University of Kentucky He went on to play professionally in the NBA and the ABA. He was also a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball squad.
1960 Olympic Team
Smith was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in the fifteenth round of the 1958 NBA Draft. Smith began his professional career in the 1961–62 NBA season. In the 1969-70 season, Smith was traded by the Royals to the San Francisco Warriors. Smith's NBA career ended following the 1970-71 season, after which he played one season in the American Basketball Association with the Virginia Squires.
Smith's career highlights include his surprising winning of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game MVP in which he scored 24 points in 26 minutes of play (assisted, literally, by his regular-season teammate Oscar Robertson), and his league- leading free throw percentage of 90.3% in the 1966-67 season.
Smith was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 13, 2010. Along with the Naismith Hall of Fame, Smith is a member of the Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
Life after basketball
After eleven seasons of playing professional basketball Smith entered the banking industry, where he worked as a Commercial Relationship Manager for Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank as of August 2010.
- Pluto, Terry (1992). Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-74279-5.
- http://www.nemccathletics.com/athletics/sportshalloffame Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
- http://mccfms.org/sports_hall_of_fame The Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
- NBA stats @ databasebasketball.com
- One-on-One with Adrian Smith
- The Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
- Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
- 1960 United States Olympic Team page at The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame