Jason Smith (basketball, born 1986)

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Jason Smith
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Smith with the Philadelphia 76ers in March 2010
No. 14 – New York Knicks
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-03-02) March 2, 1986 (age 29)
Greeley, Colorado
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Platte Valley (Kersey, Colorado)
College Colorado State (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
20072010 Philadelphia 76ers
20102014 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
2014–present New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2006, 2007)

Jason Victor Smith (born March 2, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Colorado State University before being selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Platte Valley High School in Kersey, Colorado where he was regarded as the state's premier prep player during his senior season in 2003–04. He was a two-time state player of the year, was named to the All-Colorado team as a junior and senior, was a three-year letterwinner and starter for the Broncos, was named to all-conference and all-state teams three times, and was selected as most outstanding player in state Class 3A tournament as a senior.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Colorado State in 2004–05, Smith was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year and earned all-MWC honorable mention honors. In 26 games (11 starts), he averaged 10.5 points on 55.4 percent shooting (103-of-186) with 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocked shots in 24.4 minutes per game.[1]

As a sophomore in 2005–06, Smith played in and started all 31 games for the Rams, and the season's end, he earned first-team All-Mountain West and second-team NABC all-district honors. On the season, he averaged 16.2 points on 51.7 percent shooting (178-of-344) with 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 blocked shots in 28.7 minutes per game.[1]

As a junior in 2006–07, Smith earned first-team All-Mountain West honors for a second straight year after he led the MWC in rebounding (10.1 rpg, ranked ninth nationally) and ranked sixth in scoring (16.8 ppg).[2]

On April 3, 2007, Smith declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.[3][4] He left Colorado State ranking ninth on the school's all-time leading scoring list with 1,281 points. He also ranked sixth in rebounds (683) and fifth in blocked shots (149), while his 24 career double-doubles was the second-most in school history.[2]

NBA career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Smith was selected with the 20th overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2007 NBA draft but was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night. On July 10, 2007, he signed his rookie scale contract with the 76ers and went on to average 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 76 games as a rookie.

On August 8, 2008, Smith was ruled out indefinitely after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while training in Las Vegas.[5] He subsequently missed the entire 2008–09 season due to the injury.

Smith returned to action in 2009–10, playing in 56 games and averaging 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans[edit]

On September 23, 2010, Smith was traded, along with Willie Green, to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins.[6]

On December 17, 2011, Smith re-signed with the Hornets[7] to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.[8] On April 7, 2012, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 99-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9]

Smith managed just 51 games in 2012–13 due to a right labrum injury that forced him to miss seven games in December[10] later the final 24 games of the season after having season-ending surgery to repair it.[11] In April 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.

Injury again struck Smith in 2013–14 as he managed just 31 games due to a troubling knee injury that eventually required surgery in January and subsequently ruled him out for the rest of the season.[12]

New York Knicks[edit]

On July 18, 2014, Smith signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the New York Knicks.[13][14] On February 11, 2015, he recorded his best scoring output since April 2012 with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting in an 83-89 loss to the Orlando Magic.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Philadelphia 76 1 14.6 .455 .286 .659 3.0 .3 .3 .7 4.5
2009–10 Philadelphia 56 2 11.8 .431 .345 .690 2.4 .6 .4 .5 3.4
2010–11 New Orleans 77 6 14.3 .443 .000 .843 3.1 .5 .3 .4 4.3
2011–12 New Orleans 40 29 23.7 .520 .111 .702 4.9 .9 .5 1.0 9.9
2012–13 New Orleans 51 0 17.2 .490 .000 .843 3.6 .7 .3 .9 8.2
2013–14 New Orleans 31 27 26.8 .465 .000 .780 5.8 .9 .4 .9 9.7
2014–15 New York 82 31 21.8 .434 .357 .830 4.0 1.7 .4 .5 8.0
Career 413 96 17.7 .462 300 .782 3.6 .8 .4 .7 6.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Philadelphia 6 0 13.7 .444 .000 1.000 2.5 .5 .2 .8 3.3
2011 New Orleans 6 0 9.7 .467 .000 .000 1.2 .2 .3 .0 2.3
Career 12 0 11.6 .455 .000 1.000 1.8 .3 .3 .4 2.8

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