Willie Smith (basketball)
|No. 11, 8|
October 26, 1953 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Ed W. Clark (Las Vegas, Nevada)|
|College||Seminole JC (1972–1974)
|NBA draft||1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|1978||Kentucky Stallions (AABA)|
|1978–1979||Las Vegas Dealers (WBA)|
|1978–1979||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1979||Jersey Shore Bullets (WBA)|
|1980–1981||Montana Golden Nuggets (CBA)|
|1982–1983||Rochester Zeniths (CBA)|
|1983–1984||Sarasota Stingers (CBA)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
William C. "Willie" Smith (born October 26, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'2" (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) guard and played collegiately at Seminole Junior College and the University of Missouri, where he earned All-America honors. Smith, nicknamed "Mister Magic", averaged 25.3 points per game during the 1976 season as he led Mizzou to a Big Eight Conference basketball championship.
Smith played in the NBA from 1976 to 1980 after being selected with the 1st pick in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. In his four season NBA career, Smith played with the Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Since his time in the NBA, Smith has been involved with a number of business ventures and currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. On November 1, 2012 it was announced that Smith would be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on November 15.
- "Willie Smith and Derrick Chievous are headed to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Associated Press via KTVO-TV website. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- 1976 NBA Draft, basketballreference.com
- Willie Smith NBA stats @ basketballreference.com
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