Greg Smith (basketball, born 1991)

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Greg Smith
Greg Smith basketball player.jpg
Smith during his tenure with the Rockets
Free agent
Position Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1991-01-08) January 8, 1991 (age 27)
Vallejo, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Edison (Fresno, California)
Westwind Academy (Phoenix, Arizona)
College Fresno State (2009–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011 Soles de Mexicali
2011–2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
20122014 Houston Rockets
2012–2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2014–2015 Dallas Mavericks
2016 Raptors 905
2016 Minnesota Timberwolves
2016 İstanbul BŞB
2017 Blackwater Elite
2017 Osaka Evessa
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gregory Stephen Smith (born January 8, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Osaka Evessa of the Japanese B.League. He played college basketball for Fresno State.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Edison High School in Fresno, California from 2005 to 2008. As a junior in 2007–08, he averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocks per game. In 2008, he transferred to Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona where as a senior in 2008–09, he earned All-Arizona State honors and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-America Team after he averaged 26 points, 14.4 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and three steals per game.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Fresno State, Smith was named the 2009–10 WAC Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors by CollegeInsider.com. In 33 games (all starts), he averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 27.7 minutes per game.[1][2]

In his sophomore season, Smith earned second-team All-WAC honors. In 31 games, he averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game.[1][2]

In March 2011, Smith declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Soles de Mexicali (2011)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft, and with the NBA lockout affecting players from signing with teams or playing in the summer league, Smith joined Soles de Mexicali of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) in August 2011.[4] He appeared in 27 games for Soles before leaving the club in late November to return to the United States in the wake of the NBA lockout concluding.

Houston Rockets / Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2011–2014)[edit]

On December 13, 2011, Smith signed with the Houston Rockets. However, he was later waived by the Rockets on December 22, 2011 after appearing in two preseason games.[5] On December 28, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as an affiliate player.[6]

On February 8, 2012, Smith re-signed with the Rockets to a multi-year deal.[5] The next day, he was assigned back down to the Vipers. He was later recalled by the Rockets on February 18, reassigned on March 21 and recalled again on April 8 following the conclusion of the Vipers' season.[6] Having played mostly for the Vipers in his rookie season, Smith was named to the All-NBA D-League first team and the All-Rookie first team.[7]

In July 2012, Smith joined the Rockets for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On February 10, 2013, he was reassigned to the Vipers.[8] Four days later, he was recalled by the Rockets.[9] On March 30, 2013, Smith received his first career start. In 30 minutes of action, he recorded 9 points and 8 rebounds in a 98–81 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[10] He subsequently remained in the starting lineup for the remainder of the regular season. He went on to start the first game of the Rockets' first round playoff match-up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but moved back to a bench role for game two following a large Game 1 loss.[11]

In July 2013, Smith re-joined the Rockets for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[12] On November 14, 2013, he injured his right knee during a game against the New York Knicks which resulted in Smith being helped from the floor and missing a month of action.[13] On December 15, he returned to the line-up. However, he re-injured his knee a month later and was sidelined indefinitely. On April 10, 2014, he was waived by the Rockets.[14]

Chicago Bulls / Dallas Mavericks (2014–2015)[edit]

On April 14, 2014, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[15] However, still suffering from the knee injury he sustained in January, Smith did not appear in a game for the Bulls in 2013–14, missing the team's final two regular season games and all five playoff games against the Washington Wizards.[16]

On July 14, 2014, Smith was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the rights to Tadija Dragićević.[17] He became a free agent in the summer of 2015.

Raptors 905 (2016)[edit]

On January 5, 2016, Smith was acquired by Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League.[18] He made his debut for the team two days later, recording 15 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 block as a starter in a 102–98 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[19]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2016)[edit]

On March 2, 2016, Smith signed a 10-day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[20] He made his debut for the Timberwolves later that night in a 104–98 loss to the Washington Wizards, recording four points, one rebound and one assist in 10 minutes off the bench.[21] He later signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves on March 12,[22] and a rest-of-season contract on March 23.[23] On June 30, 2016, he was waived by the Timberwolves.[24]

İstanbul BŞB (2016)[edit]

On October 7, 2016, Smith signed with İstanbul BŞB of the Turkish League.[25] He appeared in seven games for İstanbul before parting ways with the team in late November.

Blackwater Elite (2017)[edit]

On March 4, 2017, Smith signed with Blackwater Elite as an import for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[26] In 10 games, he averaged 27.7 points, 21.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Osaka Evessa (2017)[edit]

On August 8, 2017, Smith signed with Osaka Evessa of the Japanese B.League.[27] He left the team in December 2017. In 20 games, he averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

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
2011–12 Houston 8 0 8.6 .636 .000 .000 2.5 .1 .2 .6 1.8
2012–13 Houston 70 10 15.9 .620 .000 .623 4.6 .4 .3 .6 6.0
2013–14 Houston 11 0 9.1 .643 .000 .400 2.5 .0 .1 .2 3.5
2014–15 Dallas 42 2 8.6 .612 .000 .513 1.9 .2 .2 .3 1.9
2015–16 Minnesota 18 0 10.7 .563 .000 .412 2.3 .3 .2 .1 2.4
Career 149 12 12.3 .617 .000 .576 3.3 .3 .2 .4 4.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Houston 5 1 11.8 .667 .000 .500 2.6 .0 .4 .4 3.6
2015 Dallas 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 6 1 10.0 .667 .000 .500 2.2 .0 .3 .3 3.0

Personal life[edit]

Smith is the son of Cheryl Duckworth and has an older sister, Ashely and a younger brother, Divante. His uncle, Steve Shelley, was a Fresno Statewide-receiver in 1988–89 who later signed with the San Diego Chargers in 1990.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Greg Smith Bio". GoBulldogs.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Greg Smith Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Greg Smith Leaves Fresno State For NBA Draft". RealGM.com. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schroeder, Scott (September 6, 2011). "Fresno State's Greg Smith Made Peculiar Move By Signing In Mexico". RidiculousUpside.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Greg Smith Signs with Rockets". NBA.com. February 8, 2012. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "2011-12 Transactions". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-07. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "NBA Development League Names 2011-12 All-NBA D-League Selections". NBA.com. May 2, 2012. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Houston Rockets Assign Greg Smith to NBA D-League Affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers". NBA.com. February 10, 2013. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rockets recall Jones, Smith from D-League". NBA.com. February 14, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Notebook: Rockets 98, Clippers 81". NBA.com. March 30, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Notebook: Thunder 120, Rockets 91". NBA.com. April 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "2013 Southwest Airlines Pro Summer League Rosters". NBA.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Notebook: Rockets 109, Knicks 106". NBA.com. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rocket Sign Dexter Pittman". NBA.com. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Bulls sign Smith for remainder of the season". NBA.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Greg Smith 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mavericks acquire forward Greg Smith from Bulls". mavs.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Raptors 905 Acquires DeAndre Daniels and Greg Smith". NBA.com. January 5, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Heat's Richardson, Stokes Lead Skyforce Comeback". NBA.com. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Wolves Sign Greg Smith to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 2, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Wizards' bench delivers 4th straight win, 104-98 over Wolves". NBA.com. March 2, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Timberwolves sign Greg Smith to second 10-day contract". InsideHoops.com. March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Wolves Sign Greg Smith for Remainder of Season". NBA.com. March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  24. ^ "TIMBERWOLVES WAIVE GREG SMITH". NBA.com. June 30, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Greg Smith inks in Turkey with Istanbul BSB". Sportando.com. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  26. ^ Ramos, Gerry (March 4, 2017). "Blackwater taps NBA veteran, D-League All-Star Greg Smith as Commissioner's Cup import". Spin.ph. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Osaka Evessa signs David Wear and Greg Smith". Sportando.com. August 8, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016. 

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