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 – Washington Wizards
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-03-02) March 2, 1986 (age 30)
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
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072010 Philadelphia 76ers
20102014 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
2014–2015 New York Knicks
2015–2016 Orlando Magic
2016–present Washington Wizards
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2006, 2007)

Jason Victor Smith (born March 2, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards 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]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2010)[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 (2010–2014)[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 to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.[7] On April 7, 2012, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 99-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[8]

Smith managed just 51 games in 2012–13 due to a right labrum injury that forced him to miss seven games in December.[9] Smith later missed the final 24 games of the season after having season-ending surgery to repair it.[10] In April 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.[11]

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 (2014–2015)[edit]

On July 18, 2014, Smith signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the New York Knicks.[13] On February 7, 2015, Smith grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds.[14] On February 11, 2015, Smith scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting in an 89–83 loss to the Orlando Magic.[15]

Orlando Magic (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 14, 2015, Smith signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Orlando Magic.[16] On March 15, 2016, he set season-highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds in a 116–110 win over the Denver Nuggets.[17]

Washington Wizards (2016–present)[edit]

On July 7, 2016, Smith signed a three-year, $16 million contract to the Washington Wizards.[18][19]

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
2015–16 Orlando 76 2 15.5 .485 .250 .806 2.9 .8 .4 .9 7.2
Career 489 98 17.4 .466 .293 .785 3.5 .8 .4 .7 6.5

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jason Smith Bio
  2. ^ a b Prospect Profile: Jason Smith
  3. ^ SMITH TO DECLARE FOR THE NBA DRAFT
  4. ^ Smith, 7-foot junior, declares for NBA draft
  5. ^ 76ers C Smith, ex-Colorado State player, tears ACL
  6. ^ "Sixers send two players to Hornets for Brackins". ESPN.com. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Hornets re-sign reserve 7-foot forward Smith". ESPN. 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  8. ^ "Jason Smith's career game lets Hornets down Wolves". ESPN.com. 2012-04-08. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  9. ^ Smith, Jimmy (2012-12-14). "New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith to miss at least two weeks with shoulder injury". NOLA. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  10. ^ Reid, John (2014-02-04). "New Orleans Pelicans' Jason Smith out for remainder of season after undergoing knee surgery last week: notebook". NOLA. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Hornet free: New Orleans officially the Pelicans". ESPN. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  12. ^ "2013-14 Season In Review: Jason Smith | New Orleans Pelicans". Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  13. ^ Begley, Ian (2014-07-15). "Knicks sign F/C Smith to 1-year, $3.3M deal". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  14. ^ "Warriors vs. Knicks - Box Score - February 7, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  15. ^ "Vucevic scores 26 to help Magic hold off Knicks 89-83". ESPN.com. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  16. ^ Begley, Ian (2015-07-07). "Magic reach one-year deal with Jason Smith". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Fournier, Smith help Magic hold off Nuggets, 116-110". NBA.com. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  18. ^ "Wizards Sign Free Agents Mahinmi, Nicholson & Smith". MonumentalSportsNetwork.com. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  19. ^ Bontemps, Tim (2016-07-05). "Wizards agree to three-year deal with veteran big man Jason Smith". Wizards Insider. Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 

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