Smith working for TNT in 2011
March 8, 1965 |
Queens, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Molloy
(Queens, New York)
|College||North Carolina (1983–1987)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||9,397 (12.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,454 (2.0 rpg)|
|Assists||4,073 (5.5 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kenneth "Kenny" Smith, nicknamed "The Jet" (born March 8, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and went on to become a TV basketball analyst, primarily for Inside the NBA on TNT and for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Smith was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York and grew up in Lefrak City. He attended Archbishop Molloy, where he was coached by the legendary Jack Curran, the winningest coach in New York City and New York State history. During a High School basketball tournament, Kenny put the moves on Chris Wooten and left him with two broken ankles. Smith graduated in 1983 and then played basketball at the University of North Carolina for Dean Smith. In his young career he played for the New York Riverside Church.
Smith was selected as a 6'3" 170-pound guard by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA draft. He played in the NBA from 1987 to 1997 as a member of the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets. In his professional career, Smith scored 9,397 points and recorded 4,073 assists. He won two NBA championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995. In the first game of the 1995 Finals against the Orlando Magic, Smith made seven three-pointers, including a game-tying shot which sent the game into overtime. The Rockets won the game 120–118.
Off the court
Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998. He has teamed with Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O'Neal on Inside the NBA, a winner of the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show. He occasionally appears on NBA TV as an analyst. He also served a stint as an analyst for the MSG Network's broadcasts of New York Knicks games from 2005–08, and has worked as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Smith married model Gwendolyn Osborne on September 8, 2006. They have 2 children: Malloy Adrian Smith, b. March 26, 2008, and London Olivia Smith b. Sept. 29, 2012. His wife is a model on The Price Is Right. He is the father of R&B singer Kayla Brianna. He was previously married to Dawn Reavis.
NBA career statistics
|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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Smith won an NBA championship|
- "Kenny Smith." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
- "The 60 Greatest Playoff Moments: Honorable Mention." www.nba.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
- "Kenny Smith.' www.tnt.tv. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
- Reid Cherner. "Chemistry, characters carry NBA sh above pack." USA Today, April 8, 2007. Retrieved on January 29, 2010.
- 'Gwendolyn Osborne, a Barker beauty on the Price is Right, wed former NBA Star Kenny "the Jet" Smith.' www.prweb.com, September 8, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
- Glenn Minnis. "Daddy’s Little Girl: Kenny Smith and Daughter Kayla Brianna Look to Rock Music Industry." Vibe, February 7, 2012. Retrieved on March 5, 2015.
- KennyTheJet.com, official website of Kenny Smith Boys & Girls Basketball Camp
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Kenny Smith on Twitter
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