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Jason Smith
Jason Smith Wizards
Smith during 2017 Wizards training camp.
No. 14, 20
Position: Power Forward / Center
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Jason Victor Smith
Born: March 2, 1986 (1986-03-02) (age 38)
Greeley, Colorado
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight: 240 lbs (109 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2007 for the Philadelphia 76ers
Final game: 2019 for the New Orleans Pelicans
Career information
High school: Platte Valley
(Kersey, Colorado)
College: Colorado State (20042007)
NBA Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career: 20072019 (12 years)
Career history
20072010 Philadelphia 76ers
20102014 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans
2014–2015 New York Knicks
2015–2016 Orlando Magic
20162019 Washington Wizards
2018–2019 Milwaukee Bucks
2019 New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2006, 2007)

Jason Victor Smith (born March 2, 1986) is an American former professional basketball player. 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[]

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.

College career[]

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.

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.

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).

On April 3, 2007, Smith declared for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility. 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.

Professional career[]

Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2010)[]

Jason Smith

Smith with the 76ers.

Smith was selected by the Miami Heat with the 20th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, but was later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night. As a rookie with the 76ers, Smith averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 76 games. In August 2008, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He subsequently missed the entire 2008–09 season. 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)[]

Jason Smith New Orleans

Smith with the Hornets/Pelicans.

On September 23, 2010, Smith was traded, along with Willie Green, to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins. On February 1, 2011, he scored a career-high 20 points in a 97–89 win over the Washington Wizards. In 77 games, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

On December 17, 2011, Smith re-signed with the Hornets to a three-year, $7.5 million contract. He missed over a month of action between February 4 and March 17 due to a concussion suffered on February 4 against the Detroit Pistons. On April 7, 2012, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 99–90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He appeared in 40 games and made 29 starts while averaging a career-high 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season.

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

In 2013–14, Smith was limited to 31 games due to season-ending knee injury in January 2014.

New York Knicks (2014–2015)[]

Jason Smith Knicks

Smith with the Knicks.

On July 18, 2014, Smith signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the New York Knicks. On February 7, 2015, Smith grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors. On February 11, 2015, Smith scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting in an 89–83 loss to the Orlando Magic. He appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career and made a career-high 31 starts.

Orlando Magic (2015–2016)[]

Jason Smith Orlando

Smith with the Magic.

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

Washington Wizards (2016–2018)[]

Jason Smith 2018

Smith in 2018.

On July 7, 2016, Smith signed a three-year, $16 million contract to the Washington Wizards. He scored a season-high 17 points three times during the 2016–17 season. The 2017–18 season saw Smith appear in just 33 games.

Milwaukee Bucks (2018–2019)[]

Jason Smith Bucks

Smith with the Bucks.

On December 7, 2018, Smith was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-player, three-team deal.

Return to New Orleans (2019)[]

On February 7, 2019, Smith was acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade involving the Bucks and Detroit Pistons. On March 20, 2019, he was waived by the Pelicans after appearing in two games.

Career statistics[]

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

NBA[]

Regular season[]

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 .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
2016–17 Washington 74 3 14.4 .529 .474 .686 3.5 .5 .3 .7 5.7
2017–18 Washington 33 2 8.6 .391 .125 .905 1.6 .4 .1 .4 3.4
2018–19 Washington 12 1 10.8 .405 .400 .833 3.1 1.0 .1 .4 3.7
2018–19 Milwaukee 6 0 6.7 .308 .333 1.000 1.8 .2 .3 .3 2.2
2018–19 New Orleans 2 0 10.0 .222 .286 1.000 2.0 .5 .0 .0 4.0
Career 616 104 16.3 .468 .333 .783 3.4 .7 .3 .7 6.1

Playoffs[]

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 1.2 .2 .3 .0 2.3
2017 Washington 13 0 12.1 .487 .300 .714 2.2 .3 .2 .5 3.9
2018 Washington 1 0 2.0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 26 0 11.5 .472 .273 .778 2.0 .3 .2 .5 3.3

College[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Colorado State 26 11 24.4 .554 .250 .684 5.8 1.7 .4 1.4 10.5
2005–06 Colorado State 31 31 28.7 .517 .455 .763 7.3 2.3 .6 2.1 16.2
2006–07 Colorado State 30 28 30.2 .579 .000 .770 10.1 1.9 .5 1.6 16.8
Career 87 70 27.9 .548 .308 .751 7.9 2.0 .5 1.7 14.7


New York Knicks 2014–15 season roster
1 Amar'e Stoudemire
2 Langston Galloway
3 Jose Calderon
4 Quincy Acy
5 Tim Hardaway, Jr.
7 Carmelo Anthony
9 Pablo Prigioni
14 Jason Smith
17 Cleanthony Early
21 Lou Amundson
42 Lance Thomas
45 Cole Aldrich
77 Andrea Bargnani
0 Shane Larkin
Head coach: Derek Fisher
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