Devin Smith (basketball)
Devin Michael Smith (born April 12, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. Standing at a height of 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), he played mainly at the small forward position, and he was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2015. For the 2018–19 NBA season, Smith was a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns.
Smith with Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2015.
|Born||April 12, 1983|
New Castle, Delaware
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||William Penn|
(New Castle, Delaware)
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Number||6, 7, 9, 32, 33|
|2005–2007||San Sebastián Gipuzkoa|
|2011–2017||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2018–2019||Phoenix Suns (player development)|
|Career highlights and awards|
After playing high school basketball, Smith played college basketball at Coffeyville Community College, with the Coffeyville Red Ravens (NJCAA), in the 2001–02 season. He then played at the University of Virginia, with the Virginia Cavaliers (NCAA Division I), from 2002 to 2005.
After going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft, Smith signed a contract with the Spanish team Bruesa GBC. With them, he won the LEB Oro, the 2nd-tier Spanish League in 2006. He stayed in the club for two seasons, before moving to the Italian team Air Avellino in the summer of 2007. With them, he won the Italian Cup in 2008 and was named the MVP of the Italian Cup.
After breakthrough season, in the summer of 2008, he signed a contract with the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker. With them, he played in the EuroLeague for the first time in his career. Over 14 games in the EuroLeague, he averaged 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. However, they went short of all the trophies and Smith didn't extend his contract with the team.
In 2010, he signed with the Greek team Panellinios where he stayed for one season.
On July 22, 2010, Smith signed a one-year deal with Italian team Benetton Treviso. Over the season, he averaged 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the EuroCup, and 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Italian League. He was also named to the All-EuroCup First Team for the performances he showed over the season. This was his second consecutive nomination, after also being selected the season before while playing for Panellinios.
Maccabi Tel AvivEdit
On April 1, 2013, he was named the EuroLeague MVP of the month of March, his first such monthly award. Over the month, he helped his team win 4 straight games after having 2–5 score in its Top 16 group. He averaged 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He had statistically the best season since coming in the club, having the averages of 11.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 25 EuroLeague games played. Maccabi however went short of all the trophies.
On June 26, 2013, he signed a new two-year contract with Maccabi. With the first half of the season ended, team's performances showed very little hope that the season would be better than the previous. However, Maccabi finished the season by winning the triple crown. Maccabi eventually won its sixth EuroLeague championship, Smith's first, by defeating Real Madrid in an overtime 98–86 finals game. Smith was one of the key Maccabi players, averaging 9.9 points and career-high 5.6 rebounds with career-high shooting percentages.
In the summer of 2014, Maccabi's roster changed dramatically with the departure of head coach David Blatt, and some key players from the previous season like David Blu, Tyrese Rice, Ricky Hickman and Joe Ingles. His role in the team as being one of the best and most experienced players was left unchanged, as he had many touches. He was named the EuroLeague MVP of the month of December, his second monthly MVP award. Over the month of December, he averaged 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. Maccabi was eventually stopped in the quarter-final series, after being swept by Fenerbahçe Ülker. In May 2015, he was chosen to the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the performances he put up over the season. He had his best season since coming into the club, averaging all career-highs of 15 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1 steal, over 25 games in the EuroLeague.
On April 7, 2015, he signed a new three-year contract with Maccabi.
On September 27, 2017, after 6 seasons with Maccabi, Smith announced his retirement from playing professional basketball.
On June 11, 2018, Smith would join Jason Staudt as new assistant coaches for the Phoenix Suns under new head coach Igor Kokoškov's staff. However, after putting up a 19–63 record with the Suns, Smith was fired alongside the rest of the team's coaching staff on April 23, 2019.
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes season in which Smith won the EuroLeague|
Smith's wife is Danielle Greene, with whom he has 2 daughters.
- SMITH, DEVIN HEIGHT: 1.98.
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- דווין סמית חתם ל-3 עונות נוספות!. maccabi.co.il (in Hebrew). 7 April 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Former champ Smith retires after six seasons with Maccabi". euroleague.net. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- Phoenix Suns fire assistants after dismissing Igor Kokoskov
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