Jonathan Keith Smart (born September 21, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is perhaps best remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game. The shot gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 74–73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen. He had transferred to Indiana from Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a two-year standout and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year.
Smart as head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2011
|New York Knicks|
|Born||September 21, 1964|
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|High school||McKinley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)|
|College||Garden City CC (1984–1986)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|1988||San Antonio Spurs|
|1989||San Miguel Beermen|
|1993||Bravo de Lara|
|1995||Trotamundos de Carabobo|
|1996–1997||Fort Wayne Fury|
|1997–2000||Fort Wayne Fury|
|2000–2003||Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)|
|2003–2010||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|2010–2011||Golden State Warriors|
|2011–2012||Sacramento Kings (assistant)|
|2014–2016||Miami Heat (assistant)|
|2016–2018||Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)|
|2018–present||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
After two seasons at Indiana, Smart was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he played two games in the 1988–89 season. In 12 minutes, Smart scored two points and had two assists and one rebound. Smart later played in the Philippines, with the San Miguel Beermen of the PBA, in the 1989 Reinforced Conference, where he played through an injury and was eventually replaced by Ennis Whatley after only five games. After the PBA, he played in the World Basketball League: first with the Worcester Counts in 1989. He then played for the Youngstown Pride and was traded to the Halifax Windjammers in March 1991. Smart later played in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rapid City Thrillers (1995–96) and Fort Wayne Fury (1996–97). He also played two seasons in France, and one in Venezuela.
The Warriors fired Smart on April 27, 2011 following a 36 win season, a 10-game improvement from the previous season. He joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach in November 2011. On January 5, 2012, the Kings named Smart head coach after firing Paul Westphal. He recorded a 48–93 record over parts of two seasons with the team. On May 31, 2013, the Kings fired Smart with one year remaining on his contract. On September 17, 2014, the Miami Heat announced they had hired Smart as an assistant coach.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Cleveland||2002–03||40||9||31||.225||8th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Golden State||2010–11||82||36||46||.439||3rd in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Sacramento||2011–12||59||20||39||.339||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Sacramento||2012–13||82||28||54||.341||4th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- Keith Smart's last-gasp basket propelled Indiana to a - 04.06.87 - SI Vault
- "Keith Smart". NBA. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
- "Grand-slam Beermen roll out barrel". Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 9, 2010. p. W-9.
- Yantz, Tom (August 5, 1989). "World Basketball League Provides Players a Possible Shortcut to NBA". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- "Transactions". Baltimore Sun. March 21, 1991. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- Lebowitz, Larry (November 15, 1996). "Beachdogs A Team On The Move". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- "Smart seeks to add defensive mindset to Warriors' rapid pace". NBA.com. September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 2, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "Smart gets another shot, this time as Kings coach". Associated Press. January 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012.
- Keith Smart, Bobby Jackson join Kings
- "Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal". espn.com. January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
- "Sale of Kings officially done". ESPN.com. AssociatedPress. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- "KEITH SMART RELIEVED OF HEAD COACHING DUTIES". NBA.com. May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.