Kenny Smith is a retired American basketball player who played in NBA from 1987 to 1997. The clubs he played for are Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Sacramento Kings. He is a two-time champ with Houston Rockets. Currently, he is working as a basketball analyst. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Kenny Smith in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Kenny Smith was born on 8th March 1965 in New York. He spent his childhood in Lefrak City. He started playing basketball with Riverside Church. Kenny Smith attended Archbishop Molloy High School and the University of North Carolina. He became the McDonald’s All-American in 1983. He was coached by Jack Curran. Basketball player Bobby Lewis is whom he credited for inspiring him and helped in his development in the early days of his career.
Kenny Smith was first married to Dawn Reavis. Their marriage produced Kenneth Jr. a basketball player and Kayla, an R&B singer. After their divorce, he got married to Gwendolyn Osborne in 2006. Osborne is an English model. They have two children named London Olivia and Malloy Adrian. He is also the step-father of Monique, who is Osborne’s daughter from her previous relationship.
Career, Award & Nominations
During his college career, Kenny Smith played for the University of North Carolina. He averaged a total of 6.0 assists and 12.9 points. During that time, he won the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was named as the McDonald’s All-American in 1983. In 1986, he represented his country in the FIBA World Championship and won the gold medal. Immediately after completing his college, he entered the 1987 NBA Draft, Smith was selected by the Sacramento Kings. In 1987, he was named in the Consensus first-team All-American. After plating 58 games for the team, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks. In 1988, he was named as an NBA All-Rookie First Team.
After the 1989-90 season, he was again traded to the Houston Rockets. The following season, he made 17.7 games per game. With them, he won back-to-back NBA championships in 1993 and 1994. In the 1995-96 season, he averaged 3.6 assists and 8.5 points. Following the season, Smith signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons. He played a total of nine games for them.
He again got signed to Orlando Magic and played only six games for them. That same year, he got signed to Denver Nuggets. That became the last season of him as he retired from professional basketball. During his entire career, he made 9,397 points, 4,073 assists and had finished as the top ten-player for three consecutive years. He played a total of 737 games as well as 68 playoffs.
After his basketball career, Smith became a studio analyst for Turner Sports in 1998. He has also been on the show ‘Inside the NBA’. The show made him win the Sports Emmy Award. In 2001, he covered basketball during the Goodwill Games. He has also appeared as an analyst on NBA TV. He has done commentary for MSG Network and has also been an analyst for CBS/Turner. He participated in the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend and was a part of the Shooting Stars Competition winner. Smith has won several Emmy Awards for TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA’.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a former professional basketball player? Well, he has a net worth of over $18 million. The source of his income has been playing professional basketball for different clubs. He is still earning being a basketball analyst, and he leads a luxurious life with a big house in New York and having a few luxury cars at possession.
Kenny Smith is a respectable former professional player in the basketball community. His broadcasting career is going great. He would always be known to make the maximum impact in his relatively short NBA career.