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NBA CAREER SUPERLATIVES:
• One of three active players (K. Garnett & D. Nowitzki) with 12,000+ career points, 6,000+ rebounds, 2,500+ assists, 1,000+ steals and 1,000+ blocks.
• One of six active players (T. Duncan, K. Garnett, P. Gasol, B. Griffin & L. James) with career averages of 15.0+ points, 7.0+ rebounds & 3.0+ assists.
• Named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2010.
• Named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2005.

2014-15 (Detroit - Houston):
• Averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 32.0 minutes in 28 appearances with the Detroit Pistons.
• Averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 25.5 minutes in 55 appearances with the Houston Rockets.
• Recorded 21 points on 9-21 FG shooting in Rockets debut on 1/26/15 vs. Memphis.
• 1/30/15 vs. Boston, recorded first double-double as a Rocket with 15 points and 10.
• 2/6/15 vs. Milwaukee, recorded a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
• 2/8/15 vs. Portland, recorded a career-high tying four 3PT FG for second consecutive game.
• Notched third 20+ point performance as a Rocket with 20 points, six boards and three assists on 2/10/15 at Phoenix.
• 2/11/15 at L.A. Clippers, recorded second consecutive 20-point game with 21 points.
• Scored 10 points and 10 rebounds for third doubledouble as a Rocket on 3/7/15 at Denver.
• Poured in 18 points and tied career-high with 4 Field Goals Made on 3/23/15 at Indiana.
• 3/27/15 vs. Minnesota, notched fourth doubledouble as a Rocket with 16 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 17 postseason games (eight starts), averaging 13.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 23.3 minutes.

2013-14 (Detroit):
• Appeared in 77 games (76 starts) in his first season in Detroit, averaged 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks in 35.5 minutes.
• 11/29/13 vs. L.A. Lakers, recorded a season-high 19 rebounds and tied a season-high with five steals.
• 1/10/14 at Philadelphia, became only the third player in NBA history to record at least 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals in a regular-season game (Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, twice, and Hakeem Olajuwon).
• 2/8/14 vs. Denver, tied a season-high with eight assists.
• 2/22/14 vs. Dallas, scored a season-high 32 points.
• 3/5/14 vs. Chicago, recorded a season-high six blocks.

2012-13 (Atlanta):
• Appeared in 76 games (all starts) averaging 17.5 points (.465 FG, .303 3FG, .517 FT), 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes.
• Scored 10-plus points 69 times, 20-plus points 26 times and 30-plus points four times.
• Recorded 29 double doubles.
• Among NBA League Leaders, ranked 23rd in scoring (17.5 points), 18th in rebounds (8.4 rebounds), 36th in assists (4.2 assists), ninth in blocks (1.8 blocks), 36th in steals (1.2 steals) and 19th in double-doubles (29).
• 12/10/12 at Miami, and 2/11/13 at Dallas, tied career-high with four made 3FG.
• 1/9/13 at Cleveland, blocked season-high six shots.
• 1/23/13 at Charlotte, tied his career-high 15 FGM (15-24) and scored 30 points to go with 13 rebounds and eight assists.
• 3/4/13 at Denver, scored his 10,000th career point.
• 3/20/13 vs Milwaukee, grabbed season-high 16 rebounds.
• Was the only player in the NBA in 2012-13 to average at least 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 blocks.
• Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from 12/3/12 – 12/9/12.
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in six postseason games (all starts), averaging 17.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 33.2 minutes.

2011-12 (Atlanta):
• Appeared in 66 games (all starts) averaging career high 18.8 points, career-high 9.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 steals in 35.3 minutes.
• Scored 20+ points 29 times and 30+ points eight times.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked tied for 18th in scoring (18.8 points), tied for 12th in rebounds (9.6 rebounds), tied for 31st in assists (3.9 assists), 9th in blocks (1.7 blocks) and 20th in steals (1.4 steals).
• Was the only player in the NBA to rank in the top-40 in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
• Recorded 28 double doubles.
• Scored 30 points (season-high tying 14-22 FGs) to go with 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal on 1/12/12 vs. Charlotte.
• Posted 23 points, season-high tying 19 rebounds (career-high 18 defensive), five assists and three blocks on 2/10/12 at Orlando.
• Tallied 24 points, a season-high tying 19 rebounds, four assists and three blocks on 3/2/12 vs. Milwaukee.
• Notched 32 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and three blocks on 3/21/12 vs. Cleveland.
• Scored 20-or-more in seven straight games (3/21/12- 3/13/12), the longest stretch of his career.
• 3/31/12 at Philadelphia, scored a season-high 34 points.
• 4/22/12 vs. New York, scored his 9,000th career point.
• Finished the season ranked 13th among all active NBA players in career blocks (1,304).
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in five postseason games (all starts), averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 39.2 minutes.

2010-11 (Atlanta):
• Appeared in 77 games (all starts) averaging 16.5 points (.477 FG, .331 3FG, .725 FT), 8.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals in 34.3 minutes.
• Led the team in scoring 20 times, in rebounds 34 times and in assists 15 times.
• Scored 20+ points 26 times and 30+ twice.
• Recorded 31 double-doubles and one triple-double.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked 35th in scoring (16.5 points), 18th in rebounds (8.5 rebounds), 15th in blocks (1.6 blocks) and 24th in steals (1.3 steals).
• 12/7/10 vs. New Jersey, scored a career-high 34 points, becoming the first Hawk to score that many points on that high of a FG% (87.5) in over 55 years (Hall-of-Famer Bob Pettit scored 34 points (12-13 FGs) on 3/14/55).
• 1/28/10 at Toronto, recorded the third triple-double of his career with 12 points, 13 rebounds and season-high 10 assists to go with three steals and two blocks.
• Scored his 7,000th career point vs. Cleveland (12/22), grabbed his 4,000th career rebound at Denver (2/28/11), dished out his 1,500th career assist at Dallas (1/29/11) and played in his 500th career game at Miami (1/18/11).
• Missed five games (3/2/11 - 3/5/11 and 4/5/11 - 4/9/11) due to a sprained right knee.
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 12 postseason games (all starts), averaging 15.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 36.5 minutes.

2009-10 (Atlanta):
• Saw action in 81 games and averaged 15.7 points (.505 FG), 8.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals in 34.5 minutes.
• Led the team in scoring 15 times, in rebounds 30 times and in assists 26 times.
• Scored 20+ points 19 times and recorded 27 double-doubles and one triple double.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked 18th in rebounds (8.7 rebounds), third in blocks (2.1 blocks), third in total blocks (173) and 11th in steals (1.6 steals).
• Was the only player in the league to average at least 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
• Was the shortest player in the top-12 in blocks per game (2.1) and the tallest player in the top-12 for steals (1.6 spg).
• 2/2/10 at Oklahoma City, became the youngest player in NBA history to record 1,000 career blocks.
• 2/5/10 vs. Chicago, logged his second career triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
• 2/26/10 vs. Dallas, recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and career-high seven steals.
• 3/13/10 vs. Detroit, dished out a career-high 11 assists to go with 18 points.
• Recorded his 1,000th career assist vs. Indiana (10/28/09), his 3,000th career rebound at Denver (12/23/09) and his 6,000th career point vs. Chicago (2/5/10).
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 11 postseason games (all starts), averaging 14.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 35.6 minutes.

2008-09 (Atlanta):
• Played in 69 games (all starts) and averaged 15.6 points (.492 FG, .299 3FG, .588 FT), 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals in 35.1 minutes.
• Scored 10+ points 57 times, 20+ points 17 times and 30+ points twice.
• Recorded 20 double doubles.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked 13th in blocks (1.6 blocks) and T29th in FG% (49.2%).
• 3/15/09 vs. Portland, scored his 5,000th career point vs. Portland (3/15/09).
• 3/31/09 at Philadelphia, scored a season-high 33 points (13-15 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-4 FT).
• Missed 12 games with a left ankle sprain (11/9/08 – 11/29/08) and one game due to personal reasons (2/25/09).
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 11 postseason games (all starts), averaging 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 37.3 minutes.

2007-08 (Atlanta):
• In 81 games (all starts), averaged 17.2 points (.457 FG, .710 FT), 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.5 minutes.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked 26th in rebounds (8.2 rebounds), second in blocks (2.8 blocks) and 16th in steals (1.5 steals).
• Scored 10+ points 43 times, 20+ points 22 times and 30+ points five times.
• Grabbed 10-plus rebounds 21 times and led the team in scoring 18 times, in rebounds 26 times and in assists 14 times.
• Recorded 19 double-doubles.
• 11/17/07 at Milwaukee, scored a career-high 38 points.
• 1/11/08 vs. Washington, scored 35 points and connected on a career-high 15 field goals.
• 1/23/08 at Denver, recorded his first career triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
• 2/4/08 vs. Philadelphia, blocked a season-high nine shots and tied the franchise record for blocks in a quarter (6) and in a half (8).
• 3/12/08 vs. Houston, grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds.
• Finished the season with a streak of 32 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot after having a consecutive streak of 76 games with at least one block (eighth best in NBA history) snapped vs. Miami (12/19/07).
• His 227 blocks marked the ninth-best in Atlanta Hawks history.
• Finished sixth in voting for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and was named the Lou Hudson Award winner, which honors the team’s Most Improved Player, for the third consecutive season.
• PLAYOFFS: Appeared in seven postseason games (all starts), averaging 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 33.9 minutes.

2006-07 (Atlanta):
• Played in 72 games (all starts) averaging 16.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.4 steals in 36.8 minutes.
• Scored 20+ points 27 times.
• Led the team in scoring 19 times, in rebounds 35 times and in assists 15 times.
• Recorded a team-high 32 double-doubles.
• Among NBA league leaders, ranked second in blocks (2.9 blocks) and 19th in steals (1.4 steals).
• 3/10/07 vs. Minnesota, scored a then career-high 32.
• Became the youngest player in NBA history (21 years, 88 days) to reach the 500 career blocks plateau.
• Raised his scoring average every month of the season finishing with 21.1 points per game in April.

2005-06 (Atlanta):
• Saw action in 80 games (73 starts) and averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.6 blocks in 32.0 minutes.
• Scored 10+ points 41 times and grabbed 10+ rebounds 17 times.
• Recorded 11 double-doubles.
• Finished second in the NBA in total blocks (208) and fourth in blocks per game (2.6).
• Became the fourth Hawk (Dikembe Mutombo, Theo Ratliff and Tree Rollins) to record 200+ blocks in a single season.
• 4/5/06 vs. Minnesota, tied a career-high 15 rebounds to go with 17 points, seven assists, three blocks and two steals.
• 4/15/06 at Milwaukee, scored a then career-high 28 points.
• Presented with the Hawks’ inaugural Lou Hudson Award.
• Missed two games due to NBA suspension (12/6/05 – 12/7/05).

2004-05 (Atlanta):
• In 74 games (59 starts) averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 blocks in 27.7 minutes.
• As a starter, averaged 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.2 blocks.
• Recorded 10 double-doubles which ranked fourth among rookies.
• Ranked 12th in the NBA in blocks (2.2 bpg) which was best among rookies.
• Among rookie league leaders, finished eighth in scoring (9.7 ppg), third in rebounds (6.9 rpg), T12th in assists (1.7 apg) and 10th in steals (0.8 spg).
• 3/11/05 at Toronto, grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds.
• 4/17/05 at New York, scored a season-high 21 points.
• 12/18/04, blocked a career and NBA season-high 10, becoming the youngest player in league history to record that feat and the third player in NBA history to block 10 or more shots without committing a personal foul.
• Tallied 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block in the 2005 ‘Got Milk?’ Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Denver.
• Named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
• Awarded the 2010 Jason Collier Memorial Trophy for his work in the community.
• He and former teammate Chauncey Billups donated funds and hosted 50 Detroit-area children to a Christmas shopping spree at Meijer in December 2013.
• Has twice hosted and served a Thanksgiving meal for 200 women and children from My Sister’s House (Atlanta, GA).
• Joined three teammates in visiting the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center in 2011, offering encouragement and advice to incarcerated young men.
• Took a group of kids from Positive Growth, Inc. to a “Secret Santa” event at Dave & Buster’s in 2011.
• In 2010, paid the living expenses for the family of slain McEachern HS student Rajaan Bennett for six months.

PERSONAL:
• Son of Paulette and Pete Smith.
• He and his wife Alexandria have a daughter, Genesis, and two sons, Josh and Jett.
• Has a brother, Walter and three sisters: Phebe, Kasola and Shanti.
• Phebe was a star player at Columbus State University, where she was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
• Nickname is “J-Smoove”.
• Enjoyed watching Michael Jordan.
• Received the Academic Award at Oak Hill for the highest grade-point average maintained during the 2003-04 season.
• Interested in getting into sports broadcasting when his playing days are over, Smith took a step in that direction during the ‘06 Playoffs when he was selected by NBA TV to serve as a correspondent during the New Jersey-Indiana first round series.

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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 225 lbs./ 102.1 kg
Born: December 05, 1985
From: Oak Hill Academy (VA)
Draft: 1st Round (17th pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 11
Previous Teams:
  Los Angeles Clippers 2015 - 2015
  Houston Rockets 2015 - 2015
  Detroit Pistons 2014 - 2014
  Houston Rockets 2014 - 2014
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)/USA

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