Think About it Tuesday: Smitty

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Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1991-92 22 MIA NBA SG 61 59 29.6 4.9 10.7 .454 0.7 2.0 .320 4.2 8.7 .486 1.6 2.1 .748 1.3 1.8 3.1 4.6 1.0 0.3 2.5 2.7 12.0
1992-93 23 MIA NBA SG 48 43 33.5 5.8 12.9 .451 1.1 2.8 .402 4.7 10.1 .464 3.2 4.1 .787 1.2 2.9 4.1 5.6 1.0 0.3 2.7 3.1 16.0
1993-94 24 MIA NBA SG 78 77 35.6 6.3 13.8 .456 1.2 3.4 .347 5.1 10.4 .491 3.5 4.2 .835 2.0 2.5 4.5 5.1 1.1 0.4 2.6 2.8 17.3
1994-95 25 TOT NBA SG 80 61 33.3 5.4 12.6 .426 1.7 5.2 .329 3.6 7.4 .494 3.9 4.6 .841 1.3 2.2 3.5 3.4 0.8 0.4 1.9 2.8 16.3
1994-95 25 MIA NBA SG 2 2 31.0 5.5 14.5 .379 1.0 6.0 .167 4.5 8.5 .529 8.5 11.0 .773 2.0 1.0 3.0 3.5 1.0 0.5 2.0 4.5 20.5
1994-95 25 ATL NBA SG 78 59 33.4 5.3 12.5 .427 1.7 5.2 .334 3.6 7.3 .493 3.8 4.5 .845 1.3 2.2 3.5 3.4 0.8 0.4 1.9 2.8 16.2
1995-96 26 ATL NBA SG 80 80 35.7 6.2 14.3 .432 1.8 5.3 .331 4.4 9.0 .492 4.0 4.8 .826 1.6 2.5 4.1 2.8 0.9 0.2 1.9 2.6 18.1
1996-97 27 ATL NBA SG 72 72 39.1 6.8 15.9 .429 1.8 5.4 .335 5.0 10.5 .477 4.6 5.5 .847 1.3 2.1 3.3 4.2 0.9 0.3 2.4 2.4 20.1
1997-98 ★ 28 ATL NBA SG 73 73 39.1 6.7 15.1 .444 1.3 3.8 .351 5.4 11.3 .475 5.3 6.2 .855 1.8 2.4 4.2 4.0 1.0 0.4 2.4 3.0 20.1
1998-99 29 ATL NBA SG 36 36 36.5 6.0 15.0 .402 1.3 3.9 .338 4.7 11.1 .424 5.3 6.3 .849 1.4 2.8 4.2 3.3 1.0 0.3 2.8 2.8 18.7
1999-00 30 POR NBA SG 82 81 32.8 5.1 11.0 .467 1.2 2.9 .398 4.0 8.0 .492 3.5 4.1 .850 1.5 2.3 3.8 2.5 0.9 0.4 1.4 2.6 14.9
2000-01 31 POR NBA SG 81 36 31.4 4.4 9.7 .456 1.0 2.8 .339 3.5 6.9 .504 3.8 4.3 .890 1.1 2.3 3.4 2.6 0.6 0.3 1.7 2.5 13.6
2001-02 32 SAS NBA SG 77 76 28.7 4.0 8.9 .455 1.5 3.2 .472 2.5 5.7 .445 2.1 2.4 .878 0.6 1.9 2.5 2.0 0.7 0.2 1.4 2.1 11.6
2002-03 33 SAS NBA SG 53 18 19.5 2.1 5.5 .388 0.7 2.2 .331 1.4 3.3 .428 1.8 2.2 .833 0.4 1.5 1.9 1.3 0.5 0.2 0.8 1.5 6.8
2003-04 34 NOH NBA SG 71 4 13.1 1.7 4.1 .406 0.6 1.5 .402 1.1 2.6 .409 1.1 1.2 .928 0.4 0.8 1.1 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.6 1.3 5.0
2004-05 35 TOT NBA SG 50 1 15.0 2.0 5.0 .411 0.8 2.1 .390 1.2 2.9 .427 1.4 1.6 .863 0.3 1.0 1.3 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.5 1.6 6.3
2004-05 35 CHA NBA SG 37 1 17.2 2.5 5.9 .427 1.0 2.4 .422 1.5 3.5 .430 1.8 2.1 .870 0.4 1.0 1.3 1.5 0.3 0.2 0.6 2.0 7.9
2004-05 35 MIA NBA SG 13 0 8.8 0.7 2.3 .300 0.2 1.2 .200 0.5 1.2 .400 0.2 0.2 .667 0.2 1.1 1.2 1.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.6 1.8
Career NBA 942 717 30.6 4.9 11.1 .440 1.2 3.4 .358 3.7 7.7 .476 3.3 3.8 .845 1.2 2.1 3.2 3.1 0.8 0.3 1.8 2.4 14.3

 

I guess Open Court got the convo started with “Smitty”, the Michigan State legend, we can keep it going. These were the only legit clips that I could find of Smitty (that were clean) getting to the bank in his heyday, whether that be Miami, Atlanta or Portland. You can say Smitty’s prime years came between 92 and 99, peaking in 97-98 when he went to his one and only ASG. Crazy to think that Joe Johnson really does have a similar game and career numbers and is a 7 time all star himself, says a lot about the level of play all around the A past and present. Without a doubt, with the lack of potent shooting guards in the league today, Smitty woulda been a perennial all star too if his prime were say 2002-2008 or 2012-future. As you should know, Smitty is a one time NBA Champ, teaming up with Tim Tony and Manu 12 seasons ago (02-03).

When I think of Steve Smith, firstly I think of him on NBA TV but when I think of him hooping I think more of a marksman, a shooter, a three point specialist but numbers don’t lie and that 35.8% clip from downtown is good money but it’s not fire. For comparison’s sake, Chris Paul shoots 35.7% for his career. Not knocking Smitty at all, just saying that his game was deeper than gats. You don’t get between 13-20 a night over a 14 year career by shooting just 35% from deep. Let’s give props to the non-Hall of Famers, they were real hoopers too, and look at the clips, he put Mike in the mixer a couple of nights as well.

If I had to compare him to any modern day player I do think Slow Joe would be most accurate, maybe even a little bit of James Harden with the crafty play below the rim and ability to mix it up from deep to the baja.

Kinda disappointed that some non athletic, below the rim player hasn’t put together a highlight clip of Steve doing the infamous “Smitty” to Nas “Made You Look” or something like that. If somebody can find that link us at @swishgeneration on Twitta

 

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