Kenny Smith Biography
Kenny Smith born as Kenneth Smith is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1987 to 1997. Among the teams he played for is the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets. Now, he is a basketball analyst more so working for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament as an analyst.
Kenny Smith Age
How Old is Kenny Smith? Smith was born on March 8th, 1965 in Queens, New York City, New York, United States. He is 53 years old as of 2018.
Kenny Smith Family – Parents
Smith was born into the family of Annie Mae Smith (Mother) and Kenny Smith Sr. (Father) who raised him in LeFrak City. He has a brother by the name Vincent Smith.
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Kenny Smith Divorce
Smith has been married twice with his first marriage being to Dawn Reavis. Their marriage led to the birth of two of Smith’s children: a daughter by the name Kayla who is an R&B singer and a son called Kenneth Jr (K.J.), a walk-on basketball player at the University of North Carolina.
Kenny Smith Ex-Wife
After the divorce from Reavis, Smith met Gwendolyn Osborne, an English former model on The Price Is Right, in 2004 at a charity event and the two began a relationship. They tied the knot on September 8, 2006, and have two children, a son, and a daughter. In October 2018, Osborne filed for divorce from Smith citing irreconcilable differences.
Kenny Smith Kids – Kenny Smith Children
Smith is a father of four children: two each from his two marriages. He was also a step-father to his ex-wife’s daughter from a previous marriage. His four children are Kayla Brianna, Kenneth Jr (K.J.), Malloy Adrian and London Olivia and step-daughter Monique.
Kenny Smith Education
Smith attended Archbishop Molloy High School. Here, he was coached by Jack Curran. He was named a McDonald’s All-American in 1983, then played basketball at the University of North Carolina for Dean Smith. He credits former South Carolina State star Bobby Lewis with his development as a shooter and ballhandler. Lewis averaged 30.9 points per game and was a First Team Division II All-American as a senior at South Carolina State.
Smith later developed the Bobby Lewis Basketball Skills Development Program, a training regimen that he presented at basketball camps around the country. Smith attended several of his lectures while in high school, and continued to use Lewis’s drills throughout his basketball career, and teaches them at his own basketball camps.
As a freshman, Kenny Smith joined Michael Jordan on a North Carolina team that was a Pre-season #1 and finished the season ranked #1 with a 28-3 record. During his career at North Carolina, Smith averaged 12.9 points and 6.0 assists per game, while shooting .512 from the field, and .823 from the free throw line.
Smith represented the United States in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, on a team that included players such as David Robinson, Muggsy Bogues, and Steve Kerr. He was second on the team in scoring behind Charles Smith with 14.7 points per game. Smith scored 23 points to lead the USA to an 87-85 win and the Gold Medal over a Soviet Union team that featured Arvydas Sabonis.
Kenny Smith NBA
Smith was selected as a point guard by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA draft. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team (1st Team) after averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game for the Kings. Smith began his NBA career playing for Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who was the head coach for Kings until he was fired 58 games into the ’87-88 season. Smith was traded to the Atlanta Hawks midway through the 1989–90 season, where he was a reserve player for the first time in his career, averaging 7.7 points per game while only starting five of thirty-games he played for the Hawks.
After the 1989–90 season, Smith was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend the next six seasons. The Rockets released Smith after the 1995-96 season, and he signed with the Detroit Pistons. He played only nine games with the Pistons before he was waived and signed by the Orlando Magic, who released Smith after only six games. Smith then signed with the Denver Nuggets, where he would remain for the rest of the season.
In his professional career, Smith scored 9,397 points (12.8 avg.), recorded 4,073 assists (5.5 avg) while shooting .480 from the field, .399 from three-point range, and .829 from the free throw line. He finished in the NBA top ten in three-point percentage three times (1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95), and top ten in free throw percentage twice (1992–93 and 1993–94). In the 1988–89 season Smith was fifth in the league in minutes played, seventh in minutes per game, and tenth in total assists. Smith’s career three-point percentage of .399 still ranks 42nd in NBA history. Smith holds the Denver Nuggets franchise record for career three-point percentage (.425), and he continues to rank among the all-time leaders in several categories for the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets.
Kenny Smith TNT
Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998, working as a studio analyst for end of the NBA regular season and the playoffs. Smith works with Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O’Neal on Inside the NBA, a winner of the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show. Smith covered basketball for the 2001 Goodwill Games, and he occasionally appears on NBA TV as an analyst. Smith provided commentary for the MSG Network’s broadcasts of New York Knicks games from 2005–08 and works as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
During the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend, Smith was a member of the Texas team that won the Shooting Stars Competition.
While on the Scoop B Radio Podcast in 2017, Smith told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that the 1994 Houston Rockets would have beaten Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls had they faced each other in the NBA Finals.
Kenny Smith TNT Salary
Smith earns a salary of $1 million from TNT.
Kenny Smith Net Worth
How Much is Kenny Smith Worth? He has an estimated net worth of 15 million.