Adrian Smith

Adrian Howard “Odie” Smith (born October 5, 1936) is a retired American professional basketball player.

Smith began his professional career in the 1961–62 NBA season. During his first three seasons, he served as a backup guard behind Oscar Robertson and Bucky Bockhorn, averaging about 20 minutes per game with scoring averages of 7.2, 8.9, and 9.4, respectively.

In his fourth season of 1964-65, he became a starter in the Royals’ backcourt alongside Robertson. Playing over 34 minutes per game, he averaged 15.1 points per game, with a .456 field goal percentage and .830 free throw percentage.

The 1965-66 season was both his most productive and noteworthy. He averaged a career-high 18.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game as the Royals went 45-35 and, in the Eastern Division semifinals, extended the Boston Celtics to a fifth and deciding game before falling to the eventual NBA champions. On December 15 he scored a career-high 34 points against the Celtics, and followed that up on January 5 with another career-high of 35 points. During the season, Smith was selected to the 1966 NBA All-Star Game and, surprisingly for a game that including eight future Hall-of-Famers, Smith was named MVP after he scored 24 points in 26 minutes. It was his only all-star appearance, and for winning the MVP award, he received a new Ford Galaxie car.

In his sixth NBA season, 1966–67, Smith averaged 16.6 points per game and led the NBA with a .903 free throw percentage and, for the fourth time, the durable Smith led the league in games played. In 1967-68, Smith averaged 15.6 points per game in his last year as a starter. In 1968-69, playing primarily as a backup to Robertson and Tom Van Arsdale, Smith averaged 9.6 ponts per game.

In the 1969-70 season, after 32 games with the Royals, Smith was traded to the San Francisco Warriors, for whom he played another 45 games, averaging 5.9 points per game for the season. In 1970-71, his 10th NBA season, he played only 21 games, averaging 5.3 points per game in his final NBA season.

In 1971-72 he played for the American Basketball Association’s Virginia Squires, averaging 5.1 points per game.

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Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1966)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1966)
NCAA champion (1958)

Men’s basketball
Competitor for the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Rome Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Team competition

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