Adrian Smith (basketball)


Adrian Smith (basketball)

Adrian Howard (Odie) Smith (born October 5, 1936, in Farmington, Kentucky) is an American former Northeast Mississippi Community College, University of Kentucky, National Basketball Association, and American Basketball Association player.

Smith was a member of the undefeated U.S. men's basketball team that won the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics.

A 6"2" guard, he was drafted out of the University of Kentucky by the Cincinnati Royals in 1961. Career highlights include his surprising winning of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game MVP in which he scored 24 points in 26 minutes of play (assisted, literally, by his regular-season teammate Oscar Robertsoncite book |last=Pluto |first=Terry |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball |year=1992 |publisher=Simon & Schuster |location=New York |id=ISBN 0-671-74279-5] ), and his league- leading free throw percentage of 90.3% in the 1966-67 season. In the 1969-70 season, Smith was traded by the Royals to the San Francisco Warriors. Smith's NBA career ended following the 1970-71 season, after which he played one season in the American Basketball Association with the Virginia Squires.

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* [http://www.databasebasketball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=SMITHAD01 NBA stats] @ databasebasketball.com


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