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Greg Smith - C, 6'10, 250
Signed in Japan - Signed with Osaka Evessa
       Date of birth: 01/08/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2011
     Out of: Fresno State
  NBA Experience: 5 years
  Hand: Right

6th September, 2011 Mexico Signed a one year contract with Soles de Mexicali.
30th November, 2011 Mexico Left Soles de Mexicali.
13th December, 2011 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Houston. Included team option for 2012/13.
22nd December, 2011 NBA Waived by Houston.
28th December, 2011 D-League Acquired by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
8th February, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year contract with Houston, for $473,604 (the full value of the rookie minimum, but not prorated, despite being a midseason signing) in the first part-season and the final two seasons at the minimum salary.
9th February, 2012 D-League Assigned by Houston to Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
18th February, 2012 D-League Recalled by Houston from Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
21st March, 2012 D-League Assigned by Houston to Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
9th April, 2012 D-League Recalled by Houston from Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
10th February, 2013 D-League Assigned by Houston to Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
14th February, 2013 D-League Recalled by Houston from Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
10th April, 2014 NBA Waived by Houston.
14th March, 2014 NBA Signed a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2015 with Chicago.
14th July, 2014 NBA Traded by Chicago to Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to Tadija Dragicevic (#53, 2008).
4th September, 2015 China Signed a two week tryout with Guangdong.
9th October, 2015 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
10th October, 2015 NBA Contract voided.
5th January, 2016 D-League Acquired by Raptors 905.
2nd March, 2016 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with Minnesota.
12th March, 2016 NBA Signed a second 10 day contract with Minnesota.
22nd March, 2016 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2017 with Minnesota.
30th June, 2016 NBA Waived by Minnesota.
7th October, 2016 Turkey Signed a contract until the end of the calendar year with Istanbul BSB.
4th March, 2017 Philippines Signed for the duration of the Commissioner's Cup with Blackwater Elite.
8th August, 2017 Japan Signed a one year contract with Osaka Evessa.
When: Where:
2009 - 2011 Fresno State (NCAA)
September 2011 - November 2011 Soles de Mexicali (Mexico)
December 2011 Houston Rockets (NBA)
December 2011 - February 2012 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
February 2012 - April 2014 Houston Rockets (NBA)
April 2014 - July 2014 Chicago Bulls (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2015 Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
July 2015 Atlanta Hawks (Summer League)
September 2015 Guangdong (China)
October 2015 New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
January 2016 - March 2016 Raptors 905 (D-League)
March 2016 - June 2016 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
October 2016 - December 2016 Istanbul BSB (Turkey)
March 2017 - June 2017 Blackwater Elite (Philippines)
August 2017 - present Osaka Evessa (Japan)
From blog:

   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Centres

Greg Smith - More than most, Smith is trying to take advantage of this weak draft. He has declared after a solid but not eyecatching sophomore season at Fresno State, one in which he averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, shooting 57% from the field and 54% from the line. An out-and-out post player, none of his touch, footwork or defensive awareness is especially refined, but the physical profile (6'10, 250, hands the size of small yachts and sufficient mobility) makes him intriguing. Ideally, he would hone those skills as an upperclassman, but he chose to forego his final two years (citing "instability" at Fresno State) to gamble on the idea that he'll be drafted as a project at some point. He might be right, too.

Here is a video of Greg Smith in high school, made (and thus captioned) by Greg Smith himself.

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Houston

Greg Smith

If Smith wasn't the best backup centre in the NBA last season, then I'm struggling to think of who was. (EDIT: oh yeah, JaVale.) After going undrafted, a slimmer, quicker Smith played his way into the league, then the rotation, and then into the conversation the first sentence of this blurb credits him with. He scores very efficiently through pick-and-roll play and catching and finishing around the basket (aided by his 12' inch hands), rebounds better than he ever did in college, and defends those bigger than him better than expected. He does so while committing far too many fouls, but mistakes happen, and it's at least counterweighted by impressively low turnover numbers. But largely, with Smith, it's those hands. Here they are in comparison to a person's shoulder.

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   Rockets still have leverage in Omer Asik standoff

[...] It is plausible, therefore, that any further decline in Asik's play and value that comes with returning him to his unsatisfactory role will be offset by the actual NBA trade deadline helping stimulate demand for a deal. Indeed, it may even increase his value. A further benefit may be that in keeping Asik in this role, Greg Smith is kept out of the rotation; he direct by-product of this may be that Smith, a proven NBA rotation-caliber player and thoroughly capable potential backup to Howard himself, is to get scant little playing time (and thus opportunity to build up his value) in the months approaching his restricted free agency. Keeping Asik down keeps Smith even further down, and while one of these situations is bad, the other is far better for Houston. The Rockets control Smith's future via this restricted free agency. It behooves them if he is not needed so much now.

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   Deadline looms for these unguaranteed players

Houston - Patrick Beverley, Greg Smith and Ronnie Brewer: Despite the injury to Beverley and the lack of minutes for Smith, both are extremely good value at the minimum salary and are sure to stay. Brewer is in much greater danger - having played only 78 minutes all season, Brewer is not needed as a player, and, given the Rocket's predilection for roster turnover, they would no doubt much rather have the open roster spot to keep their options open. After all, they have some Rio Grande Valley Vipers to call up. (Troy Daniels, take note. Everyone else, take note of Troy Daniels.)

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Signed in Japan


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