Sam Smith (basketball, born 1955)

Sam Smith (born January 8, 1955) is an American former professional basketball player.

Sam Smith
Personal information
Born (1955-01-08) January 8, 1955 (age 65)
Ferriday, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolEd W. Clark
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
NBA draft1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1978–1980
PositionShooting guard
Number5, 28
Career history
1978Kentucky Stallions
1978–1979Salt Lake City Prospectors
1979Milwaukee Bucks
1979–1980Chicago Bulls
Stats at

A 6'4" guard born in Ferriday, Louisiana, Smith played at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the 1970s, and helped the Runnin' Rebels reach their first ever NCAA Final Four in 1977 as a member of the fabled "Hardway Eight" coached by Jerry Tarkanian.[1] He then played two seasons (1978–1980) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls. He averaged 6.8 points per game in his NBA career,[2] and completed the first four-point play in NBA history on October 21, 1979.[1]

He is now living in Las Vegas and working as an AAU basketball trainer and coach at the Bill and Lilly Heinrich YMCA with fellow UNLV legend and teammate, Robert Smith.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Sam Smith. "Taxing dilemma for NBA's 2010 free agents". July 27, 2009. Retrieved on October 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Sam Smith. Retrieved on October 12, 2009.