Russ Smith Indicators With Pacers’ G-League Affiliate – CalBearsMaven

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Russ Smith is lastly again within the league.
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who’re the NBA G-League affiliate for the Indiana Pacers, introduced Thursday that they’d signed the previous Louisville star from the accessible participant pool.
“I’m so grateful I get to play,” Smith posted to Twitter. “Basketball Gods actually simply took care of me.”
It’s Smith’s first stint within the G-League for the reason that 2016-17 season, final enjoying for the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate – the Delaware 87ers. The majority of his skilled profession since mid-2017 has been spent abroad in China, having final performed for the Sichuan Blue Whales.
In 72 complete G-League video games, Smith averaged 20.7 factors, 6.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per recreation, whereas taking pictures 46.2 p.c from the sector and 31.8 p.c on three level makes an attempt. He noticed time with the 87ers, a short prior stint with the Mad Ants, and the Iowa Vitality.
Smith was chosen with the No. 47 total decide of the 2014 NBA Draft by the 76ers, solely to be traded to the New Orleans Pelicans the following day, who would commerce him later that season to the Memphis Grizzlies. Between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, he noticed motion in 27 video games, totaling 53 factors, 19 assists and 15 rebounds.
Referred to as ‘Russdiculous’ for his wild and reckless playstyle, the taking pictures guard left Louisville as this system’s fifth all-time main scorer with 1,908 factors, and their profession chief in steals with 257.
He helped lead the Cardinals to the 2013 nationwide championship, their third at school historical past, averaging 18.7 factors, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a couple of.1 steals as a junior that 12 months. His 2013-14 senior season was his greatest in a Cardinal uniform, placing up 18.2 factors, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and a couple of.0 steals per recreation, and getting named a Consensus First Crew All-American because of this.
(Picture of Russ Smith by way of USA TODAY)
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16′ Sport Administration graduate of the College of Louisville, and native of the Derby Metropolis. Has been protecting the Cardinals in varied capacities since 2017, with a short cease in Atlanta, Ga. on the Georgia Tech beat additionally with Sports activities Illustrated. He’s additionally a co-host of the ‘From The Pink Seats’ and ‘third & Central’ podcasts on the State of Louisville community. Video gamer, bourbon drinker and canine lover. Discover him on Twitter at @Matt_McGavic