#4 Greg Smith
NBA Experience: 1
College: Fresno State
High School: Westwind Prep Academy (Phoenix, AZ)
Birthdate: January 8, 1991
Birthplace: Vallejo, CA
How Acquired: Signed from D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 8, 2012
In his rookie season with Houston, averaged 1.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.63 blocks in eight games … inactive for 23 games (2/8/12-2/17/12; 3/22/12-4/22/12) … DNP (CD) for six games (2/22/12; 3/2/12; 3/11/12-3/13/12; 3/18/12-3/20/12) … was also placed on the inactive list for three games (3/6/12-3/10/12) with a bruised tailbone … signed from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 8, marking the first GATORADE Call-Up of his career … assigned by the Rockets back to the Vipers on Feb. 9 … recalled from Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 19 … re-assigned to the Vipers on Mar. 21 … rejoined the Rockets on Apr. 8 following the conclusion of Rio Grande Valley’s season … posted a game-high four blocks and three boards in his NBA debut vs. Utah (2/19/12) … added three rebounds vs. the L.A. Clippers (3/4/12) … suffered a bruised tailbone at practice (3/5/12) … finished out his rookie season with a career-best eight points (4-6 FG) and a career-high 10 rebounds vs. New Orleans (4/26/12) … also averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two preseason games with the Rockets … named 2011-12 All-NBA D-League First Team and 2011-12 D-League All-Rookie First Team … selected as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star … overall, averaged 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.15 blocks in 26 games (21 starts) with the Vipers … finished as the 2011-12 D-League leader in field goal percentage (.668, 185-277 FG) … also tied for 10th in the D-League in double-doubles (10), tied for 10th in rebounding average (7.8) and was 16th in blocks per game (1.15).
In the NBA
Was with the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
In International Play
Began his professional career in Mexico with Soles de Mexicali in the LNBP.
Averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks as a sophomore at Fresno State in 2010-11 … was also the 2009-10 WAC Freshman of the Year, which was voted on by the WAC head coaches.
Born Greg Smith on Jan. 8, 1991, in Vallejo, California … raised in Fresno, California … most admires his mother, Cheryl Duckworth, because she taught him to never give up … has one older sister, Ashely, and one younger brother, Divante … his uncle, Steve Shelley, was a two-year football letterwinner (1988-89) as a wide receiver at Fresno State and signed with the NFL’s San Diego Chargers in 1990 … enjoys playing basketball and video games … favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and LeBron James because of their drive … biggest athletic thrill is dunking on people … earned All-Arizona State honors at Westwind Prep Academy and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-America Team … previously attended Edison High School, where he was named 2009 Central Valley Fresno Bee Player of the Year.
Went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft … signed by Houston as a training camp invitee on Dec. 13, 2011 … waived by the Rockets on Dec. 22, 2011 … later signed from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 8, 2012.