Magic Re-Sign Ish Smith
August 15, 2012
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have re-signed free agent guard Ish Smith, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
Smith (#10, 6’0”, 175, 7/5/88) played in 26 combined games last season with both Golden State and Orlando, averaging 2.8 ppg., 1.6 apg. and 1.3 rpg. in 9.0 minpg. He played in six games with the Warriors, averaging 4.5 ppg., 1.5 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 10.5 minpg., before being waived on Jan. 13. Smith was signed as a free agent by Orlando on Feb. 2. In 20 outings with the Magic, he averaged 2.3 ppg., 1.6 apg. and 1.3 rpg. in 8.6 minpg. Smith also played in one playoff game (May 2), tallying one rebound and one blocked shot in five minutes.
Smith led (or tied) the Magic in assists twice. He dished out a career-high-tying seven assists on Apr. 9 vs. Detroit. Smith also recorded a career-high-tying three steals on Apr. 9 vs. Detroit.
Originally signed as a free agent by Houston on Aug. 23, 2010, Smith has appeared in 69 career NBA regular season games with Houston, Memphis, Golden State and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg., 1.7 apg. and 1.2 rpg. in 9.8 minpg. He has played in six playoff outings, averaging 0.7 ppg. in 2.5 minpg. Smith also played in eight games (five starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League in 2010-11, averaging 12.5 ppg., 7.9 apg., 4.3 rpg., 1.50 stlpg. and 1.25 blkpg. in 32.9 minpg.
Smith appeared in 121 career games (91 starts) during his four-year collegiate career at Wake Forest, averaging 9.2 ppg., 5.1 apg., 3.7 rpg. and 1.26 stlpg. He became the first player in Wake Forest history to post more than 1,000 points (1,114) and 600 assists (612) during his career. Smith finished his career ranked second all-time on the Demon Deacons’ list in assists.