Keith Smart

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Keith Smart
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Smart as head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2011
Personal information
Born (1964-09-21) September 21, 1964 (age 55)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school McKinley (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College Garden City CC (1984–1986)
Indiana (1986–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1988–1997
Position Guard
Coaching career1997–present
Career history
As player:
1988 San Antonio Spurs
1989 San Miguel Beermen
1989 Worcester Counts
1990 Youngstown Pride
1991 Halifax Windjammers
1993 Bravo de Lara
1994Cambrais Basket
1995 Trotamundos de Carabobo
1995–1996 Florida Beachdogs
1996–1997 Fort Wayne Fury
As coach:
1997–2000Fort Wayne Fury
20002003 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2003 Cleveland Cavaliers
20032010 Golden State Warriors (assistant)
2010–2011 Golden State Warriors
2011–2012 Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20112013 Sacramento Kings
20142016 Miami Heat (assistant)
20162018 Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
20182019 New York Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Keith Smart (born September 21, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who was an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is perhaps best remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game. The shot gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 74–73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen. [1] He had transferred to Indiana from Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a two-year standout and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year. [2]


After two seasons at Indiana, Smart was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he played two games in the 1988–89 season. In 12 minutes, Smart scored two points and had two assists and one rebound. Smart later played in the Philippines, with the San Miguel Beermen of the PBA, in the 1989 Reinforced Conference, where he played through an injury and was eventually replaced by Ennis Whatley after only five games. [3] After the PBA, he played in the World Basketball League: first with the Worcester Counts in 1989. [4] He then played for the Youngstown Pride and was traded to the Halifax Windjammers in March 1991. [5] Smart later played in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rapid City Thrillers (1995–96) and Fort Wayne Fury (1996–97). [6] He also played two seasons in France, and one in Venezuela. [2]

In 2002, Smart finished the season as interim coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His record was 9–31 with the club. In 2003, he became an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

In 2010, Smart took over for Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson before the start of the 2010-11 training camp. [7]

The Warriors fired Smart on April 27, 2011 following a 36 win season, a 10-game improvement from the previous season. [8] [9] He joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach in November 2011. [10] On January 5, 2012, the Kings named Smart head coach after firing Paul Westphal. [11] He recorded a 48–93 record over parts of two seasons with the team. On May 31, 2013, the Kings fired Smart with one year remaining on his contract. [12] [13] On September 17, 2014, the Miami Heat announced they had hired Smart as an assistant coach.

On December 6, 2019, Smart was fired by the New York Knicks.

Head coaching record

Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
Cleveland 2002–03 40931.2258th in CentralMissed Playoffs
Golden State 2010–11 823646.4393rd in PacificMissed Playoffs
Sacramento 2011–12 592039.3395th in PacificMissed Playoffs
Sacramento 2012–13 822854.3414th in PacificMissed Playoffs

See also


  1. Keith Smart's last-gasp basket propelled Indiana to a - 04.06.87 - SI Vault
  2. 1 2 "Keith Smart". NBA. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  3. "Grand-slam Beermen roll out barrel". Philippine Daily Inquirer. December 9, 2010. p. W-9.
  4. Yantz, Tom (August 5, 1989). "World Basketball League Provides Players a Possible Shortcut to NBA". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  5. "Transactions". Baltimore Sun. March 21, 1991. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  6. Lebowitz, Larry (November 15, 1996). "Beachdogs A Team On The Move". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  7. "Smart seeks to add defensive mindset to Warriors' rapid pace". September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 2, 2010. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
  9. "Smart gets another shot, this time as Kings coach". Associated Press. January 6, 2012. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012.
  10. Keith Smart, Bobby Jackson join Kings
  11. "Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal". January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  12. "Sale of Kings officially done". AssociatedPress. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  13. "KEITH SMART RELIEVED OF HEAD COACHING DUTIES". May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.

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