Houston Rockets: 30 Greatest players in franchise history
- Six seasons with the Rockets (1990-96)
- Averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, shot 40.7 percent on 3-point attempts
- 2x NBA Champion with the Rockets
Kenny “The Jet” Smith lands at No. 12 on the list and is the second member of the NBA on TNT studio crew to grace the countdown.
Smith was one of the better 3-point shooters of the 1990s, and he was a key part of the Rockets’ offensive attack when they won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.
The No. 6 pick of the Sacramento Kings back in 1987, Smith spent the first two-plus years of his pro career with the Kings. He earned All-Rookie honors in 1987-88, while averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game.
In his sophomore year in the league, Smith saw his numbers jump to 17.3 points and 5.9 assists per game. He also shot 35.9 percent from beyond the arc as his shooting stroke began to surface.
Smith was moved to the Atlanta Hawks during his third year in the league and was ultimately traded to the Rockets in the fall of 1990, just prior to the start of the season.
Everything clicked with the Rockets. Smith posted a career-high 17.7 points per game in his first year in Houston, while shooting a whopping 52 percent from the floor and 36.3 percent on 3-point attempts.
Smith continued to be the regular starter for the balance of his career in Houston, although his production slid a bit more each year. Obviously, he was a huge part of the title teams in 1993-94 and 1994-95, but his scoring wasn’t needed as much as in previous years — although his shooting ability was key to the team’s offensive attack.
He split his final season three ways between the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets, but will always be known for the role he played in leading the Rockets to two-straight titles in the mid-1990s.