11 Houston Rockets' role players who will never be forgotten

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3. Kenny Smith

Kenny "The Jet" Smith joined the Rockets in 1990 and was the Rockets' primary table-setter during their title seasons.

Smith averaged 7.1 assists in his first season with the Rockets (13th-best in the NBA in 1990-91) and averaged 6.9 assists in 1991-92. 

Smith was one of the league's most proficient 3-point shooters as a member of the Rockets, as he finished fourth in 3-point percentage in 1992-93 (43.8 percent) and third in 1993-94 (40.5 percent).

Smith’s stellar 3-point shooting was on display in the 1995 NBA Finals, most notably in Game 1, as he made seven treys and hit one of the biggest shots in the entire series - a bomb from behind the arc that sent the game to overtime. 

The Rockets eventually won the game, due in no small part to Smith’s 23 points and 9 assists.

Through six years with the Rockets, Smith averaged 12.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 40.7 percent from deep, ranking sixth in franchise history in total assists and eighth in 3-pointers made.