Zhaire Smith
Zhaire Smith
20-Year-Old GuardG
Delaware Blue Coats  G League  
Delaware Blue Coats
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith was expected to return in December of last year after suffering a Jones fracture in his left foot last August. However, just a month later, he had an allergic reaction that forced him to undergo a procedure and ultimately miss the majority of his rookie campaign. All told, Smith made six appearances last season, posting per-game averages of 6.7 points (41.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 75.0 FT%), 2.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 three, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes per game. Furthermore, he wasn't part of the regular playoff rotation, combining to play five minutes across two tilts. Regardless, Smith has fully recovered from his serious health scare and also suited up during the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League. Across five bouts, Smith recorded averages of 12.4 points (48.0 FG%, 31.2 3P%, 60.0 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 three and 0.2 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game. It's unlikely that he'll be effective enough to warrant ownership in all formats, especially given Philadelphia's depth of talent. With that being said, Smith plays bigger than his listed height (6-foot-4) and may earn a consistent reserve role as a sophomore, especially if his perimeter shooting proves reliable. If all goes well, he could be a threat to contribute decent counting stats thanks to his fairly well-rounded skillset and impressive feel for the game. As such, he may be worthy of a late-round flier in some deeper fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.67 million contract with the 76ers in of 2018. 76ers exercised $3.2 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Zhaire Jahi-ihmi Smith was born in Garland, Texas, to Andrea and Billy Ray Smith. His father played college basketball for Kansas State. Zhaire has a sister named Aayinde. He attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. Smith averaged 20.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior, earning District 10-6A MVP honors. Coaches also voted him the best high school dunker in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Learn more about Smith by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@zhaire_smith).

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Smith spent one season with Texas Tech in 2017-18. The high-flying 6-foot-5 guard came off the bench for the first 15 games, but he scored in double digits in 12 of those games. He started the majority of the Big 12 conference schedule and had a pair of 20-point games, including 21 points (on 7-for-8 shooting) and eight rebounds in a win over Iowa State. On the season, Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks. The Red Raiders advanced to the Elite Eight and the guard had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the second-round win over Florida. He was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and the All-Defensive Team. Although he initially entered the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent, his draft stock assured him a place in the first round and he went pro after one season with Texas Tech. Smith was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2018 NBA Draft, but he was immediately traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on draft night.

May have long-term stay in G League
GDelaware Blue Coats   G League (76ers)
March 8, 2020
G League Delaware coach Connor Johnson said Sunday that he expects Smith to remain with the affiliate for the foreseeable future before rejoining the 76ers once the regular season ends, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
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The 2018 first-round pick has stayed healthy this season after missing extensive action as a rookie, but the playoff-contending 76ers simply don't have a spot in the rotation for Smith. As a result, he's made several appearances in the G League throughout the season to pick up playing time, and it looks like that plan will remain in place for the next month. Smith may rejoin the 76ers on a few occasions before the regular season concludes, but likely just as a depth option rather than as a rotation player.
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Smith was selected by the Suns with the 16th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Through a variety of trades, his rights ended up with the 76ers. Smith appeared in six games for Philadelphia, making two starts. He began the season injured and did not make his debut until Mar. 25. In that debut, he came off the bench against the Orlando Magic and scored three points. Smith's highest scoring output came in the final game of the regular season, when he notched 17 points as part of a 125-109 victory over the Bulls. He also played 11 games for the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League, averaging 7.2 points and 1.6 assists. Smith came off the bench in two playoff games, totaling a little over five minutes and tallying a steal.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and traded along with a 20211st round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Mikal Bridges.
  • July 2, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Smith spent just one year playing college ball at Texas Tech, though was able to draw scouts attention with his play and athleticism. He finished the year averaging 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks across 28.4 minutes, earning him a selection by the Sixers with the 16th overall pick of the 2018 draft. While he only shot 40 total three-pointers, Smith did knock down 45 percent of them, so he appears to at least have the potential to develop into a better than average deep ball shooter once he ups his attempts. As his aforementioned numbers suggest, Smith also excels on the defensive side of the ball, giving him the potential to become a 3-and-D player for the Sixers down the line. All that said, the 19-year-old suffered a Jones fracture at the start of August and then underwent surgery to repair it. That will sideline for a good chunk of the upcoming season and means Fantasy owners should feel comfortable avoiding him in standard drafts. Keep an eye out for a potential return in the second half of the season, but with the likes of J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Markelle Fultz all seeing time at shooting guard, Smith could still struggle to see significant minutes.
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Scores 16 off bench
GDelaware Blue Coats   G League (76ers)
February 28, 2020
Smith had 16 points (7-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal over 31 minutes in Thursday's G League loss to Wisconsin.
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Logs 10 minutes versus Warriors
GPhiladelphia 76ers
January 28, 2020
Smith had three points (1-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one steal in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 115-104 win over the Warriors.
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Available Tuesday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
January 28, 2020
Smith (ankle) has been cleared to play Tuesday against Golden State, Justin Grasso of Sports Illustrasted reports.
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Questionable for Tuesday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
January 27, 2020
Smith (ankle) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
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Suffers ankle sprain
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
January 25, 2020
Smith won't return to Saturday's game against the Lakers after sustaining a left ankle sprain, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
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