How much is Kenny Smith worth?
|Net Worth:||$14 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Sports Commentator|
|Date of Birth:||March 8, 1965 (age 57)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
About Kenny Smith
Kenny Smith first became known for being a professional basketball player in the NBA (National Basketball Association). His career began in the late 1980s and he almost immediately joined the NBA. During his one-decade long basketball career, Kenny achieved a lot of success.
He scored nearly 10,000 points, 1,500 rebounds, and 4,000 assists. Now a former player, he works as an analyst and basketball commentator on various television programs.
Kenny first gained international popularity when he joined the National Basketball Association. He was born on March 8, 1965, in Queens, New York. Growing up in LeFrak City, he spent most of his pre-teen and teen years playing basketball and other sports. He attended the Archbishop Molloy High School. He was coached by Jack Curran and at one point was named an All-American McDonalds. His passion for the sport grew even more during his time at university.
At the time he was still attending the University of North Carolina, he slowly became an experienced ball-handler and shooter. He joined many programs such as Bobby Lewis’ Basketball Skills Developmental Program, thanks to which he learned more about basketball. As a freshman, he joined Kenny Smith on the North Carolina team. He managed to score 9 points and 5 assists during his first game.
The thing that made this basketball player so rich was his association with many successful teams such as Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets to name a few. In 1984, he took part in his first tournament – the NCAA annual tournament where his team (Tar Heels) lost to the Indiana University in the semi-finals. Throughout the next three years, he continued to score points and contributed a lot to the success of the North Carolina team. His most notable performance during his college career was from 1986 when he joined a four-man team that represented the United States in the FIBA World Championship.
In 1987, Smith was the sixth pick drafted in the annual NBA draft. He was appointed the point guard in the Sacramento Kings. His NBA career started off with a play that included Hall of Famer Bill Russel as the team’s coach. After two years, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where for the first time in his career, he was a reserve player. After the 1989-90 season had ended, Kenny was moved to the Houston Rockets team where he spent six seasons and earned an estimated net worth of an inflation-adjusted $10 million.
In early 1998, just months after his retirement from basketball, Kenny joined the Turner Sports channels as one of the studio analysts for the NBA seasons and playoffs. He continued to take part in multiple broadcasting programs with his most successful being Inside the NBA, which eventually won many Sports Emmy Awards. In 2015, it was announced that The Jet will take part in his own television series titled Meet the Smiths, for which he also worked as a producer.
Outside of broadcasting, he’s also an actor that’s known for his many appearances in NBA 2K video games, as well as television series such as The Odd Couple, Laura’s Mysteries, Grown, and American Dad.
The success of Kenny Smith comes from his love for basketball. He spent most of the early 1990s with the Houston Rockets. The team had a strong showing in the early years and towards 1994, they began winning multiple championships and games. They were able to win back to back championships in 1993, 1994, and 1995.
After winning two NBA championships and two playoffs with the team, the basketball superstar joined various teams such as Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic. In 1997, he joined the Denver Nuggets and after spending a few months with them announced his retirement from competition.
Kenny Smith gained national popularity with his work as a basketball player in the late years of the 20th century. His career came to an end in 1997. During his decade-long career, he was able to win a lot of awards and achievements such as two NBA championships, and one win at the McDonalds All-American. As of 2023, Kenny Smith’s net worth is estimated to be $14 million.
Now, he’s been pursuing a broadcasting career and has taken part in multiple programs as an analyst and commentator.