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Ishmael Smith | Guard

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
College: Wake Forest
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The Rockets have agreed to a 1-year deal with former Phoenix guard Ish Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Smith was waived by Phoenix after the acquisition of guard Isaiah Thomas. The Rockets were in the market for a back up point guard after trading Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, and now Smith will get a chance to fill that void. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 0.7 steals in 70 games played last season. Jul 17 - 5:49 PM

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The Suns waived PG Ish Smith on Tuesday.

Smith's $992k salary was on the verge of becoming fully guaranteed, but Phoenix doesn't have a need for him with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and possibly Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt. Smith should be able to earn a backup role with an NBA team, but it's not a certainty.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 6:36 PM

Ish Smith finished Sunday's road victory with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 19 minutes of action.

There was precious little defense being played, which helped Smith's case, and this marks his highest-scoring game since Feb. 28. He did most of his damage in the first half while Eric Bledsoe sat due to foul trouble, and Smith's solid game doesn't have lasting implications.
Mar 23 - 6:30 PM

Ish Smith started at point guard for the Suns on Wednesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with 13 points, eight boards, five assists and two 3-pointers.

He shot 5-of-15 from the field and this 36-minute effort was a little bit of a letdown. Smith was the only point guard on the active roster tonight and he couldn't take advantage of a plus matchup. Goran Dragic (ankle) has a chance to play on Friday vs. the Pelicans, so there's not much incentive to add Smith if he was left on waivers leading up to tonight.
Feb 27 - 1:23 AM

Ish Smith will start in place of Goran Dragic on Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

He should be extremely busy tonight as the only healthy point guard on the roster. Smith is basically a must-play in daily formats in a terrific matchup, but he may not have value beyond Wednesday night. Archie Goodwin will get in the rotation with a little bit of Dionte Christmas mixed in as well.
Feb 26 - 7:47 PM

Suns backup PG Ish Smith handed out eight assists in just 19 minutes of action on Saturday, earning praise from coach Jeff Hornacek.

"We knew that he could push the ball, knew he could pass it," Hornacek said. "He’s a very good ball-handler, obviously. We expected that if we needed him to go in our [up-tempo] style, it would work well." Smith stepped up in the rotation with Eric Bledsoe (knee) ruled out for at least one week, but he's only of interest to deep-league owners in need of assists.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 5 - 12:07 PM

Ish Smith was traded to the Suns on Thursday.

He was acquired by the Bucks during their horrible J.J. Redick trade along with Gustavo Ayon, and now the team essentially has just a 33-year-old Caron Butler to show for it. Smith played just 9.9 minutes per game last season, making only 35.2 percent of his shots. Even though he's guaranteed $985K this year, the 25-year-old guard is unlikely to get many minutes and may not be in the rotation.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Ish Smith was inactive for the Bucks on Saturday.

He was part of the trade that sent J.J. Redick to Milwaukee, but unlike Redick he doesn't have any fantasy value. He is owed a shade under $1 million for each of the next two seasons, though his 2014-15 salary is fully unguaranteed.
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 01:02:00 AM

The Bucks acquired Ish Smith from the Magic in a trade on Thursday.

He'll be thrust into a better position with the Bucks and he could actually have the inside track to playing backup point guard behind Brandon Jennings, but Monta Ellis would likely slide over to the point should Jennings miss time. There's no need to think about grabbing him in the vast majority of leagues while Jennings is healthy.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Ish Smith struggled in a start for the short-handed Magic on Monday, shooting 2-of-10 from the field to finish with four points, three rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.

J.J. Redick (shoulder), Jameer Nelson (arm) and DeQuan Jones (foot) were all out tonight, allowing Smith to play 26 minutes, but he failed to capitalize on the enlarged role. All three injured players are listed as day-to-day.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 09:27:00 PM

Ishmael Smith started for injured Jameer Nelson (hip) on Monday against the Heat, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting with two rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes.

Smith had four turnovers in those limited minutes and the Magic turned to veteran Hedo Turkoglu to run the offense. The threat of that should eliminate any fantasy appeal for Smith, and for now Nelson's injury doesn't appear to be serious.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 08:02:00 PM

Ishmael Smith drew the start on Saturday and scored a season-high 14 points to go with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes as the Magic were blown out 123-88 by the Raptors.

Jameer Nelson (hip) and E'Twaun Moore (elbow) both missed this game, but neither injury is expected to keep them out for long. The Magic take on the Heat on Monday, so the day off should help their injured guards.
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:26:00 PM

Ish Smith improved his jump shot after shoulder surgery.

"I feel a whole lot more comfortable," he said. "I feel confident in it," referring to his jumper. Smith will compete with E'Twaun Moore for the backup PG spot behind Jameer Nelson, but right now, Moore looks to have the leg up in the competition.
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 10:25:00 AM

Ishmael Smith scored six points in 12 minutes on Friday after missing time with a shoulder injury.

E'Twaun Moore has taken over the reserve point guard role for the Magic and had 18 points, two boards, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. If you're looking for a point guard late in a very deep draft, Moore, and not Smith, is a guy you should be looking at.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 10:01:00 PM

Ish Smith (shoulder surgery) will make his preseason debut on Friday.

Originally, Smith wasn't expected to be ready until mid-November, but he's worked very hard to return and be ready for the regular season. Right now, we have Smith as third on the PG depth chart behind Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 11:12:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Isaiah Canaan
3Ishmael Smith
4Troy Daniels
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Francisco Garcia
3Kostas Papanikolaou
4Robert Covington
5Alessandro Gentile
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Jeff Adrien
4Joey Dorsey
5Josh Powell
6Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard