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Willie Smith (basketball)

For the basketball player from the 1930s and 1940s, see Wee Willie Smith.
Willie Smith
Personal information
Born (1953-10-26) October 26, 1953 (age 62)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Ed W. Clark (Las Vegas, Nevada)
College Seminole JC (1972–1974)
Missouri (1974–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1976–1984
Position Point guard
Number 11, 8
Career history
1976 Chicago Bulls
1977 Indiana Pacers
1978 Kentucky Stallions (AABA)
1978–1979 Las Vegas Dealers (WBA)
1978–1979 Portland Trail Blazers
1979 Jersey Shore Bullets (WBA)
1979–1980 Cleveland Cavaliers
1980–1981 Montana Golden Nuggets (CBA)
1982–1983 Rochester Zeniths (CBA)
1983–1984 Sarasota Stingers (CBA)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

William C. "Willie" Smith (born October 26, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'2" (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) guard and played collegiately at Seminole Junior College and the University of Missouri, where he earned All-America honors. Smith, nicknamed "Mister Magic", averaged 25.3 points per game during the 1976 season as he led Mizzou to a Big Eight Conference basketball championship.[1]

Professional career

Smith played in the NBA from 1976 to 1980 after being selected with the 1st pick in the second round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.[2] In his four season NBA career, Smith played with the Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.


Since his time in the NBA, Smith has been involved with a number of business ventures and currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. On November 1, 2012 it was announced that Smith would be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on November 15.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Willie Smith and Derrick Chievous are headed to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Associated Press via KTVO-TV website. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ 1976 NBA Draft,

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