There is a chance that Ish Smith may break an NBA record next season. To acquire Will Barton and Monte Morris, the Washington Wizards reportedly dealt the veteran guard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Denver Nuggets for the two guards. If Smith plays for Denver (or any of the other 17 teams) in 2022, he would have played for 13 different NBA franchises in his career. In league history, that would be the most players.
This honour was shared by four players prior to Wednesday’s trade: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith all played for 12 different teams during their careers. Then again, Smith is still an active player and a possible 13th team member. A top spot on the rankings is within reach for him.
There is a chance that Ish Smith may break an NBA record next season. Washington Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton is rumoured to have been traded as part of the deal. A Denver Nuggets uniform in 2022 would mark Smith’s 13th appearance in the NBA if he plays there. Most in league history, that’s for certain.
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— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 29, 2022
This honour was shared by four players prior to Wednesday’s trade: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith all played for 12 different teams during their careers. Then again, Smith is still an active player and a possible 13th team member. Achieving this goal would put him in the first place.
Smith’s NBA career has been an unusual one. While he’s been in the league for a decade, he’s only ever spent more than two seasons with a single team: the Detroit Pistons, from 2016 to 2019. This is the sixth time he’s been traded in his career. In addition, he has been waived six times.
Before being dealt with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010, Smith was an undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest. He played 28 games for the Houston Rockets. Following the 2011 season, Smith played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic. Smith spent two seasons in Orlando before being dealt with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013, who then dealt him to the Phoenix Suns six months later.
From 2013-2015, Smith played for five different clubs before finally settling in with the Detroit Pistons in 2016 following a rocky three-year run. Before joining the Hornets in 2021, he played three seasons in Detroit and two seasons with the Washington Wizards. Soon after, on February 10, 2022, he was acquired by Denver from the Wizards by the Hornets.
While he’s on the bench, Smith makes an effort to contribute. In 719 games since 2010, he has played an average of 20 minutes per game, including 22 minutes per game this past season for the Wizards, where he averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 assists. In Denver, Smith should serve as Jamal Murray’s backup point guard, who was sidelined by an ACL tear this season.
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