How Will Russ Smith Spend His First NBA Paycheck?

Photo: Nick Laham – Getty There a lot of differences between being a college basketball player and a professional basketball player. The biggest difference is the fact that you’re now being paid to play the game. In the NBA, basketball is your full time job and you’re greatly compensated for it. Former Louisville star Russ Smith is one of sixty players drafted into the NBA...
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New Orleans Pelicans: Strongest and Weakest Moves of the Offseason

New Orleans Pelicans: Strongest and Weakest Moves of the Offseason By Trot Tauscher: Staff Writer At Hoopstuff… Moves Made Traded for Omer Asik Signed Patric Young Let Anthony Morrow and Jason Smith Walk Traded for Russ Smith on draft night Strongest: Trading for Omer Asik Asik provides an elite rebounding and defensive presence alongside Anthony Davis, which gives the Pelicans...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Named To The NBA All Summer League Second Team

Photo | With just one more game left in the annual NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the NBA released the “All Summer League” teams on Sunday evening. After averaging 16-points, five rebounds and 6.4 assists in five games, former Cardinal Russ Smith was named to the second team. His 6.4 points per game led the entire league. Samsung NBA Summer League Most Valuable Player:...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith’s NBA Contract Details Revealed

Jamie Rhodes | USA Today Sports Just a week after being drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans with the 47th overall pick, Rick Pitino confirmed that Russ Smith had signed a guaranteed contract. Considering all of Smith’s collegiate accolades it wouldn’t be fair to say that the guaranteed contract was a surprise, however most players that are taken late in the second round don...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA Recap 7/17/14: Vegas Summer League Day 7

(Photo Credit via Moyan Brenn) The Scores:                                                                                                                                       Charlotte Hornets 104 @ New Orleans Pelicans 75 Hornets: P.J. Hairston — 21 points  / 8-16 FGM-A Cody Zeller — 16 points / 5-10 FGM...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith’s Stellar Play Continues: He Leads The Summer League In Assists Per Game

Photo | New Orleans Advocate You don’t need me to tell you that the NBA summer league isn’t nearly as competitive as the 82-game regular season with legitimate rosters full of veterans. With that said, those who’ve doubted Russ Smith’s ability to play at the next level are starting to look more foolish each day. Smith had his best performance of the summer league on Monday...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: New Orleans Pelicans extend two-year offer to Patric Young

With the New Orleans Pelicans only having one draft selection in this year’s NBA Draft, Russ Smith. The Pelicans summer league roster is filled with veterans and undrafted rookies. One of those rookies has made an impact already and that is former Florida Gator big man Patric Young. So far in the Las Vegas Summer League, Young is averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith Scores 20 & Dishes Game Winning Assist In Summer League Debut

Former Louisville super star Russ Smith made his professional debut with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday evening in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. After somewhat of a sluggish start, Smith did exactly what you would expect of him. The former Card provided instant offense and was able to lead his team to a come from behind victory, including a game winning assist. Smith was...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Russ Smith Previews The NBA Summer League

Photo | New Orleans Pelicans Russ Smith arrived in New Orleans earlier this week to meet with the media and discuss being a member of the Pelicans. Smith expressed his excitement about joining the team and how he could make an impact. During Rick Pitino’s press conference earlier today, he broke the news that Smith has signed a guaranteed contract with New Orleans. The financial...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Russ Smith, Now Anthony Davis’ Teammate In New Orleans, Jokes About How Many Shots Of His Kentucky Big Man Blocked

Anthony Davis and Russ Smith played collegiately at schools that hate each other–Kentucky and Louisville, respectively–but the former NCAA stars are now teammates in the NBA.  Smith, the former Louisville guard picked in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Pelicans, joins Davis, the former Kentucky big man selected No. 1 overall in 2012, in New Orleans.  Today, Smith...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans: Pelicans Draft Grades

Round 2, Pick 17: Russ Smith – PG – Louisville - Going into Thursday night’s draft, the Pelicans didn’t have many glaring needs – however, with the looming unrestricted free agency of Anthony Morrow, a player who could provide floor spacing and instant points off of the bench was needed. They were able to wait until 3/4th’s of the draft was already complete to find that...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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