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How good was Kenny Smith?

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by tinman, Feb 23, 2023.

  1. Dr of Dunk

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    Kenny Smith was the Jet because he could go north/south fast as hell and dunk. But you ask him to guard anybody and you'll see east/west, he's more like a tree stump. I've never seen anybody that fast going forward look that inept going sideways. Whenever he had to guard Gary Payton, Derek Harper, etc., I just covered my eyes. It could look brutal.

    He's had that nickname since high school.
     
  2. xiki

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    Kenny almost single handedly ceded the 1st title to Harper.

    Kenny was great (from 3) in Game 1 a year later.

    Kenny? Buried by Rudy T late in Smith’s Rox tenure came off the bench v LAL to a roar from crowd and went bonkers to snatch a W from the jaws of Defeat.

    Kenny gave his Championship ring to his dad who wore it PROUDLY every morning at bagel breakfast. Kenny treated his dad well.
     
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    I guess I either just missed it or, more likely, just forgot. I mean - - Kenny? Meh.
     
  4. tinman

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    There's no hand checking thanks to the 94 finals

    They hacked the crap out of Dream too, but he still whooped their entire front line
     
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  5. Dr of Dunk

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    Well you said "epitaph", so I figured you had left him for dead already. :D
     
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  6. jdiggidy

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    Perspective

    In 2011 Bleacher Report ranked Kenny in the top 50 coming in at 38.
    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/950542-50-greatest-nba-point-guards-of-all-time

    NOW, think of all the PGs since 2011 who have come out since. I would say Kenny definitely slides toward the bottom of the top 50 and eventually will fall off the list probably in the next 5-10 years where some of those guys never will fall of the list.

    Best PGs not already on that 2011list!
    Steph, Dame, Conley, Kyrie, Ja, Luka, Tre

    He was solid but definitely a piece you could've upgraded if the opportunity ever presented itself.
     
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  7. xiki

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    Kenny almost ‘handed’ the ringthing to NYK. Sammy!!!
     
  8. xiki

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    Good catch because it was intended as such.
     
  9. tinman

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    Kenny could run an offense and give you more assists than turnovers

    when was the last time we had that ?
    Chris Paul ?
     
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  10. Da Man

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    Kenny Smith was obviously an important player on those championship teams. I just remember Scott Brooks and Sam Cassell being the 4th quarter closers during the 93 through 95 seasons. Excellent shooter, great on the fast break, soft on defense, and below average as a dribble penetrator/finisher. Also, he was a reluctant shooter at times, even though he shot 40% from 3 point range for his career.
     
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  11. tinman

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    Sam Cassell is better than all of our guards now
    It’s not even close
     
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    LOL, I was going to add something similar. It's like he was stuck in the mud for the first step of the guy he was guarding. He was good at closing out though. The whole team was. Kenny was glad he had dream behind him.
    He was awesome in the pick and roll with OT and a knock down three point shooter on offense.
     
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  13. xiki

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    and perhaps best HC candidate???
     
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  14. pippendagimp

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    kenny was traded to us from the hawks. his first appearance as a rocket was channel 2/11/13 clips of him practicing with the team wearing denim jorts

    jim petersen, not peterson
     
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    He’s a Houston legend. Whatever his shortcomings, I wouldn’t rewrite history and replace him with anyone. We won with him, and he had huge moments…he had deficiencies for sure. But I remember Kenny fondly, even if I used to make fun of his bullfighter defense — to be fair, if I had Hakeem behind me, I might play that way too.
     
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    Yeah, but Game 1 vs Orlando the next year was pretty ****ing awesome

    Man, we were spoiled with that group back then. Absolutely fell in love with every one of those guys.
     
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    OT for Petersen
    That was a great trade
     
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    Sam Cassell would energize the Rocket fans for sure
     
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    I'd be down for that. Just like Demeco.
     
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