April 15, 2011
After a thoroughly disappointing season last year, including being knocked out of the Euroleague in only the qualifying round and being unable to make it out of the Eurocup top 16, Treviso jettisoned most of their roster. The biggest addition came in the form of Devin Smith, who joined from Greek side Panellinios. Smith is both the team's leading scorer and its best defender, averaging 16.1 points in 28 minutes per game in Eurocup play, alongside 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocks. Smith started out life at a post player, has slowly worked his way outwards, and is now a pretty reliable ball handler and three point shooter as well. He probably takes too many threes now, and he's certainly not explosive, but his offensive and defensive versatility make him the best player on the Benetton team.
April 25, 2010
- Devin Smith
Former Virginia forward Devin Smith is a personal favourite, which is why we're going to talk about him. Smith has never sniffed the NBA, save for a summer league spot with the Sixers in 2006, but he's made a good career for himself. Playing for Panellinios in Greece - who got all the way to Eurocup semi finals this year - Smith has averaged 15.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 27 minutes per game in the Eurocup, alongside 13.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in the Greek league. He's also playing good if unathletic defense (which suits Greece rather well), can be a mismatch in the post, and shot 41% from three in the Eurocup. Quentin Richardson plays in much the same way and he starts for the Heat. Although that's more of an indictment of the rest of their small forwards.