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#32 Lenzelle Smith
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  • Signed in Greece
  • Signed with Kymis
  • SG
  • 6'4" / 210lbs
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  • 10/03/1991
  • USA
  • Undrafted, 2014
  • Ohio State
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DateLeagueTransaction
1st November, 2014D-LeagueDrafted 38th overall in the 2014 D-League Draft by Erie BayHawks.
10th September, 2015ItalySigned a one year contract with Barcellona.
2nd February, 2016D-LeagueReturning player rights traded by Erie BayHawks to Delaware 87ers in exchange for John Bohannon.
15th March, 2016ItalyLeft Barcellona.
16th March, 2016ItalySigned for the remainder of the season with Recanati.
12th August, 2016HungarySigned a one year contract with Kormend.
26th August, 2017GreeceSigned a one year contract with Kymis.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2010 - 2014Ohio State (NCAA)
November 2014 - June 2015Erie BayHawks (D-League)
July 2015Orlando Magic (Summer League)
September 2015 - March 2016Barcellona (Italy, Serie A2)
March 2016 - June 2016Recanati (Italy, Serie A2)
August 2016 - June 2017Kormend (Hungary)
August 2017 - presentKymis (Greece)
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June 17, 2014

Smith's original name was Lenzelle Buckeyes, so he chose the right (indeed, only) team to play for.

Lenzelle Smith, Ohio State, Senior, 6'4 210lbs

2013/14 stats: 28.8 mpg, 11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 1.7 fpg, 1.0 TOpg, 42.6% FG, 33.1% 3PT, 75.5% FT

Smith is a streak shooter, capable of hot streaks but ultimately not as good of one as he would like to be. He is instead a better defender then perhaps he is known to be. Ths tenacity, plus his willingness to rebound, is the bulk of his game. But the hallmark of his game might be his inconsistency.

A lefty, Smith's inconsistency in his results should not be confused with an inconsistency in his effort. He boards and defends, plays intensely and with toughness, and is not afraid. Yet in being limited in his ability to create shots, Smith was often ineffective with the large offensive responsibility passed to him by his team's wider scoring struggles. Smith is a decent shot maker, not a decent shot creator; short of using a little up-fake to open up a drive, he does not create off the dribble, having little in the way of ball handling ability and not showing much movement off the ball. When presented with an open lane or an open jumpshot, he will take on either (and sometimes also without the luxury of being open) but results are mixed, because the shot making talent is limited. Smith will hit some jump shots and take on any challenge, but sometimes, he shouldn't.

Instead, his tenacity is what makes him. A good athlete and keen defender, Smith applies plenty of pressure and reads opponents well, and again takes on any challenge. Here, is more likely to succeed. Quick and feisty, Smith works to keep up with those both bigger and quicker than he, and attacks the defensive glass as well.

Lacking in a proven jump shot and with only average size and length, Smith's NBA prospects are slim. He is a reliable, high IQ, high energy role player who can help any team, but without the jump shot taking a couple of steps forward, he is destined instead for Europe or the D-League. Or both.

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