November 15, 2010
94th: - Maine Red Claws - JaJuan Smith, Tennessee
JaJuan Smith is also a shooter, and he too is no stranger to the D-League. After starting his professional career with a training camp contract with the Mavericks in 2008, Smith first spent a season in France, then moved to Brazil to begin the 2009/10 season, then bizarrely played one game in the Spanish third division, and then came to the D-League, where he finished up the season with the Tulsa 66ers. Smith averaged 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg in the 66ers final four regular season games, but did not shoot the ball well. Smith hasn't had the best professional career thus far, but if he gets back to what he was, he could be a steal this far down the draft; he's a good shooter with a quick release, but he's also interested defensively and on the glass. Maybe he's a bit of a known article, and he's limited (no off the dribble game or point guard skills to speak of), but he's certainly got more pedigree behind him than some of the shooters draft ahead of him.
April 25, 2010
- JaJuan Smith
Last year, Tennessee graduate JaJuan Smith took a hot shooting performance in summer league and turned it into a training camp contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately, since that time, he hasn't been able to do much with it. Smith started the 2008-09 season with Union Olimpija (see above), but left before playing a game, and saw out the year in France, and then started this year in Brazil with Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube as the replacement for Joe Shipp. He averaged only there before leaving, and then played one random game for a LEB Silver team called Beirasar Rosalia. Smith left there after his 9 minute 3 point performance and returned to America, where he caught on with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League for the last 4 regular season games of the season and the playoffs. Unfortunately, his shot was off, and Smith totalled 48 points, 48 shots, 21 assists and 21 fouls in his 8 total outings.