Jabari Smith Jr. dropped 29 of his 33 points in the second half on Friday night to lift Rockets to a win in their Summer League opener stats.
Jabari Smith Jr. : Stats summer league | College | Net worth
Born in Fayetteville, Georgia, to former professional basketball player Jabari Smith Sr., Smith began playing basketball at a young age under his father’s mentorship.
Smith attended Sandy Creek High School, where in his senior year the team made a state championship appearance. In high school, Smith was named a McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Georgia Basketball.
A five star prospect ranked the nation’s number seven overall recruit, he committed to Auburn University to play college basketball.
As a freshman at Auburn, Smith helped the team achieve their first ever AP poll number one ranking and an SEC regular season championship.
At the conclusion of his freshman year, Smith was named an All-American, and won the USBWA National Freshman of the Year Award.
Following his freshman season, Smith would declare for the 2022 NBA draft and was selected by the Rockets with the third overall pick.
Jabari Smith Jr stats summer league
Jabari Smith Jr. tried to steal the opening night of NBA Summer League away from Victor Wembanyama.
With the French phenom waiting in the tunnel for his debut, Smith hit a wild 3-point buzzer-beater from the top of the key with just 0.6 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets past the Portland Trail Blazers 100-99 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Smith snuck past Portland defenders and caught the pass from behind the halfcourt line before sinking the quick shot perfectly, which sparked a huge celebration in front of a rare sold-out crowd.
Smith finished with 33 points and seven rebounds in the win. He shot 8-of-18 from the field, and 29 of his 33 points came in the second half. Tari Eason added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Rockets.
Amen Thompson, who the Rockets took with the No. 4 overall pick last month, finished with 16 points in his Summer League debut, though he left in the second half after spraining his ankle. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the injury is not considered to be serious.
The Rockets took Smith with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft out of Auburn. He had 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds as a rookie last season for Houston, which missed the playoffs for a third straight season.
Jabari Smith Jr college
Smith entered his freshman season with high expectations due to his recruiting ranking.
Smith emerged as a leader in preseason practice with coach Bruce Pearl describing him as “the hardest working player on the team.” He made his college debut against Morehead State in a 77–54 victory for the Tigers.
On January 11, 2022, on the road against fierce rival Alabama Smith scored a then career-high 25 points to help the Tiger’s avoid an upset in an 81-77 victory.
On February 16, 2022, Smith recorded a career-high 31 points on just 16 shots in an 94–80 victory over Vanderbilt.
As a freshman, he averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and two assists per game while helping lead the Tigers to an SEC regular season championship and the programs first ever #1 ranking in the AP poll.
In his NCAA Tournament debut against Jacksonville State, Smith recorded his 6th double-double of the season scoring 20 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
In the second round of the tournament Smith would record another double-double but would also have his worst shooting performance of the season going 3-of-16 from the field as the #2 seeded Tigers were upset by #10 seeded Miami 79-62, ending the Tigers season.
At the conclusion of his freshman season, Smith was awarded many honors including being named the USBWA Freshman of the Year, a member of the All-SEC first team and a second-team All American, the Tigers first All American selection since Chris Porter in 1999.
On April 5, 2022, Smith declared for the 2022 NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.
Smith was projected as a top-three selection in the 2022 NBA draft and the potential first pick.
Jabari Smith Jr.’s net worth is estimated at $1.5 million dollars.
His annual salary is $8,882,640 as of November 2022.
He signed a 4-year contract with the Houston Rockets, including $40,330,432 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $10,082,608.