Zhaire Smith
Zhaire Smith
20-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Smith was expected to return in December of last year after suffering a Jones fracture in his left foot last August. However, just a month later, he had an allergic reaction that forced him to undergo a procedure and ultimately miss the majority of his rookie campaign. All told, Smith made six appearances last season, posting per-game averages of 6.7 points (41.2 FG%, 37.5 3P%, 75.0 FT%), 2.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 three, 0.3 steals and 0.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes per game. Furthermore, he wasn't part of the regular playoff rotation, combining to play five minutes across two tilts. Regardless, Smith has fully recovered from his serious health scare and also suited up during the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League. Across five bouts, Smith recorded averages of 12.4 points (48.0 FG%, 31.2 3P%, 60.0 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 three and 0.2 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game. It's unlikely that he'll be effective enough to warrant ownership in all formats, especially given Philadelphia's depth of talent. With that being said, Smith plays bigger than his listed height (6-foot-4) and may earn a consistent reserve role as a sophomore, especially if his perimeter shooting proves reliable. If all goes well, he could be a threat to contribute decent counting stats thanks to his fairly well-rounded skillset and impressive feel for the game. As such, he may be worthy of a late-round flier in some deeper fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.67 million contract with the 76ers in of 2018.
Scores seven points in 12 minutes
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 15, 2019
Smith posted seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one block in 12 minutes during Tuesday's 106-86 win over the Pistons.
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Smith has only seen burn in the fourth quarters here in preseason play, which seems to suggest he may not be part of the regular rotation early on in 2019-20. With that being said, his athleticism and defensive ability give him a decent chance of consistently cracking the reserve lineup at some point this season.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Smith spent just one year playing college ball at Texas Tech, though was able to draw scouts attention with his play and athleticism. He finished the year averaging 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks across 28.4 minutes, earning him a selection by the Sixers with the 16th overall pick of the 2018 draft. While he only shot 40 total three-pointers, Smith did knock down 45 percent of them, so he appears to at least have the potential to develop into a better than average deep ball shooter once he ups his attempts. As his aforementioned numbers suggest, Smith also excels on the defensive side of the ball, giving him the potential to become a 3-and-D player for the Sixers down the line. All that said, the 19-year-old suffered a Jones fracture at the start of August and then underwent surgery to repair it. That will sideline for a good chunk of the upcoming season and means Fantasy owners should feel comfortable avoiding him in standard drafts. Keep an eye out for a potential return in the second half of the season, but with the likes of J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Markelle Fultz all seeing time at shooting guard, Smith could still struggle to see significant minutes.
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Paces team in scoring
GPhiladelphia 76ers
July 8, 2019
Smith delivered 18 points (8-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 35 minutes during the 76ers' 84-81 overtime loss to the Thunder in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
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Scores 14 points in Saturday's loss
GPhiladelphia 76ers
July 6, 2019
Smith recorded 14 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 24 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 loss to the Celtics.
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Playing in summer league
GPhiladelphia 76ers
July 3, 2019
Smith will play during summer league, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
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Inactive for Game 2
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 29, 2019
Smith is inactive for Game 2 against the Raptors on Monday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Could see minutes Saturday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 27, 2019
Smith could see minutes during Saturday's Game 1 against the Raptors, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Coach Brett Brown called Smith an "incredible athlete" who "isn't afraid of the moment."
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