Two-Time World Champion and 10-Year NBA veteran, Kenny “The Jet” Smith is currently an NBA studio analyst as part of TNT’s Emmy Award-winning studio show Inside the NBA, alongside Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Ernie Johnson. Kenny is also a main studio analyst for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on CBS and Turner. Kenny served as the NBA expert for Yahoo Sports, a game analyst for New York Knicks games on MSG, and has co-hosted an NBA show on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 1987 (1st Round, 6th Overall Pick) and selected to the 1988 NBA All-Rookie Team, Smith played three years with the Kings and Atlanta Hawks before making his home in Houston for five seasons as starting point guard with the Rockets capturing the 1994 and 1995 World Championships. Kenny Smith hung up his sneakers in 1997 and joined the TNT family on Inside the NBA in 1998, which is one of the most watched shows on the network.
Known for his exceptional quickness, blazing speed and accurate jump shot, Kenny Smith was a standout collegiate athlete at the University of North Carolina where he was named Basketball Times’ National Player of the Year in 1987 and was a consensus All-America and First-Team All-ACC selection, leading the Tar Heels in scoring and assists during his senior campaign. He graduated from UNC in 1987 with a degree in industrial relations.
A philanthropist at heart, Smith hosts several basketball clinics, tournaments and holiday events throughout the year, while providing goods, services and financial resources for the disadvantaged. With only three weeks to prepare and an “I must do something” attitude, he helped to raise and donate over $1 million to victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 by organizing a charity basketball game in Houston, TX, and has continued to support the Crescent City through various community initiatives in partnership with Feed the Children and Habitat for Humanity.
Smith and his family are currently starring on the TBS docu-series Meet the Smiths. The show, which follows Kenny, his wife Gwendolyn and their five kids aged 2-20, premiered April 2015.
A Queens, New York native, Kenny was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame on September 21, 2000. Kenny currently resides with his family in California.