Ish Smith Bio : Early Life, Career & Net Worth

Ishmael Larry Smith is an American professional basketball player. Ish Smith is a man of simplicity and a believer in faith.

As of 2020, Ish Smith is signed with Washington Wizards, making it the eleventh team Smith played for in the last eight seasons. Before going undrafted in the NBA draft 2010, he played college basketball for Wake Forest University. Ish is the only Wake Forest player to have 1,000 points and 600 assists.

Smith has proved to be a valuable asset to the teams he played for. He uses his ability to make quick decisions, athleticism, defense, and attention to detail to be a solid player. Although going undrafted in 2010, he has stayed on enough with the NBA. The 6-foot tall point guard has lasted a decade with the NBA.

Ish Smith
Ish Smith for the Pistons.

Before going any further, let us have a look at the quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Ishmael Larry Smith
Birth Date July 5, 1988
Birth Place Charlotte, North Carolina
Age 32 years (as of 2020)
Nick Name Ish
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Alma Mater Wake Forest University

Central Cabarrus High School

Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Larry Smith
Mother’s Name Gwen Smith
Siblings Gerald, Serlethea, and Lativia
Height 6’0” (1.83 m)
Weight 79 kg
Profession Professional basketball player
Position Point guard
NBA draft 2010/ undrafted
Jersey Number 14 (Washington Wizards)
Relationship status Single
Salary $6,00,0000
Social Media Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Ish Smith | Early Life, Family & Education

Ishmael “Ish” Smith was born to his proud parents Larry and Gwen Smith, on June 5, 1988. He was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, alongside his siblings, Gerald, Serlethea, and Lativia. Smith attended Central Cabarrus in Concord, North Carolina.

Smith describes his parents as “very spiritual people” and were the role models who introduced him to church. Growing up, he attended Victory Christian Center.


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During high school, he played for the high school basketball team. Smith finished high school with 1,775 points and made the school record of 687 assists.

Furthermore, he led his school team, MECA-6 Conference, and winning the tournament title as a senior. For his efforts during the tournament, he was awarded the MECA-6 Conference Player of the Year in 2006. He also earned all-conference honors in 2005 and 2006. ranked him as the No.28-point guard in the country and No. 17 by during the time of his graduation.

College Career

After graduating from Central Cabarrus, he joined Wake Forest University in 2006. Alongside playing basketball for the team, he received his bachelor’s degree in Religion.

As a freshman, he played all 31 games and became the second-leading scorer on the team. Moreover, he also broke the record for assists, which was previously held by Chris Paul.

Smith for Wake Forest
Smith for Wake Forest

During his sophomore year, he started in all 30 games as a point guard. He was named as the team captain, where he led the team with 141 assists.

Ish Smith was named as the team captain again during his junior year. He appeared in 29 games and was named the team’s Most Improved Player award. Athletes are no strangers to injury, and neither was Ish. He missed the first two games of the season as he fractured a bone in mid-September’s left foot. Smith returned to the court in November against Winston- Salem State. Despite his injury, he finished the season scoring in double figures in seven.


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During his senior season, he played all 31 games as a point guard and again served as a team captain. Ish received second-team all-district honors from the NABC. Moreover, he also received the team’s Murray Greason Award and Team Assists Leader award. He finished his amateur career with 4 assists and 2 points during the NCAA Tournament. He is among one of the top all-around players in school history.

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Professional Career

After being undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft,  he signed with Houston Rockets. Smith was later assigned to Rio Grande Valley Vipers on January 17, 2011, but was again reassigned on January 24.

From 2011 to 2013, he was signed with Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks.

Phoenix Suns (2013-2014)

On August 29, 2013, Smith was traded to Phoenix Suns. With only in his third game, he made his career-high with 8 assists against the New Orleans Pelicans. In February 2014, he scored his then career-high of 15 points against the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns later waived him on July 15, 2014.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2014-2015)

Ish signed with Houston Rockets on July 19, 2014. but was later waived off in October. However, in November 2014, Smith signed with Oklahoma City Thunder.

Philadelphia 76ers (2015)

Smith signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on February 22, 2015. He recorded his career-high of 19 points with 9 assists with the team, although leading to the loss against Toronto Raptors. On March 11, he scored his career-high of 23 points. 

After acquiring Smith as their acquiring guard, the team’s offensive numbers improved drastically.

New Orleans Pelicans (2015)

New Orleans Pelican signed with Smith in October 2015 and made his debut with the team the next day. In the first game itself, he recorded 17 points and 9 assists. On November 10, with 17 points, he recorded his first career double-double and a career-high 12 assist against the Dallas Mavericks.

Ish broke his career-high assists for the third time after recording 17 points and 13 assists on November 20.

Philadelphia 76ers (2015-2016)

Ish Smith returned to the Philadelphia 76ers on December 24, 2015. He helped the team by scoring 14 points in his first game to record their second win against the Phoenix Suns.

He scored his career-high of 28 points with Philadelphia on January 9, 2016.

Detroit Pistons (2016–2019)

Smith signed with the tenth team of his professional basketball career on July 8, 2016. Smith was a three-year deal worth $18 million. In 2017, he became the first Detroit player to have 15 assists off the bench in a 144-108 overtime.

Ish Smith being signed with Detroit Pistons
Ish Smith being signed with Detroit Pistons

In February 2018, Smith scored 25 points against a game with Miami Heat, leading to a win of 111-107.

Washington Wizards (2019-present)

Ish joined his eleventh team with the Washington Wizards on July 9, 2019. He scored 7 points in his first game with Washington on October 23, 2019. 

Smith scored his career-high of 32 points with the Washingtons’ against the Denver Nuggets. The game led to the victory of 128-111 points after Troy Brown scored 25 points in January 2020. 

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Smith on Dunking

Point guard Smith is known for his mean crossovers and shooting threes. But, you may not see him do a dunk. He hasn’t done it since the 2017-18 season. It is not that he cannot, but it is because he chooses not to. 

Smith is a man with an extended vision, and thus, this is how he has a rare level of longevity with the NBA. He believes the negative consequences that come with dunking is not worth it. In an interview with NBC Sports Washington, he said, “I’m saving my legs.” With every opportunity, the young Smith would dunk whenever he could, but now he is kind of over it. 

Kevin Durant described Smith as one of the fastest players in the NBA. Smith has always been fast on games and says it is a gift. His mother told him to use his strength for something to his advantage, which he has always done. 

Ish Smith | Salary and Net Worth

In 2016, Smith signed three year deal with the Pistons worth $18 million, which he accepted gracefully.

In 2019, Smith signed a two-year contract with the Washington Wizards worth $12,00,000. Ish Smith’s base salary for the year 2020-21 is estimated to be $6,00,000. He was the 7th best-paid player from the Washington Wizards for the year 2019-2020. Moreover, he is set to become the 4th best-paid player of the Washington Wizards for 2020-2021.


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 Smith has earned quite some money and fame over his career.

Although his exact net worth has not been disclosed, it is estimated to be around $10 million.

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Smith on Religion

Smith is a firm believer in God and believes that God’s plan is the journey one goes through during their life. The obstacle one faces is to test your faith. Smith stands firm in his faith and believes that things are and will go great for him.

Smith acknowledges that he wakes up every morning, thanking God for the opportunity and giving the ability. 


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Majoring in religion, he said, gave him respect for every religion. He often reads the bible, and before every game and during the national anthem, he prays. Besides, in an interview, he said that he has improved as a Christian man based on the reading, be it the bible or through his parents’ daily devotions.

Ish Smith | Personality

Smith is an “all-star smile.” He is always smiling, stays positive, and is a humble, simple man. Besides, he respects his teammates and is a hardworking and tireless player who has played almost 40 minutes per game.

Looking at his social media, it looks like Smith lives a straightforward and modest life. For the 2020 US elections, Smith joined his head coach to thank the volunteers and greet the voters in Capital One Arena.

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Ish Smith | Relationship

Maintaining a personal and private life while being a public figure is not an easy job, but it looks like it is for Smith. He tries to keep his life very personal and private.

Thus, not much information regarding his dating life can be found on the internet. There are no reports on his girlfriend nor his dating life.

It is reported that he is single and is focused on his career and games.

Ish Smith | Social Media

Smith has a small but loyal fan base when it comes to social media. Nonetheless, as of 2020, he has 55,102 followers on Facebook, 42.1 k followers on Instagram, and 2,907 followers on Twitter.

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