All-Decade Nominee: Devin Smith

Oct 24, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Smith started the decade as the first player to earn All-EuroCup honors with different teams, Panellinios in 2010 and Benetton Treviso in 2011. After that, however, he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv and immediately became one of its leaders for the next six seasons, from 2011 to 2017, and was essential to the team returning to the top of the mountain in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.

Undeniably, Smith's finest moment in the EuroLeague came in the 2013-14 season, when he helped Maccabi win its one EuroLeague title of this decade, which was memorable in many ways. His great performances in key games were critical, especially in the championship game against Real Madrid, when he had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Smith set this century's championship game record by playing 40 minutes and 40 seconds that night in his team's dramatic overtime win.

OUTSTANDING CAHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2014
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2014-15
  • EuroLeague March MVP 2012-13
  • EuroLeague December MVP 2014-15

Smith was subsequently chosen to the 2014-15 All-EuroLeague Second Team. He also earned MVP of the Month honors twice in his EuroLeague career, in March 2013 and December 2014. Smith walked away from his playing career in 2017 as the ninth-ranked scorer of Maccabi's illustrious history in European competitions, with 1,539 points. His competitiveness and elegance will not be forgotten.