Russ Smith is known as “Russ-diculous” for a reason, and he recently reminded us all why he earned that nickname, dropping 81 points for Luoyang of the National Basketball League, China’s second-tier professional basketball league.
After an All-American college career that involved two trips to the Final Four and a National Championship in 2013 with Louisville, Russ was selected 47th overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but his rights were soon traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
After spending much of his first two years on assignments playing in the D-League, and playing sparingly for the Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, who traded for him in 2015, Smith was cut by the Grizzlies and joined the Philadelphia 76ers D-League affiliate team, the Delaware 87ers.
With the 87ers Russ-diculous made headlines by scoring a D-League record 65 points in a game on 24-of-42 shooting.
After a year spent playing in Turkey and another brief stint with the 87ers after that, Russ Smith has found himself playing in China where he is currently averaging a cool 61.4 points per game.
Smith will try to use an impressive summer showing in China in hopes that it will get him back into NBA waters by either turning into a contract offer from a NBA team or even just an invitation to training camp in the early fall.
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