Russ Smith, the speedy, six-foot guard who appeared in 15 games for Memphis this season, set a D-League scoring record on Wednesday when he dropped 65 in a loss to the Canton Charge.
He broke the previous record of 61 by Jordan McRae, who also did it with Delaware.
Smith was able to get into the lane at will and didn’t settle for outside jump shots. ESPN Stats & Info stated that 32 of his 65 points came off layups, and Russ attempted just five threes, making one. His aggressiveness put him on the foul line 20 times where he connected on 16, and he even registered a few and-ones.
Before coming into the league, Russ Smith was a two-time All-American at Louisville and averaged 18.2 points and 4.6 assists per game as a senior. He was then drafted 47th overall by the 76ers in the 2014 draft.
The numbers that Smith has put up with the 87ers are staggering — 28.1 points and eight assists per game. A guard with his quickness and ability to get into the lane and create will surely get another stint in the NBA.
Teams out of the playoff picture with point guard issues are most likely going to give Smith a call. If all goes well, he can end up like former 87er Sean Kilpatrick, who’s averaging 13.4 points on 54% shooting in 11 appearances with the Nets.
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