Kenny “The Jetâ€ Smith grew up in Queens, New York, and played for the UNC Tarheels during his college years. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the 1987 NBA Draft, as the sixth overall pick. He also played on the Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Detroit Pistons, winning two NBA championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995. During the first game of the 1995 Finals, he made seven three-point shots, including one that tied the game, enabling the Rockets to win 120-118.
Off the court, Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998 to become a broadcaster. He has also joined Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley on Inside the NBA. He has appeared on other television networks as an analyst and broadcaster and remains in the basketball limelight.