Former champ Smith retires after six seasons with Maccabi

Sep 27, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Former champ Smith retires after six seasons with Maccabi

Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv announced Wednesday that Devin Smith, who played a key role in the club’s march to the 2014 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown, is retiring from basketball effective immediately. Smith, 34, underwent a series of tests over the summer after which it was determined he is not fit for the coming season. He averaged 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 28 EuroLeague games last season, in what was his sixth with Maccabi. Smith also played one EuroLeague season for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in 2008-09.

Smith leaves an impressive list of accomplishments behind. He is one of eight players to have won both All-EuroLeague and All-EuroCup honors in his career. Smith was named to the 2009-10 All-EuroCup First Team after leading Panellinios Athens to the semifinals and repeated as an All-EuroCup First Team selection the following season with Benetton Treviso. He earned All-EuroLeague Second Team honors following the 2014-15 season. Smith walks away ranked ninth in Maccabi history in scoring in European competitions with 1,539 points. He helped Maccabi to two Israeli League championships, six Israeli Cups, the 2012 Adriatic League and of course the 2014 EuroLeague championship. He also lifted the 2008 Italian Cup with Scandone Avellino.

"Although I wish to continue playing for the Maccabi fans and wearing the yellow jersey, I’m sorry to say my heart and my body no longer agree," Smith said in a video released on the Maccabi web site. "Although my heart wants to continue to play for all of you, my body will no longer allow me to play professionally and continue as a Maccabi player. Me and my family have spent the last six years in Tel Aviv. My kids have grown up here and Israel will always be a piece of us and so will Maccabi. I would like to thank the Maccabi owners and management from the bottom of my heart who understood my situation and treated me as one of their own."