Smith, a 39% three-point shooter during the regular season, failed to connect on any three-point shots in the first four games and was criticized for poor decision-making by coach George Karl.
Ri-Ri alleged Smith’s playoff woes were due to him being hungover from partying nights before games and that he was a “desert thirsty n*gga.” Well, Iman Shumpert has yet to allow bygones to be bygones.
The Hornets spent part of the season in Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina.
The Hornets finished 38–44, helped by the playmaking ability of rookie Chris Paul; despite the 20-game improvement, they again missed the playoffs.
He played high school basketball at New Jersey basketball powerhouse Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark.
He entered the NBA out of high school after being selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft with the 18th overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets (now known as the New Orleans Pelicans).
Smith participated in the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in 2005, finishing behind Amar'e Stoudemire and the eventual winner, Josh Smith.