No. 10: Keith Smart
Keith Smart was a longtime NBA head coach who spent a notable stretch with the Golden State Warriors. After serving as an assistant coach for seven seasons he took over as head coach for the 2010-11 season, famously playing Acie Law over Stephen Curry in important moments. Those moments didn’t go very well for Smart, and after a single 36-46 season he was fired.
What many Warriors fans may not know if that his coaching tenure wasn’t the first time that Smart was a part of the Golden State organization. Smart was a starter for the 1987 Indiana Hoosiers championship team, hitting the game-winning shot in the title game over the Syracuse Orangemen.
Smart was then eligible for the 1988 NBA Draft, and he was selected 41st overall by the Warriors. He didn’t make it to the start of the season, however, as Smart was waived the following October. He caught on with the San Antonio Spurs, who kept him around for a month and played him in two games before cutting him themselves.
That was the end of Smart’s NBA career; he played overseas for a time before coming back to the States to start his coaching career. Strangely, despite never playing a single game, his four months in the Warriors’ organization was his longest NBA stop as a player.