Russ Smith Sets D-League Scoring Record with 65 Points vs. Canton

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2016

Nov 20, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Russ Smith (2) brings the ball up court against the Houston Rockets during the second half at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Houston Rockets 96-84. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Louisville Cardinals star and current Delaware 87ers guard Russ Smith broke an NBA D-League scoring record Wednesday when he dropped 65 points in a 140-129 loss to the Canton Charge, per

Smith, who played 27 games for the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets over the past two years, is averaging 27.9 points and 7.9 assists in 22 games with Delaware.

The D-League shared a highlight film of all 65 points, which included only one three-pointer:

Smith was the 47th overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers after averaging 14.3 points and 2.8 assists over his four-year career with the Cardinals.

ESPN Stats & Info displayed a graphic that showed how the speedy Smith found his way to the rim for 32 points off layups:

The No. 1-ranked D-League prospect connected on 16 of 20 free throws in addition to his 24 made baskets and said he learned a lot from the last time he played the Charge, per

I tried to get in the lane. The last game (against Canton), I think I had about 18 assists, and I didn't play that whole third quarter because of foul trouble, so the lane was going to be open. I read the scouting report. The big guys were so worried about the lob that I just floated in, and I kept getting layups.

I just sort of did my homework, and I really circled this game on the calendar because Canton's a good team. They have some good players. They play tough. It was just a good one.

Smith broke Jordan McRae's record of 61, who also accomplished the feat with Delaware. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard gave props to Smith following his big night:

Delaware may not have gotten the victory, but Smith had to get the attention of some NBA scouts. This game alone may not put him back in the NBA, but when a player is averaging nearly a double-double with close to 30 points per game, you'd have to think a team like the 9-63 76ers could find a spot for him.