Otis Fitzgerald Smith (born January 30, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player….who played college basketball for Jacksonville University….and was taken with the 17th pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played one full season and part of a second with the Nuggets before being traded to the Golden State Warriors during the 1987-88 season….where he played the remainder of that season and the 1988-89 season….while participating in the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest….as seen in this video herewith….where he finished 4th overall. He also was in the 1991 contest….where he finished in 7th place.
Otis Smith became a member of the Orlando Magic on June 15, 1989 as one of the 12 players selected in the 1989 NBA Expansion Draft….where he was on the roster for the team’s inaugural game in the 1989-90 season….as he played there through the 1991-92 season….with whom he posted career highs of 13.9 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game in 1991 with the Magic. Smith retired with a knee injury after his sixth season….having played in 375 games….with career averages of 10.5 points per game….3.8 rebounds per game….and 1.8 assists per game. After taking a hiatus for three years, Smith came out of player retirement in October, 1996 to sign with the Solna Vikings in the Sweden Professional League. He was named MVP of Swedish League in 1997….but decided to leave on a high note and not play a second year.