Derek Ervin Smith (November 1 1961 – August 10 1996) was an American NBA player. He was born in Hogansville, Georgia and attended the University of Louisville from 1979 to 1982. He scored over 1,800 points in his NBA career from 1982 to 1991.
Smith was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 1982 NBA Draft. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 1983–1986. He played for the Sacramento Kings from 1986–1989, for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1989 and 1990, and the Boston Celtics in 1991. During his NBA career he scored over 5,000 points. After his playing career ended, Smith became an assistant coach for the then Washington Bullets.
Derek Smith died of an apparent heart attack while on a cruise ship on August 10, 1996. He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
His son, Nolan Smith, currently plays for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team.
Smith is credited with inventing the High five.
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