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Nolan Derek Smith (born July 25, 1988) is a point guard for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. As a junior, he started at shooting guard for Duke's national champion 2010 team.

Smith is the son of the late Derek Smith, a former swingman of nine-year NBA and University of Louisville fame. Derek Smith was a starting forward on Louisville's 1980 NCAA championship team. He also played for the Cardinals in the 1982 Final Four. He was a second-round draft choice of the Golden State Warriors in 1982 and went on to play for the San Diego and Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics before retiring in 1991. His career ended prematurely due to knee problems. Derek battled Michael Jordan in a famous 1984 game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, outscoring Jordan 33-20, and throwing down a huge dunk over him that is still famous on YouTube.

His father died when he was eight years old, of a heart attack at age 34 while they were on a cruise ship near Bermuda. Nolan said: "I thought he was going to sleep. I saw him from far away when it happened. I got closer, and I saw them close his eyes."

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