William Henry "Smush" Parker (born June 1, 1981 in New York, New York) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. His position is point guard. The name "Smush" was originally his father's nickname and was handed down to him by his mother, who died when Parker was eight years old.
Parker went undrafted following a college career at Fordham University and Southern Idaho Community College, and has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, and Aris Thessaloniki (FIBA) before signing a contract with the Lakers during the 2005 offseason.
While many experts thought that either newly-signed veteran Aaron McKie or Sasha Vujacic would start at point guard, Parker became a surprise starter in the Lakers' season opener against the Denver Nuggets and went on to score at least 20 points in four of his first five Laker games. This impressed Jackson, and now Parker finds himself in the starting line-up. He is notable for his defense, which has been proven to be formidable against some of the NBA's elite point guards such as Jason Kidd, Gilbert Arenas, and Steve Nash.nhjghjghjghjghjghjghjghjghjghj In the 2005-06 season Parker started in all 82 regular season games averaging 11.5 points.
Before stepping foot on an NBA floor, Parker honed his basketball skills at "The Cage" on Manhattan's West Fourth Street, earning the nickname "Grim Reaper" (which he also has tattooed on his right arm). Parker also has the nicknames "NBA Live" and "The Aviator", which he got from Randy Cruz, one of the co-founders of the Hoops In The Sun basketball league at Orchard Beach.
As a high school student, Parker also modeled for Nautica apparel.