Steve Smith (basketball)

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Steve Smith
No. 3, 8
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1969-03-31) March 31, 1969 (age 45)
Highland Park, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolPershing (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1987–1991)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro playing career1991–2005
Career history
19911994Miami Heat
1994–1999Atlanta Hawks
19992001Portland Trail Blazers
20012003San Antonio Spurs
2003–2004New Orleans Hornets
2004–2005Charlotte Bobcats
2005Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points13,430 (14.3 ppg)
Assists2,922 (3.1 apg)
3P%.358
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Steve Smith
No. 3, 8
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1969-03-31) March 31, 1969 (age 45)
Highland Park, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolPershing (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (1987–1991)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro playing career1991–2005
Career history
19911994Miami Heat
1994–1999Atlanta Hawks
19992001Portland Trail Blazers
20012003San Antonio Spurs
2003–2004New Orleans Hornets
2004–2005Charlotte Bobcats
2005Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points13,430 (14.3 ppg)
Assists2,922 (3.1 apg)
3P%.358
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Steven Delano "Steve" Smith (born March 31, 1969) is a retired American basketball player. He played with several teams in his 14-season National Basketball Association career, including the Miami Heat, the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs, but is perhaps best known for his five-year stint with the Atlanta Hawks which included an All-Star Game appearance in 1998. He won a championship with the Spurs in 2003. Smith was widely regarded as an excellent three-point shooter and an experienced veteran. He is one of three players to make seven 3 pointers in a quarter.

He joined the USA men's national basketball team in the 1994 FIBA World Championship [1] winning the gold medal. He won another gold medal at the 1999 Tournament of the Americas and an Olympic gold medal with the USA men's national basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics with eleven other NBA All-Stars.

College career[edit]

Smith had finished his four-year career as the all-time leading scorer in Michigan State history, with 2,263 points. He ranks fourth on the school's all-time assists list (with 453) and fifth in rebounds (with 704). For his college career Smith averaged 18.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest in 122 games. He was named a First Team All-American as both a junior and a senior. Smith led the Spartans to a Big Ten Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1990 and hit a game-winning, last-second three-pointer to beat Wisconsin–Green Bay in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament. He was inducted into Michigan State's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

NBA career[edit]

Smith enjoyed some of the most productive seasons of his career while wearing an Atlanta Hawks uniform.

Smith was selected fifth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat for whom he played for three seasons before being traded two games into the 1994–95 season to the Atlanta Hawks. He would lead the Hawks in scoring for four consecutive seasons, and was also selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. He spent five seasons with the Hawks before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Jim Jackson and Isaiah Rider.

He was traded to the Spurs for Derek Anderson in the off-season of 2001. He won an NBA title with the Spurs before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Hornets in 2003 where he played for one season. He began the 2004–05 season with the newly formed Charlotte Bobcats, where he was named team co-captain and scored the franchise's first 3-point field goal, but he was later re-acquired by the Heat at the February 24, 2005 trade deadline in exchange for Malik Allen. He announced his retirement at the end of that season.[2]

He holds career averages of 14.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 35.8 percent from behind the three-point line. He holds the Hawks' single-game record for three-pointers with 9.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular Season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1991–92Miami615929.6.454.320.7483.14.61.0.312.0
1992–93Miami484333.5.451.402.7874.15.61.0.316.0
1993–94Miami787735.6.456.347.8354.55.11.1.417.3
1994–95Miami2231.0.379.167.7733.03.51.0.520.5
1994–95Atlanta785933.4.427.334.8453.53.4.8.416.2
1995–96Atlanta808035.7.432.331.8264.12.8.8.218.1
1996–97Atlanta727239.1.429.335.8473.34.2.9.320.1
1997–98Atlanta737339.1.444.351.8554.24.01.0.420.1
1998–99Atlanta363636.5.402.338.8494.23.31.0.318.7
1999–00Portland828132.8.467.398.8503.82.5.9.414.9
2000–01Portland813631.4.456.339.8903.42.6.6.313.6
2001–02San Antonio777628.7.455.472.8782.52.0.7.211.6
2002–03San Antonio531819.5.388.331.8331.91.3.5.26.8
2003–04New Orleans71413.1.406.402.9281.1.8.2.15.0
2004–05Charlotte37117.2.427.422.8701.31.5.3.27.9
2004–05Miami1308.8.300.200.6671.21.1.2.01.8
Career94271730.6.440.358.8453.23.1.8.214.3
All-Star1016.0.500.400.0003.0.0.0.014.0

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1991–92Miami3333.3.529.636.8332.05.01.3.316.0
1993–94Miami5538.4.413.409.8406.02.2.8.419.2
1995–96Atlanta101042.1.439.410.8084.13.21.31.321.7
1996–97Atlanta101042.1.396.327.8243.91.7.4.118.9
1997–98Atlanta4440.0.574.500.6882.82.3.5.824.8
1998–99Atlanta9939.6.353.273.9073.43.31.6.217.3
1999–00Portland161637.8.486.547.8852.52.81.2.217.1
2000–01Portland3340.7.471.364.9384.32.3.7.317.0
2001–02San Antonio101029.8.368.263.9673.41.7.8.110.3
2002–03San Antonio907.3.208.1671.000.8.7.1.01.8
2003–04New Orleans509.2.462.545.6671.6.2.0.06.4
2004–05Miami302.7.000.000.000.0.0.0.0.0
Career907332.2.426.394.8583.02.2.9.314.9

Post-NBA career[edit]

Smith worked as an announcer on Atlanta Hawks games with Bob Rathbun and on the Big Ten Network as a college basketball analyst. For the 2008 season, Smith took a position at NBA TV, and was replaced for Hawks broadcasts by Dominique Wilkins.

Charitable work[edit]

Smith is well known for his charitable pursuits, including a USD 2.5 million gift in 1997 to his alma mater, Michigan State University, where he was a star guard under coach Jud Heathcote. Smith's donation helped to fund the Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Center, which is named for his mother. This was the largest single donation by a professional athlete to his former school in history.[3]

Smith insisted that part of his $2.5 million donation be dedicated to create the Steve Smith Scholarship for Academic Achievement. In 2001, Smith donated another $600,000 to fully endow the scholarship, which provides a four-year academic scholarship to one student per year from Smith's former high school.

In recognition for his generosity, during the 1997-98 NBA season, Smith received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and in 2001–02 received the Joe Dumars NBA Sportsmanship Award.

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