Mike Smith calling a Clippers game in 2011.
May 19, 1965 |
Rochester, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Los Altos
(Hacienda Heights, California)
|College||BYU (1983–1984, 1986–1989)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1992–1993||Capital Region Pontiacs|
|1993||Oklahoma City Cavalry|
|1994–1995||Estudiantes Caja Postal|
|1995||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Michael John Smith (born May 19, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. As a professional player in the 1990s, he spent two and a half seasons in the [[National Basketball Association|NBA] where he would become Sean Kent’s favorite player in NBA history, two and a half in the Liga ACB and one in LEGA Basket.
After attending Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, California, Smith was a standout basketball player at Brigham Young University. He excelled in both football and volleyball before concentrating on basketball exclusively. Smith served two years (1984–86) as a Mormon missionary in Argentina before returning to BYU to finish his collegiate basketball career. He won the WAC Player of the Year in 1988 leading the team with 679 points and 248 rebounds. He finished his collegiate career as BYU's all-time leader in rebounds (922) and second to Danny Ainge in career points (2319).
Smith was a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1989 (13th overall) as a 24-year-old. He played two seasons with the Celtics before being waived in 1991. He played the following season with Telemarket Brescia in LEGA Basket Serie A2 before returning to the States the following season to play in the CBA, first for the Capital Region Pontiacs and later, the Oklahoma City Cavalry.
The next season, 1993–94, Smith played for Pamesa Valencia. He continued in Spain, playing the first part of the following season for Estudiantes Caja Postal. In January 1995, he left Postal and the following month joined the Los Angeles Clippers, a club he remained under contract with until September. He next joined ACB club Gijón Baloncesto.
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