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Zaid Abdul-Aziz
Position(s) Center-Power forward
Jersey #(s) 21, 16, 35, 6, 54, 27
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Born April 7, 1946 (1946-04-07) (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York
Career information
Year(s) 1968–1978
NBA Draft 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5

Selected by Cincinnati Royals

College Iowa State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     4,557
Rebounds     4,065
Assists     601
Stats @
Career highlights and awards

Zaid Abdul-Aziz (born Donald A. Smith on April 7, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player. The 6'9" Abdul-Aziz starred at Iowa State University before being drafted by the NBA's Cincinnati Royals in 1968. He played ten seasons in the league as a member of the Royals, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Houston Rockets, Buffalo Braves, and Boston Celtics. Nicknamed "The Kangaroo", he had his finest season in 1971-1972, when he averaged 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds for Seattle. He retired in 1978 with career totals of 4,557 points and 4,065 rebounds.

In 2006, Zaid Abdul-Aziz published a memoir, Darkness to Sunlight, which tells the stories of his basketball career, personal challenges and spiritual journey. Abdul-Aziz is now a drug and alcohol counselor in Seattle.



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