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Donta Smith
South Dragons
Shooting guard
Born November 27, 1983 (1983-11-27) (age 26)
Louisville, Kentucky
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League National Basketball League
College Southeastern Illinois
Draft 2nd round, 34th overall, 2004
Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams Atlanta Hawks (20042006)
Arkansas RimRockers (2005–2006)
Academic Sofia (2007)
Shanxi Zhongyu (2008)
Awards NJCAA All-American First Team (2004),

2008-09 NBL Grand Final MVP, 2008-09 NBL Champion

Donta Lamont Smith (born November 27, 1983 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American professional basketball player for the South Dragons of the Australian National Basketball League. He is a former NBA player.

Smith played his high school ball at Oldham County High School (Buckner, KY), where he was a standout forward on the high school team and record-setting wide receiver on the football team. He also played on the Kentucky (high school) All-Stars in their annual two-game series against the Indiana All-Stars. After two years of junior college basketball at Southeastern Illinois College, Smith was rated as one of the top JUCO prospects and committed to play ball for Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville. But he backed out of the commitment and entered the 2004 NBA draft instead.

Smith was taken by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft after playing college basketball at Southeastern Illinois College and has averaged 3.3 points per game for the Hawks during his career.

In January 2007, Smith signed a one-month contract with Bulgarian champions Academic Sofia, which could possibly be extended to five months.[1] On December 24, 2008, Smith was signed by the Australian National Basketball League's South Dragons. He had previously been with the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanxi Zhongyu but was waived to make roster space available for Bonzi Wells.[2]

In 2009, Smith went on to win the 2008/09 NBL Championship with the South Dragons. Smith was named Finals MVP after starring for the team in the 5 game series. In the summer of 2009, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies summer league team.

Notes

  1. ^ Focus Sport
  2. ^ South Dragons welcome recruit Donta Smith

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