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William Parker
Guangdong Southern Tigers  – No. 1
Point guard
Born June 1, 1981 (1981-06-01) (age 28)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
League Chinese Basketball Association
High school Newtown
College Fordham
Draft Undrafted, 2002
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams Cleveland Cavaliers (2002–2003)
Aris Thessaloniki (2003–2004)
Detroit Pistons (2004–2005)
Phoenix Suns (2005)
Los Angeles Lakers (2005–2007)
Miami Heat (2007–2008)
Los Angeles Clippers (2008)
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2008)
Awards 2004 Greek Cup MVP

William Henry "Smush" Parker (born June 1, 1981) is an American professional basketball player, who until recently, was on the Denver Nuggets training camp roster, where he was competing for a spot on the roster, but was ultimately cut. Parker played shooting guard in college, but moved to point guard in the NBA. 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.


Early years

Parker was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up playing basketball. He gained fame playing in 'The Cage' basketball courts on West Fourth Street, earning himself nicknames such as NBA Live, Grim Reaper (which he also has tattooed on his right arm) and The Aviator, a name he received from Randy Cruz (one of the co-founders of the Hoops In The Sun basketball league at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York). Parker attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, New York, where he was a star guard on their varsity basketball team. He then enrolled in at the College of Southern Idaho as a freshman in the 1999-2000 season and transferred to play college basketball at Fordham University. Following his sophomore season at Fordham University, he entered the NBA in 2002, but went undrafted.[1] During his sophomore season, he was Second Team All A-10 and Second Team NABC All-Region.

Professional career

While he was not drafted out of college, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed him for the 2002-03 season.[2] Parker has played for a myriad of NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, and the Phoenix Suns. He also played for Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek A1 League (FIBA Europe) before signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2005 offseason. With him, the Aris BC won the 2004 Greek Basketball Cup in the final against Olympiacos BC.

Little-known entering the 2005 season, Parker gained recognition as the starting point guard for the Lakers under coach Phil Jackson. While many experts thought that either newly-signed veteran Aaron McKie or Sasha Vujačić would start at point guard, Parker became the 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 Parker found himself in the starting line-up for the Lakers. Starting from the 2005-06 season Parker started in 162 straight games averaging 11.5 points. During the last two games of the regular season and the playoffs (2006-2007), Parker lost his starting spot to rookie Jordan Farmar.[3]

On July 26, 2007, Parker signed with the Miami Heat.[4] For the Heat, Parker wore jersey number 21.[5] His production dropped off dramatically while with the Heat, with averages of 4.8 points, 1.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds, compared to his 11.1 in 164 games with the Los Angeles Lakers.[1]

Due to a physical altercation that Parker had with a parking attendant in November 2007, the Miami Heat put him on paid leave to investigate the matter. On March 10, 2008, the Miami Heat officially waived Parker.[3] The Los Angeles Clippers then signed him for the rest of the season on March 12, 2008.[1]

On July 10, 2008, the Los Angeles Clippers officially renounced their rights to Parker as a free agent.

In the 2008 offseason Parker was signed by the Denver Nuggets, but was released on October 23, 2008 as the Nuggets trimmed their roster to the league allowed 15. He then played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

On January 9, 2009, Parker officially signed with Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, making him one of the better known foreign players employed in the CBA, which is due mainly to his exposure gained in the country playing alongside Kobe Bryant.

Legal issues

Parker is currently the subject of a complaint lodged against him by a valet parker who accused Parker of striking her after a dispute over a $12.00 parking fee. The female valet parking attendant Yomara McKenzie alleged that Parker injured her left arm at a condo building on Biscayne Boulevard. The valet could not find Parker's ticket even though Parker alleged that he had paid the $12 parking fee. A police report was generated and the matter was investigated by the Miami Police Department. The valet attendant alleged the altercation left severe scratches and possible nerve damage. McKenzie's personal injury attorney planned to file civil suit for assault and battery. The Miami Heat moved Parker to their inactive list and put him on paid leave while they investigated the allegations.[6] On March 10, 2008, the Miami Heat waived Parker and he became a free agent.

NBA career statistics

  GP Games 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

2002–03 Cleveland 66 18 16.7 .402 .322 .831 1.8 2.5 .7 .2 6.2
2004–05 Detroit 11 1 10.0 .393 .222 .692 .8 1.0 .3 .0 3.0
2004–05 Phoenix 5 0 6.8 .467 .250 .000 .6 .8 .4 .0 3.0
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 82 82 33.8 .447 .366 .694 3.3 3.7 1.7 .2 11.5
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 82 80 30.0 .436 .365 .646 2.5 2.8 1.5 .1 11.1
2007–08 Miami 9 0 20.3 .315 .250 .750 2.1 1.7 .6 .3 4.8
2007–08 L.A. Clippers 19 2 21.5 .362 .222 .667 1.7 3.6 1.0 .2 6.4
Career 274 183 25.8 .426 .345 .708 2.4 2.9 1.2 .1 9.0


2005–06 L.A. Lakers 7 7 36.9 .333 .154 1.000 3.0 1.6 2.1 .1 8.9
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 5 0 11.8 .154 .167 1.000 1.4 .6 .6 .2 1.8
Career 12 7 26.4 .306 .156 1.000 2.3 1.2 1.5 .2 5.9


  1. ^ a b c Days after being cut by Heat, Parker signs with Clippers
  2. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Matt Barnes and Smush Parker to Contracts". September 25, 2002. pp. D1. 
  3. ^ a b Clippers fall, sign Parker
  4. ^ Jackson, Barry (July 27, 2008). "Heat agrees to terms with guard Parker". Miami Herald. pp. D1. 
  5. ^ of the Miami Heat at
  6. ^ Cunningham, Michael (November 30, 2007). "Parker inactive as team investigates tussle with valet". South Florida Sun-Sentinel.,0,5664150.story. 

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Simple English

William "Smush" Parker (born 1 June 1981 in New York, New York) is a professional player in the American National Basketball Association.

Parker was not selected in the NBA player draft after a college career at Fordham University, and has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2005 offseason.


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