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Steve Smith
Position(s) Shooting guard
Jersey #(s) 3, 8, 4
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Born March 31, 1969 (1969-03-31) (age 40)
Highland Park, Michigan
Career information
Year(s) 1991–2005
NBA Draft 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5

Selected by Miami Heat

College Michigan State
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA and/or ABA)
Points     13,430
Rebounds     3,060
Assists     2,922
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold Sydney 2000 United States
World Championships
Gold 1994 Canada United States
Smith enjoyed some the most productive seasons of his career while wearing an Atlanta Hawks uniform.

Steven (Steve) Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969, in Highland Park, Michigan) is a retired American basketball player. He played with several teams in his 14-year 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 and won the 1994 FIBA World Championship [1] and an Olympic gold medal with the Olympic USA basketball team in 2000 at Sydney.

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College career

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

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 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.

Post-NBA career

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

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 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] 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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