David Benoit (basketball)
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May 9, 1968 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Lafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana)|
|College||Tyler JC (1986–1988)
|NBA draft||1990 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1990–2007|
|1990–1991||Unicaja Málaga (Spain)|
|1996–1998||New Jersey Nets|
|1998–1999||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|2001–2002||Shanghai Sharks (China)|
|2002–2004||Hitachi SunRockers (Japan)|
|2004–2005||Utah Snowbears (ABA)|
|2005–2007||Saitama Broncos (Japan)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Benoit was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. He played high school basketball at Lafayette High School (Louisiana) and also had his jersey retired there. Benoit played in the NJCAA for Tyler Junior College, from 1986 to 1988. His last two years of college basketball were spent with the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide.
Benoit was never chosen in the 1990 NBA Draft, playing his first professional season in Spain. In the following year, he joined the NBA's Utah Jazz as a free agent, and would post interesting numbers during his five-season spell.
In 1993, high-flying Benoit participated in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished a respectable 4th out of eight contestants. During the 1994–95 season, he achieved a career-best 10 points and five rebounds per game in 71 regular season contests, to which he added 12 and six in the postseason's first round, as the Jazz were downed 2–3 by eventual champions Houston Rockets.
In early 1998, Benoit was traded, alongside Yinka Dare and Kevin Edwards, to the Orlando Magic, for Brian Evans and Rony Seikaly, appearing in 24 games and averaging six points. He left the U.S. to play with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel, due in part to the 1998 NBA lockout, and remained there for two years.
After leaving the NBA at the age of 33 (with averages of exactly seven points and four rebounds, in 492 games), Benoit played for the Shanghai Sharks with Yao Ming in the Chinese Basketball Association, winning the 2002 league championship. He played in the Japan Basketball League at the end of his career.
- David Benoit. nba.com