David Benoit (basketball)

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David Benoit
Personal information
Born (1968-05-09) May 9, 1968 (age 51)
Lafayette, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolLafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana)
NBA draft1990 / Undrafted
Playing career1990–2007
PositionSmall forward
Number21, 2
Career history
1990–1991Unicaja Málaga
19911996Utah Jazz
19961998New Jersey Nets
1998Orlando Magic
1998–1999Maccabi Tel Aviv
2000–2001Utah Jazz
2001–2002Shanghai Sharks
2002–2004Hitachi SunRockers
2004–2005Utah Snowbears
2005–2007Saitama Broncos
Career highlights and awards
  • CBA champion (2002)
Career NBA statistics
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

David Benoit (born May 9, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player, in the small forward position.

During his career, he played eight years in the National Basketball Association (NBA), six as a member of the Utah Jazz.[1]

High school/college[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Utah Jazz[edit]

Benoit was not selected in the 1990 NBA draft, playing his first professional season in Spain. In the following year, he joined the Utah Jazz as a free agent, and would post interesting numbers during his five-season spell.

In 1993, Benoit participated in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished fourth 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 the eventual champion Houston Rockets.

New Jersey/Orlando[edit]

After losing his starting position to Chris Morris, Benoit left the Jazz in the 1996 summer, and signed with the New Jersey Nets. He spent his first season in the sidelines, due to injury.

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 United States to play with Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Israel, due in part to the 1998 NBA lockout, and remained there for two years.

Jazz return[edit]

In 2000, Benoit returned to the team where he began his career. Now only a fringe player, he averaged 3.6 points in 49 games, as the Jazz once again qualified for the playoffs.

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 alongside Yao Ming in the Chinese Basketball Association, winning the 2001-02 league championship. He spent four of the last five seasons of his career in the Japan Basketball League.

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Saitama Broncos 2007-08 44 21 23 .477 4th in Eastern - - - -
Saitama Broncos 2008-09 52 19 33 .365 5th in Eastern - - - -
Kyoto Hannaryz 2009-10 42 15 27 .357 Fired - - - -


  1. ^ David Benoit. nba.com

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