Eric Snow

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Eric Snow
Eric Snow.jpg
Snow with the Cavaliers in 2007
Personal information
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 43)
Canton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Canton McKinley (Canton, Ohio)
College Michigan State (1991–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 1995–2008
Position Point guard
Number 3, 13, 20
Coaching career 2014-2016–present
Career history
As player:
19951998 Seattle SuperSonics
19982004 Philadelphia 76ers
20042009 Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
2012–2014 SMU (Dir. of Player Development)
2014–2016 Florida Atlantic (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,791 (6.7 ppg)
Assists 4,245 (5.0 apg)
Steals 975 (1.2 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eric Snow (born April 24, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman.

High school career[edit]

Snow began his basketball career at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. He was McKinley High School's MVP for three straight seasons.

College career[edit]

Snow attended college at Michigan State University. He played varsity basketball at Michigan State under head coach Jud Heathcote. In his senior season, the Spartans earned a #3 seed to the 1995 NCAA Tournament, but they were upset in the first round by Weber State University.

NBA career[edit]

Seattle Supersonics[edit]

After college, Snow was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1995 NBA draft. He was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, where he played sparingly for the next two-and-one-half seasons.

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

On January 18, 1998, Snow was acquired from Seattle by the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a second-round draft pick. At the time of the trade, Snow was averaging just 4.4 minutes per game; Sixers head coach Larry Brown gave him a bigger role in Philadelphia. In his first full season in Philadelphia, he started every game he played in and averaged 35.8 minutes per game.

As a pass-first, defensive-minded point guard, Snow became a stalwart of the Brown-era 76ers teams, due largely to his ability to guard the opposing team's shooting guards, which made him an ideal complement to his diminutive but high-scoring backcourt mate Allen Iverson.[1] Despite missing thirty-two games early in the 2000–01 season due to injury, Snow played a crucial role in helping the 76ers earn the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and ultimately reach the 2001 NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. During the following season, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant stated that nobody in the league defended him better than Snow.[2]

In 2002–03, Snow posted career highs in points per game (12.9), rebounds per game (3.7), minutes per game (37.9), field goal percentage (45.2%), and free throw percentage (85.8%). Snow's excellent free throw percentage was particularly noteworthy, as he had been a very poor foul shooter in college and early in his NBA career, averaging 52.1% from the stripe during his four seasons at Michigan State and 59.2% as a rookie. He also averaged 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2002–03.

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

On July 20, 2004, Snow was traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kevin Ollie and Kedrick Brown. He was suspended without pay for a December 18, 2004 game against the Boston Celtics after a confrontation with Paul Silas, the coach of the Cavaliers.[3] It was the only game that Snow missed in his first three years with the Cavaliers. He had a season-high 16 points on January 22, 2005 against the Golden State Warriors and a season-high 13 assists on April 19, 2005 against the Boston Celtics (which is also his high assist total as a Cavalier).[4] Snow ranked fifth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.56); he donated $20 for every one of his steals and assists during the 2004–05 season.[5]

Snow played in and started all 82 games for the Cavaliers in the 2005-06 season, helping the Cavaliers return to the playoffs for the first time since 1998. He started all 13 playoff games for the Cavaliers. He scored 18 points in a Game 5 victory over the Washington Wizards during the first round of the playoffs.

The following season, for the fifth and final time in his career, Snow played in all 82 games. He had a season high 18 points on January 13, 2007 against the Los Angeles Clippers and a season-high 11 assists on January 20, 2007 against the Golden State Warriors.[6] However he gradually lost playing time through the course of the season to Daniel Gibson, until he came off the bench on January 30, 2007, bringing an end to Snow's streak of starts that lasted for 127 games. The Cavaliers made the NBA Finals and lost to the San Antonio Spurs in a sweep that year.

In his 13th NBA season, Snow was named team co-captain, along with LeBron James.[7] Snow only played in 22 games that season. On March 11, 2008, it was announced that Snow would miss four to six weeks due to arthritic-related symptoms in his left knee, ending his season.[8][9] After the injury, Snow conceded that he likely would not play in the NBA again.[10]

Unable to play, but still listed as an active player on the Cavaliers' roster, Snow served on Head Coach Mike Brown's staff as an unofficial assistant coach, for the 2008-09 season. On April 4, 2009, Snow was given a "medically necessary" release,[11] and began working as an analyst for NBA TV.

Through his career, Snow reached the NBA Finals three times—once with each of the teams on which he has played: the SuperSonics in 1996, the 76ers in 2001, and the Cavaliers in 2007-all three appearances were loses. In Philadelphia and Cleveland, Snow had served as team co-captain along Allen Iverson and Lebron James respectively.

Personal life[edit]

Snow is the younger brother of former linebacker Percy Snow, who also played at Michigan State University, and for both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears of the NFL.[12]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Seattle 43 1 9.0 .420 .200 .592 1.0 1.7 .6 .0 2.7
1996–97 Seattle 67 0 11.6 .451 .267 .712 1.0 2.4 .6 .0 3.0
1997–98 Seattle 17 0 4.4 .435 .000 .500 .2 .8 .0 .1 1.5
1997–98 Philadelphia 47 0 18.0 .429 .125 .721 1.6 3.5 1.3 .1 3.9
1998–99 Philadelphia 48 48 35.8 .428 .238 .733 3.4 6.3 2.1 .0 8.6
1999–00 Philadelphia 82 80 35.0 .430 .244 .712 3.2 7.6 1.7 .1 7.9
2000–01 Philadelphia 50 50 34.8 .418 .263 .792 3.3 7.4 1.5 .1 9.8
2001–02 Philadelphia 61 61 36.5 .442 .111 .806 3.5 6.6 1.6 .2 12.1
2002–03 Philadelphia 82 82 37.9 .452 .219 .858 3.7 6.6 1.6 .1 12.9
2003–04 Philadelphia 82 82 36.2 .413 .111 .797 3.4 6.9 1.2 .1 10.3
2004–05 Cleveland 81 15 22.8 .382 .289 .738 1.9 3.9 .8 .2 4.0
2005–06 Cleveland 82 82 28.7 .409 .100 .688 2.4 4.2 .9 .2 4.8
2006–07 Cleveland 82 45 23.5 .417 .000 .637 2.3 4.0 .7 .2 4.2
2007–08 Cleveland 22 5 13.9 .158 .000 .455 .9 1.9 .4 .2 1.0
Career 846 551 27.3 .424 .208 .763 2.5 5.0 1.1 .1 6.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996 Seattle 10 0 2.4 .143 .000 .000 .4 .6 .2 .0 .2
1997 Seattle 8 0 6.0 .455 .500 .500 .3 1.5 .5 .0 1.6
1999 Philadelphia 8 8 38.3 .420 .231 .815 4.1 7.1 1.0 .1 12.4
2000 Philadelphia 5 4 27.6 .484 .750 1.000 2.0 7.0 .8 .2 7.4
2001 Philadelphia 23 9 31.2 .414 .000 .727 3.7 4.5 1.2 .1 9.3
2002 Philadelphia 5 5 34.2 .321 .167 .773 4.4 5.4 1.2 .0 10.8
2003 Philadelphia 12 12 34.6 .422 .100 .879 3.3 5.6 1.5 .0 11.5
2006 Cleveland 13 13 31.4 .421 .000 .759 3.3 2.8 .9 .2 6.6
2007 Cleveland 19 0 12.8 .316 .000 .571 1.5 1.5 .6 .1 1.7
Career 103 51 24.0 .404 .200 .782 2.6 3.6 .9 .1 6.6

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