Joe Smith (basketball)

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Joe Smith
Joe Smith Lakers1.jpg
Smith with the Lakers in December 2010
No. 32, 9, 8, 7, 1
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1975-07-26) July 26, 1975 (age 38)
Norfolk, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Matthew Fontaine Maury
(Norfolk, Virginia)
College Maryland (1993–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 1995–2011
Career history
19951998 Golden State Warriors
1998 Philadelphia 76ers
19992000 Minnesota Timberwolves
2000–2001 Detroit Pistons
20012003 Minnesota Timberwolves
20032006 Milwaukee Bucks
2006 Denver Nuggets
2006–2007 Philadelphia 76ers
2007–2008 Chicago Bulls
2008 Cleveland Cavaliers
2008–2009 Oklahoma City Thunder
2009 Cleveland Cavaliers
2009–2010 Atlanta Hawks
2010 New Jersey Nets
2010–2011 Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 11,208 (10.9 ppg)
Rebounds 6,575 (6.4 rpg)
Blocks 868 (0.8 bpg)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joseph Leynard Smith (born July 26, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who last played at power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Smith was the College Player of the Year at Maryland in 1995 and the No. 1 pick of that season's NBA Draft, picked by the Golden State Warriors. He was named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie team.[1] Smith was mobile throughout his career, the NBA indicated that he was one of the most traded players.[2] In 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers; he then played for the Minnesota Timberwolves (with a mid-way pitstop for the Detroit Pistons) until 2003. He later played for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets, the 76ers again, the Chicago Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, the New Jersey Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (1995–1998)[edit]

Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland. In the 1995 NBA Draft, Smith was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the first overall pick, before fellow power forwards Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace, as well as guard Jerry Stackhouse. Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995–96 season and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudamire.

Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through the 1997–98 season. The trade was engineered by Golden State as Smith had made clear his desire to return to the east coast, and he was approaching free agency (halfway through the final year of his 3 year rookie contract). In exchange, the Warriors received Clarence Weatherspoon, Jim Jackson, and Brian Shaw.

Smith's statistics declined immediately after the trade, and never fully recovered.

Minnesota Timberwolves (1998–2003)[edit]

Despite a drop in production, Smith was seen still as a hot commodity in the free agency blitz[citation needed] that followed the strike in late 1998. In what seemed at the time like a bizarre move, Smith signed for very little money with the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the next two years, Smith played very productively at small forward alongside All-Star Kevin Garnett.

Timberwolves salary cap scandal[edit]

Following the 1999–2000 season, it was discovered that Smith was involved in a salary cap–tampering scandal involving Timberwolves executive Kevin McHale. Smith was allegedly promised a future multi-million dollar deal if he signed with the team for below market value, allowing the team to make some additional player moves in the short term. The league later found out about this violation and voided the last year of the contract, also severely punishing the Timberwolves by taking away five first-round draft picks (though two of the picks were ultimately returned) and fining the team $3.5 million.[3] The move hurt the Timberwolves in the long run, as while the team still found success, the lack of draft picks set the team up for their eventual failure in the mid-2000s.

Detroit Pistons (2000–2001)[edit]

Joe Smith was released by the Timberwolves and signed with the Detroit Pistons for the 2000–2001 season as a backup. Smith produced very good numbers for the Pistons and, at the end of the season, he re-signed with the Timberwolves where he played for two more seasons.

Smith (left) driving against the Warriors' Chris Webber (#4) with the Bulls in 2008

NBA journeyman (2003–2011)[edit]

For the next three seasons Smith played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to the 2006–07 season, Smith moved on to the Nuggets, where he only played in 11 games before being traded, along with Andre Miller, back to the 76ers for Allen Iverson. Despite being considered an add-in on the deal, Smith averaged over 25 minutes per game with the 76ers, during the team's ultimately unsuccessful second half battle to make the playoffs. For the 2007–08 season, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls.[4] Smith averaged over 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Bulls, but the team managed only 33 wins the whole season. Smith was traded in a three team deal at the trade deadline to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Smith as a Cleveland Cavalier

On August 13, 2008, Smith was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team, six-player deal involving the Thunder, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent Milwaukee's Mo Williams to Cleveland, Smith and Milwaukee's Desmond Mason to Oklahoma City, and Cleveland's Damon Jones and Oklahoma City's Luke Ridnour and Adrian Griffin to Milwaukee.[5]

The Thunder traded Smith to the New Orleans Hornets along with Chris Wilcox and draft rights to Devon Hardin on February 17, 2009 for Tyson Chandler but on February 18, 2009 the trade was rescinded after Tyson Chandler failed a physical with Oklahoma City.[6]

On March 1, 2009, the Thunder bought out the remainder of Smith's contract and released him. Two nights later, he agreed to terms to rejoin the Cavaliers.

On August 25, 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[7] On March 17, 2010, Smith became the 92nd player in NBA history to reach 1000 games played, in a victory over the New Jersey Nets.

On September 10, 2010, Smith signed a deal with the New Jersey Nets.[8]

On December 15, 2010, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade involving the Nets and Houston Rockets.[9][10] On January 2, 2011, Smith made his debut for the Lakers. Two days later, he scored his first points as a member of the team.[citation needed]

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 Golden State 82 82 34.4 .458 .357 .773 8.7 1.0 1.0 1.6 15.3
1996–97 Golden State 80 80 38.6 .454 .261 .814 8.5 1.6 .9 1.1 18.7
1997–98 Golden State 49 49 33.6 .429 .000 .769 6.9 1.4 .9 .8 17.3
1997–98 Philadelphia 30 6 23.3 .448 .000 .788 4.4 .9 .6 .4 10.3
1998–99 Minnesota 43 42 33.0 .427 .000 .755 8.2 1.6 .7 1.5 13.7
1999–00 Minnesota 78 9 25.3 .464 1.000 .756 6.2 1.1 .6 1.1 9.9
2000–01 Detroit 69 59 28.1 .403 .000 .805 7.1 1.1 .7 .7 12.3
2001–02 Minnesota 72 63 26.7 .511 .667 .830 6.3 1.1 .5 .8 10.7
2002–03 Minnesota 54 21 20.7 .460 .000 .779 5.0 .7 .3 1.0 7.5
2003–04 Milwaukee 76 76 29.7 .439 .200 .859 8.5 1.0 .6 1.2 10.9
2004–05 Milwaukee 74 73 30.6 .514 .000 .768 7.3 .9 .6 .5 11.0
2005–06 Milwaukee 44 5 20.2 .475 .000 .774 5.2 .7 .5 .3 8.6
2006–07 Denver 11 0 13.5 .479 .000 .833 3.6 .3 .6 .6 5.1
2006–07 Philadelphia 54 11 25.1 .445 .000 .846 6.7 .9 .6 .4 9.2
2007–08 Chicago 50 35 22.9 .466 .000 .807 5.3 .9 .5 .6 11.2
2007–08 Cleveland 27 1 21.5 .512 .000 .652 5.0 .7 .3 .6 8.1
2008–09 Oklahoma City 36 3 19.1 .454 .500 .704 4.6 .7 .3 .7 6.6
2008–09 Cleveland 21 0 19.5 .496 .333 .750 4.7 .8 .3 .7 6.5
2009–10 Atlanta 64 1 9.3 .399 .143 .813 2.5 .3 .1 .3 3.0
2010–11 New Jersey 4 3 6.1 .250 .000 .000 .8 .3 0 0 0.5
2010–11 L.A. Lakers 12 0 3.7 .167 .000 1.000 1.5 .3 0 .3 0.5
Career 1,030 619 26.2 .455 .238 .790 6.4 1.0 .6 .8 10.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 Minnesota 4 4 30.0 .297 .000 .727 6.5 1.3 .5 2.0 7.5
2000 Minnesota 4 0 19.8 .471 .000 1.000 3.0 .3 .8 .3 4.5
2002 Minnesota 3 1 14.3 .429 .000 .875 3.7 .0 .0 .3 4.3
2003 Minnesota 5 1 8.0 .667 .000 1.000 1.2 .0 .2 .2 2.8
2004 Milwaukee 5 5 35.0 .491 .000 .923 10.0 .4 .8 2.0 13.2
2006 Milwaukee 5 0 21.2 .485 .000 .667 5.4 .6 .4 .4 7.6
2008 Cleveland 13 0 20.2 .486 .000 .636 4.6 .5 .4 .5 6.6
2009 Cleveland 13 0 16.8 .460 .600 .793 3.7 .2 .5 .5 5.5
2010 Atlanta 5 0 4.8 .000 .000 .000 .4 .0 .0 .2 .0
2011 L.A. Lakers 5 0 2.2 .000 .000 .000 .2 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 62 11 17.4 .451 .375 .780 3.9 .3 .4 .6 5.4

Highlights[edit]

  • Was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1995–96 after being chosen first overall in the 1995 NBA Draft.
  • In 1995, was named National Collegiate Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club (Naismith Award), the Associated Press (Adolph Rupp Award), United Press International, Basketball America and Eastern Basketball.
  • Portrayed Connie Hawkins in the movie Rebound.[11]
  • He shares the record for the most franchises played for in an NBA career. He played for 12 out of 30 franchises in the NBA.[12]

Music career[edit]

Smith has recorded a solo rap album under the pseudonym "Joe Beast". Included on the album are tracks titled "Murda Kapital" and "I Does This".[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Smith (biography)". NBA Media Ventures. 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Most traded NBA players include: Joe Smith, Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg and Jim Jackson. "Most Franchises Played For". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 10 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Millea, John (2000). "Lonewolf". The Sporting News 224 (48): 10. 
  4. ^ "Bulls sign veteran forward Joe Smith". 2007-07-19. Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. 
  5. ^ Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
  6. ^ DeMocker, Michael (February 17, 2009). "New Orleans Hornets trade Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City". The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com). Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Smith, Sekou (August 26, 2009). "Atlanta Hawks sign Joe Smith". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (11 September 2010). "Nets Sign Veteran Forward". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lakers acquire joe smith in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  10. ^ Stephenson, Colin (December 15, 2010). "Nets make three-way Terrence Williams deal official". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  11. ^ Steele, David (20 November 1996). "Smith Plays Hawkins In HBO Movie". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Most Franchises Played For". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  13. ^ Turner, Jamie (2009-04-20). "Sing it out: Cavaliers' Joe Smith pushing for an NBA title, and for rap music success, too". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 

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