Kirk Snyder

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Kirk Snyder
Kirk Snyder 2011-03-26 (3).JPG
Personal information
Born (1983-06-05) June 5, 1983 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Upland (Upland, California)
College Nevada (2001–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career 2004–2011
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 3, 1, 13, 30
Career history
2004–2005 Utah Jazz
2005–2006 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
20062008 Houston Rockets
2008 Minnesota Timberwolves
2008–2009 Zhejiang Horses
2011 Halifax Rainmen
2011 BC Nizhny Novgorod
2011 Reales de La Vega
Career highlights and awards

Kirk Patrick Snyder (born June 5, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player.


Snyder grew up in Upland, California, and spent his college career at University of Nevada. In 2004, he led the Wolf Pack to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. During that trip, the team beat No. 2 seed Gonzaga and No. 7 seed Michigan State, but lost in the third round to No. 3 and eventual National Champion runner-up Georgia Tech.

Professional career[edit]

Snyder was drafted in the first round (16th overall) of the 2004 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. After one season, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets as part one of the largest trades in NBA history (13 players, 5 teams involved).

In New Orleans, Snyder became a starter midway through his only season. He scored a career-high 28 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and averaged nearly 20 minutes per game in 68 contests. After that, he was traded to the Houston Rockets for a 2008 second-round draft pick and cash considerations.[1]

On February 21, 2008, as he was often the last man from the Rockets' bench, Snyder was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with a 2010 second-round draft pick and cash considerations for Gerald Green.[2]

During the 2008 off-season, Snyder signed with the Chinese Basketball Association's Zhejiang Horses.[3]

Snyder later joined the Halifax Rainmen of the Premier Basketball League (PBL). After playing three games for Halifax in late January, 2011, they waived him.

In March 2011 he signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russia until the end of the season,[4] but left the team in April for personal reasons.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Snyder married his college sweetheart Haley Dahl, and has three children. Haley is the cousin of NFL offensive line guard Harvey Dahl, who also attended Nevada, and played Wolf Pack football there. Snyder and Dahl have since divorced.

Snyder was arrested on March 30, 2009 after he allegedly broke into a Warren County, Ohio home and assaulted a man, sheriff deputies said.[6][7] He was charged with aggravated burglary; he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at a March 31, 2009 hearing and was held on $500,000 bail.[8]

He was subsequently convicted and sentenced to three years in jail and fined $5,550 in restitution. He was released early and signed with the Halifax Rainmen in Canada. Andre Levingston, the owner of the team, said, "Everybody makes mistakes, but I don't think they should be crucified for the rest of their life. You pay your debt to society and you humble yourself and you learn from your mistakes. So everybody deserves a second chance, maybe a third chance."[9]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2004–05 Utah 68 7 13.3 .372 .353 .667 1.8 .5 .4 .3 5.0
2005–06 NO/Oklahoma City 68 45 19.3 .453 .357 .735 2.4 1.5 .4 .3 8.0
2006–07 Houston 39 1 14.4 .452 .250 .653 2.1 1.0 .3 .3 4.9
2007–08 Houston 9 0 9.0 .464 .222 .545 1.3 .9 .1 .1 3.8
2007–08 Minnesota 27 18 25.2 .516 .214 .753 4.2 2.1 .7 .5 8.4
Career 211 71 16.8 .438 .327 .699 2.3 1.1 .4 .3 6.3


2006–07 Houston 3 0 3.0 .333 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .7
Career 3 0 3.0 .333 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .7


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