Michael Smith (basketball, born 1965)
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Mike Smith calling a Clippers game in 2011.
|Born||May 19, 1965|
Rochester, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Los Altos|
(Hacienda Heights, California)
|College||BYU (1983–1984, 1986–1989)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1992–1993||Capital Region Pontiacs|
|1993||Oklahoma City Cavalry|
|1994–1995||Estudiantes Caja Postal|
|1995||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Michael John Smith (born May 19, 1965) is a retired American basketball player and television commentator. During his college years, he played for Brigham Young University, where he was a consensus second team All-American. As a professional player, he spent two seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and part of one season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He also spent several years playing in Liga ACB and LEGA Basket. After retiring from professional basketball, he worked for several years as the television color analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers.
After attending Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, California, Smith was a standout basketball player at Brigham Young University. He excelled in both football and volleyball before concentrating on basketball exclusively. Smith served two years (1984–86) as a Mormon missionary in Argentina before returning to BYU to finish his collegiate basketball career. He won the WAC Player of the Year in 1988 leading the team with 679 points and 248 rebounds. He finished his collegiate career as BYU's all-time leader in rebounds (922) and second to Danny Ainge in career points (2319).
Smith was a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1989 (13th overall) as a 24-year-old. He played two seasons with the Celtics before being waived in 1991. He played the following season with Telemarket Brescia in LEGA Basket Serie A2 before returning to the States the following season to play in the CBA, first for the Capital Region Pontiacs and later, the Oklahoma City Cavalry.
The next season, 1993–94, Smith played for Pamesa Valencia. He continued in Spain, playing the first part of the following season for Estudiantes Caja Postal. In January 1995, he left Postal and the following month joined the Los Angeles Clippers, a club he remained under contract with until September. He next joined ACB club Gijón Baloncesto.
Smith was the color analyst for the Clippers on Prime Ticket/Fox Sports West with longtime Clipper play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler until 2017. On September 28, 2018, the Utah Jazz announced that Smith would be a studio broadcast analyst on select games.
- "Utah Jazz Announce 2018-2019 Broadcast Schedule". NBA.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. September 28, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.