Michael Smith (basketball, born 1972)

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Michael Smith
Personal information
Born (1972-03-28) March 28, 1972 (age 45)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Dunbar (Washington, D.C.)
College Providence (1991–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 1994–2004
Position Power forward
Number 34
Career history
19941998 Sacramento Kings
19981999 Vancouver Grizzlies
19992001 Washington Wizards
2001–2002 Snaidero Udine
2002–2003 Idaho Stampede
2003–2004 Dakota Wizards
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,527 (5.6 ppg)
Rebounds 3,193 (7.1 rpg)
Assists 661 (1.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael John Smith (born March 28, 1972) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Animal", he played in seven seasons from 1994–2001 in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

A 6'8" power forward from Providence College, Smith was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft. He would play for the Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Washington Wizards, tallying 2,527 NBA career points and 3,193 NBA career rebounds. He also played with the Indiana Pacers during the 2003 preseason.

On November 10, 1995, as a member of the Kings, Smith was severely beaten by Indiana Pacers forward Dale Davis. All bench players from both teams left their benches, and were automatically fined $2,500 and suspended for one game for leaving the bench. Smith and Davis were both fined $20,000 and suspended for two games.[1]

During his time with the Washington Wizards, he was a teammate of an unrelated player named Mike Smith.


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