Michael Stewart (basketball)

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For the American basketball player who played in France, see Mike Stewart (basketball).
Michael Stewart
Personal information
Born (1975-04-25) April 25, 1975 (age 40)
Cucq-Trepied-Stella-Plage, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school John F. Kennedy
(Sacramento, California)
College California (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Pro career 1997–2005
Position Power forward / Center
Number 13, 4, 5, 44
Career history
1997–1998 Sacramento Kings
19982002 Toronto Raptors
20022003 Cleveland Cavaliers
20032005 Boston Celtics
2005 Atlanta Hawks
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Curtis "Yogi" Stewart (born April 24, 1975) is a retired American basketball player who last played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Stewart earned his nickname "Yogi" from his older brother for his childhood love of Yogi Bear cartoons.[1]

Stewart, son of former Santa Clara standout and European pro Mike Stewart, was born in Cucq, Pas-de-Calais, France and starred at Kennedy High School in Sacramento, California, leading the Cougars to back-to-back city section titles in 1990 and 1991.

Stewart played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He averaged 4.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 117 games and finished as the Bears' all-time leading shot-blocker (207). Stewart set a school record by blocking 59 shots as a freshman in 1993–94 and holds the four best single-season totals for blocks in school history. He never missed a game, playing in all 117 games during his collegiate career and shooting .510 from the field.

At the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival, Stewart was a member of the bronze medal-winning West team.

Stewart went undrafted in the 1997 NBA draft, but was signed to a one-year contract by the Sacramento Kings on September 11, 1997. This was a dream come true for Stewart, as he had served as a ball boy for the Kings in his youth.[1] As a rookie in 1997–98, he led the Kings in blocked shots and ranked second overall among NBA rookies. He also blocked nine shots in one game.[1] On January 21, 1999, Stewart was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Raptors. During the ensuing offseason, he was re-signed to a six-year, $24 million contract by the team.

In 2002, Stewart was traded from the Raptors (along with a future first round pick) to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Lamond Murray.


  1. ^ a b c Davidson, Joe (November 13, 2015). "Former Kings forward Michael Stewart says Scotty Stirling ‘changed my life’". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on November 16, 2015. 

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