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Joe Smith
Joe Smith
Smith playing for the Lakers.
Position Power forward
Jersey No. 32, 9, 8, 7, 1
Born December 26, 1976 (1976-72-26) (age 41)
Norfolk, Virginia
Nationality U.S. Flag American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lbs (102 kg)
High school Matthew Fontaine Maury
(Norfolk, Virginia)
NBA Draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1995-2011 (16 years)
1995–1998 Golden State Warriors
1998 Philadelphia 76ers
1999–2000 Minnesota Timberwolves
2000–2001 Detroit Pistons
2001–2003 Minnesota Timberwolves
2003–2006 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
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)
  • Naismith College Player of the Year (1995)
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy (1995)
  • AP Player of the Year (1995)
  • UPI College Player of the Year (1995)
  • ACC Player of the Year (1995)
  • Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (1995)

Joseph Leynard Smith (born July 26, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played at Power forward.

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 has been a journeyman throughout his career: in 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, then played five seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves until 2003, and has since then played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, the 76ers again, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets, and now the Lakers. With Chucky Brown, Tony Massenburg and Jim Jackson, he shares the record for most teams in an NBA career.

NBA careerEdit

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. Smith's statistics declined immediately after the trade, and have 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 blitzTemplate:Fact 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 scandalEdit

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.[2] 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.

NBA journeyman (2003–present)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.[3] 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.

File:Joe Smith Cavs.jpg

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

On December 15, 2010, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade involving the Nets and Houston Rockets.[8][9]

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.

Music careerEdit

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".[10]

NBA career statisticsEdit

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 seasonEdit

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 .6 .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 .2 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 .2 .0
Career 62 11 17.4 .451 .375 .780 3.9 .3 .4 .6 5.4

HighlightsEdit

  • Was named 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 holds the record for the most franchises played by an active player. He has played for 12 out of 30 franchises in the NBA.[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Joe Smith bio". 2010-07-24. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/joe_smith/bio.html. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  2. Millea, John (2000). "Lonewolf". The Sporting News. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_48_224/ai_67683257. 
  3. "Bulls sign veteran forward Joe Smith". 2007-07-19. http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/smith_signed_070718.html. Retrieved 2010-07-24.  Template:Dead link
  4. Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
  5. DeMocker, Michael (February 17, 2009). "New Orleans Hornets trade Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City". The Times-Picayune. NOLA.com. http://blog.nola.com/hornetsbeat/2009/02/report_new_orleans_hornets_clo.html. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  6. JOE SMITH SIGNS WITH HAWKS
  7. NETS Sign Free-Agent Forward Joe Smith
  8. "Lakers acquire joe smith in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2010-12-15. http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/101215lakersacquirejoesmith.html. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  9. Stephenson, Colin (December 15, 2010). "Nets make three-way Terrence Williams deal official". The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2010/12/nets_make_three-way_terrence_w.html. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  10. 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. http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/04/cavsmith.html#more. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  11. Joe Smith (IV)
  12. "Most Franchises Played For". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/most_franchises.html. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 

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