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Joseph Leynard Smith (born July 26, 1975, in Norfolkmarker, Virginiamarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks.

A 6' 10" power forward, Smith was the College Player of the Year at Marylandmarker in 1995 and taken with the No. 1 pick of that season's NBA Draft. He was named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie team.

NBA career

Golden State Warriors (1995–1998)

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)

Despite a drop in production, Smith was seen still as a hot commodity in the free agency blitz 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 scandal

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.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)

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)

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 played a decent part in the 76ers spectacular second half to the season as they just barely missed the playoffs.

For the 2007–08 season, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls. Smith played very well for the Bulls, but the rest of the team struggled mightily. Smith was traded in a three team deal at the trade deadline to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.

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..

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 return to Clevelandmarker and rejoin the Cavaliers. [152838] [152839]

On August 25, 2009, he signed a one year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Music career

Joe Smith is currently working on a solo rap album under the pseudonym "Joe Beast". Included on the soon-to-be released album were tracks titled "Murda Kapital" and "I Does This".

NBA career statistics

Regular season



Highlights

  • 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.”


References

  1. Lonewolf - Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves | Sporting News, The | Find Articles at BNET.com
  2. Cavaliers Acquire Williams in Three-Team Trade, August 13th, 2008
  3. http://blog.nola.com/hornetsbeat/2009/02/report_new_orleans_hornets_clo.html
  4. JOE SMITH SIGNS WITH HAWKS
  5. http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2009/04/cavsmith.html#more
  6. Joe Smith (IV)


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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
Career
950 615 27.7 .456 .244 .790 6.7 1.0 .6 .9 11.6

Playoffs

1998–99
Minnesota
4 4 30.0 .297 .000 .727 6.5 1.3 .5 2.0 7.5
1999–00
Minnesota
4 0 19.8 .471 .000 1.000 3.0 .3 .8 .2 4.5
2001–02
Minnesota
3 1 14.3 .429 .000 .875 3.7 .0 .0 .3 4.3
2002–03
Minnesota
5 1 8.0 .667 .000 1.000 1.2 .0 .2 .2 2.8
2003–04
Milwaukee
5 5 35.0 .491 .000 .923 10.0 .4 .8 2.0 13.2
2005–06
Milwaukee
5 0 21.2 .485 .000 .667 5.4 .6 .4 .4 7.6
2007–08
Cleveland
13 0 20.2 .486 .000 .636 4.6 .5 .4 .5 6.6
2008–09
Cleveland
13 0 16.8 .460 .600 .793 3.7 .2 .5 .5 5.5
Career
52 11 20.1 .459 .375 .780 4.6 .4 .4 .7 6.5

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