Charles Smith (basketball, born 1975)
Charles Cornelius Smith is an American former professional basketball player. He was the Alphonso Ford Trophy winner and an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005. Smith played high school basketball in Fort Worth. Collegiately, Smith was a star at the University of New Mexico, with the Lobos. Smith played with the Denver Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. A prolific scorer, he starred in European national leagues with Makedonikos Kozani, Virtus Bologna, Efes Istanbul. With the Italian League team Scavolini Pesaro in 2005, he won the first-ever Alphonso Ford Trophy, as he was the best scorer in the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, he was named the Finals MVP of the ULEB Cup in the 2006–07 season, while playing with the Spanish ACB League club Real Madrid. He moved back to the Turkish Basketball Super League for the 2008–09 season, when he signed with Efes Pilsen, he moved back to Italy for the 2010–11 season, when he signed a one-year contract with Lottomatica Roma.
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Tim Thomas (basketball)
Timothy Mark Thomas is a retired American professional basketball player. A versatile 6'10" forward with a soft shooting touch, Thomas was tabbed as a future NBA star when he was still in high school, was selected to the McDonald's All-American team after averaging 25.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game as a senior at Paterson Catholic High School. Following his freshman year at Villanova University, he was drafted seventh overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1997 NBA Draft and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the Sixers' draft pick. Thomas enjoyed a solid rookie season, averaging 11.0 points per game, was named to the NBA's All-Rookie 2nd Team. The Sixers would grow impatient with a sophomore slump from Thomas, in 1999 he and Scott Williams were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jerald Honeycutt and Tyrone Hill. Milwaukee was enamored with Thomas's raw talent and versatility, hoped he could blossom into a star with more seasoning, it looked like things were coming together for Thomas during the 2000–01 season, when he averaged a career-high 13.4 ppg for the Bucks.
On January 5, 2001, Thomas connected on eight three-point field goals in the second half of Milwaukee's 119–115 loss to Portland. During his time with the Bucks, then-teammate Ray Allen was quoted as saying, "If he wanted to, Tim Thomas could be the best player in the league." After a strong playoff performance that year, Thomas signed a new deal with the Bucks worth $66 million over six years, despite being offered more money by Chicago. On February 16, 2004, Thomas was traded to the New York Knicks in a three team trade that included the Atlanta Hawks; the trade sent Keith Van Horn, whom Thomas was traded for during the 1997 draft, from the Knicks to the Bucks, Nazr Mohammed from the Hawks to the Knicks, Joel Pryzbilla from the Bucks to the Hawks, Michael Doleac from the Knicks to the Hawks. During game 1 of the Knicks' first round playoff series against the Nets, Thomas suffered an injury that kept him out of the remainder of the playoffs, when he was fouled by Jason Collins and taken out of the game on a stretcher.
The incident started a long feud with Nets forward Kenyon Martin, who Thomas called a fake tough guy, that continued past both players' playing careers. In 2017, Thomas rehashed their feud on an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Thomas told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that he'd like to settle his feud with Kenyon Martin once and for all with a boxing match; the proceeds would go to the charity of their choice. Martin declined. Prior to the 2005–06 season, Thomas was traded to the Chicago Bulls, along with Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, a 2006 1st round draft pick, a 2007 1st round draft pick, a 2007 2nd round draft pick and a 2009 2nd round draft pick, in exchange for Eddy Curry, Antonio Davis and a 2007 1st round draft pick. Playing in the final year of his contract, Thomas was given minimal minutes from the rebuilding Bulls. After playing just three games for Chicago, Thomas was deactivated while dealing with ankle and back injuries. After not playing for nearly four months, Thomas was granted his release from the Bulls.
On March 1, 2006, Thomas agreed to terms with the Phoenix Suns to a contract for the remainder of the season. He made his debut with the Suns two days scoring 20 points off the bench in a 123-118 win over Orlando. Playing alongside reigning NBA MVP Steve Nash, Thomas rejuvenated his career in Phoenix. In the playoffs, Thomas played a crucial role in the Suns run to the Western Conference Finals. Starting in place of injured All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire, Thomas scored a game-high 22 points with 15 rebounds in a game 1 victory in the first round over the Lakers. In game 6, Thomas hit the game-tying three at the end of regulation and an important three-pointer late in overtime to seal the Suns win; the Suns won game 7. In the Suns' second round series against the Clippers, Thomas was credited for his defense on Elton Brand, helping the team to another seven game series win. In the Western Conference Finals, Phoenix fell to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. In game five of that series, Thomas "blew a kiss" to Maverick Dirk Nowitzki, who proceeded to score a total of 50 pts for the game.
Thomas expressed an interest in re-signing with Phoenix, though the Suns were over the salary cap and expected Stoudemire to return as their starter. On July 13, 2006, Thomas signed a four -- $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he started in place of Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, though Thomas himself battled injuries. On November 21, 2008, Thomas and Cuttino Mobley were traded to the New York Knicks, in exchange for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins. In his return to the Knicks, Thomas was reuinted with Mike D'Antoni, his coach in Phoenix. On February 19, 2009, Tim was traded again to the Bulls along with center Jerome James and guard Anthony Roberson in exchange for guard Larry Hughes just before the trade deadline, his second stint in Chicago was more successful than his first, as he provided veteran leadership to the young team, helping the Bulls make a late season push to qualify for the playoffs. Though entering the playoffs as the seventh seed, they were able to push their first round series against the defending–champion Boston Celtics to a full seven games.
On July 14, 2009, the Bulls negotiated a buyout of Thomas's $6.5 million contract. On July 28, 2009, the Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Thomas. In late January, however, he left the team temporarily to take care of his wife, who had an undisclosed illness. In August 2010 Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks worth the veteran
Brevin Adon Knight is an American retired professional basketball point guard who played with nine teams in the NBA from 1997 to 2009. Knight played college basketball at Stanford University and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, he is the brother of Brandin Knight. He is a color commentator for the Memphis Grizzlies on Fox Sports Tennessee. Knight attended Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, leading its basketball team to New Jersey state championships his sophomore and senior years, he was named to the Newark Star-Ledger's All-State First Team. Recruited out of high school, Knight was a late signee for Stanford University. Knight had a successful college career at Stanford, where he is the all-time leader in assists and steals and third all-time in scoring, he was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 16th pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Knight was drafted with the 16th pick of the first round in the 1997 NBA draft. In his rookie season, Knight led the NBA in steals per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
He has played for the Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Phoenix Suns, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging 7.6 points and 6.5 assists per game in his career. The Bobcats received Knight through their 2004 expansion draft, he was one of the best players on the team during the 2004–05 NBA season, averaging 10.1 points, 9 assists, 1.98 steals per game as the Bobcats went 18–64. Knight finished second behind MVP Steve Nash, he was waived by the Bobcats on June 2007 after spending the last three seasons with them. On August 13, 2007, he signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, he was traded to the Utah Jazz on July 2008 for Jason Hart. Knight joined the Memphis Grizzlies broadcast team as a color commentator on Fox Sports Tennessee in 2010. Knight and his wife Deena have a son. List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game NBA.com Profile – Brevin Knight Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Assist by Knight Foundation
Anthony Michael Parker is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, as well as in Italy and Israel. After graduating from Bradley University with a major in liberal arts, he entered the 1997 NBA draft and played in the NBA before plying his trade in Europe. There, Parker spent five seasons with the Israeli Super League basketball club Maccabi Tel Aviv and one season with the Italian Serie A club Lottomatica Roma. With Maccabi he won five Israeli Super League national championships, five Israeli National Cups, three European titles, was voted two consecutive times EuroLeague MVP. After returning to the NBA as a free agent in 2006, Parker was the Toronto Raptors' starting shooting guard. In his first season with the Raptors, Parker helped the team clinch their first division title, first NBA Playoffs berth in five years, best regular season record in franchise history, he helped the Raptors reach the playoffs again in the 2007–08 season, before becoming a free agent in 2009.
On June 27, 2012, Anthony Parker retired after playing nine seasons in the NBA, five seasons in Israel, one season in Italy. He is a scout for the Orlando Magic. On August 8, 2017 he was named the general manager of the Lakeland Magic. Parker was born in Illinois, his father played college basketball at the University of Iowa. Parker's younger siblings played basketball. Early in his professional basketball career, Parker married Tamy, they had their first child in 2002. Parker is Christian. Parker started out playing high school basketball at Naperville Central High School, he played college basketball at Bradley University where he established himself as a top player, averaging 18.9 points per game and shooting 42% from the three-point line in his third season, earning the Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player and All-MVC first team honors in the same season. His outstanding performances for the Braves ensured that he became one of 15 players honored in Bradley's All-Century basketball team named in 2003.
Academically, Parker excelled. He majored in chemistry before switching to liberal arts and sciences in his senior year, earned two Major Robert H. Lawrence Jr. Scholarships while at Bradley. Parker entered the 1997 NBA draft after four years at Bradley and was selected 21st overall by the New Jersey Nets, but he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a multi-player trade. In his two seasons with the 76ers, Parker was plagued by injury and played in only 39 regular season games, averaging just over five minutes a game and totaling 74 points and 26 rebounds, he was subsequently traded together with Harvey Grant to the Orlando Magic for Billy Owens before the 1999–2000 season began. Parker again struggled at Orlando, playing only 16 games with modest averages of 3.6 ppg and 1.7 rebounds per game before being released in January 2000. He finished the remainder of the season with the Quad City Thunder of the Continental Basketball Association where he averaged 11.5 points in 26 games. Disappointed in his failure to make a breakthrough in the NBA, Parker turned to Europe to resurrect his basketball career, intending to return to the NBA after a good season with a European club.
He moved to Israel in the 2000–01 season, where he was signed by the Israeli EuroLeague powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv. Parker and his wife were intimidated by the occasional bomb attacks in the city, but they soon settled in and Parker was able to focus on his basketball career. Within his first season with his new club, he became one of their most pivotal players. Parker was signed to fill the void left by Doron Sheffer's retirement at the shooting guard position, but ended up featuring as a both scorer and play-maker for Maccabi, he brought to the team his ability to score, block shots, entertain the crowds with slam dunks. In Parker's inaugural season, Maccabi won the Israeli domestic championship and the Israeli National Cup, as well as the FIBA SuproLeague Cup, he continued his fine form for the club in the 2001–02 season, averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game as Maccabi again won both domestic titles, reached the Euroleague 2001–02 Final Four. Parker left Israel in 2002, in January 2003 moved to Italy, where he signed with Virtus Roma, playing in 27 Italian Serie A league games and averaging 14.5 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game.
However, half a year Parker longed a return to Israel, a country he had grown to love. Back with Maccabi, he helped his team accomplish two more Triple Crowns by winning the Israeli domestic championship, the Israeli National Cup, the EuroLeague championship in both 2004 and 2005. In the process, he was named the Israeli Basketball Super League MVP and the EuroLeague Final Four MVP of the Euroleague 2003–04 season, as well as the EuroLeague MVP and first team All-EuroLeague in the Euroleague 2004–05 season; the 2004–05 season proved to be a watershed season for Parker, as he averaged career-highs of 18.0 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 3.6 assists per game. In his final season with Maccabi, he led Maccabi to another domestic double, but in the Euroleague 2005–06 season's championship game, Maccabi was defeated 73–69 by CSKA Moscow. For his efforts, Parker was named EuroLeague MVP and first team All-EuroLeague for the second consecutive time. After six years of success in Europe however, Parker dreamed of returning to the NBA.
Overall, he averaged 13.6
Marc Anthony Jackson is an American former professional basketball player. Jackson attended Roman Catholic High School, he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while leading his team to the Catholic League championship in 1993, as well as winning the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. During the ACIT, he was commanding presence in the middle during Roman Catholic's run, including their defeat of perennial powerhouse DeMatha in the final, his performance earned him an All-Tournament Team nod, in spite of missing a dunk during the semi-final game that drew massive gasps, laughs, from the packed crowd. He committed to Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his sophomore year, Jackson transferred to Temple University, only five blocks from his childhood home in Philadelphia, he would redshirt his first year of eligibility play two seasons for the Owls. Jackson led the team in scoring and rebounding both seasons, helping them to a 40-14 record over those years and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
He gave up his final year of eligibility to declare for the NBA draft. Jackson was drafted in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors; because he fell to the second round, Jackson chose to begin his pro career in Europe to make more money to support his mother and younger brother and better develop his skills before entering the NBA. He spent three years overseas playing for Tofaş Bursa, Lobos Caja Cantabria and Cantabria Lobos, before returning to U. S. and debuting for the Warriors in 2000. Jackson made an immediate impact for the Warriors, leading all rookies in points and rebounds, while staying near the top of the list in field goal and free throw percentages, he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. As a restricted free agent at the end of the season, Jackson signed a six-year, $24.375 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, which the Warriors matched. Despite Jackson's success, he was stuck behind Adonal Foyle, Danny Fortson and Erick Dampier on Golden State's depth chart, voiced his displeasure with the Warriors front office matching the offer, rather than allowing him to get more playing time elsewhere.
At the 2002 NBA trade deadline, the Warriors traded Jackson to the Minnesota Timberwolves, to play alongside Kevin Garnett. On July 23, 2003, he was traded to his hometown Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal, he missed 57 games due to injury his first season in Philadelphia, but bounced back the next year leading the team in rebounds and being second in points, to help the Sixers return to the playoffs. During his time in Philadelphia, he split time between the Power Forward positions. On August 9, 2005, Jackson was traded to the New Jersey Nets after a deal to bring in Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Nets fell through. Before the 2005–06 trade deadline, he was traded by the Nets to the New Orleans Hornets. In 2007, he signed with the Greek League team Olympiacos, but was released after not fitting in the system of the team's new coach, Panagiotis Giannakis. In August, 2008, Jackson was signed by UNICS Kazan of the Russian Super League, he announced his retirement shortly after signing for Obradoiro CAB in 2009.
Career stats Olympiacos BC player profile Marc Jackson's life in Kazan
Charles Edward O'Bannon Sr. is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball with the UCLA Bruins, he was a two-time first-team all-conference player in the Pac-10 and teamed with brother Ed to help the Bruins win a national championship in 1995. O'Bannon played two seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Detroit Pistons and played overseas in Japan and Italy, he played college basketball for the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins men's basketball team, where he was a star small forward/shooting guard. He was a starter in 1994–95 on the school's 1995 NCAA championship team. O'Bannon was a first team All-Pac-10 selection in 1996 and 1997, he was voted co-Most Valuable Player of the Bruins in both of those years, he is the younger brother of former NBA forward Ed O'Bannon, who played with him at UCLA. Charles O'Bannon was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft, he played for the Pistons for two seasons before being released.
He scored his NBA career high of 14 points on April 1999 against the Charlotte Hornets. O'Bannon continued his professional basketball career by playing in various leagues outside of the United States in Italy and Japan, he ended his career in 2013. In 2018, O'Bannon was announced as head coach of the Seattle Ballers in the Junior Basketball Association. During that season, he coached Seattle to a 6–2, as well as a spot in the 2018 JBA Finals, where the team lost to the Los Angeles Ballers. After the conclusion of the league's inaugural season, O'Bannon was named an assistant coach under the JBA USA Team for their 2018 international tour. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com Charles O'Bannon UCLA Statistics at Sports-Reference.com
Kelvin T. Cato is an American retired professional basketball player. Cato was an obscure player averaging six points and six rebounds at the University of South Alabama in 1992-93. At that time, he struck up a relationship with University of New Orleans coach Tim Floyd, who recognized Cato's potential. In 1994, Floyd took over as head coach at Iowa State University and convinced Cato to transfer to Iowa State. Cato averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game for an Iowa State team that reached the Sweet Sixteen of the 1997 NCAA Basketball Tournament. Drafted 15th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Cato's draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the draft rights to Chris Anstey and cash considerations. Cato averaged 3.8 and 3.5 points per game in his two seasons in Portland before being bundled in a six-for-one deal with the Houston Rockets that sent Scottie Pippen to the Blazers. He spent five years in Houston, averaging a career-high 8.7 points per game in 1999-2000, started all but two of the games he played in both the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons.
On October 28, 1999, Cato signed a six-year, $42,000,000 contract extension that increased in controversy as his playing statistics cooled. With Yao Ming as the Rockets' new starting center, the Rockets traded Cato in a seven-player deal that sent Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley, Cato to the Orlando Magic for Tracy McGrady, Juwan Howard, Tyronn Lue, Reece Gaines. While he started 50 games in the 2004-05 season for the Magic, his playing minutes went down the following season as he battled shoulder injuries. On February 15, 2006, along with the Magic's first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Darko Miličić and point guard Carlos Arroyo. Cato finished out the season with the Pistons, he signed with the New York Knicks for the 2006-07 season. NBA.com Profile - Kelvin Cato Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com