Charlie Bell (born March 12, 1979 in Flint, Michigan) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on December 11, 2001.
Bell, a Parade Magazine All-American at Flint Western High School and the runner up for Michigan's 1997 Mr. Basketball, opted to say close to home and play his college ball at Michigan State. He helped lead the Spartans to four consecutive conference championships and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Final Four.
He was selected the school's Defensive Player of the Year all four seasons he was on campus and his senior year was voted my the media to the All Big-10 First team and by the Associated Press as third team All-American. Bell still ranks as the school's all-time leader in games played with 140 and games started with 136.
Despite the stellar collegiate career, Bell was not drafted in the 2001 NBA draft but signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns on August 1 of that year. He played five games for the Suns before being waived on December 11, 2001. The Mavericks signed the 6'3 guard as a free agent on January 12, 2002.
During his stint in Dallas he appeared in two games (one minute of playing time in each) and his only mark on the Mavericks history books is the one rebound he pulled down. Bell was released by Dallas on February 21, 2002.
Taking his game overseas, Bell spent two seasons in Italy (where he bordered on superstar status) and one season in Spain where he was selected to the Spanish League's All-First team. Having used his time in Europe to refine his game, Bell was ready to give the NBA another shot.
The Milwaukee Bucks signed Bell to a free agent contract on August 18, 2005. He was able to make an impact immediately seeing action in 59 games in 2005-2006 with an 8.5 ppg average in just over 21 minutes per game. The next season saw Bell post the best numbers of his career when he played in all 82 of the Bucks' games scoring 13.5 ppg in 34.7 minutes of court time.
With his contract expired, and Bell coming off a career year, the Miami Heat stepped in on September 17, 2007 and offered him a five-year, eighteen million dollar contract. Bell signed the offer sheet but Milwaukee wasted no time in matching the offer and retaining his services. He was a steady contributor for the Bucks for five seasons and helped lead the team to the playoffs during the 2009-2010 season.
On June 22, 2010, Bell was traded to Golden State where, after only one season, he was waived by the Warriors under the NBA's amnesty clause. Six months later he signed with Otto Caserta taking his game back to Italy.
Bell's ex-wife Kenya Bell is a star of VH-1's highly popular television series "Basketball Wives". Charlie Bell can be followed via his website at www.charliebell.com