Doug Smith

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Doug Smith
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Doug Smith
Position: Forward
Height: 6'10
Weight: 220
Nationality: American
Born: 9/17/1969
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Draft: First round (6th overall)
Drafted By: Dallas
College: Missouri
NBA Career: 1991-1996
Mavs Tenure: 1991-1995

Doug Smith (born September 17, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1991 NBA draft.

Smith was a four-year starter at the University of Missouri where he saw his numbers, across the board, rise each season from 11.3 points per game as a freshman to 23.6 ppg his senior year.

He joined Danny Manning and Wayman Tisdale as only the third player in Big Eight history to score more than 2000 points and grab 1000 rebounds in a career. Smith finished second all-time in scoring for the University of Missouri and was the Big Eight's Player-of-the-Year in 1990 and 1991. The conference named him their male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1991 and he was a two-time post-season tournament MVP.

With those credentials, the Dallas Mavericks took Smith in the first round (sixth overall) of the 1991 NBA draft. Despite some decent numbers, Smith was never able to take his dominating college game to the professional ranks. He played for the Mavs for four seasons, appearing in 279 games, and posting his best numbers in his second year averaging 10.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

Dallas exposed Smith in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft and he was selected by the Toronto Raptors. He never played for Toronto and finished his career with the Boston Celtics, appearing in 17 games during the 1995-1996 season.

Smith's alma mater honored him by electing him to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and retiring his number 34...only the fifth player in Missouri history to earn that honor.