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Craig Smith

Craig Smith
NameCraig Smith
Height Ft6
Height In7
Weight Lb250
PositionPower forward/center
Birth DateNovember 10, 1983(age 32)
Birth PlaceInglewood, California
CollegeBoston College
NationalityAmerican
Draft Round2
Draft Pick36
Draft TeamMinnesota Timberwolves
Draft Year2006
Career Start2006
TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves (2006-2009)
Los Angeles Clippers (2009-2011)
Highlights2006-07 NBA Rookie All Second-Team

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Craig Smith (born November 10, 1983 in Inglewood, California) is an American professional basketball player who was most recently member of the Los Angeles Clippers. After playing for Boston College from 2002 2006, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Smith, nicknamed "Rhino", scored 2,349 points in his collegiate career, placing him second on Boston College's career scoring list (behind Troy Bell). In his senior season, he had per-game averages of 17.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.8 blocked shots. He also attended Worcester Academy, a preparatory school in Worcester, Massachusetts for a year as a post-graduate student before college.

Craig Smith averaged 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in his rookie year (2006 07) with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He earned a starting role for the last five games of the season and averaged 12.0 points and 10.2 rebounds while logging an average 34.4 minutes. He had an increased role in the 2007 08 season after a strong rookie performance and a Vegas Summer League performance during which he averaged 21.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.

On July 20, 2009, Smith was traded, along with Mark Madsen and Sebastian Telfair, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Quentin Richardson. On July 19, 2010 Smith's agent confirmed that Smith had signed a one-year deal to return to the Clippers.


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