Chris Smith (basketball, born 1970)

Chris Smith
Personal information
Born (1970-05-17) May 17, 1970
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Kolbe Cathedral
(Bridgeport, Connecticut)
College Connecticut (1988–1992)
NBA draft 1992 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 1992–2000
Position Point guard
Career history
19921995 Minnesota Timberwolves
1995–1996 Cáceres (Spain)
1996 Capitalinos de San Juan (Puerto Rico)
1996–1997 Echo Houthalen (Belgium)
1997 CSP Limoges (France)
1997–1998 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
1998 La Crosse Bobcats (CBA)
1998 Maccabi Ra'anana (Israel)
1999 Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
1999 Rockford Lightning (CBA)
1999–2000 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,140 (5.1 ppg)
Rebounds 291 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 627 (2.8 apg)
Stats at

Christopher Gerard Smith (born May 17, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player, in the point guard position.

Basketball career

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Smith played collegiately at the University of Connecticut.[1] He left the Huskies after scoring 2,145 points in his four years, an all-time record (this included another record, 1,140 points in Big East Conference history), and also led the team in career three-point field goals with 242, being one of only two UConn players to score at least 500 points in three different seasons.

A member of the UConn Basketball All Century Team, Smith was also nominated for the John Wooden Award, was named a McDonald's All American and was a member of an All-Big East first team. He played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[2]

Smith was selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played three seasons (224 total games) with the team, averaging 5.1 points, 2.8 assists, 1.3 rebounds and .5 steals per game.

He continued to play for various franchises in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe until 2000, when a series of injuries transitioned his career to sales and financial services. He received a B.A. in business administration, going on to work as a business development officer for both the People's Bank and its insurance subsidiary, Beardsley, Brown & Bassett.[3]


Smith is cousin of another basketball player, and point guard, Mario Chalmers, who also plays in the National Basketball Association, notably with the Miami Heat.[4]


  1. "Chris Smith". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  2. 1990 USA Basketball Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. UConn basketball's all-time top scorer joins People's Bank;, 30 October 2003 Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Heat acquire draft rights to Mario Chalmers;, 26 June 2008
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