March 19, 2013
Charles Smith - Cannot be traced.
April 25, 2010
- Charles Smith
Spider Smith was in the NBA for two years, then out of it for two years, then back in it for two years, then out of it for two years, then back in it for one, then out of it for four. He last played in the NBA in the 2005-06 season, playing 22 games with the Blazers and playing one game with the Nuggets after a midseason trade.
In between all the stops in the NBA, Smith has played most of his time in Italy, and has been a huge scorer over there. He led SerieA in scoring on two occasions, and was also a 20ppg scorer in the Euroleague at one time. Nonetheless, Smith kept turning down European stardom for NBA minimum salary contracts, trying to stick in America in preference to the money and fame of being one of Europe's better scorers. It never really worked out, as the multi year contract always eluded him, but it wasn't a failure. Playing bit parts of 5 NBA seasons is not easy to do.
Smith spent two seasons between 2006 and 2008 with Real Madrid, and then joined Turkish powerhouse Efes Pilsen. In his second season there, Smith averaged 12.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in Turkish league play, alongside 12.6 points and 2.0 rebounds. Here is a video clip of Spider trying to shatter Graham Thorpe's fifteen year old record for the most uses of the throwaway phrase "y'know" in a 25 second interview. I counted eleven. That's not bad, y'know.