Joe Smith is an American former basketball player. He played at power forward position for 12 teams of the NBA during his 16-year career.
Joe Smith was born on 26 July 1975, in Norfolk, Virginia, US. He was born as Joseph Leynard Smith. His star sign is Leo. He has an American nationality and belongs to Afro-American ethnicity.
Talking about his educational background, Joe attended Maury High School. After completing his high school education, he enrolled at the University of Maryland.
Joe Smith’s Professional Career
Joe Smith began playing Basketball during his college days. He was a college player of the year at Maryland in 1995. The same year, he was drafted in NBA by Golden State Warriors as a No.1 pick of the season. He was then transferred to Minnesota Timberwolves in 1998 and played for the team for two seasons.
In the year 2000, he joined the Detroit Pistons and later got transferred from there back to Minnesota Timberwolves till 2003. He had played three seasons for Milwaukee Bucks and then was transferred to Denver Nuggets. Joe played a total of 11 games with the Denver Nuggets and he got transferred to Philadelphia 76ers. He has played for various teams like Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets, the 76ers again, the Chicago Bulls, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the year 2009, he signed a contract with Atlanta Hawks. After that, he was transferred to New Jersey Nets on 10 September 2010. On 15 December 2010, he joined Los Angeles Lakers and he played for the team till 2011. After a 16-year successful career and after playing for 12 different teams, he officially retired from his career as a professional basketball player of NBA in 2011.
Furthermore, he has also played for Cleveland Cavaliers, the Atlanta Hawks, the New Jersey Nets, and the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2011, he officially announced his retirement from his NBA career. He has scored an average of 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in his NBA career.
Awards & Achievements
During his playing career, Joe was given the title of the All-Rookie First Team in 1995–1996. He also achieved numerous awards like Naismith Award Adolph Rupp Award and many more.
Besides his playing career, he also recorded a solo Rap album, Joe Beast including the title track “Murda Kapital” and “I Does This”
Is Joe Smith Still Married? Who Is His Wife?
The former basketball player, Joe Smith is a married man. He is married to Kisha Chavis. The couple announced their marriage on the show that broadcasts on TLC and Says “Yes to the Dress” i.e her wedding dress.
She has formed a strong bond with her husband. Similarly, she held his hand during his bad time (financially broke and have a debt to pay). So they together have mutual respect and understanding for each other. They are living happily with each other.
Before marrying Kisha, he married a long term girlfriend Yolanda Smith as his first wife.
The former couple welcomed two children together. He has adopted Yolanda’s daughter Alana. He was caught cheating his former wife as she found him hooking with another girl named Deanna Marie.
So, she gave him divorced in the year 2015. Joe was also in a relationship with Moniece Slaughter from 2011 to 2012. The pair broke up their relationship when he knew that, she has stolen $100k from Joe.
What Is The Net Worth of Joe Smith?
Joe Smith has earned more than $60 million through his professional career as a professional basketball player. However, he is now in debt and has spent most of his money on cars, costly divorce and bad investments. His net worth is estimated to be around $157,000.
As per some reports, he earned $61 million in his playing career and his annual salary was over $1.3 million. He also had several houses in different places during his playing career which he sold after being in debt.
In the year 2015, he sold his Scottsdale, Ariz mansion up for sale for a price tag of $2.75 million. The mansion consists of a spa, swimming pool, fire pit, sports court, and he bought it in 2005 for $2.225 million.
Height & Weight
The former NBA player, Joe Smith has got a height of 6 feet and 10 inches and his body weighs around 102 kg. He has black colored hair and eyes respectively.