Today in Celtics history: Doug Smith waived

Smith with longtime Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte
Today, July 30th, is the 21st anniversary of the Boston Celtics waiving big man Doug Smith.

Smith, who had an impressive collegiate career at Missouri, earning several All-American honors while there, did not meet with the same kind of success after being taken sixth overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. After a mostly disappointing tenure in Texas, Smith was left unprotected in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and was taken by the Toronto Raptors, but ended up being released before playing for them, at which point he signed with Boston as a free agent.

Things didn't go very well with the Celtics either with him appearing in just 17 games over the 1995-96 season with Boston, his last in the league. After recording a 1.9 point, 1.3 rebound average per game, the team let him go on this day 21 years ago. He'd continue his career for some years overseas, and if you'd like to read more about him, check out tb727's longform article on Smith here.

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