The fourth installment of our series Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods checks in with ex-Cavaliers guard Smush Parker. For part one of our series featuring Damon Jones, click here. For part two, featuring Luke Jackson, click here. For part three featuring Ira Newble, click here.
Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods: William Henry "Smush" Parker
Smush Parker was signed by the Cavaliers as a free agent during his rookie year in September of 2002. He played 66 games for the Cavs during the '02-03 season, and started 18 of them. During that year - his only one as a Cavalier - he scored 6 points per game to go along with 2.5 assists over an average of 18 minutes per night.
He would continue to bounce around the NBA for another handful of seasons, and the highlight of his career would be the stretch of games - starting in 2005 - where Smush started 162 straight games for the Lakers and averaged 11.5 ppg. He ended up making a couple more NBA stops before going overseas after a contract dispute with the Heat sent him looking for work elsewhere.Elsewhere for Smush would be China, and he signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in January of last year.
This season, Smush has played in 22 games for the Tigers and is currently averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game for a team with a record of 21-1. The most recent game he played was this past Sunday (2-21), where they won by a score of 125 - 105. Parker's high game this season was the 33 he scored on January 1st against DonGuan (a 112-103 win), and he also scored 32 this past Sunday in the win against Zhejiang G.L.
An interesting sidenote is that Parker went head to head with Stephon Marbury's Shanxi Zhongyu team on February 3rd...Parker had 13 in a 113-104 win for his club, while Starbury had 15 points in a losing effort on 3 of 11 shooting.
Photo Credit: Shanghai Daily.com