Milwaukee Bucks: Greatest players to come from Wisconsin

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Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Smith
8 Jan 1997 /

Tony  Smith

Tony Smith‘s Bucks homecoming certainly wasn’t a long one, but it was one worth celebrating all the same.

A basketball star in neighboring Wauwatosa during high school as well as at Marquette University, Smith was a depth piece for multiple years with the Los Angeles Lakers throughout the 1990s. It was midway through the 1995-96 campaign where Smith’s playing career quickly became well-traveled as he bounced around with the Phoenix Suns, the Miami Heat, and the Charlotte Hornets.

In early December of the 1997-98 season, Smith signed with the Bucks as depth filler and made just seven appearances, scoring 19 total points on 8-of-24 shooting from the field (0-for-4 from three), while dishing out 1.4 assists per game and hauling in a rebound per game. Smith was subsequently waived on January 7, 1998, ending his Bucks stint at three-and-a-half weeks.

After being a part of Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcasts before and after Bucks games over the last decade, Smith now provides color commentary for his alma mater’s basketball games for ESPN Milwaukee.