Another professional basketball season is in the books for Vandalia native Mike Smith as he recently returned to the United States after playing for a Belgian team during the 2016-2017 season.
Smith ended his sixth pro season by helping the Port of Antwerp Giants advance to the semifinals before falling to Brussels. His squad had a 22-14 regular season record.
During the Euromillions playoffs, Smith was the MVP of Round 35 after he scored 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in a big win.
The Giants were also second in Group L with a 4-2 record in the FIBA Europe Cup for Stage Two. As for the Belgian League, Smith played the second most minutes per game for the squad.
He shot 57.4% from the field, 28.8% from 3-point territory, and made 106-125 free throws for an 84.8% shooting percentage.
Smith averaged 12.3 points per game (third on team), four rebounds, 2.1 assists per game (tied for second), and had 1.1 steals per game (third best on team).
This past March, Smith scored his 1,000th career point in less than two full seasons at the time with the Giants.
Earlier in the season, Smith helped Port of Antwerp win the Super Cup. It was the team’s second Super Cup win in franchise history.
His teammates included Georgetown’s Jason Clark, Arizona’s Ryan Anderson, Mississippi State’s Gavin Ware, and Duquesne’s Micah Mason, among others.
In his first year, Smith was named the MVP through the Giants’ Fan Club after averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and more than 2 assists per game. Smith said he’s currently looking at his options for a seventh professional season.
“I am a free agent right now and looking at all options,” Smith said. “My agent will be in contact with teams and we will find out what the best situation is for my family and I.”