He won the bronze medal and made the All-Tournament Team at the 1978 FIBA World Cup, and made the All-Tournament Teams of both the 1986 FIBA World Cup and the 1990 FIBA World Cup, which he also led in scoring, averaging 34.6 points per game. At least when it comes to discussions about the best players at their positions as those discussions tend to lean towards those who were successful in the NBA. Oscar Schmidt was simply the greatest Brazilian basketball player ever. He again scored 169 points in seven games in the 1984 Summer Olympics. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. In 2006, Schmidt, along with other Brazilian basketball greats such as Paula and Hortência, (another Hall of Fame member), led the NLB: Nossa Liga de Basquete ("our basketball league"), an attempted rival to the Brazilian Basketball Championship.  At first, nobody knew about it except for his family. Schmidt played the small forward position, was 2.05 m (6 ft 83⁄4 in) tall and weighed 107 kg (236 lbs). With that, I mean he loved to shoot and score but had little to do with defense and was a mediocre rebounder and blocker for his size. Do Nets have ‘interest’ in Glenn Robinson III? Gaze was a great scorer on the FIBA stage as well, once again finishing his career second all-time on the highest scorers list, conceding first once again to Oscar Schmidt. He is considered to be the all-time leading scorer in the history of basketball, with 49,737 career points scored (club play, plus national team play combined). In 1988, 1992, and 1996 Schmidt was the leading scorer in the Olympics. Schmidt loved playing for the Brazilian National Team, representing his country in five Olympics (’80, ’84, ’88, ’92, and ’96). Since then, the Brooklyn native lost his confidence and eventually became forgotten. The match evolved to a showdown between the two great scorers and Drazen emerged victorious with 62 points while Oscar only had 44. 1 draft choices who were allegedly guarding him? Oscar Schmidt was born in 1958 and grew to be 6-foot-8. He is the all-time career leader in total points scored in the FIBA World Cup, having scored a total of 906 points in 34 games, for a scoring average of 26.7 points per game. While playing in Italy, he earned a fan in future NBA star Kobe Bryant, who called Schmidt one of his childhood idols and later said Schmidt could have been one of the greatest in the NBA if he had played there.. The 6'9 Schmidt is considered by many to be the best basketball player to never play in the NBA. Less known is that Schmidt was the first international player taken in the NBA Draft ... by the Nets. He was the CEO of "Telemar Rio de Janeiro", a Brazilian professional basketball team which won the "Campeonato Carioca" (Rio de Janeiro State Championship) in 2004, and the Brazilian Championship in 2005. Schmidt has had his jersey retired by four different teams. He is often compared to Michael Jordan. He is also known as Oscar Schmidt in Spain, where he played for Fórum Valladolid for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, and simply Oscar, or Mão Santa (Holy Hand), in his homeland. (That was the same draft that produced four other Hall of Famers: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and John Stockton.). The press found out about the disease fifteen days after the surgery at a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the two-time World Champion Brazil National Team. The Warriors won 120-111. Perhaps he is most notable for being maybe one of the greatest basketball players to never play in the NBA. Perhaps he is most notable for being maybe one of the greatest basketball players to never play in the NBA. NBA legend and Fields’ high school teammate Kevin Garnett even once said, “ I had a teammate in Ronnie Fields that was probably better than I was.”, LeBron James is arguably the best basketball player in the world today. Gaze was a force on the domestic level. 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