About Rik Smits
It has been reported that the overall amount of Rik Smits net worth is as high as 18 million dollars, as of right now. Rik Smits has earned a huge part of his net worth because of his career as a basketball player, but currently, he is retired from this sport. He was nicknamed the Flying Dutchman. During his professional career, Rik Smits was playing with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and this team, thus, has added up a lot of revenues to the total estimate of Rik Smits net worth. Before he was chosen to play with the Indiana Pacers, he was studying at Marist College.
In 1988, he entered the NBA Draft, where he was chosen as the second overall pick and began to play with the team as a center. In 1998, Rik Smits got the title of an NBA All-Star. In 2000, he appeared in the NBA Finals.
The basketball player was born in 1966 in Eindhoven. When he was 14 years old, Rik Smits began to play basketball. At that time, he belonged to PSV/Almonte in his hometown. In 1984, he moved to the United States, where he entered Marist College and continued playing basketball there.
In 1988, he began his professional basketball career with the Indiana Pacers, which has increased the total size of Rik Smits net worth by a mile.
During his first year with the team, Rik Smits started 71 games. Also, he was honored with All-Rookie First Team selection. In the season of 1993-1994, Rik Smits became the leader of his team. He was praised for his performance at the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals. In 1998, Rik Smits was invited to join the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Because of the fact that he started to suffer foot injuries, Rik Smits decided to retire from his professional career at the end of the 1999-2000 season. His name appeared in the list of the members of the Pacers’ 40th Anniversary Team, which was compiled by team’s fans. He got the fourth place on it.
Rik Smits is considered as one of the best Dutch basketball players. In fact, he became the highest paid professional athlete from his country. Thus, his basketball career has added up a lot of revenues to the overall size of Rik Smits net worth.
When he retired, Rik Smits changed his interest to collecting and racing vintage motocross motorcycles. In 2011, he appeared in Yahoo Sports, where he discussed his participation in motocross races. In 2008, he became a winner of the AHRMA Vintage National Premier 500 Intermediate Class riding a BSA 500. Thus, after basketball, he became known as an avid and successful motocross racer and this career is also expected to increase the current amount of Rik Smits net worth even more. However, to a lot of people, he is primarily known as a basketball player, who stayed all of his career with the Indiana Pacers team, which made him one of the richest basketball players in the industry, as well.