Rik Smits, nicknamed The Dunkin’ Dutchman (born August 23, 1966), is a retired Dutch professional basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. The 7’4″ (2.24 m) center was drafted by the Pacers out of Marist College with the second overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft.
Smits was selected to the Pacers’ 40th Anniversary Team, which was chosen by the fans. He ended up with the fourth most votes, trailing only Reggie Miller, Mel Daniels and Jermaine O’Neal.
Smits became the most successful Dutch basketball player ever, as well as the country’s best paid professional athlete of all time with an estimated accumulated capital of more than 125 million dollars. In his retirement, Smits is devoting his time to collecting and racing vintage motocross motorcycles. On November 30, 2011, Smits was featured in Yahoo! Sports, about his formal participation in competitive motorcross racing. In 2008 Smits won the AHRMA Vintage National Premier 500 Intermediate Class riding a BSA 500
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (1998)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1989)
2× NEC Player of the Year (1987–1988)