Oscar Schmidt

Oscar Daniel Bezerra Schmidt (born February 16, 1958) is a retired Brazilian professional basketball player. He is also known as Oscar Schmidt Bezerra 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. Schmidt played the small forward position, was 2.05 m (6 ft 8¾ in) tall and weighed 102 kg (225 lbs). He was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

In 2016, he was one of the guests at the opening ceremony of the summer olympics “Rio 2016”, alongside international celebrities such as model Gisele Bündchen, actor Gustavo Goulart, and singer Caetano Veloso among others.

While playing with Sírio of the Brazilian Basketball League, Schmidt won both the South American Club Championship and the World Club Championship in 1979.

He was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the sixth round of the 1984 NBA Draft, and had several other opportunities to play in the NBA[citation needed], but declined them all in order to continue to play for Brazil’s national team (until 1989, NBA players were not allowed to play for national teams).

Schmidt won the Italian Basketball Cup with Caserta in 1988. He was the top scorer of the Italian Basketball League 7 times (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992). He also led the Spanish Basketball League in scoring in 1994, while he was a member of Valladolid.

He returned to his native Brazil in 1995, to play once again in the Brazilian Basketball League with Corinthians, and was the league’s top scorer 8 times (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003). He retired on May 26, 2003.

He is unofficially 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). He is also a record holder for the longest career span of a basketball player.

He was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991. On August 20, 2010, Schmidt was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in recognition of his play in international competition. On September 8, 2013, Schmidt was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Career highlights and awards
7× Italian League Top Scorer (1984–1987, 1989, 1990, 1992)
Only player who has scored more than 1,000 points in the Olympic Games
FIBA European Selection (1991)
FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players
Spanish League Top Scorer (1994)
8× Brazilian League Top Scorer (1996–2003)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Representing Brazil
Men’s Basketball
FIBA World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1978 Manila National Team
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place 1979 San Juan National Team
Gold medal – first place 1987 Indianapolis National Team

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