Eric Snow was born on April 24, 1973 in Canton, Ohio, is a retired American professional basketball player and businessman. He is now an analyst on NBA TV and an announcer for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Snow began his basketball career at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. He was McKinley High School’s MVP for three straight seasons. Snow attended college at Michigan State University. He played varsity basketball at Michigan State under head coach Jud Heathcote. In his senior season, the Spartans earned a #3 seed to the 1995 NCAA Tournament, but they were upset in the first round by Weber State University.
After college, Snow was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics, where he played sparingly for the next two-and-one-half seasons.
On January 18, 1998, Snow was acquired from Seattle by the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a second-round draft pick. He was immediately inserted into the 76ers’ starting lineup by head coach Larry Brown, and after averaging only 18.0 minutes per game (then a career high) for the first half of the season with Seattle, he averaged 35.8 minutes per game for the remainder of the season with Philadelphia.
As a pass-first, defensive-minded point guard, Snow became a stalwart of the Brown-era 76ers teams, due largely to his ability to guard the opposing team’s shooting guards, which made him an ideal complement to his dimunitive but high-scoring backcourt mate Allen Iverson. Despite missing thirty-two games early in the 2000–01 season due to injury, Snow played a crucial role in helping the 76ers earn the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and ultimately reach the 2001 NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers. During the following season, Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant stated that nobody in the league defended him better than Snow.
In 2002–03, Snow posted career highs in points per game (12.9), rebounds per game (3.7), minutes per game (37.9), field goal percentage (45.2%), and free throw percentage (85.8%). Snow’s excellent free throw percentage was particularly noteworthy, as he had been a very poor foul shooter in college and early in his NBA career, averaging 52.1% from the stripe during his four seasons at Michigan State and 59.2% as a rookie. He also averaged 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2002–03.
As of the end of the 2007–08 season, Snow’s career averages stood at 6.8 points, 5.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 27.3 minutes per game. Snow has reached the NBA Finals three times—once with each of the teams on which he has played in his career: the SuperSonics in 1996, the 76ers in 2001, and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007. Unfortunately for Snow, all three teams lost in the finals.
Snow tore cartilage in his knee prior to the 2007-08 season; he has been unable to play since the injury. Instead, he served on Head Coach Mike Brown’s staff as an assistant coach. This arrangement was unofficial, as Snow was still listed as a player on the Cavs’ roster.
He also worked as an analyst for NBA TV.
On April 4, 2009, Snow was officially released by the Cavs. Because the release was deemed “medically necessary”, the Cavs are not required to pay his salary.
Snow is the younger brother of former linebacker Percy Snow, who also played at Michigan State University, and for both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Eric Snow has stated he would like to coach after his NBA playing career is over.
Snow’s ex-wife, DeShawn, was one of the main subjects in the first season of Bravo TV’s reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which premiered in October, 2008. DeShawn was not invited back for the second season; according to her, producers said it was because she was “too human for a circus show” and did not create enough drama.
Snow was the 2005 recipient of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
Snow was selected as the NBA Sportsmanship Award winner for the 1999–2000 season and was selected as the Atlantic Division winner of the 1998–99 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
Snow founded the Shoot for the Moon Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting and strengthening communities and families within the northeast section of Ohio, through an emphasis and concentration on community activities aimed at empowering and encouraging fathers.