Marcus Camby

Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was named Defensive Player of the Year during the 2006–07 NBA season, leading the league in blocked shots per game.[1] Camby is also a four-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team and is 12th on the NBA's all-time career blocks list.

Marcus Camby
Marcus Camby 2008
Camby with the Denver Nuggets in 2008
Personal information
BornMarch 22, 1974 (age 45)
Hartford, Connecticut
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeUMass (1993–1996)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Playing career1996–2013
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
19961998Toronto Raptors
19982002New York Knicks
20022008Denver Nuggets
20082010Los Angeles Clippers
20102012Portland Trail Blazers
2012Houston Rockets
2012–2013New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points9,262 (9.5 ppg)
Rebounds9,513 (9.8 rpg)
Blocks2,331 (2.4 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school

Camby, a native of Connecticut, began his high school career at Conard High School in West Hartford. He transferred to Hartford Public High School where he finished his high school education.[2] In his senior season, Camby averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks and 8 assists, en route to a 27-0 record and state title. He was named Gatorade's Connecticut Player of the Year.[3]

College career

Camby played three seasons for the UMass Minutemen. He had an NCAA freshman record 105 total rejections during his first year at UMass, and was named the Atlantic 10's Freshman of the Year.[4] Camby was named to the A-10's First Team during his sophomore season in 1994–95, as the Minutemen reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Camby won the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith College Player of the Year Award during the 1995–96 season. He led UMass to numerous #1 rankings and the 1996 NCAA Final Four.[5] In the NCAA tournament, Camby set a tourney record of 43 total blocked shots in 11 games.[4] On April 29, 1996, Camby announced that he would forgo his senior year at UMass and enter the NBA Draft.

In 1997, UMass' visit to the Final Four was vacated by the NCAA because Camby had been found to have accepted $28,000 from two sports agents.[6][7] As part of the penalty, the school was forced to return their $151,617 in revenue from the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Camby later reimbursed the school for the amount lost. According to a 1997 Sports Illustrated article, the agents, John Lounsbury and Wesley Spears of Connecticut, had hoped that Camby would hire them to represent him when he became a professional. The article reported that Camby had also received "jewelry, rental cars and prostitutes" from the agents.[8]

Camby was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame on September 10, 2010.[9] Though some criticized the school for inducting a student-athlete who caused their Final Four achievement to be vacated, others saw it as a positive recognition of one of the school's best ever athletes.[10][11][12]

Camby returned to school, taking online courses from UMass, and earned his degree on May 12, 2017.

NBA career

Toronto Raptors (1996–1998)

Camby was selected second overall in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. In his rookie season, he made the NBA All-Rookie First Team, averaging 14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. In the following season, Camby led the league in blocked shots with 3.7 per game.

New York Knicks (1998–2002)

Camby was traded to the New York Knicks in a Draft day deal for Charles Oakley, and for his first two seasons in New York, Camby backed up veteran All-Star center Patrick Ewing. The Knicks struggled to establish on-court chemistry in the lockout-shorted 1998–99 season, finishing with a 27–23 record, which was just good enough to qualify for the 8th and final seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, Camby and teammate (and close friend) Latrell Sprewell began to assert themselves as the Knicks shocked the top-seeded Miami Heat and swept the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds, setting up a meeting with the rival Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. After Ewing went down with a season-ending Achilles injury early in the series, Camby filled the void, averaging doubles in the last three games of the series to lead the Knicks to a six-game upset series win over the Pacers and into the NBA Finals. The Knicks became the first (and remain the only) 8th-seeded team to make it to the NBA Finals, where they matched up with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs defeated the Knicks in five games to win the 1999 Championship.[13][14]

In the 1999–00 season the Knicks with Ewing back at center bounced back and won 50 games thanks to the contributions of many of the veteran players, including the Sixth Man of the Year Award-type season from Camby. In the playoffs, the Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors in three games and Miami Heat in seven games in the first two rounds of the playoffs en route to making it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row. There they faced the top seed in the East, the Indiana Pacers, and were defeated by the Pacers in six games.

During a game against the San Antonio Spurs in January 2001, Camby took a roundhouse swing at Spurs' forward Danny Ferry after he was hit in the eye on a box-out. The punch missed Ferry because Knicks' head coach Jeff Van Gundy stepped in at the last second, resulting in his being head-butted by Camby. Van Gundy required 15 stitches to close a gash above his left eye. Camby, who ended up with scratches on his face from both incidents, was suspended for five games and fined $25,000. Ferry was suspended for one game and fined $7,500 for the initial foul.[15] Upon returning from the suspension, Camby began to play his best ball of the season in averaging 12 points with 11 rebounds and 2 blocks a game; however, it was not enough as the Knicks were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in five games in the first round of the playoffs. Camby spent most of the 2001–02 season injured, and without him as an inside presence, the Knicks struggled with a 30-52 record and missed the playoffs.[16] Camby, after getting traded to Denver, accused the Knicks training staff of misdiagnosing his injury and causing him to miss more games than he should have.[17] The Nuggets however, sided with the Knicks.[18]

Denver Nuggets (2002–2008)

Camby played for the Knicks from 1998 to 2002, before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Antonio McDyess.[19]

In the 2003–04 season, along with rookie teammate Carmelo Anthony, Camby helped lead the Nuggets back into the playoffs where they were defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves led by league MVP Kevin Garnett.

Camby led the NBA in blocked shots for several seasons. During the 2005–06 season with the Nuggets he had 12.0 rebounds per game, 9.6 defensive rebounds per game and 1.4 steals per game. He also averaged 12.8 points per game and led the league in blocks per game (3.3), while helping Denver earn a playoff berth by winning the Northwest Division.

On December 16, 2006, Camby was involved in the Knicks–Nuggets brawl.[20] He was one of 10 players ejected from the game, but received no suspension.

Camby won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for the 2006–07 season.[21] The honor was the first of Camby's career. He received the actual award from NBA commissioner David Stern during a pregame ceremony at the Nuggets first home 2006–07 playoff game, which was against the San Antonio Spurs on April 28, 2007.[22] During the 2006–07 season, Camby averaged 3.3 blocks per game (first in the league), 11.7 rebounds per game (fifth in the league), 9.3 defensive rebounds per game (second in the league) and 1.24 steals per game (second among centers).[23][24]

During the 2007–08 NBA season, Camby continued to make his mark as one of the best defensive players and centers in the game. He finished the season averaging 13.1 rebounds per game (second in the league), 18.1 rebounds per 48 minutes (first in the league), 10.2 defensive rebounds per game (second in the league), 14.1 defensive rebounds per 48 minutes (first in the league), 3.61 blocks per game (first in the league), 4.96 blocks per 48 minutes (first in the league), 285 total blocks (first in the league), 1.06 steals per game (third among centers) and 3.3 assists per game (second among centers). On December 26, 2007, in a Nuggets' home win against the Milwaukee Bucks, Camby posted a triple-double, with 10 points (which included a three-pointer), 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. The triple-double was Camby's third of his career and the first since April 19, 1998, against the Philadelphia 76ers.[25] On January 14, 2008, in a Nuggets' road loss against the Charlotte Bobcats, Camby had a game of 20 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 blocks. He became only the fourth player since 1990 to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 blocks in one game.[26] On January 17, 2008, in a Nuggets' home win against the Utah Jazz, Camby became just the third player since blocked shots became an official NBA stat in 1973–74 with at least 24 rebounds and 11 blocks in a game.[27] On January 25, 2008, in a Nuggets home win against the New Jersey Nets, Camby blocked 4 shots—and in the process—recorded his 1,000th blocked shot as a member of the Nuggets.[28] On March 16, 2008, in an historic 168–116 home win in regulation over the Seattle SuperSonics (the 168 points were the most points scored in franchise history – fourth most in NBA history – for a non-overtime game), Camby recorded his second triple-double of the 2007–08 NBA season when he had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.[29] The triple-double was accomplished in an NBA record-tying 27 minutes.

Los Angeles Clippers (2008–2010)

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Camby with the Clippers

On July 15, 2008, Camby was traded from the Nuggets to the Los Angeles Clippers.[30] In exchange, the Clippers gave Denver the option to swap second-round draft picks in the 2010 NBA draft. Camby said that he was unhappy that he was traded from the Nuggets, essentially being made the scapegoat for their lack of post-season success.[31]

"I thought I had done everything possible that I could do with that team, and just tried to go about things the right way. I just thought the way they went about it was classless; they didn't let me know anything. That's a thing of the past right now, that's something I put behind me and I'm looking forward to embarking on this journey."

In the first part of the 2008–09 NBA season, he started at power forward, with Chris Kaman remaining as the starting center. Then, an injury that occurred to Kaman and the arrival of forward Zach Randolph brought Camby back to the starting center position. On December 17, 2008, Camby pulled down a career-high 27 rebounds in a 115-109 overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls. He also had 19 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 4 blocks.

Portland Trail Blazers (2010–2012)

On February 16, 2010, Camby was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, and 1.5 million dollars in cash.[32]

Camby played in 23 games for the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009–2010 season. With injuries to fellow centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla, Camby helped the team secure a playoff berth as the Western Conference's six seed. On April 12, 2010 in a game in Portland against the Oklahoma City Thunder Camby led the team in scoring with 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. On April 20, 2010, he signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Blazers.

Houston Rockets (2012)

Camby was traded at the deadline on March 15, 2012 to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet as well as a second round draft pick.[33]

Return to the New York Knicks (2012–2013)

On July 11, 2012, Camby was traded to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal that also involved Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan, and two future draft picks going to the Rockets.[34] He missed most of the 2012–13 season with a strained plantar fascia in his left foot, playing only 24 games.

2013 NBA Offseason

On July 10, 2013, Camby, Steve Novak, Quentin Richardson, a future first round draft pick, and two future second round draft picks were traded from the Knicks to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Andrea Bargnani.[35] The Raptors then bought out Camby's contract.[36]

On July 29, 2013, Camby re-signed with the Houston Rockets.[37] However, he was waived by the Rockets on October 28, 2013.[38]

NBA statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

* Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Toronto 63 38 30.1 .482 .143 .693 6.3 1.5 1.0 2.1 14.8
1997–98 Toronto 63 58 31.8 .412 .000 .611 7.4 1.8 1.1 3.7* 12.1
1998–99 New York 46 0 20.5 .521 .000 .553 5.5 .3 .6 1.6 7.2
1999–00 New York 59 11 26.2 .480 .500 .670 7.8 .8 .7 2.0 10.2
2000–01 New York 63 63 33.8 .524 .125 .667 11.5 .8 1.0 2.2 12.0
2001–02 New York 29 29 34.7 .448 .000 .626 11.1 1.1 1.2 1.7 11.1
2002–03 Denver 29 9 21.2 .410 .400 .660 7.2 1.6 .7 1.4 7.6
2003–04 Denver 72 72 30.0 .477 .000 .721 10.1 1.8 1.2 2.6 8.6
2004–05 Denver 66 66 30.5 .465 .000 .723 10.0 2.3 .9 3.0 10.3
2005–06 Denver 56 54 33.2 .465 .091 .712 11.9 2.1 1.4 3.3* 12.8
2006–07 Denver 70 70 33.8 .473 .000 .729 11.7 3.2 1.2 3.3* 11.2
2007–08 Denver 79 79 34.9 .450 .300 .708 13.1 3.3 1.1 3.6* 9.1
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 62 55 31.0 .512 .250 .725 11.1 2.0 .8 2.1 10.3
2009–10 L.A. Clippers 51 51 31.3 .466 .333 .659 12.1 3.0 1.4 1.9 7.7
2009–10 Portland 23 23 31.2 .497 .000 .581 11.1 1.5 1.1 2.0 7.0
2010–11 Portland 59 51 26.1 .398 .000 .614 10.3 2.1 .7 1.6 4.7
2011–12 Portland 40 40 22.4 .416 .000 .474 8.8 1.9 .8 1.4 3.8
2011–12 Houston 19 13 24.1 .484 .400 .423 9.3 1.7 .9 1.5 7.1
2012–13 New York 24 4 10.4 .321 .000 .421 3.3 .6 .3 .6 1.8
Career 973 786 29.5 .466 .205 .670 9.8 1.9 1.0 2.4 9.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 New York 20 3 25.5 .566 .000 .616 7.7 .3 1.2 1.9 10.4
2000 New York 16 0 24.1 .337 .000 .613 7.0 .4 .5 1.4 4.8
2001 New York 4 4 35.3 .385 .000 .385 8.0 1.8 .5 2.3 6.3
2004 Denver 5 5 38.8 .491 .500 .571 11.4 2.4 .8 1.4 12.6
2005 Denver 5 5 36.8 .415 .000 .630 11.2 1.8 .6 3.2* 10.2
2006 Denver 5 5 35.0 .419 .000 .556 11.0 2.2 .8 2.8* 11.4
2007 Denver 5 5 36.8 .378 .000 .667 14.8 2.0 .8 3.2* 7.6
2008 Denver 4 4 31.0 .238 1.000 .333 13.3 3.0 1.0 3.0 3.3
2010 Portland 6 6 29.7 .421 .000 .500 10.0 2.3 .7 1.2 5.8
2011 Portland 6 6 27.8 .455 1.000 .000 9.7 1.3 .7 1.5 3.5
2013 New York 3 0 1.0 1.000 .000 .000 .7 .0 .0 .0 .7
Career 79 43 28.4 .443 .429 .578 9.0 1.2 .8 1.9 7.5

Awards and honors

Off the court

Charitable

Camby tutored South Hadley students while at UMass, and has been active in charities throughout his career. He was active with several Denver-area charities as a Nugget. As a pro he has also toured Africa with Basketball Without Borders.

In 1996, Camby established the Cambyland Foundation, a non-profit organization.[40] Cambyland partners with school and community organizations to provide opportunities for young people.

Legal

On June 14, 1997, Camby was arrested on charges of marijuana possession in South Windsor, Connecticut after police stopped him for a driving offense.[41] On July 1, 1997, he agreed to a plea deal that required him to complete 16 hours of community service, in exchange for dismissal of the drug charge. Charges against Camby were dropped after he fulfilled the community service.

On April 23, 2001, Camby's mother and two sisters were taken hostage in their own home by Hartford resident Troy Crooms. Crooms, who was charged with kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault, burglary and possession of a weapon, held the women at knife-point over an eight-hour-long stand-off with police.[42] Crooms pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree burglary and violating probation.[43] He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.[44]

Camby was arrested by police in Pearland, Texas on Monday, September 19, 2011 and charged with marijuana possession.[45][46] The charges were later dropped.[47] He currently resides in Pearland, Texas.

See also

References

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External links

1995 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1995 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament was played from March 4 to March 6, 1995, and March 9, 1995. The first three rounds were played at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while the final was played at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The winner was named champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference and received an automatic bid to the 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The University of Massachusetts won the tournament for the fourth year in a row. Temple also received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Lou Roe of Massachusetts was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, making the All-Championship Team for the fourth consecutive year. Future NBA players Rick Brunson (Temple) and Marcus Camby (Massachusetts) were among those also named to the All-Championship Team.

1995–96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1995–96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season concluded in the 64-team 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament whose finals were held at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Kentucky Wildcats earned their sixth national championship by defeating the Syracuse Orangemen 76–67 on April 1, 1996. They were coached by Rick Pitino and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player was Kentucky's Tony Delk.

In the 32-team 1997 National Invitation Tournament, the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the St. Joseph's Hawks at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Following the season, the 1996 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American Consensus First team included Ray Allen, Marcus Camby, Tony Delk, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, and Kerry Kittles.

1996 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1996 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament was played from March 6 to March 9, 1996. The tournament was played at the Philadelphia Civic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The winner was named champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference and received an automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The University of Massachusetts won the tournament for the fifth year in a row. Massachusetts eventually reached the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. George Washington, Temple, and Virginia Tech also received bids to the tournament. Carmelo Travieso of Massachusetts was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Future NBA players Marcus Camby (Massachusetts), Marc Jackson (Temple), and Tyson Wheeler (Rhode Island) were among those also named to the All-Championship Team. The top two teams in each division received a first-round bye.

1996 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1996 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1996 was the last year that the UPI teams were named. After being considered a part of consensus selections since 1949, they would be replaced in 1998 by the Sporting News All-American team.

1996–97 Toronto Raptors season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the Raptors' second season in the National Basketball Association. The Raptors drafted Marcus Camby out of Massachusetts with the second overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, and started their season with new head coach Darrell Walker. Veteran leadership was added to the team with the acquisitions of Walt Williams, Popeye Jones, Hubert Davis and John Long. At midseason, the team re-signed free agent Oliver Miller after a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors finished last place in the Central Division with a 30–52 record, which was a nine-game improvement over their inaugural season. Second-year star Damon Stoudamire led the team averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 assists per game. Camby averaged 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while being selected to the All-Rookie First Team. Following the season, Davis signed with the Dallas Mavericks and Long retired.

1997–98 Toronto Raptors season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the Raptors' third season in the National Basketball Association. The Raptors selected high school star Tracy McGrady with the ninth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, and acquired second-year forward John Wallace from the New York Knicks in the offseason. However, the Raptors struggled posting a 17-game losing streak early in the season. Midway through the season, Damon Stoudamire was traded along with Walt Williams, and Carlos Rogers to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kenny Anderson, Gary Trent and rookie Alvin Williams. However, Anderson refused to play for the Canadian team and was dealt along with Popeye Jones, and Žan Tabak to the Boston Celtics for rookie Chauncey Billups and Dee Brown.

After an 11–38 start, head coach Darrell Walker was fired and replaced with Butch Carter for the remainder of the season, as the Raptors finished last place in the Central Division with a franchise worst record of 16–66. Following the season, second-year star Marcus Camby was traded to the New York Knicks, Billups was traded to the Denver Nuggets, Trent signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks, Oliver Miller was released, and Sharone Wright retired after playing just four seasons in the NBA due to an offseason automobile accident.

2008–09 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2008–09 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 39th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This season marks the team's 25th season in the city of Los Angeles.

2009–10 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2009–10 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 40th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The season saw the team draft Blake Griffin, but during a preseason game, he went down with a knee injury and was unable to play in what could have been his rookie season.

2009–10 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2009–10 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 40th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the playoffs, the Trail Blazers lost to the Phoenix Suns in six games in the First Round.

2010–11 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2010–11 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 41st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the playoffs, the Trail Blazers lost to the eventual NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in six games in the First Round.

2011–12 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 2011–12 Portland Trail Blazers season was the 42nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to the 2011 NBA lockout the regular season was shortened to 66 games. The Trail Blazers finished the season in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 28–38 record. It was the last season with head coach Nate McMillan, who was fired on March and with starting shooting guard Brandon Roy, who announced his retirement. The Trail Blazers also parted ways with their number one pick from the 2007 NBA draft Greg Oden after an injury-marred short career with the team.

Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Atlantic 10 Conference's (A–10) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the conference's inaugural 1976–77 season, when the conference was officially known as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League but popularly known as the Eastern 8. David West of Xavier is the only player to have won the award three times (2001–03). Four other players—James Bailey, Earl Belcher, Greg Jones and Steven Smith—have won the award twice. Two players—Marcus Camby (1996) and Jameer Nelson (2004)—have also won the award in the same season that they were named the Naismith College Player of the Year or received the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's two most prestigious men's college basketball awards.

As of 2018, Temple has the most all-time winners with ten, but the Owls left for the American Athletic Conference in July 2013. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Saint Joseph's and UMass have the most winners, with five each. There have been three ties in the award's history (1983, 2005, 2018). Four current member schools have had no winners—Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, and VCU. However, of these schools, only Dayton and Fordham were A-10 members before 2012.

Denver Nuggets accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Denver Nuggets.

Forward-center

Forward–center or Bigman is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. Typically, this means power forward and center, since these are usually the two biggest player positions on any basketball team, and therefore more often overlap each other.

Forward–center came into the basketball jargon as the game evolved and became more specialized in the 1960s. The five positions on court were originally known only as guards, forwards, and the center, but it is now generally accepted that the five primary positions are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center.

Typically, a forward–center is a talented forward who also came to play minutes at center on teams that need help at that position. The player could also be a somewhat floor-bound center, under seven feet tall at the NBA level, whose skills suit him to a power forward position, especially if that team has a better center. One such player is Marcus Camby of the New York Knicks. At 6'11" (211 cm), he generally plays as a center, but when he played for the New York Knicks earlier in his career, he mostly played power forward because his team had one of the best pure centers in the league in 7'0" (213 cm) Patrick Ewing. Ewing himself was used as a forward–center early in his career to complement the then-incumbent Knicks center, 7'1" (216 cm) Bill Cartwright. Ralph Sampson, at 7'4" (224 cm), was another notable forward–center who played center his rookie year in 1983. In 1984, he moved to power forward when 7'0" (213 cm) Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted that year. Most forward-centers range from 6' 9" (2.06 m) to 7' 0" (2.13 m) in height.

Other notable forward-centers include: Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Al Horford, and Draymond Green.

Jack Murphy (basketball)

Jack Murphy (born July 25, 1979) is an American basketball coach. He is the head men's basketball coach at Northern Arizona University. Previously, he had been an assistant at University of Memphis.

Prior to serving on the Memphis staff, Murphy was an advance scout and video coordinator for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Murphy served in several roles at Arizona from 1998 to 2006, beginning as a student manager and eventually moving to recruiting coordinator, video analyst, and director of operations. During this time, he worked with current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner on the staff of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. In Murphy's time at Arizona, the Wildcats made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national championship game in 2001. Arizona also posted 20 or more wins in each of Murphy's eight years with the program.After being promoted to Director of Basketball Operations at Arizona in 2006, Murphy was hired by the Nuggets, where he provided scouting information on upcoming opponents, as well as organizing off-season workout sessions for players. During his time at Arizona and Denver, Murphy developed relationships with many current NBA stars, including Gilbert Arenas, Luke Walton, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin.Murphy was hired by Memphis on June 3, 2009.On April 12, 2012, Murphy was announced as the new head coach at Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks were coming off a disastrous 2011–12 season which saw their head coach resign in December and ended with a 16-game losing streak.

List of National Basketball Association annual blocks leaders

In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defender deflects or stops a field goal attempt without committing a foul. The National Basketball Association's (NBA) block title is awarded to the player with the highest blocks per game average in a given season. The block title was first recognized in the 1973–74 season when statistics on blocks were first compiled. To qualify for the blocks title, the player must appear in at least 70 games (out of 82) or have at least 100 blocks. This is the requirement since the 1974–75 season, with requirements changing with the schedule length several times before that.Mark Eaton holds the all-time records for total blocks (456) and blocks per game (5.56) in a season; both achieved in the 1984–85 season. Manute Bol holds the rookie records for total blocks and blocks per game when he had 397 and averaged 5.0 in the 1985–86 season. Among active players, Hassan Whiteside had the highest season block average (3.68) in the 2015–16 season.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Eaton and Marcus Camby all won the most block titles, with four. George Johnson, Manute Bol, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Theo Ratliff, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, and Serge Ibaka have also won the title more than once. Both Mutombo and Camby have also won the most consecutive block titles, with three. Two players have won both the block title and the NBA championship in the same season: Bill Walton in 1977 with the Portland Trail Blazers and Abdul-Jabbar in 1980 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Toronto Raptors draft history

The Toronto Raptors have made 34 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft selections during their draft history. The Raptors began as an expansion team in 1995 and first participated in the NBA draft on June 28, 1995 at SkyDome, now known as Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time. Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.The first pick in Toronto Raptors' history was Damon Stoudamire, a point guard from the University of Arizona, who was the seventh overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. People in the crowd were surprised by this pick because they expected the Raptors to pick Ed O'Bannon from UCLA. In their second pick of the same draft, Fab Five member Jimmy King from Michigan was drafted in the second round. The Raptors won the first overall pick in 1996, but they had to give that up due to the expansion agreement with the league. Chris Bosh was selected by the Raptors as the fourth pick overall in the 2003 NBA draft, and he went on to play in three all-star games, while starting in two. Andrea Bargnani, who was selected by the Raptors with the first overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft, became the first European to be picked first overall in the NBA draft.Six of the players that the Raptors have drafted were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team first team in their respective rookie seasons—Damon Stoudamire in 1996, Marcus Camby in 1997, Morris Peterson in 2001, Chris Bosh in 2004, Charlie Villanueva in 2006, and Andrea Bargnani in 2007—and Stoudamire was named the Rookie of the Year in 1996.

Unique Whips

Unique Whips was a television show that aired on the defunct Speed Channel from 2005–2008. The show follows the work of Unique Autosports based on Long Island, New York as they customize celebrity automobiles. Created and Produced by Steve Hillebrand and Corey Damsker of Hollywood East www.hollywoodeast.tv. The customization generally consists of car stereo, wheels, custom paint and interior work. Celebrities whose cars were featured on the show include: P. Diddy, DJ Pauly D, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Pam Anderson, Patti LaBelle, 50 Cent, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Fat Joe, and Tom Wolfe.

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