A. J. Price

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A. J. Price
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Price during a Timberwolves vs. Pelicans game on January 1, 2014
Free agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1986-10-07) October 7, 1986 (age 27)
Orange, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Amityville Memorial
(Amityville, New York)
College Connecticut (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro playing career 2009–present
Career history
20092012 Indiana Pacers
2012–2013 Washington Wizards
2013–2014 Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Anthony Jordan "A. J." Price (born October 7, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in East Massapequa, New York.[1] He is the son of former NBA player Tony Price.[2]

High school career[edit]

Price attended Amityville Memorial High School, where he led the Warriors to three straight Long Island Championships and state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons. As a junior (2003) he averaged 25.4 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. His numbers continued to increase as a senior; he averaged 28.5 points and eight rebounds. He finished his three-year career with 130 career three-pointers and 1,394 career points. He was a two-time Newsday Suffolk County Player of the Year.[3]

College career[edit]

Price chose UConn over Florida State, Kansas and St. John's.[4] He missed his freshman (2004–05) season after a life-threatening battle with AVM, which caused bleeding in his brain.[5] He underwent radio-surgery treatment in February 2005 and spent more than 14 months recovering from his illness.[6] It was not until May 2006 that he received clearance from his doctors to return to the court.

However, Price was suspended by the university for the 2005–06 academic semester due to violations of the University Student Code of Conduct.[7] He was arrested, along with fellow basketball player Marcus Williams in August 2005 on charges of trying to sell stolen laptops. He pleaded not guilty to larceny charges.[8] Price was not permitted to take classes during the Fall 2005 semester, but returned to classes in the Spring 2006 semester.[9]

He returned to the court for the 2006–07 season as a sophomore. He appeared in all 31 games, starting at point guard in 23 contests. For the season he averaged 9.4 points per game with 113 assists and 37 steals to his credit in 23.9 minutes per game. In the 2007-08 season, Price started all 33 games at point guard and was UConn's second leading scorer. He won many awards and was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America Team. He was also a unanimous selection to the First Team All-BIG EAST squad and selected as USBWA District Player of the Year and member of All-District First Team, named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, and was chosen as one of ten finalists for the USBWA Player of the Year Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and named to the NABC All-District 1 First Team. In the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against San Diego Price played nine minutes before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament. The team would go on to lose the game by one point in overtime.

The next season 2008–09 was the best season for Price. Coming off the ACL injury he was the Huskies' leading scorer with 14.7 points a game and was critical in their run to the final four. In a game versus Gonzaga he hit a falling down three-pointer to force the game into overtime.[10] In the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament he was named the most outstanding player in the West Region, but the Huskies fell in the semi-finals to the Michigan State Spartans.[11] He was a liberal arts major at Connecticut.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Connecticut Huskies 31 23 24.0 .387 .273 .690 3.0 3.7 1.2 .1 9.4
2007–08 Connecticut Huskies 33 33 32.1 .437 .369 .746 3.5 5.8 1.3 .1 14.5
2008–09 Connecticut Huskies 35 35 31.8 .408 .402 .721 3.5 4.7 .7 .0 14.7
Career 99 91 29.4 .413 .365 .722 3.3 4.7 1.1 .1 13.0


Professional career[edit]

Price with the Wizards

Price was selected in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft at number 52 overall by the Indiana Pacers on June 25, 2009.

Midway through the 2009–10 season, Price, along with Earl Watson, moved ahead of T. J. Ford on the team's depth chart. In December, Watson became the starter and Price became the primary backup point guard.

In the 2011–12 season, Price backed up Darren Collison when George Hill was injured; however, when the Pacers acquired Leandro Barbosa, he received fewer minutes.

On July 24, 2012, Price signed with the Washington Wizards.[12]

On September 30, 2013, Price signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[13] On April 3, 2014, he was waived by the Timberwolves.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Indiana 56 2 15.4 .410 .345 .800 1.6 1.9 .6 .1 7.3
2010–11 Indiana 50 0 15.9 .356 .275 .667 1.4 2.2 .6 .0 6.5
2011–12 Indiana 44 1 12.9 .339 .295 .800 1.4 2.0 .5 .0 3.9
2012–13 Washington 57 22 22.4 .390 .350 .790 2.0 3.6 .6 .1 7.7
2013–14 Minnesota 28 0 3.5 .413 .273 .000 .4 .5 .0 .0 1.6
Career 235 25 15.3 .381 .321 .749 1.5 2.2 .5 .0 5.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Indiana 5 0 16.0 .371 .438 .900 1.4 1.2 .6 .0 8.4
2012 Indiana 4 0 1.8 .500 .000 .000 .5 .3 .0 .0 .5
Career 9 0 9.6 .378 .438 .900 1.0 .8 .3 .0 4.9

Personal life[edit]

Price is the older of two children born to Tony and Inga Price. His younger sister's name is Raven. His father Tony was a standout basketball performer at the University of Pennsylvania, helping the team advance to the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and eventually into the Final Four. Tony was the top scorer of the tournament with 142 points and earned a spot on the 1979 East Regional All-Tournament Team.[15]

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