Acie Law

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Acie Law
Acie Law'13.JPG
Law in action for Olympiacos
Free Agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 29)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Justin F. Kimball
(Dallas, Texas)
College Texas A&M (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072009 Atlanta Hawks
2009 Golden State Warriors
2009–2010 Charlotte Bobcats
2010 Chicago Bulls
2010 Memphis Grizzlies
2010–2011 Golden State Warriors
2011–2012 Partizan (Serbia)
2012–2014 Olympiacos (Greece)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Acie Law IV (born January 25, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for Olympiacos of the Greek Basketball League. In his four seasons at Texas A&M University, Law scored 1,653 points and was credited with 540 assists. Nicknamed "Captain Clutch" for his ability to take over the game late, Law is well known among Aggie basketball fans for "The Shot," his buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the arch-rival Texas Longhorns at Reed Arena on March 1, 2006,[1] as well as for his play in the Aggies' stunning 69–66 upset win against Kansas on February 3, 2007. Due to his contributions to Texas A&M, the Texas A&M athletic department decided to hang Law's No. 1 jersey on the rafters in Reed Arena.[2] He became the first Aggie in any sport to have the honor.[3]

Early years[edit]

Acie Law IV was born in Loznica, Serbia to Acie and Dolores Law.[4] He was named for his great-grandfather (Acie Law, Sr.), whom he never met; his grandfather (Acie Law, Jr.), who died in 1997 after suffering a heart attack from the excitement of watching a boxing match with young Acie IV; and his father, Acie III, who played point guard at Xavier University.[5] Law has an older brother and two younger sisters.[6] Law is the great-nephew of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks. Law has a tattoo on his right arm that reads "Lord's Favorite Lawman," and one on his left arm that is from Psalms 91 and 93.[5]

Law with the Texas A&M Aggies

Law was recruited by the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas at Austin and Georgia Tech.[4] In order to stay close to home, and because he wanted to have an immediate impact,[6] Law chose to play for Texas A&M under Coach Melvin Watkins.[7]

High school and college career[edit]

Kimball High School[edit]

As a junior at Kimball High School in Dallas, Law led his team to a 29–7 record and the state Class 5A championship game, averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.0 assists. Law's team lost the state championship game when the other team – San Antonio John Jay High School – made a shot from half-court at the buzzer. Law's performance was enough to earn him all-state honors, as well as district Most Valuable Player. Law also had the distinction of being the only junior to be named to The Dallas Morning News All-Area Team.[4]

Despite a broken wrist that caused Law to miss the first part of his senior season, his performance in the sixteen remaining games in the school's season earned him first-team Class 5A all-state honors. In those sixteen games, Law averaged 16.6 points per game (19.5 ppg in district play) and 6.5 assists per game. In the Texas State High School All-Star Game Law scored 35 points, leading his team to victory.[4]

Texas A&M University[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

Although the Aggies were an undeveloped team during Law's freshman year and failed to win a single conference game, Law's performance stacked up well against his fellow conference players.[8] As a freshman, Law started 12 of the team's 27 games, including 10 of the last 11. With an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.00, Law ranked fourth in the Big 12 Conference, and was the leading freshman in the conference. His average 3.9 assists per game ranked eighth in the conference.[4]

Law averaged 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and by the final ten games of the season Law was averaging double-digit points. In his two best games of the year, Law scored a then-career-high 19 points against Tennessee and put up 18 points against Grambling.[4]

Sophomore year[edit]

Following the 2003–2004 season, Coach Melvin Watkins was replaced by UTEP coach Billy Gillispie, who came to the school insisting that the Aggies could win in basketball.[9] Gillispie's intense coaching style was very different from that of Watkins, and after an initial two-week boot camp Law seriously considered transferring to a different school.[6] After seeing a video of UTEP's NCAA trip the year before Law decided that he wanted to experience that feeling too, and committed to staying at A&M.[9]

Law's commitment paid off, as under Gillispie the team improved from 7–21 to 21–10, winning half of their conference games and earning an invitation to the NIT.[9] Law started in 30 games, earning a spot on the Big 12's All-Improved Team as well as honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors. He completed 49.3% of his shots from the field, 38.4% of three's (28 of 73) and converted 71.6% of his free-thow shots. With a team best 153 assists, Law ranked third in the Big 12.[4]

Law scored in double figures in 20 games, including four games where he earned over twenty points. With the help of his 24 points and six assists, the team beat then Number 9 Texas. In his best game of the season, against Houston, Law earned nine assists and scored 25 points, making all twelve of his free throw shots. Against Missouri, Law scored 11 points and a then-career-high 14 assists, one shy of the school record. Law also cemented the team's victory against Penn State, making the winning free throws with 11 seconds left in a 62–60 win.[4]

Junior year[edit]

As a junior, Law became one of only four players in A&M history to reach 1000 career points with 300 assists and 100 steals. He led the team in scoring, averaging 16.1 overall and 17.3 points in Big 12 play, with 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. In games that Law had at least 5 assists, the team was 10–2.[4]

Law also set an A&M record in Big 12 play, scoring 35 points and earning seven steals in a game against Oklahoma State. After making the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Texas Longhorns 46–43, Law was named Big 12 Player of the Week. With his ranking among the top 10 players in the Big 12 in scoring, assists, steals, and field goal percentage, several newspapers named Law to their first-team All-Big 12 teams.[4]

With Law's help, the Aggies earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987.[9] In their first round match-up against Syracuse, the Aggies won, with Law contributing 23 points.[4] The Aggies appeared poised to reach the Sweet 16 when, with 18 seconds left in their second-round game against LSU, Law hit a jumper, giving the Aggies a 57–55 lead. The dream was dashed fifteen seconds later, however, when Darrell Mitchell made a three-point shot to win the game for LSU.[10]

Senior year[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Shortly after beginning play in the 2006–2007 season, the Aggies reached Number 6 in the rankings, the highest rank the school had ever achieved.[10] The team had their best start since opening 16–2 in the 1959–1960 season, as well as their best conference opening since the inception of the Big 12.[11]

On February 1, 2007, Law was named one of the seventeen finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate point guard.[12] He went on to win the award.

In a historic moment on February 3, 2007, Law's Aggies became the first Big 12 South team (in 32 attempts) to ever beat the then-Number 6 Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas led for much of the game, but Law scored 10 of A&M's final 13 points to ensure the victory for the Aggies, and Big 12 Player of the Week honors for himself.[13] Two days later the team beat then-Number 25 Texas, their twenty-first straight home win, making them the sole leader of the Big 12. Although forced to leave the game for three minutes after hitting the floor hard and injuring his leg, Law earned 21 points and a school-record 15 assists in the 100–82 victory over their archrivals.[14] Following the team's win over Texas, Law was named the Sports Illustrated Player of the Week.[15]

Law again proved his ability to make plays that matter in the Aggies' second game against Texas on February 28, 2007. Playing all 50 minutes during the Aggies' double-overtime 98–96 loss, Law scored a season-high 33 points, with 5 assists and five turnovers. His three pointer at the end of regulation tied the game, sending the teams into overtime. Another three-pointer with 26 seconds left in the first overtime again tied the game, leading to a second overtime. Fouled at the end of the second overtime so that he would not be able to rescue the Aggies with another last-second three-pointer, Law deliberately missed his second free throw in the hopes that the Aggies could recover the ball and score again. Law's outstanding season earned him the honors of being on the AP 1st Team All American squad. He also made Dick Vitale's 1st Team All American squad as players such as Arron Afflalo of UCLA, Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, and Nick Fazekas of Nevada did.[16]

Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments[edit]

Although the Aggies were the number two seed for the Big 12 Conference Tournament, they played poorly in their first game in the quarterfinals of the tournament and were eliminated in a loss to Oklahoma State. Law had only ten points on five-for-twelve shooting.[17]

On Selection Sunday, however, the Aggies were rewarded for their regular-season play with a Number 3 seed in the South region of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.[17] In their first-round game against Penn, Law had a game-high 20 points despite completing only six of fifteen shots. The Aggies won 68–52 to advance to the second round of the tournament.[18]

Exhibiting his trademark poise in front of an unfriendly crowd during a tough second-round game against Louisville, Law again provided a number of big shots. Hitting 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts, he ended the game with 26 points, including the final two points of the game. The Aggie's 72–69 victory earned them a berth in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1980. In a show of good sportsmanship, Law spent time after the game consoling disappointed Louisville freshman Edgar Sosa, complimenting him on his performance.[19] On March 22, however, Law and his teammates faced the #2 seed Memphis Tigers. The score was close throughout and Law had a chance to put A&M up by three on a break away lay up that he missed with just a few seconds to play. The Aggies lost in a narrow contest 65–64, ending his collegiate career.

Acie Law was the first Texas Aggie to be unanimously selected to the All-Big 12 first team,[20] and was named to both the ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated five-man first-team All-American teams. He was also named Big 12 Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2007–2009)[edit]

Law guards Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Playoffs.

On June 28, 2007, Law was taken 11th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He was the first college senior selected in that draft. He got his first NBA start on November 6, 2007, when the Hawks played the New Jersey Nets[21] Although his college jersey read "Law IV" on the back, his NBA jersey just reads "Law," though he wears the number 4.

In his rookie season, Law averaged 4.2 points and 2.0 assists, and made 20.6% of his three point attempts as well as 40% of his field goal shots.[22] He missed ten games due to a right ankle sprain.[23]

In the 2008 summer preseason, Law made the All-Revue summer league first team, along with four other players.[24] He averaged 16.2 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds, leading the Hawks to a 4–2 record. He ranked sixth in scoring and sixth in assists overall.[25][26]

Golden State Warriors (2009)[edit]

On June 25, 2009, Law was traded to the Golden State Warriors along with Speedy Claxton for Jamal Crawford.[27]

Charlotte Bobcats (2009–2010)[edit]

On November 16, 2009, Law was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Stephen Jackson in exchange for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanović.[28]

Chicago Bulls (2010)[edit]

On February 18, 2010, Law was traded to the Chicago Bulls along with Ronald Murray in exchange for Tyrus Thomas.[29]

Memphis Grizzlies (2010)[edit]

Law with Partizan playing in Tel Aviv.

On August 5, 2010, Law signed a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.[30] He was released by the Grizzlies on December 4, 2010, after appearing in 11 regular season games for Memphis.

Golden State Warriors (2010–2011)[edit]

On December 9, 2010, Law signed with the Golden State Warriors.

Europe[edit]

In July 2011, Law signed a one-year contract with the Serbian team Partizan Belgrade of the Adriatic League.[31][32]

In January 2012, Law joined Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League until the end of the season.[33] In the summer of 2012, he re-signed with Olympiacos.[34] With Olympiacos, he won the Euroleague 2012 and 2013 championships, as well as the 2011-12 Greek League championship. He missed the entire 2013–14 season due to an injury. In June 2014, he parted ways with Olympiacos.[35]

Shooting style[edit]

While in junior high, Law broke his right hand during basketball practice. In order to continue to compete, the naturally right-handed Law taught himself to shoot the basketball with his left hand. After recovering from his injury, Law was able to shoot with either hand, but as of 2007 still primarily relied on his left-hand to shoot from a long distance. His left-handed jump shots are unusual, however, because the ball has hardly any spin, instead flying straight into the basket. After much examination, Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie realized that this is because Law uses his right thumb when he shoots, negating the spin. To help improve his form, Gillispie ordered Law to tape his right thumb against his hand in practice and try shooting without it. Law was unable to make the shots, and Gillispie quickly decided not to intervene further.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Law is the great nephew of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks.[36]

Accolades[edit]

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
Denotes seasons in which Law's team won the Euroleague

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Atlanta 56 6 15.4 .401 .206 .792 1.0 2.0 .5 .0 4.2
2008–09 Atlanta 55 1 10.2 .374 .310 .817 1.1 1.6 .2 .1 2.9
2009–10 Golden State 5 0 13.2 .643 .333 .800 .4 1.4 1.2 .0 6.2
2009–10 Charlotte 9 0 3.7 .313 .000 .857 .1 .3 .1 .1 1.8
2009–10 Chicago 12 1 11.3 .467 .333 .741 1.2 1.3 .3 .0 5.5
2010–11 Memphis 11 0 8.5 .158 .000 .600 1.0 1.3 .4 .0 1.1
2010–11 Golden State 40 0 15.8 .467 .200 .759 1.3 1.8 .7 .0 5.1
Career 188 8 12.7 .413 .235 .778 1.0 1.6 .4 .0 3.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Atlanta 7 0 8.7 .750 .000 .900 .3 1.1 .3 .0 3.0
2009 Atlanta 6 0 4.7 .333 .333 1.000 .3 1.0 .0 .0 1.3
Career 13 0 6.8 .529 .333 .909 .3 1.1 .2 .0 2.2

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12 Partizan 9 9 35.3 .416 .286 .750 2.1 3.4 1.2 .1 12.7 9.9
2011–12 Olympiacos 12 1 16.7 .397 .231 .810 1.4 2.1 .8 .0 5.5 5.9
2012–13 Olympiacos 30 15 22.9 .450 .413 .740 2.1 1.9 .4 .1 8.1 7.3
2013–14 Olympiacos 9 4 17.8 .333 .125 .600 1.1 2.3 .9 .0 3.4 3.6
Career 60 29 22.7 .424 .330 .733 1.8 2.2 .6 .1 7.6 6.8

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ Davis, Brian (2008-02-12). "Texas A&M to raise Acie Law's No. 1 to rafters". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 18 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  3. ^ Law becomes first Aggie in any sport to have jersey honored[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Acie Law". Texas A&M University Athletics. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  5. ^ a b Winn, Luke (February 20, 2007). "Blog Q&A With ... Texas A&M's Acie Law IV". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  6. ^ a b c Garcia, Marlen (February 21, 2005). "Law makes turnarounds, helps Gillispie guide Texas A&M to new heights". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  7. ^ Walentik, Steve (February 21, 2006). "Watkins saw potential in A&M players". Columbia Tribune. Archived from the original on 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  8. ^ "Among the Best: Only Law is capable of challenging Durant for Big 12 Player Of The Year". Omaha City Weekly. February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  9. ^ a b c d Cohen, Rachel (March 16, 2006). "Gillispie turned moribund A&M around". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  10. ^ a b Caplan, Jeff (December 5, 2006). "Acie Law has No. 6 A&M ready to show it belongs". Dallas Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2007-02-15. [dead link]
  11. ^ Graham, Pat (January 14, 2007). "Aggie men survive cold trip to Colorado". AggieSports.com. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  12. ^ "Robinson, Law Named Finalists For Bob Cousy Award". Big 12 Conference. February 1, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  13. ^ a b Zwerneman, Brent (February 12, 2007). "Law's awkward shot beautiful for A&M". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on 24 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  14. ^ Rieken, Kristie (February 6, 2007). "Law leads No. 6 Texas A&M past Texas". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Mr. clutch: acie law iv". Texas A&M University Athletic Department. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  16. ^ Harris, Terrance (March 1, 2007). "Law makes case for Player of the Year". The Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 5 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  17. ^ a b Jackson, Scoop (March 12, 2007). "Law and Order". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  18. ^ McMurray, Jeffrey (March 15, 2007). "'Captain Clutch' and A&M get by Penn". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2007-03-19. [dead link]
  19. ^ Mandell, Stewart (March 17, 2007). "Closer Look: Texas A&M-L'ville". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  20. ^ a b "2006–07 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  21. ^ Smith, Sekou (2007-11-07). "Law inserted into starting lineup at point". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  22. ^ "Acie Law Feels He Has 'Much To Prove'". 
  23. ^ "Aggiesports.com". Aggiesports.com. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  24. ^ "2008 ALL REVUE TEAM" (Press release). 
  25. ^ "Hawks' Law named to All-Revue squad". 
  26. ^ "Student Law prepared to answer when called". 
  27. ^ "Warriors Acquire Acie Law and Speedy Claxton From Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. 2009-06-25. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  28. ^ "Bobcats acquire Stephen Jackson and Acie Law from Warriors". NBA.com. 2009-11-16. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  29. ^ "Bulls receive Murray and Law for Thomas". NBA.com. 2010-02-18. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  30. ^ "Grizzlies Sign guard Acie Law". NBA.com. 2010-08-05. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  31. ^ Acie Law signs with Serbian team
  32. ^ Partizan mt:s picks up playmaker Law
  33. ^ Olympiacos nabs Law at point
  34. ^ Euroleague.net OLYMPIACOS keeps Law.
  35. ^ "Acie Law leaves Olympiacos". Sportando.com. June 30, 2014. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  36. ^ K.C. Johnson (March 27, 2010). "Bulls’ Law gets boost from great uncle, Ernie Banks". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Bob Cousy Award Presented by the Hartford". 2007-03-29. Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  38. ^ "AP All-America Team". Associated Press. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-03-28. [dead link]
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  40. ^ "Bo Ryan and Acie Law Earn Top Awards". 2007-03-30. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  41. ^ "Durant, Law head AP All-Big 12 team". Sports Illustrated. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-03-05. [dead link]
  42. ^ "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announce 2007 Division I All-America Teams". National Association of Basketball Coaches. March 5, 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  43. ^ "USBWA NAMES 2006–07 ALL-AMERICANS". 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  44. ^ "SN 2007 college basketball awards". 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  45. ^ "All-America Team". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  46. ^ "Defensive All-America Team". Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  47. ^ "2007 collegeinsider.com Awards". Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 

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