Tolliver with the Minnesota Timberwolves
|No. 40 – Phoenix Suns|
June 1, 1985 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Kickapoo (Springfield, Missouri)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Iowa Energy (D-League)|
|2008||Eisbären Bremerhaven (Germany)|
|2008–2009||San Antonio Spurs|
|2008||→Austin Toros (D-League)|
|2009||Iowa Energy (D-League)|
|2009||Galatasaray Cafe Crown (Turkey)|
|2009||Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2009||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2010||Idaho Stampede (D-League)|
|2010||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
Anthony Tolliver (born June 1, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Creighton University.
High school and college career
Tolliver committed to Creighton in the fall of 2002. He was one of four players from his Kickapoo High School team to play Division I basketball; the team ended his senior season of 2002-03 ranked 12th by the USA Today and as the Missouri Class 5A State Champions.
At Creighton, Tolliver played in a reserve role during his freshman season behind veterans Brody Deren, Mike Grimes and Joe Dabbert, but saw action in 27 games. He started 30 of Creighton's 34 games his sophomore season, including an 8 point, 7 rebound performance in a 75-57 victory over Missouri State in the 2005 MVC tournament championship game.
Tolliver earned second-team all-MVC honors during his junior season, and had a memorable last-second shot to win the game against Wichita State on January 28, 2006.
Tolliver was named first-team all MVC, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, and to the Collegeinsider.com mid-major All-America team during his senior year, and helped Creighton return to the NCAA Tournament and a 22-11 record. Tolliver started all 33 of the team's games, and broke the 1,000 point mark for his career in his final collegiate game against Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
After going undrafted out of Creighton in 2007, he spent the preseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the opening-day roster, but never playing. He spent much of the 2007–08 season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, averaging 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, before going abroad to join collegiate teammate Nate Funk with Eisbären Bremerhaven of the German Basketball Bundesliga. Following a stint in Germany which saw him average 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in July 2008.
Tolliver spent the early part of the 2008–09 campaign shuttling between San Antonio and Austin of the D-League. After appearing in 11 early games with San Antonio (averaging 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game), he was sent to Austin for six games, where he averaged 17.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in his second D-League stint. He appeared in eight more games with San Antonio before being waived January 7, 2009. He signed with Iowa again shortly after; he then signed with New Orleans after three games with Iowa. After his ten-day contract expired without renewal, he returned to Iowa for a third stint. He was averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game with the Energy when he signed with Galatasaray Café Crown of the Turkish Basketball League.
In December 2009, Tolliver was playing for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League when the Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a short-term contract. The Blazers were able to temporarily sign a 16th player, one more than the usual league maximum, after the NBA granted the team a hardship exemption following a series of injuries to several key players. Tolliver played two games for Portland before being released on December 29, 2009, returning to Idaho. On January 17, 2010, Tolliver was signed to a ten-day contract by the Golden State Warriors, who were also struggling with injuries. He was signed to a contract through the rest of the 2009–10 season on February 7, 2010.
On April 7, 2010, Tolliver scored a career high 34 points, shooting 14 for 22 from the field and 5 for 7 from the line. He also made one three pointer, and grabbed 8 rebounds. During the 2009-2010 season with the Warriors, he averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
In the 2010 off-season, Tolliver joined the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. In that off-season, he made his announcement come out through a parody of The Decision that LeBron James did.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Basketball: Ex-Bluejays Funk, Tolliver experience fans' enthusiasm. Retrieved on February 28, 2009
- Tolliver's D-League Career Stats Retrieved February 28, 2009
- Stats during 2007/08 Bundesliga season (German)
- Spurs sign Anthony Tolliver
- Spurs Recall Anthony Tolliver
- Spurs Waive Anthony Tolliver
- New Orleans Hornets sign free-agent center Anthony Tolliver to 10-day contract Retrieved on January 23, 2009
- Two New Forwards for Galatasaray Café Crown Accessed February 28, 2009
- Smith, Brian T. (December 17, 2009). "Blazers sign Tolliver as 16th player". The Columbian. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- Freeman, Joe (December 16, 2009). "NBA grants Trail Blazers hardship exception, giving them chance to sign a 16th player". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- Portland Trail Blazers waive Anthony Tolliver and send Patty Mills to Stampede
- Warriors Sign Anthony Tolliver To 10-Day Contract
- Timberwolves announce Tolliver signing
- Hawks add James Anderson, Keith Benson, Damion James, Carldell Johnson, Anthony Tolliver to training camp
- Cats Sign Tolliver
- Suns Sign Anthony Tolliver