Anthony Tolliver

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Anthony Tolliver
Anthony Tolliver.jpg
Tolliver with the Minnesota Timberwolves
No. 40 – Phoenix Suns
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-06-01) June 1, 1985 (age 29)
Springfield, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Kickapoo (Springfield, Missouri)
College Creighton (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
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
20102012 Minnesota Timberwolves
2012–2013 Atlanta Hawks
2013–2014 Charlotte Bobcats
2014–present Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League All-Star (2010)
  • All-MVC First Team (2007)
  • All-MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team (2007)
  • All-MVC Most-Improved Team (2006)
  • All-MVC Second Team (2006)

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted out of Creighton in 2007, he spent the preseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers, making the opening-day roster, but never playing.[2] 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,[3] before going abroad to join collegiate teammate Nate Funk with Eisbären Bremerhaven of the German Basketball Bundesliga.[2] Following a stint in Germany which saw him average 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game,[4] he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in July 2008.[5]

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.[6] He appeared in eight more games with San Antonio before being waived January 7, 2009.[7] He signed with Iowa again shortly after; he then signed with New Orleans[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Tolliver played two games for Portland before being released on December 29, 2009, returning to Idaho.[12] 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.[13]

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.[citation needed]

In the 2010 off-season, Tolliver joined the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year deal worth $4.5 million.[14] In that off-season, he made his announcement come out through a parody of The Decision that LeBron James did.[15]

In September 2012, Tolliver signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[16]

On August 19, 2013, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.[17]

On July 21, 2014, he signed with the Phoenix Suns on a two-year deal worth $6 million.[18]

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
2008–09 San Antonio 19 0 10.9 .292 .220 .500 2.2 .9 .3 .1 2.7
2009–10 Portland 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
2009–10 Golden State 44 29 32.3 .431 .331 .769 7.3 2.0 .7 .8 12.3
2010–11 Minnesota 65 4 21.0 .450 .409 .802 4.5 1.3 .4 .4 6.7
2011–12 Minnesota 51 0 17.3 .390 .248 .745 3.0 .4 .4 .4 4.1
2012–13 Atlanta 62 11 15.5 .380 .338 .863 2.5 .5 .2 .2 4.1
2013–14 Charlotte 64 9 20.3 .420 .413 .805 2.6 .7 .3 .2 6.1
Career 307 53 20 .414 .352 .784 3.7 .9 .4 .4 6.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Atlanta 6 0 11.3 .571 .636 .333 1.5 .2 .2 .2 4.0
2014 Charlotte 4 0 5.3 .500 .500 1.000 1.0 .3 .0 .0 1.5
Career 10 0 8.9 .563 .615 .667 1.3 .2 .1 .1 3.0

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