Carlos Boozer

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Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer.jpg
Boozer with the Bulls
No. 5 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1981-11-20) November 20, 1981 (age 32)
Aschaffenburg, West Germany
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
High school Juneau-Douglas (Juneau, Alaska)
College Duke (1999–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 2002–present
Career history
20022004 Cleveland Cavaliers
20042010 Utah Jazz
20102014 Chicago Bulls
2014–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Carlos Austin Boozer, Jr. (born November 20, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a member of Team USA, Boozer won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Although born at a military base in Aschaffenburg, West Germany, Boozer grew up in Juneau, Alaska.[1] As a child, Boozer practiced basketball outside at his local middle school with his father, throughout the cold Alaskan seasons.

High school and college career[edit]

Boozer was a two-time member of the PARADE All-American high school basketball team, leading the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears to back-to-back state titles. He was recruited by many top-tier collegiate basketball programs, including St. John's and UCLA, but Boozer elected to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University, helping the team win the 2001 NCAA championship.[2]

In 2001–02, Boozer, Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy, Jr. each scored at least 600 points for the season, a feat only matched at Duke by Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith in the 2009–10 season.[3]

In April 2002, Boozer declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland (2002–2004)[edit]

Boozer was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boozer averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in his rookie campaign, and followed it up with 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game his second year.

Free agency controversy[edit]

After the 2003–04 NBA season, the Cavaliers had the option of allowing him to become a restricted free agent, or keeping him under contract for one more year at a $695,000 salary. The Cavaliers claimed to have reached an understanding with Boozer and his agent on a deal for approximately $39 million over six years, which he would have signed if they let him out of his current deal.

Cleveland then proceeded to release him from his contract making him a restricted free agent. During this period, the Utah Jazz offered Boozer a six-year, $70 million contract that Cleveland chose not to match due to salary cap considerations.[4] On July 30, 2004, Boozer officially signed with the Jazz.

Then Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund said, "In the final analysis, I decided to trust Carlos and show him the respect he asked for. He did not show that trust and respect in return."[5] However, Boozer denied that he made any commitment to the Cavaliers: "There was no commitment. It's unfortunate how the turn of events went through the media," Boozer said shortly after signing the deal with Utah. "I'm not a guy that gives my word and takes it away. I think I've made that clear."[6]

Utah Jazz (2004–2010)[edit]

Carlos Boozer shooting a free throw while playing with the Utah Jazz.

In his first season with the Jazz in 2004–05, Boozer averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds per game. However, he suffered an injury, missing the later part of the season, which contributed to the Jazz missing the playoffs for only the second time in 22 years, and he was publicly criticized for a lack of effort by team owner Larry Miller.

As the 2005–06 NBA season began, Boozer was still recovering from injury, and then aggravated a hamstring, causing him to miss the first half of that season as well. He returned to action in late February, easing into action by coming off the bench for the Jazz. In the middle of March, he was placed back into the starting lineup. From that point, he finished the season in impressive fashion, averaging over 20 points and almost 10 rebounds per game and firmly establishing himself as the Jazz's starting power forward once again.

Boozer got off to a strong start in the 2006–07 season, winning the Western Conference Player of the Week Award and helping the Jazz to win eleven of their first twelve games. Boozer was named part of the NBA All-Star roster as a reserve, but could not participate because of a hairline fracture in his left fibula.

In an April 23, 2007 game against the Houston Rockets (game two of the first round of the 2007 playoffs), Boozer scored 41 points, tying the career high he had set a month earlier on March 26 (vs. the Washington Wizards). He also led the Jazz past the Rockets in game 7 of the first round in the NBA Playoffs, scoring 35 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and two clutch free throws to secure the victory in Boozer's first playoff series.

The Jazz would go on to win their second round series against the upstart Golden State Warriors, 4 games to 1, and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1998. Even though they lost 4 games to 1 to the more experienced San Antonio Spurs, Boozer proved valuable and durable. He ended the season averaging 20.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, and playing in 74 of 82 games. He was even better in the playoffs, increasing his output to 23.5 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, and appearing in all 17 Jazz playoff games.

In November 2007, Boozer was named Western Conference Player of the Month.[7] By mid-December, he was among the league's top five performers in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Although he later slipped in all of these categories, he continued to produce solid numbers. Boozer was again chosen as a backup in the All-Star Game, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.[8] He registered his first career triple-double against the Seattle SuperSonics on February 13, 2008, with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.[9]

In the 2008 playoffs, the Jazz faced the Houston Rockets in the first round for the second year in a row. Determined to not allow him to beat them, the Rockets geared their defense more to stopping Boozer and his production was somewhat limited (16.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per game), but the Jazz defeated the Rockets, 4–2. In the second round of the 2008 playoffs, the Jazz lost to the top seeded Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

During the 2008–09 season, Boozer's ability to stay healthy was questioned by fans and media alike, as he missed 44 games following arthroscopic left knee surgery. He missed time from late November 2008 to late February 2009. When he played, his numbers were 16.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, in 37 games (all starts). With his possible pending free agency at the end of the season looming, it seemed likely Boozer would leave. However, when the deadline for choosing free agency or opting into the remaining year came, he surprised many by opting in for the 2009–10 season with the Jazz. The Jazz management stated publicly they were happy to have him return and play for them, and Boozer did the same.

In 2009–10, Boozer played well, averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, and shot 56.2% from the field, a career high. He played in 78 of 82 games and avoided injury, which boded well heading into the 2010 summer.

Chicago Bulls (2010–2014)[edit]

On July 8, 2010, Boozer was acquired by the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade with the Utah Jazz.[10][11]

Despite missing 23 games due to injury in 2010–11, Boozer still managed to average 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while also helping the Bulls get the first seed in the Eastern Conference. His production saw a decline the following year, as he averaged just 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game (while playing in all 66 games). Boozer rebounded with a healthy, solid 2012–13 season, averaging 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game while playing in 79 games.

On July 15, 2014, Boozer was released by the Bulls via the amnesty clause.[12][13]

Los Angeles Lakers (2014–present)[edit]

On July 17, 2014, Boozer was claimed off amnesty waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers.[14] The Lakers will pay $3.25 million of his $16.8 million salary, while the Bulls will pay the remaining $13.55 million.[15]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Cleveland 81 54 25.3 .536 .000 .771 7.5 1.3 .7 .6 10.0
2003–04 Cleveland 75 75 34.6 .523 .167 .768 11.4 2.0 1.0 .7 15.5
2004–05 Utah 51 51 34.7 .521 .000 .698 9.0 2.8 .8 .5 17.8
2005–06 Utah 33 19 31.1 .549 .000 .723 8.6 2.7 .9 .2 16.3
2006–07 Utah 74 74 34.6 .561 .000 .685 11.7 3.0 .9 .3 20.9
2007–08 Utah 81 81 34.9 .547 .000 .738 10.4 2.9 1.2 .5 21.1
2008–09 Utah 37 37 32.4 .490 .000 .698 10.4 2.1 1.1 .2 16.2
2009–10 Utah 78 78 34.3 .562 .000 .742 11.2 3.2 1.1 .5 19.5
2010–11 Chicago 59 59 31.9 .510 .000 .701 9.6 2.5 .8 .3 17.5
2011–12 Chicago 66 66 29.5 .532 .000 .693 8.5 1.9 1.0 .4 15.0
2012–13 Chicago 79 79 32.2 .477 .000 .731 9.8 2.3 .8 .4 16.2
2013–14 Chicago 76 76 28.2 .456 .000 .767 8.3 1.6 .7 .3 13.7
Career 790 749 31.9 .523 .071 .727 9.8 2.3 .9 .4 16.6
All-Star 1 0 19.0 .467 .000 .000 10.0 .0 .0 .0 14.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Utah 17 17 38.5 .536 .000 .738 12.2 2.9 1.0 .3 23.5
2008 Utah 12 12 36.8 .415 .000 .714 12.3 2.8 .5 .2 16.0
2009 Utah 5 5 37.2 .528 .000 .771 13.2 2.2 1.6 .4 20.6
2010 Utah 10 10 40.2 .530 .000 .534 13.2 3.0 .4 .7 19.7
2011 Chicago 16 16 31.7 .433 .000 .800 9.7 1.8 .6 .4 12.6
2012 Chicago 6 6 33.3 .422 .000 .714 9.8 3.0 .8 .3 13.5
2013 Chicago 12 12 35.9 .494 .000 .689 9.6 1.5 .8 .1 16.4
2014 Chicago 5 5 24.2 .426 .000 .889 7.8 1.0 .2 .0 9.6
Career 83 83 35.4 .483 .000 .726 11.1 2.3 .7 .3 17.1

International career[edit]

Boozer was selected as a member of the 2004 USA Olympic men's basketball team which won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games. He was also part of the USA men's senior national team from 2006 to 2008,[16] but did not compete in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship due to his wife's pregnancy.[17] Boozer did participate in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as the USA went unbeaten en route to the gold medal, defeating 2006 World Champion Spain for their first gold medal since the 2000 Olympics.[18]

Player profile[edit]

Since his 2002–03 rookie year, Boozer has finished the season among the NBA's top ten performers in field goal percentage seven times and has been among the top ten rebounders five times.[19] He is highly regarded by scouts and sports journalists for his strength, rebounding and offensive skill set. For example, David Thorpe, an analyst for ESPN.com, lists Boozer among the "game's best post players"[20] and among the best at scoring (or "finishing") under the basket using either hand.[21] Boozer credits his father for helping him develop his ambidextrous ability.[1] Boozer is represented by Rob Pelinka.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Boozer is a Christian. Boozer has various tattoos about his faith including a Christian cross on his chest and the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 on his left forearm.[23]

Boozer was married to his wife CeCe for six years before he filed for divorce in March 2009.[24] Boozer and CeCe have three children together: Carmani (who had a bone marrow transplant in 2007 to treat sickle-cell disease),[25] and twins, Cameron and Cayden.[26][17] He also has a younger brother, Charles, who played college basketball at the Iowa State.

Boozer was reported as having an affair with actress Michelle Money, which Money later confirmed.[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buckley, Tim (April 13, 2007). "Athlete of the month: Ability to use both hands has aided Boozer". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved July 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ Carlos Boozer Biography
  3. ^ "Notes: Duke 78, Baylor 71". GoDuke.com. March 28, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Cavs out after 'understanding' falls apart". ESPN.com. July 11, 2004. Retrieved April 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gund: Trust with Boozer 'was broken'". ESPN.com. July 14, 2004. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Word of the Day: Pull a Boozer
  7. ^ Dwight Howard, Boozer Named Players of the Month
  8. ^ "Allen's flurry of 3s help East hold on for All-Star win". ESPN.com. February 17, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Boozer's first career triple-double highlights Utah's blowout of Sonics". ESPN.com. February 13, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Bulls sign Carlos Boozer". InsideHoops.com. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Boozer has Bulls deal". ESPN.com. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ "BULLS AMNESTY CARLOS BOOZER". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Johnson, K. C. (July 15, 2014). "Bulls use amnesty provision on Boozer". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lakers Awarded Carlos Boozer". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Source: L.A.'s Boozer bid $3.25M". ESPN.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ 2006-08 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team
  17. ^ a b Buckley, Tim (July 18, 2007). "Boozer skipping USA minicamp". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved July 28, 2007. 
  18. ^ "US hoops back on top, beats Spain for gold medal". ESPN.com. August 28, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ Carlos Boozer NBA & ABA Stats
  20. ^ Scouting breakdown: The game's best post players
  21. ^ Scouting: Bucket getters and weak-hand finishers
  22. ^ "Rob Pelinka". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Body of Work: Carlos Boozer's Tattoos". Vimeo.com. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  24. ^ Utah Jazz: Boozers attempting to reconcile
  25. ^ Toddler Keeps a Big Man Grounded
  26. ^ Utah Jazz: Boozer says personal life not affecting game
  27. ^ "Bachelor contestant Michelle Money claims she had an affair with NBA star Carlos Boozer". DailyMail.co.uk. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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