Channing Frye

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Channing Frye
Channing Frye Suns cropped.jpg
No. 8 – Orlando Magic
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1983-05-17) May 17, 1983 (age 31)
White Plains, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school St. Mary's (Phoenix, Arizona)
College Arizona (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
20052007 New York Knicks
20072009 Portland Trail Blazers
20092014 Phoenix Suns
2014–present Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Channing Thomas Frye (born May 17, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the NBA. His positions are center and power forward. He attended the University of Arizona. Standing at 6 ft 11 in and 245 lb, Frye was selected 8th overall by the New York Knicks in the 2005 NBA Draft, and was the first college senior to be selected in that draft. He was named the Rookie of the Month for November 2005 along with the New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul.

NBA career[edit]

New York Knicks[edit]

Frye scored his career high of 30 points (14–18 FG, 2–2 FT), along with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in his first matchup with the number-one pick from the 2005 NBA Draft, Andrew Bogut. He matched his career high on January 6, against the Washington Wizards, shooting 11–13 from the floor and 7–8 from the free throw line. He is considered to be one of the best rookies from the 2005 NBA Draft and was consistently ranked high in the NBA Rookie Rankings.[1] On March 21, 2006, He sprained his left knee ligament in a game against the Toronto Raptors when Raptors guard Andre Barrett lost his balance and smashed his shoulder into Frye's knee, causing Frye to miss the rest of the 2005–2006 NBA season.

David Lee, a power forward, led the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, and was statistically superior to Frye in almost every category, but Isiah Thomas, until February 3, 2007, kept Frye in the starting lineup. Thomas' rationale was that Frye is a superior perimeter shooter, and his perimeter shooting would make it harder for teams to double team Knicks leading scorer Eddy Curry. On February 3, in a game against the Orlando Magic, Thomas took Frye out of the starting lineup and replaced him with little-used center, Jerome James. James had only appeared in 19 of the Knicks' 48 games, and averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in those games. Thomas explained the change, saying, "I think Jerome is one of the best defensive big men in the game in terms of the center position."[2]

Frye was selected to the 2005–06 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team, and finished fifth in points (45) behind Chris Paul (58), Charlie Villanueva (56), Andrew Bogut (55), and Deron Williams (46).

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On June 28, the night of the 2007 NBA Draft, Frye, along with Knicks guard Steve Francis, was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Zach Randolph, Fred Jones and Dan Dickau.[3] Frye wore jersey No. 44 after wearing No. 7 with the Knicks, as guard Brandon Roy already wore No. 7 for the Trail Blazers. At the start of the 2008–09 season, Frye had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle.[4]

Phoenix Suns[edit]

On July 14, 2009, Frye signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns which was reported to be a two-year, $3.8 million deal with an option on the second year.[5] In February 2010, Frye was selected to the NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout, becoming the first center invited since Sam Perkins in 1997.[6] In July 2010, Frye signed a new five-year, $30 million contract with the Suns.

During the summer of 2012, Frye was screened at a regular team physical screening, and learned he had an enlarged heart via dilated cardiomyopathy, sidelining him throughout the rest of that season.[7] As a result, Frye filled in as a broadcaster during pre-game shows for the Suns in the 2012–13 NBA season, starting with the November 2 home game against the Detroit Pistons. To recover from his heart defect, he took up yoga and golf, later on enduring more basketball related challenges like running and mid-range shooting. He was cleared to play for the Phoenix Suns before the team's 2013 training camp practices began on August 30. He made his return on October 9, 2013 in a 104-98 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road. He made his first regular season start on October 30, 2013 as starting power forward with a 104-91 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers at home. On June 23, 2014, Frye opted-out of his contract with the Suns.

Orlando Magic[edit]

On July 14, 2014, Frye signed with the Orlando Magic.[8]

Career transactions[edit]


Frye grew up in Arizona and attended St. Mary's High School in Phoenix. He was married in 2009 and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and son, Hendrix.[10][11][12]

Fellow NBA player, and current teammate, Tobias Harris is Frye's cousin.[13]


In 2007, Frye established The Channing Frye Foundation. The foundation was founded with the goal of pointing youth in a positive and healthy direction. In 2010, Channing and his wife Lauren then established The Frye Family Foundation in order to give back to the communities that are important to the Fryes, in particular, Portland, Oregon and Phoenix, Arizona.[14] Frye also sponsors a charity kickball tournament in Portland.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2005–06 New York 65 14 24.2 .477 .333 .825 5.8 .8 .5 .7 12.3
2006–07 New York 72 59 26.3 .433 .167 .787 5.5 .9 .5 .6 9.5
2007–08 Portland 78 20 17.2 .488 .300 .780 4.5 .7 .4 .3 6.8
2008–09 Portland 63 1 11.8 .423 .333 .722 2.2 .4 .3 .3 4.2
2009–10 Phoenix 81 41 27.0 .451 .439 .810 5.3 1.4 .8 .9 11.2
2010–11 Phoenix 77 64 33.0 .432 .390 .832 6.7 1.2 .6 1.0 12.7
2011–12 Phoenix 64 59 26.1 .416 .346 .890 5.9 1.4 .7 1.1 10.5
2013–14 Phoenix 82 82 28.2 .432 .370 .821 5.1 1.2 .7 .8 11.1
Career 582 340 24.5 .443 .385 .815 5.2 1.0 .6 .7 9.9


2009 Portland 4 0 9.0 .357 .000 .667 .8 .3 .0 .0 3.0
2010 Phoenix 16 0 27.2 .364 .349 .938 5.6 .9 .8 .6 8.2
Career 20 0 23.5 .364 .349 .895 4.7 .8 .6 .5 7.2


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