|No. 8 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
May 17, 1983 |
White Plains, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||St. Mary's (Phoenix, Arizona)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Pro playing career||2005–present|
|2005–2007||New York Knicks|
|2007–2009||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Channing Thomas Frye (born May 17, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns 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.
New York Knicks
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. 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."
Portland Trail Blazers
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. 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.
On July 14, 2009, Frye signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns which was reported to be a 2-year, $3.8 million deal with an option on the second year. 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. On July 1, 2010, Frye agreed to a 5-year $30 million extension 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. As a result, Frye decided to spend some games 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 started to take up yoga and golf as a means to help improve his heart's health, later on enduring more basketball related challenges like running and mid-range shooting. He was cleared to play for the Phoenix Suns once again before the team's 2013 training camp practices began on August 30. He ended up making his official Suns return on October 9, 2013 in a 104-98 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on the road. He would make his official regular season (starting) debut on October 30, 2013 as starting power forward (partially due to Markieff Morris serving a one game suspension for the Suns) with a 104-91 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers at home.
- June 28, 2005: Drafted 8th overall by New York Knicks in 2005 NBA Draft.
- June 28, 2007: Traded by New York along with Steve Francis and a future second-round draft pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for Zach Randolph, Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and draft rights of 53rd pick Demetris Nichols.
- July 14, 2009: Signed by Phoenix Suns.
- July 1, 2010: Extended contract with Phoenix Suns.
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. Frye also sponsors a charity kickball tournament in Portland.
Awards and honors
NBA career statistics
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|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|
- Curry Carries Knicks Past Magic, February 4, 2007
- Marc Stein, Randolph heading to Knicks, Francis shipped to Blazers in draft-day trade, updated June 28, 2007
- Frye likely to miss start of season following ankle surgery
- "Frye Returns Home to Play for Suns". NBA.com. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- Suns' Channing Frye selected for 3-point shootout
- Channing Frye says he'll likely to miss the upcoming season with an enlarged heart
- Knicks Acquire Randolph, Dickau and Jones
- "Former Blazer Channing Frye will keep honeymoon short". The Oregonian. August 17, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- Tokito, Mike (April 29, 2010). "No longer a Blazer, Channing Frye still eats up his time in Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- "About Channing Frye". ChanningFrye.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- Harris impresses with summer play
- "The Channing Frye Foundation". The Channing Frye Foundation. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- "Kick for Kids". WeKickForKids.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Channing Frye at Basketball-Reference.com
- Channing Frye – Official Site