Danny Fortson

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Danny Fortson
Danny Fortson.jpg
Fortson in 2003.
No. 15, 21, 27
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1976-03-27) March 27, 1976 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Shaler Area (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College Cincinnati (1994–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1997–2007
Career history
19971999 Denver Nuggets
1999–2000 Boston Celtics
20002003 Golden State Warriors
2003–2004 Dallas Mavericks
20042007 Seattle SuperSonics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,615 (8.2 ppg)
Rebounds 3,184 (7.2 rpg)
Assists 301 (0.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Anthony Fortson (born March 27, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. He played power forward/center in the NBA from 1997 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

Although born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fortson grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania in a difficult home environment. He did not get along well with his father, who spent some time in jail, while his mother spent some time in the hospital. Fortson had grown up in the same neighborhood as Doug West and began high school at the same school West attended, Altoona Area High School. Before starting there, he became friends with a family, whose son played on his AAU basketball team. He spent two summers living with the family in the middle-class Pittsburgh suburb of Shaler Township, eighty five mile west of Altoona.[1]

After his sophomore year, he and his mother moved to Shaler and Fortson transferred to Shaler Area High School for his final two years in high school (1992–1994). He was ruled ineligible his junior year for all but two games and averaged 30 points per game his senior year.[1] He was a member of the prestigious JOTS squads for pre-college basketball prospects.

College career[edit]

Fortson played for the Cincinnati Bearcats for 3 years from 1994 to 1997. He owns many of the school scoring records, due in large part to his speed and quickness. School records include a season point total of 624 in 1996. In 1997 opposing coach Charlie Spoonhour complimented Fortson with: "I could do a chin-up on his arm, and it wouldn't affect his shooting." [1]

NBA career[edit]

Fortson began his pro career after being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was immediately traded the same day to the Denver Nuggets. In his first year, he averaged double-digit points and the next year averaged a double-double in both points and rebounds despite being undersized playing the center position. However, he had 16.7% of his own shots blocked that season, the highest ever in the NBA as of 2012–13.[a][2] Before the 1999-2000 season, he was once again traded to the Boston Celtics in a six-player deal. He missed the first 25 games of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot. He was traded to the Toronto Raptors on February 9, 2000 for Alvin Williams and Sean Marks, but the trade was rescinded two days later when Williams failed his physical.

Fortson did not play much with the Celtics and averaged only 7.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Following that season, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors in a four-team trade. He averaged 16.7 points and 16.3 rebounds per game for the Warriors in the first six games of the 2000-01 season, but those were the only games he would play due to another stress fracture injury in his right foot. He returned the following season, and had the best year of his career averaging 11.2 points and 11.7 rebounds in only 28.8 minutes as a starter for 76 games. In the 2002-03 season, Fortson mostly spent his time on the bench as most of his minutes went to Antawn Jamison and Troy Murphy. For the fourth time in his career, Fortson was again traded, this time in a nine-player deal to the Dallas Mavericks.

Fortson averaged only 11 minutes per game for the Mavericks, having to play behind forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Antoine Walker. Because of a need for a center who could make a jump shot, the Mavericks swapped Fortson for Calvin Booth with the Sonics in the offseason of 2004. Quickly, Fortson was back in the rotation and became a fan favorite in Seattle because of his physical play and rebounding prowess.

Fortson is a frequent target of foul calls by referees because of his physical play. As a result, Fortson registered the second-highest technical foul total among all active players during the 2004-05 season. During the 2005-06 season, Fortson's popularity and playing time diminished.

After returning from a two-game suspension on January 2, 2006, Fortson called NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson a "gangster" for the nearly $200,000 in fines Fortson was docked for his latest transgression with an official.[3]

Fortson's rights were renounced by the Thunder on December 22, 2009 after not playing in the NBA since 2007.[4]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Comparison limited to players who attempted at least 500 field goals in a season since 1997, the earliest for which NBA.com has data.

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