Greg Stiemsma

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Greg Stiemsma
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Stiemsma defending Kevin Love on January 1, 2014
Free Agent
Center
Personal information
Born (1985-09-26) September 26, 1985 (age 28)
Randolph, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Randolph (Randolph, Wisconsin)
College Wisconsin (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Oyak Renault (Turkey)
2009 Seoul SK Knights (South Korea)
2009 Busan KT Sonicboom (South Korea)
2009–2010 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2010–2011 Turk Telekom (Turkey)
2011 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2011–2012 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 Minnesota Timberwolves
2013–2014 New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gregory "Greg" Stiemsma (/stˈmsmʌ/ born September 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Stiemsma is listed at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) and 260 lbs. (117.9 kg). Stiemsma played his high school basketball for Randolph High School in Randolph, Wisconsin. He later attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, playing for four years before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft, where he remained undrafted. Stiemsma is known for his shot blocking ability and defense.

Early life[edit]

Stiemsma was born and raised in Randolph, Wisconsin. He is of Dutch origin.[1]

High school career[edit]

Stiemsma played for the Randolph Rockets and led them to three consecutive high school state basketball titles in Division 4, at that time, the smallest division in Wisconsin.[2] In his final year of High School, Stiemsma was ranked #37 nationally for high school prospects, ahead of NBA players such as Al Horford, Dorell Wright, Andray Blatche, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, and Joakim Noah.

College career[edit]

Stiemsma in December 2004.

Stiemsma played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the Badgers. In January of 2006, Stiemsma’s grades forced him to become academically ineligible for the teams final fifteen games of the season. His poor academic performance led to Stiemsma being diagnosed with depression.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Turkey (2008–2009)[edit]

In 2008 Stiemsma signed a contract with Oyak Renault of the Turkish Basketball League.[4] He played in 17 games and averaged 7.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.[5] He left in February 2009.

South Korea (2009)[edit]

Stiemsma was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 2009 Korean Basketball League's international player draft.[6] He signed a lucrative deal with the Seoul SK Knights and averaged 14.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in 16 appearances.[7]

He also played with Busan KT Sonicboom of the Korean Basketball League.

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2009–2010)[edit]

Stiemsma signed with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League for the 2009-10 season, playing in 45 games, averaging 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game in 45 appearances. He was a key player for the Skyforce and won the 2010 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2010)[edit]

On April 13, 2010 Stiemsma was signed to a contract by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and for the 2010-11 season.[8] However, he was waived on September 10, 2010 and did not appear in a game.[9]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2010)[edit]

On September 24, 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Stiemsma to a 10 day contract. On October 3, 2010, Cleveland waived him.[10]

Turkey (2010–2011)[edit]

In October 2010 Stiemsma signed a two-year contract with Türk Telekom B.K. in Turkey.[11] He played 29 games and averaged 6.0 points, 4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He also played 5 EuroChallenge games and averaged 6.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.[12]

Sioux Falls Skyforce (2011)[edit]

In October 2011 Stiemsma returned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce[13] and played 4 games before being signed by the Boston Celtics.

Boston Celtics (2011–2012)[edit]

Stiemsma with the Boston Celtics

On December 19, 2011, he was signed by the Boston Celtics for the rookie minimum contract. He made his NBA debut on December 28, 2011, against the New Orleans Hornets, playing 20 minutes and recording 2 points, 6 blocks, and 4 rebounds. His 6 blocks was a Celtics franchise record for a debut.[14] His contract was fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season on February 8, 2012.[15] He received one vote in the 2012 All-Rookie Team voting.[16]

He signed a sponsorship deal with Nike in March 2012.[17]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 21, 2012, Stiemsma signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since the Celtics had previously extended a qualifying offer, they had the option to match the deal, but on July 23, the Celtics rescinded that offer, making Stiemsma an unrestricted free agent.[18] Stiemsma officially joined Minnesota on August 2, 2012.[19] He was waived by the Timberwolves on July 7, 2013.[20]

New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Stiemsma signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[21] On April 14, 2014, he was waived by the Pelicans.[22]

International career[edit]

In 2011, he earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the Pan American Games[23] Stiemsma lead the tournament in Field Goal Percentage (.889) and was second in the tournament in blocked shots with 11 as Team USA went on to win the Bronze medal.[24]

College 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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Wisconsin 10 0 2.7 83.3 00.0 50.0 0.6 0.0 0.1 0.2 1.1
2005–06 Wisconsin 16 0 11.7 55.3 00.0 42.9 2.8 0.9 0.0 1.5 2.8
2006–07 Wisconsin 34 0 9.9 50.0 00.0 80.8 1.6 1.1 0.1 0.9 2.2
2007–08 Wisconsin 35 7 11.5 54.8 00.0 82.6 3.1 0.7 0.4 1.1 3.5
Career 95 7 10.0 54.4 00.0 75.8 2.3 0.8 0.2 1.0 2.7

NBA statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Boston 55 3 13.9 .545 .000 .707 3.2 .5 .7 1.5 2.9
2012–13 Minnesota 76 19 15.9 .457 .000 .768 3.4 .4 .6 1.2 4.0
2013–14 New Orleans 55 20 18.3 .574 .000 .594 4.1 .7 .6 1.0 2.9
Career 186 42 16.0 .505 .000 .711 3.6 .5 .6 1.2 3.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Boston 19 0 7.5 .667 .000 .667 2.2 .3 .2 .6 1.5
Career 19 0 7.5 .667 .000 .667 2.2 .3 .2 .6 1.5

D-League statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Sioux Falls Skyforce 1 0 14.0 33.3 0.0 100.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 6.0
2009–10 Sioux Falls Skyforce 45 44 28.0 54.1 0.0 82.1 7.1 1.2 0.7 3.6 8.8
2011–12 Sioux Falls Skyforce 4 4 36.0 50.0 0.0 66.7 10.8 1.0 1.3 4.5 9.0
Career 50 48 28.3 53.6 0.0 80.4 7.4 1.2 0.7 3.6 8.7

International statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Pan American Games Team USA 5 14.2 88.9 00.0 100.0 2.8 0.8 0.6 2.0 3.8
Career 5 14.2 88.9 00.0 100.0 2.8 0.8 0.6 2.0 3.8

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