Greivis Vásquez

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Greivis Vásquez
Greivis Vasquez Hornets.jpg
Vásquez with the Hornets
No. 21 – Toronto Raptors
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-01-16) January 16, 1987 (age 27)
Caracas, Venezuela
Nationality Venezuelan
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school Montrose Christian School
(Rockville, Maryland)
College Maryland (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Memphis Grizzlies
20112013 New Orleans Hornets
2013 Sacramento Kings
2013–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Greivis Josué Vásquez Rodríguez (born January 16, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in 2010 after a U.S. college career with the University of Maryland men's basketball team. Vásquez finished second on the Terrapins' all-time scoring list, with 2,171 career points.[1]

He was born in Caracas and moved to the United States to attend high school at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland in 2004.[2] During his senior year at Montrose he committed to the University of Maryland to play under head coach Gary Williams.

In 2007, Vásquez played on the Venezuelan national basketball team in the FIBA America Championships. In his final college season of 2009–10, he was one of three Venezuelans playing in NCAA Division I men's basketball, with the others being David Cubillan of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Gregory Echenique of the Creighton Bluejays.

Early life[edit]

Vásquez grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, where he lived with his parents, Ivis Rodriguez and Gregorio Vásquez, and brother, Ingerman Sanoya. At Montrose Christian, Vásquez played under head coach Stu Vetter, and helped the Mustangs post a 43–5 record over his junior and senior seasons. While at Montrose Christian he played with future NBA star Kevin Durant.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Greivis Vásquez
SG
Caracas, Venezuela Montrose Christian School 6 ft 5.25 in (1.96 m) 177 lb (80 kg) Nov 9, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR, 25 (SG)   Rivals: 46, 10 (SG)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Freshman year (2006–07)[edit]

In the beginning of his freshman year (2006–07), Vásquez did not start for the Terps, but still played solid minutes. Midway through the season, he began starting at the 2 guard position, alongside fellow freshman Eric Hayes at the starting point guard position. He remained a starter for the rest of the season. He heavily contributed to the Terrapins' six-game winning streak at the end of the season, giving Maryland a #4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Vásquez averaged 9.8 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game during his freshman season, and shooting percentages of 44.4 for field goals, 31.6 for three-pointers and 79.8 for free throws.[1]

Sophomore year (2007–08)[edit]

Vásquez had per-game averages of 17 points, 6.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds, and shooting percentages of 43.2 for field goals, 30.9 for three-pointers and 78.2 for free throws.[1]

Junior year (2008–09)[edit]

Vásquez introduced during Midnight Madness in 2009

As a junior, Vásquez led the Terrapins in scoring (17.5), rebounds (5.4), assists (5.0), steals (1.40), and minutes (34.6) per game. He became the first Terrapin basketball player to ever lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in a single season, and only the sixth to accomplish that task in the ACC. On February 21, 2009, Vásquez registered a then career-high 35 points, and 11 rebounds and 10 assists—Maryland's third triple-double in history and the first since 1987—in a come-from-behind 88–85 overtime win over North Carolina.[3][4] At the end of his junior year, Vásquez ranked seventh in scoring, third in free throw percentage (.867), third in assists per game, third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.80) and fifth in minutes per game in the ACC. He reached double figures in scoring in 57 of his last 61 games, including each of his last 17. In Maryland's final ten games, he recorded five 20-point games.[5] Vásquez was named to the All-ACC second team at the close of the regular season.[6]

After the season, Vásquez participated in NBA workouts, where he received mostly positive feedback from professional scouts. He twice met with coach Gary Williams and his Montrose Christian coach, Stu Vetter, to discuss his future. Three hours before the deadline, Vásquez withdrew his name from the NBA Draft in order to return to Maryland for his senior season. Williams said, "He talked to about 14 or 15 teams and really got a good feel for his situation. I think he's made a great move. He returns as possibly the best guard in the ACC and one of the best guards in the country."[7]

Greivis Vásquez brings the ball upcourt during the Terps' 88-85 victory over North Carolina on February 21, 2009. Vasquez had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.

Senior year (2009–10)[edit]

As a senior, Vásquez averaged 19.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over 33 games. Vásquez is the only player in the country to average more than 18 points and 6 assists per game. His honors included the 2010 Bob Cousy Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's best collegiate point guard, for which he edged out Sherron Collins (Kansas), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Evan Turner (Ohio State) and John Wall (Kentucky).[8]

Against Georgia Tech on February 20, 2010, Vásquez scored the 2,000th point of his collegiate career, making him the only player in ACC history to compile at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds.[9] The following week, Vásquez set a new career scoring high with 41 points in the Terrapins' double-overtime victory at Virginia Tech.[10] Vásquez also scored 20 points in Maryland's home win over Duke on Senior Night, and made several critical baskets and assists in the final minutes to secure a victory. Vásquez helped lead Maryland to a 13–3 conference record to tie Duke for the regular season ACC championship. He was named a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection on March 8, 2010, and the ACC Player of the Year on March 9, 2010, beating out Duke's Jon Scheyer and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney.[11][12] Vásquez also won three ACC Player of the Week honors in his final season, which brought his career total to seven.[13] Vásquez was named a consensus second-team All-American.[14]

NCAA 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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Maryland 34 22 28.8 .444 .316 .798 3.3 4.6 1.1 .1 9.8
2007–08 Maryland 34 34 37.0 .432 .309 .782 5.7 6.8 1.4 .3 17.0
2008–09 Maryland 35 35 34.6 .405 .327 .867 5.4 5.0 1.4 .4 17.5
2009–10 Maryland 33 32 33.9 .429 .359 .857 4.6 6.3 1.7 .4 19.6
Career[15] 136 123 33.6 .425 .329 .828 4.8 5.7 1.4 .3 16.0

Professional career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

Vásquez after being selected in the 2010 NBA Draft

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Vásquez with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. (The pick had been acquired by the Grizzlies when they traded Pau Gasol in 2008.)[16] Throughout the regular season of his rookie year, Vásquez received spot minutes and scored in double digits only twice, but he gained extensive playing time in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.[17]

Memphis faced the first-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round, where the Grizzlies won their first postseason game in franchise history. In Game Four, Vásquez substituted for starting point guard Mike Conley, who had gotten into foul trouble. During his 13 minutes of playing time, he had nine points and two assists as Memphis won, 104–86.[17]

Memphis advanced to meet the four-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Semifinals, where Vásquez faced off with his former Montrose Christian classmate, Kevin Durant.[18] The Thunder would win the series.

In the 2011 offseason, Vásquez took part in a United States State Department sponsored trip to his native Venezuela to hold clinics and meet with sports officials.[19][20]

New Orleans Hornets[edit]

On December 24, 2011, Vásquez was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Quincy Pondexter.[21]

On February 1, 2012 against the Phoenix Suns, Vasquez recorded 20 points and 12 assists off the bench. Vasquez received his first set of starts for the Hornets after a sore knee injury to Hornets guard Jarrett Jack.

Vasquez received the starting job as point guard for the Hornets in the 2012–13 NBA season. On November 23, 2012, Vasquez tallied 25 points and 14 assists (both career highs) in a loss to the Phoenix Suns.

On January 1, 2013, Vasquez earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors.

On February 8, 2013, in the game against the Atlanta Hawks, Vasquez scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists, and had 11 rebounds to secure his first career NBA triple-double[22]

Vasquez finished the 2012–13 season as the league leader in total assists, with 704, and finished second in voting for the NBA Most Improved Player award.

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Vasquez was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal that brought former teammate Robin Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers and Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans.[23]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On December 9, 2013, the Kings traded Vásquez, along with Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Chuck Hayes to the Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray.[24]

On July 17, 2014, Vásquez re-signed with the Raptors[25] to a reported two-year, $13 million contract.[26]

NBA 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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Memphis 70 1 12.3 .408 .291 .733 1.0 2.2 0.3 0.1 3.6
2011–12 New Orleans 66 26 25.8 .430 .319 .821 2.6 5.4 0.9 0.1 8.9
2012–13 New Orleans 78 78 34.4 .433 .342 .805 4.3 9.0 0.8 0.1 13.9
2013–14 Sacramento 18 18 25.8 .433 .320 .938 1.9 5.3 0.3 0.1 9.8
2013–14 Toronto 61 5 21.5 .417 .389 .855 2.3 3.7 0.4 0.1 9.5
Career 293 128 24 .427 .345 .825 2.6 5.2 0.6 0.1 9.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Memphis 13 0 10.9 .512 .364 .769 1.5 1.9 0.4 0.2 4.3
2014 Toronto 7 0 27.1 .422 .370 .778 3.7 5.1 0.6 0.1 10.1
Career 20 0 16.6 .457 .368 .773 2.3 3.1 0.5 0.2 6.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greivis Vásquez stats
  2. ^ Tysiac, Ken. "Q&A with Maryland guard Greivis Vásquez", Sporting News, November 29, 2007. Accessed December 1, 2007. "Q: What was Kevin Durant like when you played with him at Montrose Christian?"
  3. ^ Vásquez records triple-double to lead Maryland's rally past No. 3 UNC
  4. ^ "Greivis Vásquez, Maryland upsets North Carolina". Interbasket.net. February 21, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Greivis Vásquez Basketball Profile". UMTerps.com. 
  6. ^ "Greivis Vásquez named second-team All-ACC". baltimoresun.com. 
  7. ^ Steve Yanda, Terrapins Guard Greivis Vasquez Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return to Maryland for Senior Season, The Washington Post, June 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Vásquez named one of six Cousy Award finalists". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ginsburg, David (February 20, 2010). "Maryland squeezes past Georgia Tech 76–74". Associated Press. Retrieved February 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Terps outlast Va. Tech in double overtime". Baltimore Sun. February 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ "ACC Announces 2009–10 All-ACC Teams". 
  12. ^ "Terrapins' Vásquez Named ACC Player of the Year". TheACC.com. March 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Maryland's Greivis Vásquez and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors earn ACC Basketball Honors". TheACC.com. February 22, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2010. 
  14. ^ Greivis Vásquez Earns Consensus All-American Honors, CSN Washington, April 3, 2010.
  15. ^ Greivis Vasquez, terrapinstats.com, accessed 12 July 2012.
  16. ^ Greivis Vásquez drafted, celebration begins, The Washington Post, June 24, 2010.
  17. ^ a b Without shimmies, Vásquez shines on big stage, The Baltimore Sun, April 30, 2011.
  18. ^ Kevin Durant, Greivis Vásquez will play their roles — against each other — in NBA playoffs, The Washington Post, April 30, 2011.
  19. ^ Frommer, Frederic (15 June 2011). "Vazquez, State Dept. team up on trip to Venezuela". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  20. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (15 June 2011). "Greivis Vasquez: NBA player, sports diplomat". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "HORNETS ACQUIRE GREIVIS VASQUEZ". NBA.com. 2011-12-24. Retrieved 2011-12-25. 
  22. ^ "GREIVIS VASQUEZ NOTCHES FIRST NBA TRIPLE-DOUBLE". sports.yahoo.com. 2013-02-09. 
  23. ^ "KINGS ACQUIRE GREIVIS VÁSQUEZ IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Raptors Acquire Vasquez, Salmons, Hayes & Patterson From Kings". NBA.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ Raptors Re-Sign Greivis Vasquez
  26. ^ Greivis Vasquez To Re-Sign With Raptors On Two-Year, $13M Deal

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