Ira Newble

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Ira Newble
Ira Newble 2005.jpg
Newble in 2005
Small forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1975-01-20) January 20, 1975 (age 39)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Southfield (Southfield, Michigan)
College Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (1993–1995)
Miami (Ohio) (1995–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Pro career 1997–2010
Career history
As player:
1997 Wisconsin Blast (IBA)
1998–2000 Idaho Stampede (CBA)
2000 Keravnos Strovolos (Cyprus)
2000–2001 San Antonio Spurs
2001 Flint Fuze (CBA)
2002 Atlanta Hawks
2002 Oklahoma Storm (USBL)
2002–2003 Atlanta Hawks
20032008 Cleveland Cavaliers
2008 Seattle SuperSonics
2008 Los Angeles Lakers
2009 Bnei HaSharon (Israel)
2009 Keravnos Strovolos (Cyprus)
2009–2010 Cáceres 2016 Basket (Spain)
As coach:
2011–2012 Canton Charge (D-League) (asst.)
2012–2014 Austin Spurs (D-League) (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

Ira Newble (born January 20, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle SuperSonics, and Los Angeles Lakers.

College career[edit]

After graduating from Southfield High School in 1993, Newble went to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before attending Miami University in Ohio, where he studied sports marketing. As a senior at Miami, he averaged 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game while earning Honorable Mention All-Mid-American Conference honors.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Newble played for three seasons in the International Basketball Association (IBA) and later the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) before playing in 2000 overseas. He also played stints in the CBA in 2001 and the United States Basketball League (USBL) in 2002.

NBA career[edit]

Newble signed as a free agent with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and his NBA debut with in the 2000-2001 season, playing in 27 games, of which he started six. In just under seven minutes per game, he averaged 2.0 points per game (ppg) and 1.3 rebounds per game (rpg).[1] He was waived by the Spurs after the season.

He then signed with the Atlanta Hawks for the 2001-2002 season, and his playing time and production greatly increased. Playing 42 games (starting 35), he played over 30 minutes per game, averaging 8.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg, which would both be career highs for Newble. On April 13, 2002 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Newble set a then career single-game high with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.[2] The following season, 2002-03, he played in a 73 games (starting 45), averaging 7.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, and a career-high 1.4 assists per game.[3] On April 12, 2003, he set a career personal-best with 21 points against the Washington Wizards, then topped that two days later with 23 against the Orlando Magic.[4]

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Newble as a free agent in July 2003. In the 2003-04 season, in 64 games (25 as a starter) playing about 19 minutes per game, he averaged 4.0 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In 2004-05, he played a career-high 74 games (starting a career-high 69), averaging 5.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg.[5]

Injuries hampered Newble in the 2005-06 NBA season. He missed 21 games with a right foot strain and missed 14 games with a facial abscess, limiting him to 36 games. In 2006-07, he was limited to only 15 games. In December 2007, the Cavaliers fined Newble and Damon Jones an undisclosed amount of money for refusing to come off the bench during the final minute of their Christmas Day win over the Miami Heat.[6] In 2007-08, he bounces back, playing in 41 games for the Cavs before, on February 21, 2008 he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics in a multi-player deal.[7] He was waived by the Sonics one week later after playing just two games.[8]

In March, 2008, Newble signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.[9] Nine days later, the Lakers signed Newble for the remainder of the 2007-2008 Season.[10] He played six games for the Lakers, ending his eight-year NBA career with 1,930 points, 1,114 rebounds, 342 assists, 204 steals and 105 blocks in 380 games.[11]

European career[edit]

Newble started his professional career overseas in the Cypriot League playing for Keravnos Strovolos. Keravnos won the Cyprus Basketball Division 1 championship in 2000.[12] In March 2009, he signed with Bnei HaSharon from the Israeli BSL for the remainder of the season.[13] He joined the Greek League club Aris Thessaloniki in August 2009.[14] However, he had to leave them before he played any games with them due to legal matters. He signed for Cáceres 2016 Basket in December 2009.[15] Cáceres released him a month later.[16]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2011, Newble became an assistant coach of the Canton Charge, the new NBA Development League affiliate of Newble's former team Cleveland Cavaliers.[17]

In 2012, he became an assistant coach for the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Darfur Campaign[edit]

Ira Newble leads a campaign to help bring awareness to China's involvement in the Darfur crisis. Ira Newble saw a letter that Aid Still Required had written expressing concern about investments funding the crisis in Darfur. He collected signatures around the league for the letter that then was presented to the Chinese Government and the President of the Olympic Committee for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.[18]

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
2000–01 San Antonio 27 6 6.8 .382 .444 .500 1.3 .2 .1 .1 2.0
2001–02 Atlanta 42 35 30.3 .498 .143 .852 5.3 1.1 .9 .5 8.0
2002–03 Atlanta 73 45 26.5 .495 .381 .778 3.7 1.4 .7 .4 7.7
2003–04 Cleveland 64 25 19.5 .391 .105 .783 2.4 1.1 .4 .3 4.0
2004–05 Cleveland 74 69 24.8 .429 .358 .797 3.0 1.2 .7 .2 5.9
2005–06 Cleveland 36 3 9.8 .298 .231 .688 1.6 .3 .1 .3 1.3
2006–07 Cleveland 15 1 8.6 .432 .533 .600 2.0 .1 .4 .0 3.1
2007–08 Cleveland 41 13 15.9 .449 .333 .769 2.8 .3 .7 .2 4.3
2007–08 Seattle 2 0 8.5 .286 .000 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 2.0
2007–08 Los Angeles 6 0 5.2 .333 .500 .000 1.8 .5 .2 .2 1.2
Career 380 197 20.1 .446 .341 .778 2.9 .9 .5 .3 5.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Cleveland 5 0 2.2 1.000 1.000 .000 .4 .0 .2 .0 1.4
2006–07 Cleveland 6 0 1.7 .000 .000 .000 .2 .2 .0 .0 .0
2007–08 Los Angeles 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 12 0 1.8 .600 .333 .000 .3 .1 .1 .0 .6

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