Hickson with the Cavaliers
|No. 7 – Denver Nuggets|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
September 4, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||242 lb (110 kg)|
|High school||Joseph Wheeler (Marietta, Georgia)|
|College||NC State (2007–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2011||Bnei HaSharon (Israel)|
|2012–2013||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
James Edward "JJ" Hickson, Jr. (born September 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. He was drafted 19th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a lottery-protected 2012 first-round draft choice. In March 2012, he was waived by the Kings and subsequently claimed by the Portland Trail Blazers. He signed with Denver in 2013.
Hickson attended Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. In the class of 2007, he was ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward by Rivals.com and as the No. 13 overall and the No. 3 power forward by Scout.com. He was honored as a 2007 McDonald's All-American. In 2006, Hickson took the Wheeler High squad to the 5A Final Four. As a senior, he averaged 25.9 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.
In his first game as a freshman, Hickson scored 31 points, making all 12 of his attempted field goals against William & Mary, setting an NCAA Division I record for field goal percentage (minimum 12 makes) by a player in his first career game. Hickson was named ACC Rookie of the Week on three occasions, scored 20 or more points seven times and registered 10 double-doubles. He set an ACC single-game freshman record by pulling down a career-high 23 rebounds and also added 13 points and four blocked shots versus Clemson. Hickson scored a career-high 33 points on 10–11 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds versus Western Carolina University and put up 27 points and 14 rebounds versus Miami in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
Hickson scored four points in his first NBA game against the Charlotte Bobcats, making one field goal and two free throws. On November 26, 2008 Hickson had career-highs with 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks against the Oklahoma City Thunder. On January 2, 2009, he also set career highs for free throws made (3) and attempted (5). Hickson surpassed his career-high by grabbing seven rebounds on January 13, 2009, against the Memphis Grizzlies. Then on February 24, 2009, he surpassed his previous career-high of 7 rebounds to 9 rebounds against the Grizzlies.
During the 2009 season, Hickson received his first career start as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. On January 27, 2010, Hickson set a new career-high in scoring with 23 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After the 2010 pre-season, the Cavaliers decided to exercise their fourth-year option with Hickson. On November 2, 2010, Hickson had a career-high 31 points in a losing effort to the Atlanta Hawks. On January 23, Hickson grabbed a career high 20 rebounds and also a career high of offensive rebounds, 11, in a game against the Chicago Bulls. On February 25, J.J. set a career high of 5 blocks, in a victory over the New York Knicks.
On July 11, 2012, Hickson and the Blazers agreed on a 1 year deal. He averaged a career-high 10.4 rebounds per game in the 2012–13 season.
On July 11, 2013, he signed with the Denver Nuggets. On February 25, 2014, Hickson recorded 16 points and a career high 25 rebounds in a 95-100 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. On March 22, 2014, it was announced that Hickson would miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in the March 21 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Points: 31 2 times
- Rebounds: 25 @ Portland 02/25/14
- Assists: 6 @ Denver 04/14/13
- Steals: 3 5 times
- Blocks: 5 vs New York 02/25/11
- 2011-12 NCAA Men's Basketball Records - Division I, p.2 – Individual Records
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- "Cavaliers Exercise Fourth-Year Option on J.J. Hickson". NBA.com. September 22, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Bulls send Cavaliers to 16th straight loss". NBA.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- "Knicks lose to Cavaliers". NBA.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- Stein, Marc (June 30, 2011). "Cavaliers Obtain Omri Casspi from Kings". ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- "ג'יי ג'יי היקסון חתם בבני השרון/הרצליה" (in Hebrew). One.co.il. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
- Hasharon's Hickson packs his bags; Mac TA visits Ashdod
- "KINGS WAIVE J.J. HICKSON". Nba.com. March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
- J.J. Hickson waived by Sacramento Kings - ESPN
- Portland Trail Blazers claim J.J. Hickson off waivers from Sacramento Kings - ESPN
- Denver Nuggets Sign Free-Agent Forward J.J. Hickson
- Damian Lillard scores 31, hits clutch shots late to key Portland
- Denver Nuggets F J.J. Hickson Has Torn ACL
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