JJ Hickson

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JJ Hickson
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Hickson with the Cavaliers
No. 7 – Denver Nuggets
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-09-04) September 4, 1988 (age 25)
Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school Joseph Wheeler (Marietta, Georgia)
College NC State (2007–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082011 Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 Bnei HaSharon (Israel)
2011–2012 Sacramento Kings
20122013 Portland Trail Blazers
2013–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
  • All-ACC Freshman team (2008)
  • Honorable mention All-ACC (2008)
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.

High school[edit]

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.

College career[edit]

Hickson played one season of college basketball for the Wolfpack at North Carolina State University.

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.[1] 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.

For the season he averaged 14.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg (leading all freshmen) while shooting 59% from the field. He was selected to the All-Freshman team in the ACC, and an honorable mention for All-ACC.

Pro career[edit]

2008–2009[edit]

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.

2009–2010[edit]

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.[2]

2010–2012[edit]

After the 2010 pre-season, the Cavaliers decided to exercise their fourth-year option with Hickson.[3] 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.[4] On February 25, J.J. set a career high of 5 blocks, in a victory over the New York Knicks.[5]

On June 30, 2011, Hickson was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a conditional first-round draft pick.[6]

In October 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, he joined Bnei HaSharon, which plays in Ligat HaAl, the top division of Israeli basketball.[7] However, Hickson left the team after playing one game.[8]

On March 19, 2012, Hickson was waived by the Sacramento Kings in the final year of his rookie contract.[9][10] On March 21, 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers claimed him off waivers.[11]

2012–2013[edit]

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.

2013–2014[edit]

On July 11, 2013, he signed with the Denver Nuggets.[12] On February 25, 2014, Hickson recorded 16 points and a career high 25 rebounds in a 95-100 loss to the Portland Trailblazers.[13] 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.[14]

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
2008–09 Cleveland 62 0 11.4 .515 .000 .672 2.7 .1 .2 .5 4.0
2009–10 Cleveland 81 73 20.9 .554 .000 .681 4.9 .5 .4 .5 8.5
2010–11 Cleveland 80 66 28.2 .458 .000 .673 8.7 1.1 .6 .7 13.8
2011–12 Sacramento 35 9 18.4 .370 .000 .638 5.1 .6 .5 .5 4.7
2011–12 Portland 19 10 31.6 .543 .000 .645 8.3 1.2 .6 .9 15.1
2012–13 Portland 80 80 29.0 .562 .000 .679 10.4 1.1 .6 .6 12.7
2013–14 Denver 69 52 26.9 .508 .000 .517 9.2 1.4 .7 .7 11.8
Career 426 290 23.7 .509 .000 .637 7.2 .9 .5 .6 10.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Cleveland 11 0 7.2 .626 .000 .688 .8 .1 .0 .0 3.5
Career 11 0 7.2 .626 .000 .688 .8 .1 .0 .0 3.5

Career highs[edit]

  • 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

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