Joe Alexander (basketball)

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Joe Alexander
Joe Alexander.JPG
No. 19 – Santa Cruz Warriors
Position Forward
League NBA D-League
Personal information
Born (1986-12-26) December 26, 1986 (age 27)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Linganore (Frederick, Maryland)
College West Virginia (2005–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082010 Milwaukee Bucks
2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2010 Chicago Bulls
2010–2011 Texas Legends
2011 Krasnye Krylya Samara
2013–present Santa Cruz Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Joe Alexander (born December 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. Alexander, who at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 220 lb (100 kg) plays both forward positions,[1] was selected for the 2007 All-Big East squad during his collegiate career with West Virginia and was an All-American Honorable Mention. He was selected eighth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the first-ever Taiwanese-born NBA player.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Alexander moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., when he was two. When he was eight, his family relocated to China when his father got a job working for Nestlé.[3] Alexander lived in Hong Kong for six months and then in China for six years, becoming conversant in Mandarin. While Alexander lived in Hong Kong, he attended the Hong Kong International School in Tai Tam. Alexander and his family lived in a separated ex-pat community with other Americans in Beijing.[4] There he attended the International School of Beijing from 1996–2002, where he first became acquainted with basketball.[5] His brothers, John and Jeremy, became the first foreigners to win the Beijing High School basketball MVP award and did so in successive seasons. In 2010, the ISB Dragons basketball team officially retired Alexander's jersey in an elaborate ceremony in the school gym, a ceremony where Alexander himself was present.

Alexander then returned to the U.S. to live in Mt. Airy, Maryland, where he spent his junior and senior seasons playing for Linganore High School. While he only played a minor role coming off the bench his junior year, his senior season he boasted averages of 14.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, which earned him first-team Monocacy Valley Athlete League Chesapeake conference honors. Alexander was named team captain his senior year and selected to the Frederick County all-star first team. He was named Mt. Airy Gazette player of the year, 2004 Frederick Gazette player of the year, earned first-team honors from the Frederick Gazette and Frederick News Post, and was on The Washington Post's honorable mention all-Met team. Alexander also set school records for blocks in a season (90) and season field goal percentage (58.0).

After high school, Alexander gained only limited attention from Division III schools (including Washington College, where his brothers were playing) and some Division II programs. At that point, Alexander was 6'6" (1.98 m) and only 170 lb (77 kg); a Division I athletic scholarship was out of the question. Determined to make his dream a reality, he opted to attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.[5]

Playing behind Pitt star Sam Young and Villanova's Shane Clark, Alexander saw limited playing time while at Hargrave.

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Alexander enrolled at West Virginia University in 2005 after attending Hargrave Military Academy for the 2004–2005 season. As a freshman, he played in 10 games, while starters Kevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey led the starting senior class. On November 13, 2005, Alexander scored his first collegiate basket against Wofford.[6] His best game his freshman year was against Washington & Jefferson College where he scored five points and blocked five shots on December 3.[6][7]

Sophomore season[edit]

Alexander finally started in the 2006–2007 season. Against DePaul on January 28, 2007, Alexander posted a career-high 23 points. With 1:30 seconds left in the game, West Virginia led 61–48 after Alexander's shot clock-beating 3-pointer and a three-point play.[8] But from what looked to be a good season, Alexander's season declined in the second half. After an 11-point performance versus Providence on February 2,[9] Alexander went without scoring over double-digits for the rest of the regular season[10] and the Big East Tournament. Alexander also only totaled 18 points in the Mountaineers' NIT run, which ended with a championship win over Clemson on March 29.[11] Alexander scored no points and grabbed one rebound in 16 minutes.[12] His performances included a 4-point game in a 74–50 victory over Delaware State on March 13,[13] a 3-point game in a 71–66 win over North Carolina State on March 20,[14] a 2-point game in a 63–62 win over Mississippi State on March 27.[15] He averaged 10.3 points per game, 1.9 assists per game, and 4.3 rebounds per game for the season.

Junior season[edit]

After the NIT championship, head coach John Beilein left the team for the head coaching job at Michigan. Afterwards, West Virginia alumnus Bob Huggins left Kansas State for the head coaching job at WVU. Huggins emphasizes humor and strength training and as a result Alexander went from 210 pounds to 230 pounds and has often remarked that the training allowed him to avoid fatigue and weight loss.[16]

In the season-opening exhibition game against Mountain State, Alexander scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, totaled 5 blocks, and had one steal in the 88–65 win. In the 75–61 victory over New Mexico State, Alexander scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.[17] The next game, a victory over UMES, Alexander scored 22 points with 8 rebounds.[18] In the 70–53 victory over Winthrop, Alexander scored 19 points and again grabbed 10 rebounds.[19] Alexander then scored 17 points in the victory over Auburn[20] and a then career-high 26 points over Duquesne.[21] Alexander scored 20 points[22] and grabbed 8 rebounds[23] against Maryland-Baltimore County on December 15, then followed up with 20 points and 6 rebounds against Canisius on December 22, 2007.[24] In the 88–82 loss to Oklahoma on December 29, Alexander scored 21 points[25] and grabbed 7 rebounds,[26] and in the loss to Notre Dame on he only scored 9 points.[27] He then put up 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in the victory over Marquette on January 6, 2008.[28] However, in the January 10 loss to Louisville, Alexander scored 22 points, including 14 straight in the second half.[29] In the 73–64 victory over St. John's on January 17, he scored 15 points.[30]

After dealing with injuries, Alexander bounced back on February 2, 2008 with 19 points and 8 rebounds in West Virginia's 77–65 away win against Providence.[31] On February 14 in the 81–63 victory against Rutgers, Alexander totaled 15 points and 9 rebounds.[32] Then in the 89–68 victory against Seton Hall on February 17, he registered 13 points and 9 rebounds.[33] In the 78–56 loss to Villanova on February 20, Alexander scored 11 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.[34] In the February 23 home game versus Providence, Alexander scored 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in West Virginia's 80–53 win.[35] In the 85–73 victory over DePaul on February 27, Alexander scored 17 points to reach the 20-win mark for the season.[36] In the 79–71 loss to Connecticut on March 1, he scored a career-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds[37] for his third double-double of the season.[38] The following game, on March 3, a 76–62 home victory over Pittsburgh, Alexander tied his career-high of 32 points (on 10 of 16 field goals) set the previous game and also added 6 rebounds.[39] He began his performance with his team up 40–30, when he scored six consecutive points to raise the score to 47–30 in the second half.[40] Alexander finished the regular season in the 83–74 overtime victory over St. John's at Madison Square Garden on March 8 with 29 points and 10 rebounds, including 7 in the extra period.[41] For his efforts on the season—averaging team-highs of 16.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game—Alexander was named to the first-team All-Big East squad. He was the sixth Mountaineer in school history to earn first-team All-Big East honors.[42]

In the start of the Big East Tournament, the Mountaineers beat Providence again, 58–53. Alexander contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds.[43] In the second round of the tourney, the Mountaineers upset the #15-ranked Connecticut Huskies on March 13, 78–72. Alexander contributed with a career-high 34 points,[44] the most ever by a Mountaineer in a Big East championship.[42] He also added 7 rebounds.[45] The game marked his third 30-point game of the season. However, as the Mountaineers lost in the semifinal matchup against the No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas, Alexander finished the Big East Tournament with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting,[42][46] and 5 rebounds.[47]

The Mountaineers' run to the semifinal round of the Big East Tourney propelled the team to a #7-seed in the NCAA Tournament, with a first-round matchup against the #10-seed Arizona Wildcats. ESPN, in their West region breakdown, named Alexander the best player in the region next to UCLA's Kevin Love.[48] In the first-round victory over Arizona, Alexander scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.[42][49] In the second-round victory over the #2-seed Duke Blue Devils, he scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Mountaineers won 73–67.[50] In the Sweet 16 75–79 overtime loss to No. 3 Xavier on March 27, Alexander scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the tournament.[51]

Alexander finished his junior season leading the team with 16.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. Alexander was second on the team with 1.5 blocks per game and third with 2.4 assists per game and 31.6 minutes played per game. He finished the NCAA Tournament by averaging 18 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

NBA career[edit]

Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2010)[edit]

On April 9, 2008, Alexander declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, and later signed with an agent, forfeiting his college eligibility. Alexander was described as the best athlete on paper at the draft overall, by having the second most number of 185 lb bench reps (24), the second highest max touch (12' ½") and the second fastest ¾ sprint time (2.99 seconds). He was drafted 8th overall in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks in June,[52] and was signed by the team on July 8.[53] In the 2008 NBA Summer League, Alexander averaged 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while starting all five games. In a December 7, 2008 Bucks loss to the L.A. Lakers, Alexander led the team in scoring with 15 points.[54] Following the All-Star break, Alexander saw a streak of four consecutive games where he did not play. However, he rebounded in a loss to the Miami Heat by totaling 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 20 minutes of playing time. He averaged 5.8 points for the month of January, the most of his rookie season in a month. In a March 30, 2009 win over the New Jersey Nets, Alexander scored a career high 16 points.[55] Alexander finished the season averaging 4.7 points in his 12.1 minutes per game.

In the offseason prior to the 2009–2010 season, starting forward Richard Jefferson was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, potentially freeing up playing time for Alexander.

On October 30, 2009 the Bucks declined Alexander's rookie contract option that would have added a third season to his rookie contract.[56]

NBA D-League (2010)[edit]

After missing time because of a hamstring injury, he was assigned to the NBA D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants on January 20, 2010.[57]

Chicago Bulls (2010)[edit]

On February 18, 2010, Alexander was traded to the Chicago Bulls along with Hakim Warrick for John Salmons.[58]

New Orleans Hornets (2010)[edit]

On September 20, 2010, Alexander signed with the New Orleans Hornets,[59] but he was waived on November 13, 2010.[60]

Return to the NBA D-League (2010–2011)[edit]

On November 26, Alexander was signed by the NBA D-League's Texas Legends. He had a successful 2010–11 season with the Legends averaging 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and was awarded a spot at the D-League's 2011 All-Star game. He was in an Atlanta Hawks minicamp before the 2011 NBA lockout occurred.

In June 2011, Alexander was listed as one of the NBA's "Biggest Draft Busts" by the New York Daily News, due to his struggles to transition from college to the NBA.[61]

Russia (2011)[edit]

In July 2011, he signed with BC Krasnye Krylya Samara of Russia.[62] He left in December 2011.

2013–present[edit]

On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Golden State Warriors.[63] On October 25, 2013, Alexander was waived by the Warriors.[64]

In November 2013, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.[65]

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 Milwaukee 59 0 12.1 .416 .348 .699 1.9 .7 .3 .5 4.7
2009–10 Chicago 8 0 3.6 .167 .000 .667 .6 .3 .1 .1 .5
Career 67 0 11.1 .410 .340 .698 1.8 .7 .2 .4 4.2

References[edit]

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  63. ^ Warriors sign Ognjen Kuzmic; add Joe Alexander to training camp
  64. ^ Warriors Waive Joe Alexander, Seth Curry and Dewayne Dedmon
  65. ^ Santa Cruz Warriors Announce Training Camp Roster

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