Joel Anthony

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Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony Wizards vs Heat 2010 cropped.jpg
Anthony with the Heat
No. 50 – Detroit Pistons
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 32)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Selwyn House School
(Westmount, Quebec)
Dawson College (Montreal, Quebec)
College Pensacola JC (2002–2004)
UNLV (2004–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
20072014 Miami Heat
2008 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2014 Boston Celtics
2014–present Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards

Joel Vincent Anthony (pronounced Jo-EL; born August 9, 1982) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also a member of the Canadian national basketball team.

College career[edit]

After attending Selwyn House School[1] and Dawson College[2] in the Montreal, Quebec area, Anthony was recruited by Pensacola Junior College[3] in Pensacola, Florida, United States. After two years, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).[2] He led the team in blocks in his junior season in 2004–05; fourth overall in the Mountain West Conference,[2] but redshirted the next season and did not play.[2]

Returning to help lead the Runnin' Rebels to a 30–7 season his senior year (2006–07), he was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year[2][4][5][6][7] after finishing second in the NCAA's Division I in blocks-per-40-minutes (6.77), and first in the conference in blocked shots, blocks per game, and defensive win shares.[8][9] (The D–I leader, Mickell Gladness, later became Anthony's Miami Heat teammate.) The highlight in Anthony's senior year was his only double-double of the season, a season-high 13-block, 11-rebound effort versus Texas Christian on February 7, 2007.[6][10]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Heat[edit]

Anthony signed a one-year deal (with an option for a second) with Miami in July 2007.[6] He made 24 appearances that season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. The following year Anthony made his NBA playoff debut during Miami's first round series with the Atlanta Hawks. Miami lost the series 4–3. He was re-signed by the Heat in July 2009.[11]

With Miami's high profile free agent signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in July 2010 much hype surrounded the team with its new self-proclaimed "Big Three". On July 16, 2010, Joel Anthony re-signed with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $18 million deal.[12] Miami finished the 2010–11 NBA season second in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls with a 58–24 record. The Heat cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 during the 2011 NBA Finals. Anthony averaged 1.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes per game during the NBA Finals.

The following season, Joel won his first NBA title with the Miami Heat against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anthony won his second championship on June 20, 2013, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in an intense seven game series.

Boston Celtics[edit]

On January 15, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors. The Heat sent Anthony, a protected future draft pick received from Philadelphia in an earlier trade, and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Celtics. In exchange, the Heat received Toney Douglas from the Warriors. The Warriors also received Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics as part of the deal.[13]

Detroit Pistons[edit]

On October 17, 2014, Anthony was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Will Bynum.[14]

International career[edit]

During the summer of 2006, Anthony was selected to join the Canadian senior national team and participated with the squad, touring three European countries: Italy, Germany and Slovenia.[2]

Anthony made his national team debut in the summer of 2008. He made a tremendous impact on the court for the Canadians, by setting both scoring and shot blocking records for an individual game. However, Canada failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

The following summer, Anthony participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. He helped lead Canada to a 4th place finish, losing in the bronze medal game to Argentina. Anthony had his best performance in Canada's semi-final loss to Brazil, in which he posted team highs with 17 points and 8 rebounds.[15]

In the summer of 2010, Anthony once again competed for Canada in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Canada lost all five of their games played, their worst ever performance in the international tournament.

In August 2013, Anthony was again named to the Canadian national team, playing in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.[16]

Personal[edit]

Anthony's mother is Erene Anthony from the island of Antigua, who he listed on his biography as the person that made a difference in his life because she has been an inspiration to him. He also has a sister, Sherlette Pryce. He graduated from UNLV in December 2006 with a degree in university studies, and majoring in sociology and physical education.[5]

He is commonly referred to as "The Warden" by fans.[17][18] The nickname started gaining traction on Twitter after the Heat beat the Knicks in New York on December 17, 2010,[19] and fans credited Anthony for “locking up” Amar'e Stoudemire.[20] However, his teammates refer to him as "Doc".[21][22]

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
2007–08 Miami 24 1 20.8 .467 .000 .592 3.9 .1 .4 1.3 3.5
2008–09 Miami 65 28 16.1 .483 .000 .652 3.0 .4 .3 1.4 2.2
2009–10 Miami 80 16 16.5 .478 .000 .717 3.1 .2 .3 1.4 2.7
2010–11 Miami 75 11 19.5 .535 .000 .644 3.6 .3 .1 1.2 2.0
2011–12 Miami 64 51 21.1 .559 .000 .690 3.9 .1 .6 1.3 3.4
2012–13 Miami 62 3 9.1 .515 .000 .607 1.9 .2 .2 .7 1.4
2013–14 Miami 12 0 3.1 .333 .000 1.000 .6 .0 .0 .3 .5
2013–14 Boston 21 0 7.1 .385 .000 .333 1.5 .1 .1 .4 1.0
Career 403 110 16.0 .503 .000 .659 3.0 .2 .3 1.2 2.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Miami 6 2 14.7 .800 .000 1.000 3.2 .3 .0 1.2 1.7
2010 Miami 5 0 15.8 .714 .000 .750 1.8 .2 .4 1.0 2.6
2011 Miami 21 13 27.4 .367 .000 .710 4.6 .5 .4 1.8 2.8
2012 Miami 17 1 19.4 .586 .000 .800 3.2 .1 .3 .9 3.2
2013 Miami 14 0 5.1 .300 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .1 .3 .4
Career 63 16 18.1 .470 .000 .758 3.2 .2 .3 1.1 2.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Selwyn House School ~ Joel Anthony ’99 playing in the NBA". Selwyn.ca. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Player Bio: Joel Anthony - UNLV Official Athletic Site". Unlvrebels.com. 1982-08-09. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Anthony is a Heat story that works - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. 2011-04-23. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  4. ^ Profile: Joel Anthony
  5. ^ a b HEAT Bio: Joel Anthony
  6. ^ a b c "Heat sign first-round pick Cook, other free agents - NBA - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "2006-07 NCAA Division I College Basketball Player Statistics - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  9. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/conferences/mwc/2007.html#all_leaders
  10. ^ "Joel Anthony Stats, Bio - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  11. ^ "Jamaal Magloire re-signs with Miami Heat - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  12. ^ "2010 NBA free agents: Miami Heat sign Mike Miller to five-year deal - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  13. ^ "Celtics Acquire Anthony, Draft Picks". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ Detroit Pistons Acquire Center Joel Anthony
  15. ^ "FIBA.com: 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Box score". Puertorico2009.fiba.com. 2009-09-05. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  16. ^ "Senior Men’S National Team Announced | Canada Basketball". Basketball.ca. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  17. ^ http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/08/heat-center-joel-anthony-carving-niche-earning-nickname/
  18. ^ http://archive.is/YYh63
  19. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=301217018
  20. ^ http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/heatzone/2011/01/03/locking-up-joel-anthony-likes-the-warden/
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/ShaneBattier/status/317173512437649410
  22. ^ http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-02-07/sports/fl-berardino-joel-anthony-020811_1_joel-anthony-nicknames-long-story

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