Joel Freeland

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Joel Freeland
Joe Freeland 2013 Las Vegas Summer League.jpg
Freeland in 2013
No. 19 – New York Knicks
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 27)
Farnham, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College Farnborough College of Technology
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career 2005–present
Stats at NBA.com

Joel Freeland (born 7 February 1987) is a British professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.

Pro career[edit]

Freeland was persuaded to join the TV Tigers/Guildford Heat basketball team. Although he struggled at first, he broke into the first team, and became a dominant figure. He then moved to the English League's Solent Stars, after being given an offer from the club.

While he was playing basketball there he also had a job as a shelf stacker in Farnham. He then moved to Gran Canaria II of the Liga EBA, the Spanish Fourth Division. In the 2005-06 season, Freeland averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.8 blocks per game.

On 28 June 2006, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft as the 30th overall draft pick. However, the Trail Blazers encouraged him to return to European play to further improve his game. In August 2006, he signed a two-year contract with CB Gran Canaria of the Liga ACB.[1]

CB Gran Canaria[edit]

For the 2006-2007 season Freeland moved up to the first team, appearing in 15 games and making his debut in the ULEB Cup. Freeland would continue to improve during the 2007-2008 season, appearing in 28 games and reaching the quarter finals of the ULEB Cup. The 2008-2009 season would see Freeland become one of Canaria's best players, averaging 10 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17 minutes a game.

Unicaja Malaga[edit]

In 2009, Freeland joined the Spanish Euroleague club Unicaja Málaga on a 5-year contract worth 4.5 million euros net income.[2] During the 2009-2010 season Freeland made his Euroleague debut and made 32 ACB appearances. The 2010-2011 season was Freeland's best so far, averaging career highs of 13.3 points and 6 rebounds a game.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On 13 July 2012, Freeland signed a three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.[3] On 14 December 2012, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.[4] He was recalled on 16 December 2012.[5]

International[edit]

Freeland represented the Great Britain national basketball team at the 2012 Olympics.

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
Correct as of April 18, 2013

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Portland 51 1 9.4 .408 .000 .667 2.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 2.6
2013–14 Portland 52 0 13.9 .475 .000 .690 4.0 0.7 0.2 0.4 3.3
Career 103 1 11.7 .444 .000 .679 3.2 0.5 0.2 0.3 3.0

NBA playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Portland 9 0 2.7 .000 .000 .500 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Career 9 0 2.7 .000 .000 .500 0.9 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

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