Przybilla with the Trail Blazers
October 10, 1979 |
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (216 cm)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Monticello (Monticello, Minnesota)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||2000–present|
|2004–2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school career
Przybilla was born in Monticello, Minnesota, and attended Monticello High School, where he was coached by Max LaVelle of the Monticello Magic. He was named 1998 Minnesota Mr. Basketball, along with Darius Lane.
High school awards and honors
- 1998 Minnesota Mr. Basketball
- Parade All-American First (1998)
- USA TODAY's All-USA Second Team (1998)
He played two seasons at the University of Minnesota. He left Minnesota during the middle of his sophomore season, and declared for the NBA Draft.
Przybilla was the 9th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft, chosen by the Houston Rockets, but traded the same day to the Milwaukee Bucks for their first round pick, Jason Collier, and a future first round pick. After playing for the Bucks for over three seasons, on February 15, 2004, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three team trade. Upon free agency, Phoenix and Toronto showed interest but Portland was the only team offering guaranteed money and he signed for a reported $3.35 million over two years on August 24, 2004. He made an immediate impact averaging 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in that 2004–2005 NBA season.
Przybilla became a free agent again at the end of the 2005–2006 season. After being pursued by several teams, he agreed to re-sign with the Blazers; the contract is reportedly for 5 years and US $32 million. Among his suitors were the Chicago Bulls, and the Detroit Pistons, seeking to replace the outgoing Ben Wallace. Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent, explained his reasons for re-signing with the Blazers this way: "He's extremely loyal, and they gave him an opportunity two years ago when no one else did." At the same time, the Blazers' offer was the most generous, surpassing the Pistons' $29 million offer and the $24 million offered by the Spurs. On 22 March 2008, Przybilla pulled a career high 25 rebounds, two shy of the franchise record overall and one shy of franchise record in a regulation game.
In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 22, 2009, he suffered a ruptured patella tendon as well as a dislocated patella after landing awkwardly on his right knee during a rebound. Two days later, he had surgery to repair the tear in the tendon.
It was reported on March 7, 2010 that Przybilla re-injured his right knee while slipping in the shower. The Trail Blazers said the knee would require more surgery, and Przybilla missed the rest of the season.
On February 27, 2012, Przybilla was re-signed by the Trail Blazers.
On August 9, 2012, Przybilla signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he began his NBA career.
Przybilla was born the third of four children of Doug Przybilla, an American Express employee, and Linda, a middle school teacher's assistant. He is of German (maternally) and Polish descent. He and wife Noelle have two sons, Anthony and Jayden.
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|
- International NBA Players - Pronunciation Guide
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- "Hawks Acquire Doleac, Przybilla, Pick". NBA.com. 2004-02-15. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- BLAZERS: Joel Przybilla Rip City Feature
- ESPN – Blazers sign Przybilla – NBA
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- "Przybilla powers Blazers over Clippers". Retrieved January 13, 2010.
- Chandler given one-game suspension, January 3, 2009
- "Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla out for season after surgery". ESPN.com. 2009-12-24. Retrieved 2009-12-25.
- "Przybilla needs another knee surgery". Retrieved March 8, 2010.
- "Cunningham, Przybilla, Marks, 2 First Round Picks Acquired from Portland". NBA.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
- "Trail Blazers Sign Joel Przybilla". NBA.com. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
- Bucks Sign Free-Agent Center Joel Przybilla
- Eggers, Kerry (March 25, 2008). "Star on home court". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011.
- Falk, Jonas (February 11, 2009). "Weiterer NBA-Star für Deutschland?" [Another NBA star to play for Germany] (in German). basket.de. Archived from the original on December 14, 2010.
- Quick, Jason (February 22, 2012). "Joel Przybilla on rejoining Blazers: 'My heart was in Portland'". The Oregonian.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joel Przybilla.|
- NBA.com Profile
- Tim Davenport, "Przybilla," Blazers Edge. Part I & Part II, Aug. 16 & 17, 2009. – Extensive footnoted biography.