Landry Fields

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Landry Fields
Landry Fields March 2012.jpg
Fields in March 2012
No. 2 – Toronto Raptors
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-06-27) June 27, 1988 (age 26)
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Los Alamitos
(Los Alamitos, California)
College Stanford (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 New York Knicks
2012–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Landry Fields (born June 27, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Stanford University.

Early life[edit]

Fields was born in Long Beach, California to Steve and Janice Fields, who played basketball in college at Miami University and Highland Community College, respectively (Steve was later drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers).[1] Fields' father is African-American, while his mother is Caucasian.[2] Landry was one of three children and attended Ellwood P. Cubberley Elementary School and later Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California. Fields was a three-year letter-winner on the varsity basketball squad, which he captained during his junior and senior seasons.[3] Though he was heavily recruited by Arizona coach Lute Olson and by Gonzaga University, Fields ultimately chose to play for Trent Johnson and Stanford, joining twin brothers Robin and Brook Lopez to create one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.[4]

Collegiate career[edit]

As a freshman at Stanford in 2006–07, Fields appeared in 30 games all off the bench as he averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. As a sophomore in 2007–08, he again had a very similar role and production to his freshman season as he averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 33 games off the bench.[3]

As a junior in 2008–09, Fields started 33 of 34 games he appeared in as he averaged 12.6 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game.[3]

As a senior in 2009–10, Fields had a break-out season as he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after averaging a league-leading 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He also earned USBWA All-District IX Team and first-team NABC Division I All-District 20 honors in addition to earning Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades.[3]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Stanford 30 0 14.0 .363 .303 .652 2.5 .7 .2 .1 4.2
2007–08 Stanford 33 0 12.6 .362 .355 .625 2.0 1.0 .3 .2 4.1
2008–09 Stanford 34 33 30.7 .498 .368 .650 6.6 1.9 1.2 .5 12.6
2009–10 Stanford 32 32 36.3 .490 .337 .696 8.8 2.8 1.6 .8 22.0

Professional career[edit]

New York Knicks[edit]

Fields was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.[5] In July 2010, he joined the Knicks for the 2010 NBA Summer League where he averaged a team-high 15.6 points in addition to 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals in five games. On August 26, 2010, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Knicks.[6] He went on to earn Rookie of the Month honors in the Eastern Conference for the months of November and December 2010.[7][8] On February 6, 2011, he scored a career high 25 points, in addition to 10 rebounds, in the 117-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[9] To cap off his strong rookie season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.[10]

Landry and teammate Jeremy Lin were selected to play for Team Shaq in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge.[11]

On June 26, 2012, the Knicks tendered a qualifying offer to make Landry a restricted free agent.[12]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On July 11, 2012, Fields received a three-year, $20 million offer sheet from the Toronto Raptors.[13] The Knicks declined to match the offer, and Fields signed with the Raptors on July 15, 2012.[14]

After his impressive stint with the Knicks, the Raptors expected big things from Landry as he continued to develop. However, Fields' struggles with Toronto have mainly been due to injuries as he played just 81 games over his first two seasons with the franchise. He has had several surgeries repairing the ulnar nerve in his right arm, and with constant rehabilitation, he was forced to learn a new shooting form.[15]

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
2010–11 New York 82 82 31.0 .497 .393 .769 6.4 1.9 1.0 .2 9.7
2011–12 New York 66 66 28.7 .460 .256 .562 4.2 2.6 1.2 .3 8.8
2012–13 Toronto 51 51 20.3 .457 .143 .642 4.1 1.2 .6 .2 4.7
2013–14 Toronto 30 30 10.7 .403 .000 .636 2.0 .7 .3 .1 2.3
2014–15 Toronto 26 26 8.3 .488 .000 .500 1.0 .6 .4 .0 1.8
Career 255 255 23.6 .473 .332 .666 4.3 1.6 .8 .2 6.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 New York 4 4 17.8 .200 .000 .167 1.3 1.3 .5 .8 1.8
2012 New York 5 5 23.0 .484 .200 .714 3.0 1.4 .6 .0 7.2
2014 Toronto 3 3 8.7 .000 .000 .000 2.3 .3 1.3 3 0
2015 Toronto 1 1 18.0 .375 .111 .462 2.0 1.0 1.0 1 6
Career 13 13 17.7 .375 .111 .462 2.3 1.1 .8 .3 3.6

Television[edit]

In May 2014, Landry was a contestant on Sing Your Face Off, a show where celebrities impersonated and sang songs of an artist they were assigned. He sang as Lionel Richie, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Nicki Minaj, MC Hammer, and Little Richard. On June 14, 2014 Landry was announced as the co-runner-up along with Lisa Rinna, with China Anne McClain the winner.[16]

Public image[edit]

Fields has a YouTube account, In 2010, Lin became a content partner with Whistle Sports Network, adding his YouTube channel with roughly 400,000 subscribers in exchange for an undisclosed equity stake. He was the first athlete from one of the four major sports leagues in the United States to produce content for the digital sports platform.

In a video interview conducted by Elie Seckbach, he asked Fields how it felt to be representing so many people. Lin responded by stating, "It's humbling, a privilege, and a honor. I just thank God for the opportunity. In April 2012, Fields was named to Time Magazine's 2012 list of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. On June 18, 2012, NBA TV announced that Fields was the first-ever winner of the "Social Breakout Player of the Year" Award. He was also the winner of "The EPIC Award".

In 2014, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of his likeness at its San Francisco branch.

"Fieldsanity"[edit]

After the Summer League 2010, he became a starter for the Knicks, the Associated Press called Fields "the most surprising story in the NBA". Bloomberg News wrote that Fields "has already become the most famous NBA Rookie of the Year". Knicks fans developed nicknames for him along with a new lexicon inspired by his name, Fileds. Most popular was the word Fieldsanity, the excitement over the unheralded Fileds. Time.com ran an article titled, "It's Official: Linsanity Is for Real".

Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson said, "The excitement [Fields] has caused in [Madison Square] Garden, man, I hadn't seen that in a long time." He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline "Against All Odds", which the Times called "the greatest tribute". He also made the cover of Time in the World; Forbes wrote, "Congratulations Jeremy. You have now made the cover of Time the same number of times as Michael Jordan. Fieldsanity reigns on." "I haven't done a computation, but it's fair to say that no player has created the interest and the frenzy in this short period of time, in any sport, that I'm aware of like Landry Fields has," said NBA commissioner David Stern.

"Fieldsanity II"[edit]

The Knicks' success due to Fields's play reportedly contributed to the end of a dispute which had for 48 days prevented Time Warner Cable customers from watching Knicks games and other MSG Network programs. The team quickly began selling replicas of Fields' No. 6 jerseys and T-shirts, and the sales and traffic for its online store increased more than 30,000%; Fields' merchandise dominated the displays at Knicks stores, with those for the team's high-priced stars—Anthony, Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler—were moved to the sale racks. He had the best selling jersey in the NBA in February and March. For the one-year period ending April 2012, Lin had the second highest selling jersey in the league behind Derrick Rose. Both Nike and Adidas introduced Lin-related athletic apparel, and expected that his fame would help sales in the World. His popularity was attributed with growing the NBA's popularity there since the year of 2010; the audience for NBA games on television and online in the world rose 39 percent over the previous season.

Within two seasons of he became a starter, at least seven e-books were being published on Fields, and the Global Language Monitor declared that Fieldsanity II had met its criteria to be considered an English-language word. He appeared on a second consecutive Sports Illustrated cover, the first New York-based team athlete and the third NBA player in the magazine's history, after Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki. New York City restaurants introduced new food and bar items in honor of Fields. The city has about 450,000 residents of the descent—larger than the entire populations of NBA cities like Miami, Atlanta or Cleveland—and viewing parties to watch Fields play flourished in Manhattan. An airline advertised "Fieldsanely II low prices", bids for his rookie card exceeded $21,000 on eBay, Foreign Policy speculated on his potential impact on Sino-American relations, and Jack and Suzy Welch wrote that Fields' rise was a lesson to business leaders to not let bureaucracy stifle unproven talent. Despite Fields' sudden fame Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart stated, “I knew [Fileds] before he was Fieldsinmania. He’s still the same humble guy. The guy has not changed a bit, which is real special for a young man.”

Fields trademarked the word Fieldsanity II in 2012 to preempt strangers from profiting from his likeness. Two others had attempted to trademark the term in the first week of February, but the United States Patent and Trademark Office ultimately registered the term to Fields. It was shown at numerous film festivals before making its way into art houses.

Personal life[edit]

On March 20, 2011, The Andy and Landry Show debuted. The show featured Fields and Andy Rautins exploring different areas of New York City. The first episode focused on them visiting the Shubert Theater, with cast members from Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Memphis." In another episode, they went on a speed-dating event. After Rautins was waived by the team before the 2011–12 season, the show was discontinued.[17]

In July 2014, Fields married model girlfriend, Elaine Alden. The couple have a son, Jackson James Fields, who was born in 2013.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (February 1, 2011). "He's Quietly Taken the NBA by Surprise". WSJ.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Landry Fields". EthnicCelebs.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Landry Fields". GoStanford.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ 2006 – Stanford Basketball Commitment List (5)
  5. ^ New York Knicks pluck Syracuse guard Andy Rautins, Stanford forward Landry Fields at 2010 NBA Draft
  6. ^ Knicks sign second round rookie Landry Fields
  7. ^ Knicks' Fields, Clips' Griffin named Rookies of the Month
  8. ^ Fields, Griffin win NBA Rookie honors for December
  9. ^ Amare Stoudemire scores 41 as Knicks bounce back vs. 76ers
  10. ^ "Blake Griffin, John Wall lead rookies". ESPN.com. May 11, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Irving leads Team Chuck to BBVA Rising Stars game win". NBA.com. January 31, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields set to be restricted free agents
  13. ^ "Raptors Sign Landry Fields To Offer Sheet". NBA.com. July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Raptors Sign Landry Fields". NBA.com. July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ Davis, William Scott (October 16, 2014). "The Biggest Steal Of The 2010 NBA Draft Is In Danger Of Falling Out Of The League". BusinessInsider.com.au. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ Raptors' Landry Fields Dresses Up as Nicki Minaj for 'Sing Your Face Off'
  17. ^ "Andy and Landry Show". MSG.com. Retrieved April 9, 2011. [dead link]
  18. ^ Menzie, Nicola (July 14, 2014). "Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Officiates Landry Fields and Model Girlfriend's Wedding". ChristianPost.com. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 

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