Marreese Speights

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Marreese Speights
Marreese Speights cropped.jpg
Speights with the 76ers in November 2010
No. 5 – Golden State Warriors
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 26)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Gibbs (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Admiral Farragut Academy (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Hargrave Military (Chatham, Virginia)
College Florida (2006–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
20082012 Philadelphia 76ers
20122013 Memphis Grizzlies
2013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2013–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Marreese Akeem Speights (born August 4, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Speights played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a freshman member of the Florida Gators' NCAA national championship team in 2007. The Philadelphia 76ers picked him in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Early years[edit]

Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He played basketball at St. Petersburg's Admiral Farragut Academy, which retired his jersey number after one year.[1] He also played basketball at Hargrave Military Academy (senior year) and Gibbs High School.[2]

College career[edit]

Speights began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged approximately four points and two rebounds in six minutes per game as a freshman for the national champion Gators. He saw few minutes behind big men Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard.

Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft,.[3] Speights confirmed with Florida coach Billy Donovan on June 12, 2008 that he would not be returning to the Gators.[4]

NBA career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

2008–2009 season[edit]

Speights was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th pick of the first round in the 2008 NBA Draft. He signed with Philadelphia on July 18, 2008.[5] In his rookie season, Speights had a field-goal percentage of .502 from the field, playing 79 games, shooting .773 from the free throw line, and notching two starts.

2009–2010 season[edit]

Marreese's second season with the 76ers started off on a high note as he saw a slight increase in playing time and put up good numbers. He scored 15 or more points in 5 of his first 10 games, and was a vital part of the team's frontcourt. In the 4th quarter of November 14's game versus the Chicago Bulls, Speights injured his left knee. An MRI revealed a partial tear of the Medial collateral ligament (MCL). He missed 14 games and came back December 16, to play 22 minutes in a losing effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After he returned from the injury, his playing time became limited, mostly because of the increased production from Elton Brand.

2010–2011 season[edit]

The 76ers hired Doug Collins as their new head coach for the 2010-11 season. Known for his defensive-minded coaching philosophy, this shift in team focus adversely affected Speights, who is known more for his offensive capabilities. Frequent clashes with the coaching staff led to a career-low 11.5 minutes per contest. He did, however, get one start against the New Orleans Hornets on January 3, 2011 and notched 12 points and six rebounds. For the season, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, both career lows.

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

2011–2012 season[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Speights was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of a three-team trade that sent Xavier Henry to the New Orleans Hornets and two future second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers.[6]

On June 29, 2012, the Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to Speights, making him a restricted free agent.[7]

On July 13, 2012, Speights signed a two-year $8 million contract with the Grizzlies.[8]

Cleveland Cavaliers[edit]

On January 22, 2013, Speights was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick for forward Jon Leuer.[9]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On July 12, 2013, Speights signed with the Golden State Warriors.[10]

On February 10, 2014, Speights scored a career-high 32 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. In the same game, he also recorded 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

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 Philadelphia 79 2 16.0 .502 .250 .773 3.7 .4 .3 .7 7.7
2009–10 Philadelphia 62 1 16.4 .477 .000 .745 4.1 .6 .5 .5 8.6
2010–11 Philadelphia 64 1 11.5 .495 .250 .753 3.3 .5 .1 .3 5.4
2011–12 Memphis 60 54 22.4 .453 .000 .771 6.2 .8 .4 .5 8.8
2012–13 Memphis 40 2 14.5 .429 .400 .716 4.7 .5 .3 .7 6.6
2012–13 Cleveland 39 1 18.5 .457 .200 .806 5.1 .7 .4 .7 10.2
2013–14 Golden State 79 3 12.4 .441 .258 .821 3.7 .4 .1 .4 6.4
Career 423 64 15.7 .467 .230 .773 4.3 .5 .3 .5 7.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Philadelphia 3 0 9.7 .429 .000 .750 2.0 .0 .0 .0 3.0
2011 Philadelphia 2 0 10.5 .167 .000 .000 3.0 .5 .0 .5 2.0
2012 Memphis 7 0 14.3 .488 .000 .600 4.3 .3 .4 .4 6.6
2014 Golden State 7 0 9.7 .528 .000 .500 3.1 .4 .3 .6 6.3
Career 19 0 11.5 .458 .000 .577 3.4 .3 .3 .4 5.4

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