Maurice Ager

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Maurice Ager
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Crockett (Detroit, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro playing career 2006–2010
Career history
20062008 Dallas Mavericks
2006–2007 Fort Worth Flyers (NBDL)
2008 Tulsa 66ers (NBDL)
2008–2009 New Jersey Nets
2009–2010 Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)
2010 Maine Red Claws (NBDL)
2010 Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x All-Big Ten second team (2005–06)

Maurice Darnell Ager (born February 9, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. He played collegiately for the Michigan State Spartans from 2002 until 2006. The 6' 5" (1.95 m) guard was best known for his athleticism and pure shooting.

2005 Tournament[edit]

In 2005, Ager was the top scorer for Michigan State, who reached the Final Four by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in a classic double-overtime game in the Elite Eight. He was named to the Austin All-Regional team after averaging 16.8 points and 5 rebounds a game. Ager scored 24 points against North Carolina in the Final Four, but the Spartans lost to the eventual champions.

Senior year[edit]

Even though Ager averaged a team-high 19.3 points a game, the Spartans did not live up to the expectations analysts gave them. Once ranked #5 in the country, they received a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to George Mason in the first round. (George Mason went on to the Final Four.)

2005 Maui Invitational Tournament[edit]

On November 22, 2005, at the Maui Invitational Tournament, Ager faced off against Gonzaga's Adam Morrison in one of the most thrilling battles of the year. Down by three with virtually no time remaining on the clock, Ager sank a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Despite Ager's team-high 36 points, Gonzaga knocked off the Spartans in triple overtime 109–106. The next day Ager led the Spartans with 20 points to defeat Arizona 74–71 in overtime.

Professional career[edit]

On June 28, 2006, Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Draft with the 28th overall pick. He played his first game in a Mavs uniform on July 1, 2006, for the Mavericks Summer League Team against the Nigerian national team. He led the Mavs with 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and a steal. His 23 points included a huge three-pointer with 2:15 to go to put the Mavs up by 1 and ahead for the rest of the way. The Mavs won 89–85.

On July 6, 2006, the Mavericks' Summer League Team played their first game of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, in which they fared extremely poorly against the Denver Nuggets Summer League Team, losing 85–113. Ager again led the way for the Mavs though, putting up a respectable team-high 17 points. On July 8, 2006, the Mavs faced off against the Boston Celtics Summer League Team, losing once again, 91–85. Ager led the team once again with 23 points and 2 assists. Despite a dislocated index finger, Ager continued to consistently lead the Mavericks through the end of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League and was named to First Team All-TVSL.

While with the Mavericks in 2006, Ager was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.[1] On February 19, 2008, Ager was traded, among others, by the Mavericks to the New Jersey Nets in a multi-player deal involving point guard Jason Kidd.[2]

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
2006–07 Dallas 32 1 6.7 .314 .333 .606 .7 .2 .1 .1 2.2
2007–08 Dallas 12 3 6.4 .185 .000 .833 .3 .3 .0 .1 1.3
2007–08 New Jersey 14 0 6.3 .421 .273 .167 .6 .3 .0 .0 2.6
2008–09 New Jersey 20 0 4.9 .349 .000 .500 .5 .2 .1 .1 1.7
2010–11 Minnesota 4 0 7.3 .545 .750 .000 .5 .3 .3 .0 3.8
Career 82 4 6.2 .339 .250 .566 .6 .2 .1 .1 2.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Dallas 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
Career 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0

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