Michael Ruffin

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Michael Ruffin
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No. 51
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1977-01-21) January 21, 1977 (age 37)
Denver, Colorado
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school Cherry Creek (Englewood, Colorado)
College Tulsa (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 1999–2011
Career history
1999–2001 Chicago Bulls
2001–2002 Philadelphia 76ers
2002–2003 Caprabo Lleida
2003–2004 Utah Jazz
2004–2007 Washington Wizards
2007–2008 Milwaukee Bucks
2008–2009 Chicago Bulls
2009 Portland Trail Blazers
2010–2011 Obradoiro CAB

Michael David Ruffin (born (1977-01-21)January 21, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. At 6'8" and 248 lbs, he played as a forward/center.

After playing college basketball at the University of Tulsa, where he studied chemical engineering, Ruffin was drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He has played for the Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Utah Jazz, the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 1.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game through his NBA career and is considered to be a defensive presence on the court.

Michael Ruffin committed a costly error for his team in the dying seconds of a March 30, 2007 game against the Toronto Raptors. With his Washington Wizards up 109–106 with 3.8 seconds left, Ruffin intercepted a Raptors half-court inbounds pass, only to heave the ball in the air to try to allow the remaining time left on the clock to run out, but the ball was not thrown high enough and the Raptors' Morris Peterson caught the ball on its descent and made a 31-foot three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the score and send the game into overtime. The Raptors went on to defeat the Wizards, 123–118.[1]

On February 17, 2009, Ruffin was sent to the Sacramento Kings and then to the Portland Trail Blazers for Ike Diogu shortly thereafter in a 3-team trade.[2]

In 2010, Ruffin became coach of the ABA's Colorado Kings.[3][4] However, he resumed his career in Spain playing for Obradoiro CAB.[3]

After two years out of the NBA, he was signed by the league's Denver Nuggets in mid-December 2011.[3] However, he did not make the team's opening day roster.[5]

As of 2012, he was living in Phoenix, Arizona, working for ASQ and coaching basketball.[6]

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
1999–00 Chicago 71 6 13.7 .420 .000 .489 3.5 .6 .4 .4 2.2
2000–01 Chicago 45 16 19.5 .444 .000 .506 5.8 .9 .7 .8 2.6
2001–02 Philadelphia 15 0 11.3 .269 .000 .250 3.4 .3 .3 .5 1.1
2003–04 Utah 41 23 17.9 .325 .000 .421 5.0 1.0 .5 .5 2.2
2004–05 Washington 79 7 16.0 .414 .000 .433 4.2 .8 .5 .5 1.4
2005–06 Washington 76 4 13.3 .442 .000 .500 3.6 .4 .4 .4 1.4
2006–07 Washington 30 0 9.0 .278 .000 .368 2.1 .2 .2 .3 .6
2007–08 Milwaukee 46 2 13.7 .532 .000 .397 4.0 .5 .7 .4 2.0
2008–09 Portland 11 0 3.2 .286 .000 1.000 1.0 .0 .3 .1 .5
Career 414 58 14.4 .407 .000 .459 3.9 .6 .5 .5 1.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Washington 9 0 17.3 .700 .000 .563 4.1 1.0 .3 .3 2.6
2006 Washington 6 0 11.7 .500 .000 .000 2.7 .7 .2 .3 .3
2007 Washington 4 0 7.0 .333 .000 .000 2.3 .0 .8 .0 .5
2009 Portland 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .500 5.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 20 0 13.0 .563 .000 .500 3.4 .7 .4 .3 1.4

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson's heave helps Raptors top Wiz, March 30, 2007
  2. ^ Blazers get Ruffin from Bulls, send Diogu to Kings
  3. ^ a b c Denver Nuggets sign nine-year veteran forward Michael Ruffin - ESPN
  4. ^ Former NBA Player Michael Ruffin Is Now Coaching in the ABA
  5. ^ NBA Transactions
  6. ^ Creek’s pride & joy Ruffin speaks at 200th state championship gathering

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