Mike Taylor (basketball)
Taylor warming-up with Red Star Belgrade
|No. 14 – Turów Zgorzelec|
|League||Polish Basketball League|
January 21, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||John Marshall
|College||Chipola College (2004–2006)
Iowa State (2006–2007)
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|2008–2009||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2009–2010||Red Star Belgrade|
|2013||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Collegiately, Taylor played three seasons for Chipola College (NJCAA-FCCAA, 2004-05 to 2005-06) and Iowa State University (2006–07), leading the latter team in scoring with 16.0 points per game. However, he was dismissed from the team in July 2007 after a series of brushes with the law.
During 2007–08, he played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.5 points per game in 39 games. Taylor was drafted 55th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first player in NBA history to be drafted out of the D-League. Portland acquired the 55th pick, used to select Taylor, from the Phoenix Suns trade via the Indiana Pacers. However, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, and signed with the team on July 15. Taylor also has outstanding jumping ability, and at 6'1, his dunks, pre-game or in game, made him a fan favorite. On March 25, 2009 he scored a NBA career high 35 points at Madison Square Garden versus the Knicks. The Los Angeles Clippers waived Taylor on July 31, 2009.
Taylor signed a contract until the end of the 2009-10 season with Serbian Red Star Belgrade on November 20, 2009. He was brought to serve as a replacement for Maurice Bailey, who was released. Following the injury in the last team's Eurocup game of the season, on March 13, 2012, Taylor and Red Star Belgrade reached an agreement to part ways, mainly due to the financial problems the club was facing.
After playing with the Iowa Energy, he signed with the Italian team Tezenis Verona. He averaged 7,3 points and 4 rebounds over 4 games in the Italian League. In September 2011, he signed a one-year contract with Kavala. He averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists over 22 games in the Greek championship for them.
On July 9, 2012, Taylor signed with Nymburk for one season. Nymburk's head coach was very excited with the new arrival and he said: "Mike is a young, talented player.. an excellent point guard, but can also play shooting guard.. a great defender and a very good athlete." He left Nymburk in January 2013.
Return to America
NBA career statistics
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- Arrests lead Iowa State to dismiss top scorer Taylor
- DraftExpress NBA Draft prospect profile
- Clippers sign DeAndre Jordan, Mike Taylor
- Red Star sign Mike Taylor (in Serbian)
- "Mike Taylor leaves Crvena Zvezda". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Mike Taylor moves to Tezenis Verona". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Kavala tabs Mike Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Carchia, Emiliano. "CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "CEZ Nymburk tabs playmaker Taylor". Euroleague. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- D-Fenders Acquire Morris Almond and Mike Taylor
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