August 26, 1977 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Flint Northwestern
|College||Michigan State (1995–2000)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||24, 9, 42|
|2007–2010||New Orleans Hornets|
|2010–2011||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
Morris Peterson, Jr. (born August 26, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is also a cousin of former basketball player Jonathan Bender.
In his senior year at MSU, Peterson led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. He had a team-high 30 double-digit scoring efforts. He was voted Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten, and he placed as first or second team All-American on five different polls.
He was selected 21st overall by the Raptors in the 2000 NBA Draft, and was a starter in the majority of their games during his first three seasons. On January 17, 2009, MSU retired his number 42 with MSU's other all time greats before their game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Drafted in the first round by the Raptors in 2000, Peterson was a fan favorite from the moment he stepped on the floor. While enjoying some early success in his professional career, Peterson's production faced a steady decline, before stepping up in the wake of the new era of Raptor youngsters being ushered in, taking on a more expansive leadership role and transforming himself into an elite perimeter defender, a clutch performer and consistent scorer. He is known for his three-point shooting, acrobatic shots, defense, and fearless driving to the basket.
On December 28, 2005, Peterson set a record for career games played as a Raptor, surpassing Alvin Williams with 418 games played. Peterson also leads the NBA in longest consecutive games played, appearing in 371 straight until November 22, 2006, when he missed his first game in over four years.
Peterson posted career highs in points and rebounds averaging 16.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and threw in 2.3 assists per game through 82 games played in the 2005–06 season.
Perhaps the biggest highlight of his career occurred against the Washington Wizards on March 30, 2007 in a game that helped determine the two teams' playoff seeding. The Raptors trailed 109–106 with only 3.8 seconds left and no timeouts remaining. The Wizards' Michael Ruffin intercepted the full-court pass and tried to toss the ball high into the air so that the clock would run out. But the ball slipped from his hands and was not thrown high enough. There was still enough time on the clock as Peterson caught the ball and launched a "Hail Mary" three-pointer and sank it to send the game into overtime. The Raptors went on to defeat the Wizards, 123–118.
After signing Bryan Colangelo, it became apparent that the re-building process of the Raptors would not include Peterson. It was only a matter of time before his contract expired in the summer of 2007 that he would be gone.
New Orleans Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder
On February 24, 2011, Peterson was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with D.J. White in exchange for Nazr Mohammed. He was waived four days later when his contract was bought out by the Bobcats.
Awards and honors
- Career-high: March 31, 2006 Peterson scored a career-best 38 points vs. the Phoenix Suns.
- First-round draft choice (21st overall) by Toronto in 2000.
- Recorded his 800th career three-point field goal April 3, 2005 vs. the Detroit Pistons.
- Had a career-high 14 rebounds April 8, 2005.
- Held the longest active streak of games played, with 371, ending in 2006.
- Holds Raptors career records for games played (542) and 3-point field goals (801).
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Correct as of 2 March 2011
- Peterson's heave, Bosh's 37 spur Raptors past Wiz
- Report: Hornets sign G Peterson
- Hornets to trade No. 11 pick Aldrich to Thunder
- "Bobcats Acquire Morris Peterson and D.J. White from Thunder". NBA.com. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
- "Bobcats Waive Morris Peterson". NBA.com. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28.