Patrick O'Bryant

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Patrick O'Bryant
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O'Bryant with the Celtics
Center
Personal information
Born (1986-06-20) June 20, 1986 (age 28)
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Blaine (Blaine, Minnesota)
College Bradley (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
20062008 Golden State Warriors
2006–2007 Bakersfield Jam
2008 →Bakersfield Jam
2008–2009 Boston Celtics
20092010 Toronto Raptors
2011 Reno Bighorns
2011–2012 Kavala
2012 Indios de Mayaguez
2012 Tiburones de Vargas
2013 Reno Bighorns
2013 Lietuvos Rytas
2013–2014 Taiwan Beer
2014 Atléticos de San Germán
Career highlights and awards
  • BSN champion (2012)
  • BSN Defensive Player of the Year (2012)

Patrick Fitzgerald O'Bryant (born June 20, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. The 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st) center was selected out of Bradley University by the Golden State Warriors with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has been a member of the NBA's Warriors, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, and has also played in the NBA Developmental League, and overseas in Europe and Latin America.

College[edit]

O'Bryant attended Bradley University for two years and led the Braves to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2006 NCAA Tournament before losing to University of Memphis. His breakout performance against traditional powerhouses Kansas and Pittsburgh[1] at the tournament caught the eyes of NBA scouts. But in late 2005, O'Bryant, along with another student, was suspended for 8 games by the NCAA for receiving improper payments for work claimed he had undertaken in the summer, but had not actually done. All up he was paid $1,100 on a weekly basis, regardless of whether he showed up to work or not.[2] On April 22, 2006, O'Bryant declared for the NBA Draft, but did not hire an agent, making him eligible to return to college.[3][4] However, O'Bryant made his declaration official the following month when he hired Andy Miller as his agent.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On June 28, 2006, O'Bryant was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. On September 6, he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right foot. He was placed in an immobilizing boot on the injured foot and missed six weeks of training camp. He played sparingly in the 2006–07 season.

O'Bryant became the first NBA lottery pick to be sent down to the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League on December 30, 2006. On February 19, 2007, he was recalled from the Jam. Warriors head coach Don Nelson had critical words for him: "I told him if he goes down to the D-League and isn't a dominant player, there should be red flags all over the place, and he should be the first to notice. He's not only not dominating, he's not playing very well. He's a long-term project. I really liked him the first week of training camp, but I assumed there would be great progress. [...] He hasn't gotten better one bit."[6]

Prior to the 2007–08 season, the Warriors declined to pick up his third year option, which made him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.[7] On March 10, 2008, he was reassigned to the Bakersfield Jam;[8] however, he was later recalled and rejoined the Warriors for the remainder of the season.[9]

Boston Celtics[edit]

On July 11, 2008, O'Bryant signed a two-year, $3.12 million contract with the Boston Celtics.[10] He had an impressive workout with the team a week earlier and was expected to be the backup center for Kendrick Perkins.[10][11]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On February 19, 2009, O'Bryant was traded by Boston to the Toronto Raptors in a 3-team deal with Will Solomon going to the Sacramento Kings, and a heavily-protected future second round pick going to the Celtics.[12]

China[edit]

In September, 2010, O'Bryant signed a contract with Fujian Xunxing of the Chinese Basketball Association,[13] but he was later released because of poor performances in pre-season, as well as a reported lack of effort in practice.[14]

Return to the NBA D-League[edit]

On January 10, 2011, O'Bryant joined the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.[15]

Europe[edit]

In August 2011 he signed with Kavala B.C.[16]

Puerto Rico[edit]

In February 2012 he signed with the Indios de Mayaguez of Puerto Rico.[17]

Return to Reno and Lietuvos Rytas[edit]

On January 16, 2013, O'Bryant was reacquired by the Reno Bighorns.[18] He was bought out of his contract on January 30. He then joined Lietuvos rytas. Despite being signed as one of the team's main centers, his playing time decreased over the following months. O'Bryant was released on May 6, 2013.[19]

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

In September 2013, O'Bryant signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.[20] However, he was waived on October 23.[21]

Taiwan[edit]

In November 2013, O'Bryant signed with Taiwan Beer of the Super Basketball League.

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 Golden State 16 0 7.4 .313 .000 .647 1.3 .6 .4 .5 1.9
2007–08 Golden State 24 0 4.1 .552 .000 .600 1.2 .2 .2 .4 1.5
2008–09 Boston 26 0 4.2 .516 .000 .667 1.3 .3 .1 .3 1.5
2008–09 Toronto 13 3 11.3 .547 .000 .375 2.5 .2 .2 .8 4.7
2009–10 Toronto 11 0 4.6 .533 .000 .500 1.0 .1 .2 .4 1.7
Career 90 3 5.8 .494 .000 .583 1.4 .3 .2 .4 2.1

Playing style[edit]

O'Bryant was a late bloomer who was not heavily recruited out of high school. He plays the center position and is known for his shot-blocking ability, as he led the Missouri Valley Conference in blocks for two straight years, and is also a solid rebounder. He has a 7'6" wingspan. His offensive game also features a skyhook.

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