|No. 32 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
January 13, 1983 |
Le Robert, Martinique
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||241 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2005–2006||Yakama Sun Kings (CBA)|
|2006–2008||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2008–2010||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2011||New York Knicks|
|2011||ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France)|
|2012–2013||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Ronny Turiaf / / (born January 13, 1983) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Turiaf has been a member of the French national basketball team.
Turiaf grew up in Martinique then attended high school in Paris and college at Gonzaga University in the United States. At Gonzaga, Turiaf played for the Bulldogs basketball team and was the leading West Coast Conference scorer in his senior year. After graduating from Gonzaga, Turiaf entered the 2005 NBA Draft and was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would play until 2008. He later played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, the Washington Wizards, the Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Personal information
- 6 Philanthropy
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 External links
Turiaf spent most of his childhood in Martinique, a French overseas department in the Caribbean Sea. Following the advice from his father, Turiaf moved to Paris in 1998, at the age of 15, to attend the National Institute of Physical Education (Insep), a school that combines rigorous secondary education with elite-level athletic training.
In 2001, Turiaf left France after accepting an offer to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he played for four years. In his last three years at Gonzaga, he was named First Team All-WCC. Additionally, in his senior year (2004–2005), he was named as the conference's Player of the Year. He ended his college career as the fourth all-time leader in scoring and rebounding in school history, with 1,723 points and 859 rebounds, respectively. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game through his college years at Gonzaga, but led the WCC averaging 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior. He graduated from Gonzaga with a degree in sports management, communication and French. He was the first triple major in his family.
Los Angeles Lakers
Ronny Turiaf was the 37th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers, signing a two-year, $1 million contract. After a physical exam conducted by the Lakers just four weeks after the draft, team doctor, John Moe, found an enlarged aortic root in Turiaf's heart. After multiple examinations by other physicians, the Lakers decided that the problem, which was cleared by doctors in both France and the NBA's pre-Draft camp, was serious enough to require surgery. The Lakers were forced to void Turiaf's contract but retained his rights in case he was cleared to play again after the surgery. In addition, the team paid for all the expenses from the surgery. Turiaf underwent the six-hour open-heart surgery on July 26, 2005. His expected recovery time was between six and twelve months.
As part of his rehabilitation, Turiaf signed with the Continental Basketball Association's Yakama Sun Kings, a team that drafted him with their 36th pick in the 2005 CBA draft. He played 9 games with the Sun Kings, averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Turiaf recovered from his surgery quicker than expected and was therefore re-signed with the Lakers on January 17, 2006, less than six months after his surgery. In order to make room on the team's 15-man roster, the Lakers waived guard Laron Profit after his season-ending injury.
On November 1, 2006, the second game of the season, Ronny Turiaf scored career highs in almost every category against the Golden State Warriors, including 8/10 shooting with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Ronny Turiaf received playing time due to the many Laker injuries during the 2007–08 season. He was in the starting line-up at the beginning of the season as a forward alongside Lamar Odom, but after spraining his left ankle during practice on November 15, 2007, Turiaf missed two games of his own while his starts became limited. However, after Pau Gasol sprained his ankle on March 14, 2008 in New Orleans, Ronny took over as the starting center for nine games until Gasol returned on April 2. In that nine game span, Turiaf's stats jumped to over 30 minutes per game with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Yet the Lakers went 5–4 during those nine games, including back-to-back losses at home against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Memphis Grizzlies, two of the league's worst teams.
Golden State Warriors
On July 9, 2008, Ronny Turiaf agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract offer from the Golden State Warriors. According to free agency rules, his previous team, the Los Angeles Lakers, had seven days to match that offer.
The Lakers, on July 18, decided not to match the Warriors' offer and the deal was finalized.
New York Knicks
On March 15, 2012, Turiaf was traded to the Denver Nuggets along with JaVale McGee in a three-way trade involving the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards. He was waived by the Nuggets shortly afterwards.
Los Angeles Clippers
2012 Olympic Games
In the 2012 London Olympic games, Turiaf was a starter for the French national basketball team.
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|
- Points: 23 at Warriors on November 1, 2006
- FG made: 8 on 3 occasions
- FT made: 10 vs. Boston on December 26, 2008
- Rebounds: 15 vs. Suns on April 8, 2007
- Assists: 8 3 times
- Steals: 3 6 times
- Blocks: 6 2 times
- Minutes: 40 2 times
All stats according to NBA.com.
- Speaks five languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, and Antillean Creole (native language)
- Originally committed to the University of Connecticut where he planned to major in business
- Has four younger sisters: Elodie, Florence, Nadia, and Rachelle
- Enjoys playing video games and reading books
- Favorite movies are Scarface and Malcolm X
In August 2009, The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation was established to provide medical care to children who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the care they need. According to the Foundation’s website, the mission is “to provide support, including echocardiograms to people with heart related issues so they can live a healthy and happy life.”
- "Ronny Turiaf signs with Heat". Associated Press. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- "Ronny Turiaf Bio Page". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- "RONNY TURIAF: A Multicultural Warrior". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "#21 Ronny Turiaf". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Turiaf needs heart surgery". SpokesmanReview.com. 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "CBA Draft". InsideHoops.com. 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Six months after heart surgery, Turiaf joins Lakers". ESPN.com. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
- "Turiaf Injured in Practice". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Pau Ankle Injury". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Bryant Scores Just Six of His 53 in Final Quarter". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- "Warriors Signing Of Free Agent Ronny Turiaf Finalized". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
- "Knicks Acquire Randolph, Azubuike & Turiaf". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
- ASVEL officially announces Ronny Turiaf
- "WIZARDS ACQUIRE TURIAF". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 10, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- "Nuggets acquire McGee, Turiaf, draft pick from Washington". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- Nuggets waive Turiaf
- "Heat Signs Ronny Turiaf". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- "CLIPPERS SIGN FREE AGENT RONNY TURIAF". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 27, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
- Wolves sign free-agent center Turiaf to two-year deal
- "Ronny Turiaf Career Stats Page". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24.
- "THe Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation". The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Ronny Turiaf at Basketball-Reference.com
- Profile at official Gonzaga athletics site
- Ronny Turiaf official French site
- Ronny Turiaf official site