Ronny Turiaf

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Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf.jpg
No. 32 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1983-01-13) January 13, 1983 (age 31)
Le Robert, Martinique
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school INSEP (Paris, France)
College Gonzaga (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Yakama Sun Kings (CBA)
20062008 Los Angeles Lakers
20082010 Golden State Warriors
2010–2011 New York Knicks
2011 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France)
2011–2012 Washington Wizards
2012 Miami Heat
2012–2013 Los Angeles Clippers
2013–present Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Ronny Turiaf /ˈrni ˈtɜriɑːf/ (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[edit]

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.[2]

In 1999, he made the French Under-18 national team, and in 2000, he helped lead the team to the European title with future NBA stars Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickaël Piétrus.[3]

College career[edit]

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.[2] Additionally, in his senior year (2004–2005), he was named as the conference's Player of the Year.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2][4] He graduated from Gonzaga with a degree in sports management, communication and French. He was the first triple major in his family.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

2005–2006 season[edit]

Turiaf in the Los Angeles Lakers uniform. He played for Lakers from 2006 to 2008.

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

2006–2007 season[edit]

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.

2007–2008 season[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

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.[11]

New York Knicks[edit]

Turiaf with the New York Knicks in 2010.

On July 9, 2010, Turiaf was traded to the New York Knicks along with Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and a future second-round pick in a sign and trade deal for David Lee.[12]

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne[edit]

During the 2011 NBA lockout he signed with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne in his native France.[13]

Washington Wizards[edit]

On December 10, 2011, Turiaf was traded to the Washington Wizards.[14]

Miami Heat[edit]

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.[15] He was waived by the Nuggets shortly afterwards.[16]

On March 21, 2012, Turiaf signed with the Miami Heat.[17][18] On June 21, 2012, Turiaf won his first NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.

Los Angeles Clippers[edit]

On July 27, 2012, Turiaf signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[19]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

On July 18, 2013, Turiaf signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[20]

2012 Olympic Games[edit]

In the 2012 London Olympic games, Turiaf was a starter for the French national basketball team.

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
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 23 1 7.0 .500 .000 .556 1.6 .3 .1 .4 2.0
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 72 1 15.1 .549 .000 .664 3.6 .9 .2 1.1 5.3
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 78 21 18.7 .474 .000 .753 3.9 1.6 .4 1.4 6.6
2008–09 Golden State 79 26 21.5 .508 .000 .790 4.6 2.1 .4 2.1 5.9
2009–10 Golden State 42 20 20.8 .582 .000 .474 4.5 2.1 .5 1.3 4.9
2010–11 New York 64 21 17.8 .632 .000 .622 3.2 1.4 .5 1.1 4.2
2011–12 Washington 4 0 14.5 1.000 .000 .000 3.0 1.3 1.5 .8 1.5
2011–12 Miami 13 5 17.0 .533 .000 .591 4.5 .4 .6 1.1 3.5
2012–13 L.A. Clippers 65 0 10.8 .505 .000 .365 2.3 .5 .3 .5 1.9
2013–14 Minnesota 31 10 19.5 .598 .000 .420 5.6 .8 .3 1.6 4.8
Career 471 105 17 .533 .000 .636 3.7 1.3 .4 1.3 4.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 L.A. Lakers 3 0 8.3 .600 .000 .833 2.3 .0 .0 .3 3.7
2007 L.A. Lakers 4 0 12.0 .357 .000 .700 3.0 .3 .5 .3 4.3
2008 L.A. Lakers 19 0 9.8 .389 .000 .588 1.4 .3 .1 .9 2.0
2011 New York 4 4 18.8 .667 .000 .700 2.8 1.0 .3 1.5 5.8
2012 Miami 12 7 10.1 .556 .000 .273 2.6 .1 .1 .7 1.9
2013 L.A. Clippers 5 0 11.8 .700 .000 .500 1.6 .0 .2 .6 3.2
Career 47 11 11.0 .495 .000 .586 2.0 .2 .1 .8 2.7

Career highs[edit]

  • 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.[21]

Personal information[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

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.”[22]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ronny Turiaf signs with Heat". Associated Press. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Ronny Turiaf Bio Page". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  3. ^ "RONNY TURIAF: A Multicultural Warrior". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "#21 Ronny Turiaf". NBA.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Turiaf needs heart surgery". SpokesmanReview.com. 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  6. ^ "CBA Draft". InsideHoops.com. 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Six months after heart surgery, Turiaf joins Lakers". ESPN.com. 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Turiaf Injured in Practice". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  9. ^ "Pau Ankle Injury". Lakers.com Basketblog. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  10. ^ "Bryant Scores Just Six of His 53 in Final Quarter". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Warriors Signing Of Free Agent Ronny Turiaf Finalized". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Knicks Acquire Randolph, Azubuike & Turiaf". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ ASVEL officially announces Ronny Turiaf
  14. ^ "WIZARDS ACQUIRE TURIAF". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 10, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nuggets acquire McGee, Turiaf, draft pick from Washington". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ Nuggets waive Turiaf
  17. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-wojnarowski_ronny_turiaf_miami_heat_032112
  18. ^ "Heat Signs Ronny Turiaf". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN FREE AGENT RONNY TURIAF". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 27, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  20. ^ Wolves sign free-agent center Turiaf to two-year deal
  21. ^ "Ronny Turiaf Career Stats Page". NBA.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  22. ^ "THe Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation". The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

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