Shawn Marion

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Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion Mavs.jpg
Marion with the Mavericks
No. 31 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1978-05-07) May 7, 1978 (age 36)
Waukegan, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Clarksville (Clarksville, Tennessee)
College Vincennes (1996–1998)
UNLV (1998–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
19992008 Phoenix Suns
20082009 Miami Heat
2009 Toronto Raptors
20092014 Dallas Mavericks
2014–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Marion attended high school in Clarksville, Tennessee. Before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Marion attended the junior college Vincennes University for two years. In 1999, the Phoenix Suns drafted Marion, who was the ninth overall pick and would remain with the Suns until midway through the 2007–08 season. The Suns traded Marion to the Miami Heat, who then traded Marion to the Toronto Raptors for the 2008–09 season. Marion was traded again and joined the Mavericks in 2009 and was the team's starting small forward when the Mavericks won the NBA championship in June of 2011.

Nicknamed "The Matrix" by TNT analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year,[1] he is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league because of his athleticism and ability to play and defend many positions.[1] He is also known for his unorthodox shooting form.

Early life

Marion was born in Waukegan, Illinois and played high school basketball in Clarksville, Tennessee at Clarksville High School, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Trenton Hassell.[2]

After high school he played collegiate basketball at Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana, for two years before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1998.[3] In his second year with Vincennes, Marion played 36 games and averaged each game 23.5 points and 13.1 rebounds.[4] He was also the 1998 NJCAA Male Student Athlete of the Year.[5]

NBA career

Phoenix Suns

Shawn Marion played for the Phoenix Suns.

Marion was selected by the Suns in the first round and ninth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. Showing explosive scoring potential and double-digit rebounding ability by his sophomore season, he was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in 2002–03 season. In 2004 he was selected to the US Olympic men's basketball team.

In 2005, Marion was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star Team and selected to the 2004–05 All-NBA Third Team. That year he became the first player since David Robinson in 1991–92 to average in the top five in rebounding and steals since the league began tracking steals in 1973, a feat he repeated in 2005–06. During the 2005 All-Star Weekend, Marion teamed up with WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, and Suns legend Dan Majerle in the RadioShack Shooting Stars to run away with the title. Marion was also selected as a Western Conference reserve on the 2006 All-Star team, and the 2007 All-Star team.

The 2005–06 NBA season was perhaps the best season of his career. He was the only player in the NBA ranked in the top 20 in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes. He finished the season leading the Suns in points per game (21.8), rebounds per game (11.8), blocks per game (1.7), and steals per game (2.0). Marion also ranked 3rd in efficiency.[6] He helped fill in the void left by star Amar'e Stoudemire, who missed nearly the entire season due to injury. Marion also earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game for the third time.

During the 2006–07 season, only Marion and superstar Kevin Garnett ranked in the top 40 in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, blocks per game, steals per game, and minutes per game.[7] He was named to his fourth NBA All-Star Team and collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes in his hometown of Las Vegas at the 2007 contest.

Following a summer filled with rumors and trade speculation involving possible deals with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Utah Jazz, Marion requested a move. Citing the rumors and a refusal on the part of Phoenix management to negotiate a contract extension, Marion called his relationship with the Suns a "bad marriage", and stated in September 2007 it was time for him to leave Phoenix.[8] By the start of the season, though, Marion continued to play well for the Suns.

Miami Heat

On February 6, 2008, the Phoenix Suns traded Shawn Marion and teammate Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat for center Shaquille O'Neal. His last basket with the Heat was a game-winning dunk against the Chicago Bulls.[9]

Toronto Raptors

On February 13, 2009, Marion was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Marcus Banks and cash considerations for Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon and a future conditional draft pick.[10]

Dallas Mavericks

On July 9, 2009, Marion signed a five-year $39 million contract and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team swap among Raptors, Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic.[11] He won the first championship of his career in the 2010–2011 season when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 4–2 in the 2011 NBA Finals.

On April 13, 2011, Marion became the fifth man to compile 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks in the NBA. He joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Julius Erving in the exclusive club.[12]

In the 66 game 2011–12 season, Marion led Dallas in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game. Marion was the only player in the NBA 6-foot-7 or shorter to lead his team in rebounding in 2011–12. He also led Dallas in double-doubles with 12.[13] Marion scored 29 points against his former team, the Phoenix Suns, on January 23, 2012, which tied his highest-scoring game as a Maverick.[14] Marion moved into 100th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on March 3.[15]

Marion appeared in his 1,000th career regular-season game against the Suns on December 27, 2012.[16] In January 2013, Marion was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officiating. After an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he said, "It's hard to beat anybody when you're playing five on eight."[17] Marion passed Rod Strickland for 25th place on the NBA’s all-time steals list on March 6, 2013.[18] Marion led the Mavericks in rebounds again with 525 (7.8 per game).

On January 3, 2014, he passed the 17,000-point mark and joined Olajuwon, Malone and Garnett as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks.[19]

Cleveland Cavaliers

On September 9, 2014, Marion signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[20][21]

International competition

Marion played for the senior United States National Basketball Team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was named to the 2006 USA men's senior national team but he was forced to withdraw before the tournament began due to a knee injury. The squad finished third in the 2006 FIBA World Championship without him. He has earned 22 total international caps for the United States.

NBA career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 Phoenix 51 38 24.7 .471 .182 .847 6.5 1.4 .7 1.0 10.2
2000–01 Phoenix 79 79 36.2 .480 .256 .810 10.7 2.0 1.7 1.4 17.3
2001–02 Phoenix 81 81 38.4 .469 .393 .845 9.9 2.0 1.8 1.1 19.1
2002–03 Phoenix 81 81 41.6 .452 .387 .851 9.5 2.4 2.3 1.2 21.2
2003–04 Phoenix 79 79 40.7 .440 .340 .851 9.3 2.7 2.1 1.3 19.0
2004–05 Phoenix 81 81 38.8 .476 .334 .833 11.3 1.9 2.0 1.5 19.4
2005–06 Phoenix 81 81 40.3 .525 .331 .809 11.8 1.8 2.0 1.7 21.8
2006–07 Phoenix 80 80 37.6 .524 .317 .810 9.8 1.7 2.0 1.5 17.5
2007–08 Phoenix 47 47 36.4 .526 .347 .713 9.9 2.1 2.0 1.5 15.8
2007–08 Miami 16 15 37.6 .459 .258 .690 11.2 2.5 1.9 .9 14.3
2008–09 Miami 42 41 36.1 .482 .200 .788 8.7 1.8 1.4 1.1 12.0
2008–09 Toronto 27 27 35.3 .488 .154 .806 8.3 2.3 1.1 .8 14.3
2009–10 Dallas 75 75 31.8 .508 .158 .755 6.4 1.4 .9 .8 12.0
2010–11 Dallas 80 27 28.2 .520 .152 .768 6.9 1.4 .9 .6 12.5
2011–12 Dallas 63 63 30.5 .446 .294 .796 7.4 2.1 1.1 .6 10.6
2012–13 Dallas 67 67 30.0 .514 .315 .782 7.8 2.4 1.1 .7 12.0
2013–14 Dallas 76 76 31.7 .482 .358 .785 6.5 1.6 1.2 .5 10.4
Career 1106 1038 35.3 .485 .332 .811 9.0 1.9 1.6 1.1 15.8
All-Star 4 0 19.5 .575 .000 .500 6.5 3.0 1.5 .5 12.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 Phoenix 9 9 31.2 .419 .167 .818 8.8 .8 .7 1.6 9.1
2001 Phoenix 4 4 34.8 .371 1.000 .857 8.3 .8 1.5 1.5 14.8
2003 Phoenix 6 6 47.0 .374 .321 .846 11.7 2.0 1.8 1.8 18.5
2005 Phoenix 15 15 42.3 .484 .419 .769 11.8 1.5 1.4 1.7 17.6
2006 Phoenix 20 20 42.5 .489 .314 .881 11.7 1.6 1.9 1.2 20.4
2007 Phoenix 11 11 41.4 .500 .353 .667 10.4 1.2 1.5 1.7 16.9
2010 Dallas 6 6 24.7 .407 .000 .800 4.2 1.0 .2 .5 8.7
2011 Dallas 21 21 32.9 .467 .000 .851 6.3 2.1 1.0 .9 11.9
2012 Dallas 4 4 35.0 .425 .286 .900 8.0 1.0 .3 1.3 11.8
2014 Dallas 7 7 27.6 .407 .222 .636 5.3 1.9 .9 .1 8.4
Career 103 103 37.0 .458 .318 .814 9.1 1.5 1.2 1.2 14.7

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "HEAT Insider: Shawn Marion". Miami Heat. May 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Shawn Marion". Miami Heat. 2008. 
  3. ^ Beck, Howard (June 3, 2011). "Marion’s Shot Isn’t Pretty, But It’s Pretty Successful". The New York Times. pp. B11. 
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball Ink Four Recruits". UNLV Runnin' Rebels. May 13, 1998. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Shawn Marion". UNLV Runnin' Rebels. 1998. 
  6. ^ 2005–06 EFFICIENCY LEADERS : Efficiency Per Game, nba.com
  7. ^ "NBA.com : Shawn Marion Bio Page". Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  8. ^ Marion: 'Time for me to move on'
  9. ^ "HEAT Acquire Marion and Banks". NBA.com. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  10. ^ "Raptors Acquire Marion And Banks From Miami". NBA.com. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  11. ^ "MAVERICKS ACQUIRE FOUR-TIME ALL-STAR SHAWN MARION". NBA.com. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ Mavericks take the sting out of the Hornets, The Dallas Morning News, April 13, 2011
  13. ^ Marion leads dallas in rebounds and double-doubles
  14. ^ Ties highest scoring game
  15. ^ Marion 100th on all-time scoring list
  16. ^ Shawn Marion has grand night in 1,000th career game
  17. ^ Mavericks' Shawn Marion fined $25K for criticizing refs
  18. ^ If Shawn Marion can score 20 or more, Mavs are a good bet vs. Pistons
  19. ^ Clippers rally past Mavericks; Chris Paul injured
  20. ^ "Cavs Sign Forward Shawn Marion". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 9, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ Lloyd, Jason (September 9, 2014). "Cavaliers announce signing of Shawn Marion". Ohio.com. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 

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