Sonny Weems

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Sonny Weems
Sonny Weems Raptors.jpg
Weems with the Toronto Raptors
No. 13 – CSKA Moscow
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League VTB United League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 28)
West Memphis, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school West Memphis
(West Memphis, Arkansas)
College Arkansas-Fort Smith (2004–2006)
Arkansas (2006–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Denver Nuggets
2008–2009 Colorado 14ers (D-League)
2009–2011 Toronto Raptors
2011–2012 Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
2012–present CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clarence[1] "Sonny" Weems (born July 8, 1986) is an American basketball player who plays for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. Weems was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft and shortly thereafter traded to the Denver Nuggets. Weems played collegiate basketball at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. At 6'6" (1.98 m), Weems is able to play both guard and small forward, although his skill set makes him more suited to play the former.

High school and college basketball[edit]

Weems played basketball at West Memphis High School where he was named first team all-state as a senior after leading his team to the 5A state championship, and was also a 6-10 high jumper in track and field. In Weems' high school career, West Memphis posted a record of 68-10. Weems averaged over 20 points per game as sophomore and junior, and 14.0 rebounds per game as a senior.

After high school, Weems attended junior college at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, and was named 3rd team All-American, as well as all-conference and all-region as a freshman. Ranked as the number one junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com and Street & Smith's, Weems took UAFS to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship in 2006. Weems was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected for the all-tournament team. In two seasons at UAFS, Weems led the team to a 62-7 record and back-to-back Bi-State Conference Eastern Division titles.[2]

Weems signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks as a junior, which was also Stan Heath's final season as head coach. He averaged 11.8 points per game and was named to all-tournament teams at the Old Spice Classic and the SEC Tournament as he helped the Razorbacks to their third consecutive winning season and their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, losing to the USC Trojans in the first round.

Weems played his senior season with a new head coach, John Pelphrey, and earned first team All-SEC with per game averages of 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.[3] Weems led the Razorbacks to their first NCAA tournament win in nine years with an upset victory of Indiana University. He finished the game with 31 points, out-dueling the much heralded freshman Eric Gordon, who was held to only eight points.[4] After his team lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Weems later won the College Slam Dunk Championship held at the Final Four.[5]

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Weems accepted an invitation to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, but later decided not to attend.[6] Instead, Weems worked out for several teams: the Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Portland Trail Blazers, receiving increased interest because of his high scores in speed and agility drills.[7] Weems was selected with the 39th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Bulls, but he was traded almost immediately to the Denver Nuggets for a second-round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft in a three-team trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers.[8][9]

NBA Development League[edit]

On December 10, 2008, the Nuggets, for whom he had yet to play because of a surgery for sports hernia and then a groin strain, assigned Weems to their Development League affiliate the Colorado 14ers.[10][11]

Weems averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 10 games for the 14ers.[12][13] On December 14, Weems led the 14ers with 20 points, including 9-of-14 field goals, in a 129-108 home win over Reno Reno.[14] Other notable Weems performances include a team-leading 24 points in a thrilling 99-98 loss to Sioux Falls on December 17,[15] a 26-point effort in a 111-104 loss to the Tulsa 66ers on December 20,[16] 25 points in a 99-95 victory over the 66ers on December 23,[17] and 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 131-120 14ers win over Fort Wayne on December 30.[18] On January 6, 2009, Weems was recalled from the 14ers back to the Denver Nuggets.[12]

Denver Nuggets[edit]

Weems taking a jumpshot for the Raptors in a game against Miami, November 20, 2009

Weems scored 4 points in his NBA regular season debut with the Nuggets on January 17, 2009, when he substituted for Anthony Carter with 3:31 remaining in a 106-88 loss to Orlando.[19]

On July 31, 2009, he was traded along with Walter Sharpe and cash considerations to the Milwaukee Bucks for Malik Allen.[20]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On August 18, 2009, Weems was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Amir Johnson in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukić.[21]

Weems has the distinction of assisting a slam dunk competitor in back to back All Star Games: J.R. Smith in 2009 and DeMar DeRozan in 2010.

On April 7, 2010, Weems was placed in the starting lineup and scored a then career-high 21 points to lead the Raptors, but the Raptors lost the game to the Boston Celtics. His current career-high in points is 25 which he scored on November 17, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

European career[edit]

Žalgiris Kaunas[edit]

On July 8, 2011, Weems signed with BC Žalgiris Kaunas on a one-year contract.[22][23] His contract was terminated in March, 2012 after he suffered a season-ending injury.[24] Over 15 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 15.5 points and 5 rebounds per game.[25]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On July 30, 2012 he signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow.[26][27] In May 2014, Weems was named the All-Euroleague First Team of the Euroleague.[28] On July 4, 2014, Weems extended his contract with the club until 2017.[29]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Denver 12 0 4.6 .320 .000 .375 .3 .3 .1 .0 1.6
2009–10 Toronto 69 19 19.8 .515 .133 .688 2.8 1.5 .6 .4 7.5
2010–11 Toronto 59 28 23.9 .444 .279 .766 2.6 1.8 .6 .0 9.2
Career 140 47 20.3 .474 .241 .717 2.5 1.5 .5 .2 7.7

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12 Zalgiris 15 15 29.9 .474 .360 .686 5.0 1.3 .9 .2 15.5 12.7
2012–13 CSKA Moscow 28 27 28.8 .472 .385 .813 2.9 2.1 .8 .1 13.7 11.8
2013–14 CSKA Moscow 29 27 28.5 .442 .354 .754 3.5 3.7 .9 .2 12.2 12.4
Career 72 69 28.8 .461 .367 .760 3.6 2.6 .8 .2 13.5 12.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sonny Weems profile www.hogstats.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "#13 Sonny Weems." www.hogwired.com. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Sonny Weems." www.ESPN.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Indiana Hoosiers - Box Score -March 21, 2008." www.espn.com, March 21, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Weems Claims National Slam Dunk Championship". www.hogwired.com. 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  6. ^ Monter, Chris (2008-04-09). "Ten Pull out of Portsmouth Invitational". Scout.com. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  7. ^ Arkansas Democrat Gazette, June 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Nuggets acquire Weems from Bulls." www.gazette.com, June 26, 2008. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Draft Rights to Weems" at the Wayback Machine (archived February 4, 2009). Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  10. ^ Tomasson, Chris. "Nuggets assign Samb, Weems to 14ers." Rocky Mountain News, December 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "Nuggets assign Samb, Weems to 14ers." www.nba.com, December 10, 2008.
  12. ^ a b Willis, Paul."Nuggets Recall Weems." Rocky Mountain News, January 6, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  13. ^ "Sonny Weems D-League Stats." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  14. ^ "Weems Helps Carry 14ers Past Bighorns." www.nba.com, December 14, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Forbes Helps Skyforce Scale 14ers." www.nba.com, December 17, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "66ers Grab Home Win Over Colorado." www.nba.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  17. ^ "Nuggets Assignees Weems, Samb Lift 14ers Over 66ers." www.nba.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  18. ^ "Weems Paces 14ers Past Mad Ants." www.nba.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  19. ^ "Orlando Magic at Denver Nuggets Play-By-Play, January 17, 2009." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  20. ^ "Sonny Weems." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  21. ^ "Raptors Acquire Johnson And Weems From Milwaukee". NBA.com. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  22. ^ "ŽALGIRIS tabs high-flying Weems." www.euroleague.net, July 8, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "Raptors' Weems heading overseas, signs deal in Lithuania." NBA.com, July 8, 2011. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  24. ^ "Sonny Weems officially leaves Žalgiris." www.Eurobasket.com, April 4, 2012. Retrieved on April 4, 2012.
  25. ^ "WEEMS, SONNY". www.euroleague.net. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Sonny Weems signed with CSKA." www.cskabasket.com, July 30, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  27. ^ McIntyre, Andrew. "Where are They Now: Sonny Weems Edition." Raptors 101, October 18, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  28. ^ "2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  29. ^ "Sonny Weems stays in CSKA till 2017". cskabasket.com. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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