Stephen Graham (basketball)

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Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham Nets.jpg
Graham in January 2011.
Free agent
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 32)
Wilmington, Delaware
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Brandon (Brandon, Florida)
College Central Florida (2000–2002)
Oklahoma State (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
2005 Houston Rockets
2006 Chicago Bulls
2006 Cleveland Cavaliers
2006–2007 Portland Trail Blazers
20072009 Indiana Pacers
2009–2010 Charlotte Bobcats
2010–2011 New Jersey Nets
2012 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2013 Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Stats at NBA.com

Stephen Graham (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player. Graham's twin brother, Joey, was his college teammate and has also played in the NBA.

High school and college career[edit]

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Graham played competitively at Florida's Brandon High School, and was team captain his senior year in which he averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game; in that year, he and his brother Joey led Brandon to the state finals. Graham was named to Hillsborough County's All-Conference team his junior year and to the All-State team his senior season. He played in the AAU's Junior Olympics National Game and was named an All-American. He was a member of both Tampa's championship AAU Sunshine State Games' team, and Nike's traveling Florida team. He was recruited by South Florida, Richmond, Florida State and Florida.[1]

Graham spent his freshman and sophomore college basketball seasons (2000–01; 2001–02) with the University of Central Florida Knights, then transferred to Oklahoma State University for his junior year (2002–03) in which he redshirted.[1] In his first season with the Cowboys in 2003–04, he only twice scored 12 points, his season-high.[2] He averaged a mere 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game overall,[3] but he was named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for his academic achievements.[1] A highlight in his senior season in 2004–05 was leading the Cowboys with 22 points in a 78-75 home loss to Gonzaga on December 28, 2004.[4] For his second and final season for Oklahoma State, he averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After playing through his senior year with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Graham declared for the NBA Draft in 2005. However, he was not selected. He played for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League, and then for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2005 preseason, but was not offered a longer contract by either team. He then joined the CBA, a minor league, signing with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Graham was signed by the NBA's Houston Rockets on December 10, 2005, but was cut on December 29 after playing in six games.[5]

After returning to the Skyforce in the interim, he signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls on January 17, 2006.[6] He played his first game in a Bulls uniform three days later against the Rockets. However, Graham saw limited playing time with the Bulls and his contract was not extended when it expired.

On February 6, Graham was signed to a 10-day contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] On February 20, he was signed to a second 10-day contract,[8] then for the rest of the season.[9]

He spent the first two months of the 2006–07 NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but was waived on January 2, 2007, playing with an old acquaintance, the Skyforce in South Dakota, who were now a part of the D-League.

In July 2007, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[10]

He signed with the Charlotte Bobcats in September 2009.[11]

On September 15, 2010, Graham signed with the New Jersey Nets.[12] The Nets waived Graham on December 22, 2011, following the lockout.[13]

On September 30, 2013, Graham signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[14] However, he was waived on October 26.[15]

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 Houston 6 0 6.3 .375 .200 1.000 1.2 .5 .3 .0 2.8
2005–06 Chicago 3 0 6.7 .200 .250 1.000 1.0 .3 .0 .0 1.7
2005–06 Cleveland 13 0 9.0 .424 .000 .889 1.3 .2 .2 .2 2.8
2006–07 Portland 14 1 11.8 .425 .273 .889 1.5 .4 .3 .1 3.2
2007–08 Indiana 22 0 5.8 .586 .500 .750 1.0 .4 .2 .0 4.0
2008–09 Indiana 52 6 13.2 .414 .303 .806 1.8 .6 .2 .1 5.4
2009–10 Charlotte 70 8 11.5 .496 .320 .646 1.9 .3 .3 .1 4.2
2010–11 New Jersey 59 28 16.3 .405 .238 .816 2.1 .7 .2 .0 3.4
Career 239 43 12.2 .446 .308 .766 1.8 .5 .2 .1 4.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Charlotte 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .5 .5 .0 .0
Career 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .5 .5 .0 .0

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