|No. 21 – Memphis Grizzlies|
February 28, 1980 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Dominguez (Compton, California)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Pro playing career||2002–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prince is a small forward, listed at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and 215 lb (98 kg). A graduate of Dominguez High School and the University of Kentucky, Prince was drafted in the first round (23rd overall) by the Pistons in the 2002 NBA Draft.
- 1 College career
- 2 NBA career
- 3 International career
- 4 Honors/achievements
- 5 NBA career statistics
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Prince played four seasons (1998 to 2002) for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 13.2 points and 5.7 rebounds as the Wildcats posted a 97–39 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each year. The furthest the Wildcats made in the tournament was the regional finals, losing to the Michigan State Spartans. Prince won SEC Player of the Year in his junior season (2000–2001) – also leading the SEC in free throw percentage (84.3%) – and was named to the Associated Press All-SEC Teams in both his junior and senior years. Kentucky won the SEC Tournament in 1999 and 2001, and Prince was awarded the 2001 tournament's Most Valuable Player award. He was a three-time team MVP with the Wildcats.
Notable individual performances included a 31 point, 11 rebound, four assist, four steal effort in a 79–59 victory over North Carolina. In scoring Kentucky's first fifteen points, Prince made five consecutive three-point shots. Kentucky shooting guard Keith Bogans compared Prince's performance to "the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan blistering Portland in the 1992 NBA Finals." In an 87–82 victory over Tulsa during the 2002 NCAA Tournament, Prince scored a career-high 41 points (along with nine rebounds, four assists and three blocks) to lead Kentucky to the Sweet 16. He graduated from Kentucky in 2002 with a degree in sociology.
In his rookie season under head coach Rick Carlisle, Prince was not a member of the team's playing rotation and appeared in just 42 of 82 regular-season games. However, in the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs, Detroit trailed the Orlando Magic three games to one, forcing Carlisle to experiment with a different rotation. Prince was inserted into the lineup and received heavy minutes. He then became the only player in NBA history to score more points in the playoffs than in the regular season (137 in the season, 141 in the playoffs).
The Pistons rallied to win the series, and Prince had a breakout performance during the decisive seventh game, scoring 20 points in 24 minutes. In the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers, Prince continued to see action and made several memorable plays, including a turnaround hook shot during the final seconds of Game 2, forcing an overtime period that the Pistons went on to win.
After the Pistons were swept by the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals, Carlisle was fired and former Sixers coach Larry Brown took over as head coach. Under Brown, Prince became the Pistons' starting small forward and increased his scoring average to 10.3 points per game, up from 3.3 as a rookie. In that 2003–04 season, Prince was also selected to play for the Sophomores (second-year players) in the NBA Rookie Challenge.
In Game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Prince made a memorable defensive play. In the final minute of the game, Pacer star shooting guard Reggie Miller took an outlet pass after an Indiana steal and sprinted up the right sideline for a seemingly uncontested basket that would have tied the score. Prince pursued from the left sideline. Miller, presumably thinking that Prince could not catch him, attempted a layup. At the last possible moment, Prince soared in from the other side of the basket and swatted the ball away; the ball landed in bounds and was scooped up by Pistons teammate Richard Hamilton, effectively ending the game. The Pistons went on to win the series and, eventually, the NBA championship. When the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one in the NBA Finals, Prince's tough defense on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was credited as a key factor in the Pistons' victory, holding Bryant to only 11 points in an 88–68 win in Game 3 of the 2004 NBA Finals.
Prince continued to show improvement in the 2004–05 season, setting career highs in scoring (14.7 points per game), rebounding (5.3 per game), assists (3.0) and blocks (0.9). He was selected for the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team and was a candidate for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, where he came in third behind winner Bobby Simmons of the Los Angeles Clippers and Primož Brezec of the Charlotte Bobcats. Although he and the Pistons made it back to the NBA Finals in 2005, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games.
Prince's play was rewarded by the Pistons with a five-year contract extension worth $49 million on October 31, 2005.
In the 2005–06 season, Prince played in all 82 regular season games, averaging 14.1 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. In the playoffs, the Pistons were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the 2006–07 season, Prince returned similar statistics to his 2004–05 campaign: 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. In the playoffs the Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
In the 2007–08 season, Prince played and started in all 82 regular season games, averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. In the playoffs, Prince averaged 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, but the Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Celtics in game six.
Prince started the season off strong while averaging nearly 16 points and seven rebounds a game. As the season started to progress Prince's production started to slump and by the end of the season he averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Although his points per game average dropped, he averaged a career high in rebounds per game. Prince's effort helped push the Pistons to the playoffs as they gained the 8th seed with 39 wins. Although the Pistons made the playoffs, they were seeded against the top seed Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers swept the Pistons in four games, and Prince's production from the season dropped drastically, as he averaged only 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.
On January 30, 2013, Prince and Austin Daye were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three way trade which sent Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors and Jose Calderon to the Pistons. The Grizzlies also received Ed Davis. Prince wore #21 for the Grizzlies, the number he wore during his college years in Kentucky.
On August 20, 2007, Prince was selected to be a part of Team USA that competed at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying tournament for the Beijing Olympics. With his defensive poise, he contributed in the USA's unbeaten record at the tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada and earn a spot at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
On June 23, 2008, Prince was selected for the Olympic squad along with eleven others in the hope of fulfilling the ambition of winning their first gold medal since the 2000 Summer Olympics. Team USA went on to do exactly that, going unbeaten in the tournament with Prince coming off the bench and defeating 2006 World Champion Spain in the final, living up to their "Redeem Team" moniker.
|Competitor for United States|
|Gold||2008 Beijing||Team competition|
|FIBA Americas Championship|
|Gold||2007 Las Vegas||Team competition|
- 2004 NBA Champion
- 2004–05 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 2005–06 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 2006–07 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- 2007–08 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- Gold Medal with Team USA, 2007 Tournament of Americas Olympic Qualifiers
- Gold Medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympics
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|
- Tayshaun Prince Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards, Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
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- "SEC coaches tab Kentucky guard player of year". CNN.
- Scout.com: Prince reigns as Cats crush Carolina
- Scout.com: Prince reigns as Kentucky tops Tulsa
- "Tayshaun Prince bio". NBA. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
- Tayshaun Prince Info Page - Bio, NBA.com. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
- Tony Mejia, "Prince the Pistons' All-Star non-All-Star", CBS sports, 15 February 2006.
- Tayshaun Prince Info Page - Career Stats and Totals, NBA.com. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
- NBA.com : Tayshaun Prince Info Page
- NBA.com : Tayshaun Prince Bio Page
- NBA.com - 2009-2010 Conference Regular Season Standings
- NBA.com: PLAYOFFS 2009
- NBA.com : Tayshaun Prince Info Page
- "Grizzlies acquire Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, Ed Davis and 2013 second round draft pick in three-team deal". NBA.com. January 30, 2013.
- USA Men's Team Announced For FIBA Americas Championship
- USA Basketball Announces 12-Member 2008 Men's Senior National Team
- US hoops back on top, beats Spain for gold medal
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Tayshaun Prince Kentucky bio