Gray with the Raptors in 2013
December 7, 1984 |
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Emmaus (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2010–2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|2016–present||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Aaron Michael Gray (born December 7, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player who played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A heart condition forced him into early retirement in July of 2016. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.
High school career
Gray played high school basketball at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania's highly competitive Lehigh Valley Conference. Gray did not start playing for the varsity team until the middle of his sophomore season.
While at Emmaus, Gray was recruited by, and committed to attend, the University of Pittsburgh. He chose Pitt over Penn State and Rutgers, which also aggressively recruited him. In Gray's senior season, he won the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year.
While at Pitt, Gray was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, after helping lead the University of Pittsburgh to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in March 2007.
Professional playing career
At the NBA's 2007 pre-draft camp, Gray was the only player whose height measured at least seven feet without shoes. He was selected with the 49th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA draft.
Gray made his NBA debut with the Bulls on November 2, 2007 against the Philadelphia 76ers. On April 16, 2008 against the Toronto Raptors, he recorded 19 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists in 35 minutes of play. In the 2007–08 season, Gray scored 262 points and recorded 168 rebounds for the Bulls.
New Orleans Hornets
On July 15, 2010, the Hornets re-signed Gray.
On July 27, 2012, Gray was re-signed by the Raptors.
On August 18, 2014, Gray signed with the Detroit Pistons. On September 29, 2014, the Pistons announced Gray would miss training camp while rehabbing from a cardiac episode suffered following a voluntary workout in late August. On October 26, 2014, he was waived by the Pistons.
On June 19, 2015, Gray decided to retire after a blood clot was discovered in his leg had spread to his heart, resulting in a severe heart attack, which prematurely ended his playing career.  subsequently joining Stan Van Gundy's staff at the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach to work with the team's big men.
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|
- Bulls beat Raptors as Toronto barely uses starters
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE AARON GRAY FROM BULLS". NBA.com. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Hornets re-sign Aaron Gray
- "Raptors sign center Aaron Gray". InsideHoops.com. December 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- "Raptors Sign Free-Agent Centre Aaron Gray". NBA.com. December 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- Raptors re-sign Gray, ink free-agent guard Lucas III
- Notebook: Warriors 114, Raptors 102
- "Kings Acquire Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from Toronto". NBA.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- Pistons Sign Free Agent Forward Cartier Martin and Center Aaron Gray
- Detroit Pistons Center Aaron Gray Out Indefinitely
- Pistons waive center Aaron Gray
- Ellis, Vince (June 19, 2015). "Aaron Gray stays upbeat after blood clot forces retirement". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 19, 2015.