Alex Poythress

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Alex Poythress
Alex-Poythress-2013.jpg
Poythress in Kentucky's 2013 Blue-White scrimmage
No. 22 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-09-06) September 6, 1993 (age 25)
Savannah, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolNortheast (Clarksville, Tennessee)
CollegeKentucky (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2017Philadelphia 76ers
2017–2018Indiana Pacers
2017→Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2018–presentAtlanta Hawks
2018–presentErie BayHawks
Career highlights and awards

Alex Poythress (born September 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for University of Kentucky.

High school career[edit]

Poythress was rated as the number 17 player in the class of 2012 in the ESPNU 100,[1] the number 10 player by Scout.com,[2] and the number 8 player by Rivals.com.[3]

Poythress chose Kentucky over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, and Vanderbilt, among others.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alex Poythress
PF
Clarksville, TN Northeast HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nov 10, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97

College career[edit]

On December 12, 2014, Poythress was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice the previous day.[4][5]

Poythress returned to Kentucky for his senior season,[6] and averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Professional career[edit]

Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2016–2017)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Poythress joined the Orlando Magic for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On August 29, 2016, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[7] He was waived by the Pacers on October 17, 2016 after appearing in two preseason games.[8] On October 31, 2016, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pacers.[9]

Philadelphia 76ers (2017)[edit]

On April 2, 2017, Poythress signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to help the team deal with numerous injuries. Philadelphia had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 16, one over the allowed limited of 15.[10] He made his NBA debut that night, scoring 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench in a 113–105 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[11] On April 11, 2017, he signed with the 76ers for the remainder of the season.[12]

Indiana Pacers (2017–2018)[edit]

On August 22, 2017, Poythress signed a two-way contract by the Indiana Pacers. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Pacers and their G-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, with him projected to return to Fort Wayne once again for the majority of the season.[13] However, on December 28, 2017, Poythress' contract would be converted into a full, regular season contract despite him playing in only 11 games with the Pacers by that point.[14] On July 6, 2018, he was waived by the Pacers.[15]

Atlanta Hawks (2018–present)[edit]

On August 20, 2018, Poythress signed a two-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks.[16]

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
2016–17 Philadelphia 6 1 26.2 .463 .316 .800 4.8 .8 .2 .5 10.7
2017–18 Indiana 25 0 4.2 .423 .364 .000 .7 .1 .1 .0 1.0
Career 31 1 8.4 .450 .333 .800 1.5 .2 .2 .1 2.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings - ESPNU 100". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "Scout.com College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Scouthoops.scout.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Rivals150 2012 Prospect Rankings". Rivalshoops.rivals.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Kentucky forward Alex Poythress tears ACL, out for season". SI.com. December 12, 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Calipari, John (December 12, 2014). "Heartbroken for Alex". CoachCal.com. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  6. ^ Story, Mark (October 19, 2015). "Mark Story: If you are old school, you should root hard for Alex Poythress this winter". Kentucky.com. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress and Julyan Stone". NBA.com. August 29, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Pacers Waive Alex Poythress and Nick Zeisloft". NBA.com. October 17, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  9. ^ Needham, Vinessa (October 31, 2016). "Mad Ants Finalize Training Camp Roster Following 2016 Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "Sixers Sign Alex Poythress". NBA.com. April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "Raptors register ninth straight home win over 76ers, 113-105". ESPN.com. April 2, 2017. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Sixers Sign Poythress". NBA.com. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  13. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress". Indiana Pacers. August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "Pacers Sign Alex Poythress". NBA.com. December 28, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "Pacers Waive Alex Poythress". hoopsrumors.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Sign Daniel Hamilton and Alex Poythress". NBA.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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