Antonio McDyess

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Antonio McDyess
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McDyess with the Spurs in 2011
Personal information
Born (1974-09-07) September 7, 1974 (age 42)
Quitman, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Quitman (Quitman, Mississippi)
College Alabama (1993–1995)
NBA draft 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career 1995–2011
Position Power forward / Center
Number 24, 34, 14
Career history
19951997 Denver Nuggets
1997–1998 Phoenix Suns
19992002 Denver Nuggets
2002-2004 New York Knicks
2004 Phoenix Suns
20042009 Detroit Pistons
20092011 San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" (2.06 m) and 245 lbs. (111 kg), McDyess played as a power forward.

Early life[edit]

McDyess was born in Quitman, Mississippi and attended the University of Alabama.[1]

Playing career[edit]

As a prep, McDyess was one of the top 30 players nationally, and made the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. McDyess played college basketball at the University of Alabama. As a sophomore, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring (13.6) and rebounding (10.0), and was considered the SEC's best big man.[2] He decided to forgo his final two years of college to enter the 1995 NBA draft.[3]

McDyess was selected with the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers,[1] and was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the season began, along with Randy Woods, for fellow power forward Rodney Rogers and a mid—first round pick that turned out to be Brent Barry.[4] McDyess's explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons. In 1997, before his third year, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns.[5] He helped the Suns to a 56–26 record during his lone season in Phoenix.

He became a free agent prior to the lockout—shortened 1998—99 season, and returned to the Nuggets. The move was controversial however, because after he had verbally agreed to return to Denver, he reconsidered an offer to return to Phoenix. According to Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd, Rex Chapman, and George McCloud flew through a blizzard to Denver in hopes of convincing him to re—sign with the Suns. McDyess was attending a Colorado Avalanche game with Nuggets President and General Manager Dan Issel, and Issel told security to not let the three Suns players into the building. Without any further consultation, he re—signed with the Nuggets.

Considered an up and comer, he was selected to be a part of the gold—winning U.S. Olympic men's basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000—01, McDyess was named an All—Star and became just the third Nugget to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season, after Dan Issel in 1977–78 and George McGinnis in 1978–79. Early in the 2001–2002 season McDyess suffered a serious knee injury, a Patellar tendon rupture, that required season—ending surgery. McDyess struggled to play through the injury, re—aggravating it several times and going through additional surgeries over the next few seasons. He was sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the 2001–2002 season as well as the entire 2002–2003 NBA season.

McDyess was traded to the Knicks on June 26, 2002[6] in exchange for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Nenê, the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. McDyess began the 2002–2003 season as a highly anticipated addition to the New York Knicks. But on October 8, 2002, with 1 minute 55 seconds left in an exhibition game against Phoenix, McDyess reinjured the knee while dunking a rebound.[7] He would undergo another surgery four days later. In the 2003–2004 season, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns after just 18 games with the Knicks in an eight—player deal that brought Stephon Marbury to New York.[8] He remained healthy while in Phoenix for the remainder of the 2003–04 season. That offseason, his knee was declared healthy and the Detroit Pistons signed him for the full mid—level exception.

As a member of the Pistons, McDyess was successful in reinventing his game. In his first season with the Pistons, averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per 23.3 minutes. He relied mostly on mid—range and turn—around jumpers, but remained an efficient scorer, with a 51.3% FG% (ranked 13th in the NBA), helping the Pistons to an Eastern Conference Championship, though they lost to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. He was a dependable sixth man for Detroit, playing in all 82 games in each of the next two seasons. In 2007–08, following the departure of Chris Webber, McDyess became the Pistons' starting power forward.

On November 3, 2008, McDyess was traded to the Denver Nuggets, along with Chauncey Billups and Cheikh Samb, for Allen Iverson.[9] His inclusion in the trade was for salary cap purposes only, and the Nuggets bought out his contract.[10] He waited the league—mandated 30—day period before he could rejoin Detroit, then re—signed with the Pistons on December 9.[11]

The San Antonio Spurs reached an agreement with McDyess on July 8, 2009 to a three—year deal worth the mid—level exception.

On December 19, 2011, McDyess announced his retirement from the NBA.[12]

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
1995–96 Denver 76 75 30.0 .485 .000 .683 7.5 1.0 .7 1.5 13.4
1996–97 Denver 74 73 34.7 .463 .171 .708 7.3 1.4 .8 1.7 18.3
1997–98 Phoenix 81 81 30.1 .536 .000 .702 7.6 1.3 1.2 1.7 15.1
1998–99 Denver 50 50 38.7 .471 .111 .680 10.7 1.6 1.5 2.3 21.2
1999–00 Denver 81 81 33.3 .507 .000 .626 8.5 2.0 .9 1.7 19.1
2000–01 Denver 70 70 36.5 .495 .000 .700 12.1 2.1 .6 1.5 20.8
2001–02 Denver 10 10 23.6 .573 .000 .818 5.5 1.8 1.0 .8 11.3
2002–03 New York 0 0 0 0 .000 000 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 New York 18 6 23.4 .458 .000 .579 6.6 1.1 .7 .6 8.4
2003–04 Phoenix 24 14 21.1 .484 .000 .516 5.8 .7 1.0 .5 5.8
2004–05 Detroit 77 8 23.3 .513 .000 .656 6.3 .9 .6 .7 9.6
2005–06 Detroit 82 0 21.1 .509 .000 .557 5.3 1.1 .6 .6 7.8
2006–07 Detroit 82 3 21.1 .526 .000 .691 6.0 .9 .7 .8 8.1
2007–08 Detroit 78 78 29.3 .488 .000 .622 8.5 1.1 .8 .7 8.8
2008–09 Detroit 62 30 30.1 .510 .000 .698 9.8 1.3 .7 .8 9.6
2009–10 San Antonio 77 50 21.0 .479 .000 .632 5.9 1.1 .6 .4 5.8
2010–11 San Antonio 73 16 19.0 .491 .000 .675 5.4 1.2 .5 .5 5.3
Career 1015 645 27.6 .497 .117 .670 7.5 1.3 .8 1.1 12.0
All-Star 1 0 15.0 .444 .000 .000 8.0 2.0 1.0 .0 8.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998 Phoenix 4 4 36.8 .477 .000 .643 13.3 1.0 .5 1.5 17.8
2005 Detroit 25 0 19.8 .486 .000 .694 5.9 .8 .6 .9 8.0
2006 Detroit 18 0 20.6 .559 .000 .548 6.1 .6 .4 .7 7.6
2007 Detroit 16 0 22.1 .349 .000 .731 7.1 1.1 .7 .9 5.8
2008 Detroit 17 11 27.5 .538 .000 .821 7.4 .9 .6 .5 8.9
2009 Detroit 4 4 34.0 .523 .000 1.000 8.5 .5 .5 .8 13.0
2010 San Antonio 10 10 24.7 .532 .000 1.000 6.8 1.2 .2 .7 6.8
2011 San Antonio 6 6 24.2 .417 .000 .571 5.0 1.3 .3 .8 5.7
Career 100 35 23.6 .487 .000 .689 6.8 .9 .5 .8 8.1

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