D. J. Strawberry

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D. J. Strawberry
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1985-06-15) June 15, 1985 (age 30)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
College Maryland (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Phoenix Suns
2007–2008 Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2008–2009 Fortitudo Bologna
2010–2011 Reno Bighorns
2011 Lietuvos rytas
2011–2012 Hapoel Jerusalem
2012–2013 Cibona Zagreb
2013 Capitanes de Arecibo
2013 Cibona Zagreb
2013–2014 Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2014 Piratas de Quebradillas
2014–2015 Pınar Karşıyaka
2015–present Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Darryl Eugene "D. J." Strawberry, Jr. (born June 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry.

High school career[edit]

A graduate of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Strawberry built a reputation for hard-nosed defense. During his senior year, he was involved in a nationally-televised matchup against St. Vincent - St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio, where he was assigned the task of defending their star player and future NBA superstar LeBron James. Strawberry was lauded for his efforts, which included holding James to a 33% shooting performance (0-for-8 from beyond the three-point line) and forcing him into seven turnovers.

Considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Strawberry was listed as the No. 15 shooting guard and the No. 84 player in the nation in 2003.[1]

College career[edit]

Strawberry assumed the role of a swingman for the Maryland Terrapins, and he was much valued for his on-the-ball defense. He averaged nearly 2 steals per game, leading his team in that category. He was also valued for his off-the-bench intensity; it is felt that Maryland's absence from the 2005 NCAA Tournament was due in no small part to a season-ending ACL injury Strawberry suffered in mid-January of that year.

While he was primarily a swingman, a lack of depth pressed Strawberry into the role of point guard during his junior year. He had various degrees of success in this new role, leading the team in both assists (4.0) and turnovers per game (2.9).

Strawberry received Honorable Mention All-ACC Freshman honors. During his junior year, he received Honorable Mention All-ACC Defensive Team honors, becoming the eighth player in Maryland history to lead the team in both steals and assists. In his senior season, Strawberry was voted to second team All-ACC.

Professional career[edit]

Strawberry was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 59th selection in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was signed on August 28, 2007 to a two-year contract.[2]

NBA D-League (2007–2008)[edit]

On December 18, 2007, it was announced he was assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League.[3] He was named Performer of the Week for the week ending January 6. Strawberry was recalled to the Suns in place of another rookie, Alando Tucker, on January 10, 2008.[4]

2008–2009 season[edit]

On August 25, 2008, he was traded to the Houston Rockets for Sean Singletary,[5] but was waived on October 24. At the end of that month, he joined Italian club Fortitudo Bologna.[6]

In April, 2009, he suffered a meniscus injury to his left knee, ending his season in Italy. He then returned to the United States for surgery, and in July, 2009 he began a 6-month program in Los Angeles.


In January 2010, Strawberry joined the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[7]

Strawberry was included in the Los Angeles Lakers 2010 Summer League roster.[8]

On September 17, 2010, he was signed by the New Orleans Hornets to a non-guaranteed one-year deal.[9] He was waived on October 20. Afterwards, Strawberry re-signed with the Reno Bighorns.[10]

In January 2011 he signed with BC Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania until the end of the 2010-11 season.[11]

Strawberry then joined Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem.[12]

On September 20, 2012, Strawberry signed with Cibona Zagreb.[13]

On June 22, 2013, Strawberry signed with the Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico.[14]

On July 12, 2013, he re-signed with Cibona.[15] He was released on December 25, 2013, due to financial problems of the club.[16] Two days later, he signed with Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez of France for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[17]

On June 27, 2014, he signed with Piratas de Quebradillas of Puerto Rico.[18]

On July 2, 2014, he signed a contract with Pınar Karşıyaka of the Turkish Basketball League.[19]

On July 2, 2015, he signed a two-year contract with the Greek club Olympiacos.[20]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2007–08 Phoenix 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 .8 .9 .4 .2 2.2
Career 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 .8 .9 .4 .1 2.2


2007–08 Phoenix 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0


  1. ^ D. J. Strawberry Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ Suns sign D.J. Strawberry
  3. ^ Phoenix recalls D-League performer of the week Tucker
  4. ^ Tucker heads to D-League, Strawberry is recalled
  5. ^ Suns trade Strawberry to Rockets for rookie guard Singletary
  6. ^ Fortitudo Bologna lands D.J. Strawberry
  7. ^ Reno Bighorns announce they have acquired two new players
  8. ^ Lakers 2010 Summer League Schedule and Roster | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
  9. ^ New Orleans Hornets add two players before training camp | NOLA.com
  10. ^ "Bighorns Re-Sign D.J. Strawberry". KOLOTV.com. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  11. ^ L. RYTAS tops backcourt with Strawberry
  12. ^ Hapoel strengthen their roster with Strawberry
  13. ^ "Cibona officially pens a deal with DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Capitanes de Arecibo sign DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Cibona keep DJ Strawberry". Sportando.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cibona otpustila američki dvojac" (in Croatian). Crosarka.com. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Pau-Orthez announced DJ Strawberry". Sportando.net. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "DJ Strawberry signs with Piratas de Quebradillas". Sportando.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Pinar Karsiyaka lands DJ Strwarberry". Sportando.com. July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Olympiacos adds Strawberry flavor to roster". Euroleague.net. July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 

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