Gary Neal

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Gary Neal
Gary Neal Drew-Goodman.jpg
Neal in 2011
No. 11 – Reno Bighorns
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1984-10-03) October 3, 1984 (age 32)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Pınar Karşıyaka
2008 FC Barcelona
20082010 Benetton Basket
2010 Unicaja Málaga
20102013 San Antonio Spurs
2013–2014 Milwaukee Bucks
20142015 Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets
2015 Minnesota Timberwolves
2015–2016 Washington Wizards
2016–2017 Westchester Knicks
2017 Texas Legends
2017 Atlanta Hawks
2017–present Reno Bighorns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gary Neal (born October 3, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. Neal attended Aberdeen High School and Calvert Hall College High School in Maryland before playing college basketball at La Salle University and Towson University. He began his professional career abroad with teams in Turkey, Spain and Italy before signing with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010. At 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and weighing 210 lb (95 kg), Neal is considered a combo guard.

High school career[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Neal attended Aberdeen High School for three years. At Aberdeen, he was teammates with future George Mason standout, forward-center Jai Lewis. As a junior, Neal led Aberdeen to a 21–4 record and won their state championship, while averaging a triple double per game. For his senior year, he enrolled at Calvert Hall College High School, to play in the Baltimore Catholic League. He played alongside Jack McClinton, who was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2009 NBA Draft.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Neal was the Atlantic Ten Rookie of the Year. He led the La Salle Explorers in scoring with an 18.6 average during his two seasons for the Explorers.[1] Before the 2004–05 season, Neal was dismissed from the team due to a rape allegation by a University of New Haven women's basketball player who was working at La Salle camp.[2] Neal was later acquitted after prosecutors failed to convince a jury that the woman was too drunk to consent to sex.[1]

Neal sat out the 2004–05 season to transfer to Towson University.[1] He initially joined Towson with no athletic aspirations, but was given a walk-on spot on their basketball team in 2005–06 conditional on the result of his rape case. Neal was activated as soon as he was acquitted, and received a scholarship for his senior year in 2006–07. That year, he returned to high scoring numbers averaging 25.3 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and he led the Tigers to the 2nd round of the 2007 CAA conference tournament, before losing to Old Dominion University. He became the fourth basketball player in NCAA history to score at least 1,000 points with two different schools.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pinar Karsiyaka (2007–2008)[edit]

Neal was eligible in the 2007 NBA draft in June and was projected to be on the bubble to get drafted. Neal went undrafted. When playing for Pınar Karşıyaka, Neal led the Turkish Basketball Super League in scoring, averaging 23.6 points per game.[4]

FC Barcelona (2008)[edit]

Eventually, FC Barcelona bought out Neal's Pınar Karşıyaka contract. Neal was signed by FC Barcelona in January 2008. In Barcelona he averaged 2.3 points per game[5] in the Euroleague and 3.3 points per game[4] in the ACB with Barcelona during the 2007–08 season.

In June 2008, Neal was signed by the Italian Serie A outfit Benetton Treviso. With Benetton, he was named to the EuroCup Basketball (the league below the EuroLeague level) All-EuroCup Second Team during the 2008–09 season.[6]

Neal then joined the Spanish club Unicaja Málaga,[7] where he finished the 2009–10 season, averaging 12.6 points per game in Spanish League play.[8]

San Antonio Spurs (2010–2013)[edit]

Neal in 2010

On July 22, 2010, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA signed Neal to a three-year deal.[9] In the 2010–11 NBA season, Neal played 80 games and started one and scored 45.1% of his field goal attempts, 41.9% of three-pointers, and 80.8% of free throws; he also averaged 9.8 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game.[10] On April 27, 2011, during game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs and the Spurs trailing the Memphis Grizzlies 97–94 and the series 3 games to one, Neal hit a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.[11] The Spurs beat the Grizzlies 110–103 in overtime and forced a sixth game in the series.[12] However, the Spurs lost Game 6 to the Grizzlies 99–91 and were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.[13] In 22 minutes that game, Neal scored 8 points and made 5 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.[14]

On January 2, 2012, the Spurs assigned Neal to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League as he recovered from an appendectomy.[15] However, he was recalled on the next day without playing any games for the Toros.[16]

On December 10, 2012, Neal scored an NBA career-high 29 points to go along with his career-high 7 3-pointers made in a win against the Houston Rockets in overtime.[17]

On June 11, 2013, in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA finals, Neal scored a career playoff high of 24 points on 9 of 17 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-pointers to help lead the Spurs to a blowout 113–77 victory over the Miami Heat.[18] However, the Spurs lost the series in seven games.

Milwaukee Bucks (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 30, 2013, Neal signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[19]

Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (2014–2015)[edit]

Neal with the Hornets in 2014

On February 20, 2014, Neal and Luke Ridnour were traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions.[20] In April 2014, Charlotte changed their name to the Hornets. On December 12, 2014, he had his best game since the 2012–13 season with the Spurs when he scored 25 points in the Hornets' 107-113 double overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[21]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2015)[edit]

On February 10, 2015, Neal was traded, along with Miami's 2019 second-round draft pick, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Mo Williams, Troy Daniels and cash considerations.[22]

Washington Wizards (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Neal signed with the Washington Wizards.[23] During the 2015–16 season, he missed 23 games due to injury, forcing the Wizards to waive him on March 9, 2016.[24]

Westchester Knicks (2016–2017)[edit]

On December 16, 2016, Neal was acquired by the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.[25] Ten days later, he made his debut with Westchester in a 118–114 loss to the Long Island Nets, recording four points, one rebound and one steal in 13 minutes off the bench.[26]

Texas Legends (2017)[edit]

On January 2, 2017, Neal was traded to the Texas Legends in exchange for a third-round pick.[27] Four days later, he made his debut for the Legends in a 148–122 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, recording 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench.[28]

Atlanta Hawks (2017)[edit]

On January 18, 2017, Neal signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[29] On January 28, 2017, after his 10-day contract expired, he parted ways with the Hawks and re-joined the Legends.[30]

Reno Bighorns (2017–present)[edit]

On January 30, 2017, Neal was traded to the Reno Bighorns in exchange for a 2017 fourth round draft pick.[31]

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
2010–11 San Antonio 80 1 21.1 .451 .419 .808 2.5 1.2 .3 .1 9.8
2011–12 San Antonio 56 7 21.5 .436 .419 .781 2.1 2.1 .5 .0 9.9
2012–13 San Antonio 68 17 21.8 .412 .355 .865 2.1 1.9 .4 .0 9.5
2013–14 Milwaukee 30 2 20.2 .390 .360 .833 1.7 1.5 .2 .0 10.0
2013–14 Charlotte 22 1 23.0 .438 .406 .961 1.8 1.7 .5 .0 11.2
2014–15 Charlotte 43 0 21.7 .359 .293 .863 2.2 1.9 .4 .0 9.6
2014–15 Minnesota 11 1 23.8 .429 .355 .879 3.2 1.8 .6 .0 11.8
2015–16 Washington 40 2 20.2 .465 .410 .855 2.1 1.2 .5 .0 9.8
2016–17 Atlanta 2 0 9.0 .000 .000 1.000 .5 .5 .0 .0 2.0
Career 352 31 21.3 .422 .382 .850 2.2 1.6 .4 .0 9.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 San Antonio 6 0 18.5 .370 .263 1.000 3.0 .8 .2 .2 7.7
2012 San Antonio 14 0 15.5 .476 .444 .846 1.3 1.4 .1 .0 7.5
2013 San Antonio 21 0 18.6 .385 .348 1.000 2.1 .7 .1 .0 6.8
2014 Charlotte 4 0 26.0 .353 .222 .714 2.0 1.0 .0 .0 11.3
Career 41 0 17.5 .411 .364 .944 2.0 1.0 .1 .0 7.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lambrecht, Gary (November 26, 2005). "Neal expected to join Towson". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Katz, Andy (August 23, 2004). "Maine coach to replace Hahn". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ Outside the Lines, ESPN, February 20, 2011
  4. ^ a b "NEAL, GARY". EuroLeague.net. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NEAL, GARY - 2007–2008 Stats". EuroLeague.net. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2008-09 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced". EurocupBasketball.com. March 27, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "El Unicaja contrata al escolta Gary Neal hasta final de temporada". Marca.com (in Spanish). April 6, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Historial estadístico Neal, Gary". ACB.com (in Spanish). Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Spurs Sign Gary Neal". NBA.com. July 22, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Gary Neal career stats". NBA.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ NBA (April 27, 2011). "Gary Neal Forces OT at the Buzzer". YouTube.com. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gary Neal's buzzer-beating 3-pointer gives Spurs chance to win in OT". ESPN.com. April 28, 2011. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Grizzlies hold on, win series 4–2 to stun top-seeded Spurs". ESPN.com. April 29, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Box Score: Grizzlies 99, Spurs 91". ESPN.com. April 29, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Spurs Assign Guard Gary Neal to NBA D-League Affiliate Austin Toros". NBA.com. January 2, 2012. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Spurs Recall Gary Neal from Austin Toros". NBA.com. January 3, 2012. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Rieken, Kristie (December 11, 2012). "Neal, Parker lead Spurs over Rockets in OT 134-126". NBA.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ Mahoney, Brian (June 12, 2013). "Spurs rout Heat 113-77 in Game 3 of NBA Finals". NBA.com. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bucks Sign Free Agent Guard Gary Neal". NBA.com. July 30, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Bobcats Acquire Neal, Ridnour from Bucks in Exchange for Sessions, Adrien". NBA.com. February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  21. ^ Stuckenborg, Phil (December 13, 2014). "Grizzlies outlast Hornets 113-107 in 2 OTs". NBA.com. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ "MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES ACQUIRE GARY NEAL AND SECOND-ROUND DRAFT PICK FROM CHARLOTTE". NBA.com. February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ "WIZARDS SIGN Gary Neal". MonumentalNetwork.com. July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  24. ^ "WIZARDS SIGN MARCUS THORNTON". MonumentalNetwork.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2016. 
  25. ^ Hatch, Katie (December 16, 2016). "WESTCHESTER KNICKS ACQUIRE GARY NEAL". NBA.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Long Island Defeats Westchester At Home". NBA.com. December 26, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Legends Acquire Gary Neal". NBA.com. January 2, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Skyforce Ride Big First Half to Rout Legends". NBA.com. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Sign Gary Neal To 10-Day Contact". NBA.com. January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  30. ^ "NBA D-League Transactions". NBA.com. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  31. ^ "BIGHORNS COMPLETE TRADE FOR SIX-YEAR NBA VETERAN". NBA.com. January 30, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 

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