Jeff Ayres (then Jeff Pendergraph) in 2008 with the Arizona State Sun Devils
|Position||Power forward / Center|
April 29, 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
(Rancho Cucamonga, California)
|College||Arizona State (2005–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|2009–2010||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2013–2015||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jeffrey Curtis "Jeff" Ayres (born Jeffrey Curtis Orcutt on April 29, 1987), formerly known as Jeff Pendergraph, is an American professional basketball player who last played for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga and played college basketball for Arizona State University.
In his sophomore season at ASU (2006–07), Pendergraph grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds in a 52–36 victory over Colgate on December 19, 2006. On January 2, 2009, as a senior (2008–09), he scored a career-high 31 points, along with a game-high 11 rebounds, in a 90–60 win over Stanford. Twenty-one of those points were tallied in the first half.
He signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers on September 8, 2009. His first game in the NBA came with the Blazers on December 22, 2009, against the Dallas Mavericks, in which he scored only two (2) points in 4 minutes of playing time.
Pendergraph scored a career-high 23 points on the last regular season game of the 2009–10 NBA season on April 14, 2010, against the Golden State Warriors. He was waived by the Trail Blazers prior to the start of the 2011 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury during a pre-season game against the Utah Jazz.
He was signed by the Indiana Pacers for the 2011–12 season. Before the start of the season he was sidelined with a mild sprain in his knee, suffered when he injured it during a December 10, 2011 practice. Pendergraph got his first start for the Indiana Pacers on April 23, 2012. In 18 minutes of play he scored 10 points with 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks.
Pendergraph was ejected from Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals by referee Ken Mauer after a shoving match with Miami Heat guard Norris Cole, who was also ejected in the fourth quarter. Flo Rida's manager was also ejected after an ongoing verbal spat with Pendergraph.
On July 11, 2013, Pendergraph signed with the San Antonio Spurs. On June 15, 2014, Ayres won his first NBA championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 4 games to 1 in the 2014 NBA Finals.
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|
In August 2013, Pendergraph made an Arizona court filing to change his name to Jeff Ayres, replacing the surname of his stepfather with that of his biological father. The change was formally announced in September 2013.
- CA Birth Index
- Jeff McDonald (September 18, 2013). "For Spur formerly known as Pendergraph, the name's the thing". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Jeff Pendergraph Arizona State bio". NBA.com. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- Colgate Raiders vs. Arizona State Sun Devils – Recap – December 19, 2006 – ESPN
- Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Stanford Cardinal – Recap – January 02, 2009 – ESPN
- "Trail Blazers Sign Jeff Pendergraph". NBA.com. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
- "Warriors 122 Blazers 116". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
- "Trail Blazers waive Jeff Pendergraph" (Press release). Portland Trail Blazers. October 25, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2010.
- "Pendergraph 'tweaks' knee that sidelined him all of last season". IndianaStar.com. December 18, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
- Norris Cole, Jeff Pendergraph, Flo Rida's manager ejected from Game 7
- Spurs Sign Jeff Pendergraph
- "Spurs Forward Jeff Pendergraph Changes Last Name to Ayres". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- ESPN.com Profile
- Arizona State bio