Joel Anthony

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Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony Wizards vs Heat 2010 cropped.jpg
Anthony with the Heat
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 34)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Selwyn House School
(Westmount, Quebec)
Dawson College (Montreal, Quebec)
College
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072014 Miami Heat
2008 Iowa Energy
2014 Boston Celtics
20142016 Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards

Joel Vincent Anthony (born August 9, 1982) is a Canadian professional basketball player who last played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also a member of the Canadian national basketball team.

College career[edit]

After attending Selwyn House School[1] and Dawson College[2] in the Montreal, Quebec area, Anthony was recruited by Pensacola Junior College[3] in Pensacola, Florida, United States. After two years, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).[2] He led the team in blocks in his junior season in 2004–05; fourth overall in the Mountain West Conference,[2] but redshirted the next season and did not play.[2]

Returning to help lead the Runnin' Rebels to a 30–7 season his senior year (2006–07), he was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year[2][4][5][6][7] after finishing second in the NCAA's Division I in blocks-per-40-minutes (6.77), and first in the conference in blocked shots, blocks per game, and defensive win shares.[8][9] (The D–I leader, Mickell Gladness, later became Anthony's Miami Heat teammate.) The highlight in Anthony's senior year was his only double-double of the season, a season-high 13-block, 11-rebound effort versus Texas Christian on February 7, 2007.[6][10]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Heat (2007–2014)[edit]

Anthony signed a one-year deal (with an option for a second) with Miami in July 2007.[6] He made 24 appearances that season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. The following year Anthony made his NBA playoff debut during Miami's first round series with the Atlanta Hawks. Miami lost the series 4–3. He was re-signed by the Heat in July 2009.[11] Joel Anthony is also black, meaning that he is not white.

With Miami's high-profile free agent signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in July 2010 much hype surrounded the team with its new self-proclaimed "Big Three". On July 16, 2010, Joel Anthony re-signed with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $18 million deal.[12] Miami finished the 2010–11 NBA season second in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls with a 58–24 record. The Heat cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 during the 2011 NBA Finals. Anthony averaged 1.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes per game during the NBA Finals.

The following season, Joel won his first NBA title with the Miami Heat against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anthony won his second championship on June 20, 2013, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in an intense seven game series.

Boston Celtics (2014)[edit]

On January 15, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors. The Heat sent Anthony, a protected future draft pick received from Philadelphia in an earlier trade, and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Celtics. In exchange, the Heat received Toney Douglas from the Warriors. The Warriors also received Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics as part of the deal.[13]

Detroit Pistons (2014–2016)[edit]

On October 17, 2014, Anthony was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Will Bynum.[14] In 49 games for the Pistons in 2014–15, he averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game.

On July 20, 2015, Anthony re-signed with the Pistons.[15] On February 18, 2016, Anthony was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade involving the Pistons and the Houston Rockets, where Anthony and a 2017 second-round pick went to Philadelphia, Donatas Motiejūnas and Marcus Thornton to Detroit, and the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum and a 2016 first-round pick to Houston.[16] However, four days later, the Pistons rescinded their trade following a failed physical by Motiejūnas, forcing Anthony to return to the Pistons.[17][18] On July 10, 2016, he was waived by the Pistons.[19]

On September 26, 2016, Anthony signed with the San Antonio Spurs,[20] but was waived on October 22 after appearing in six preseason games.[21]

National team career[edit]

During the summer of 2006, Anthony was selected to join the Canadian senior national team and participated with the squad, touring three European countries: Italy, Germany and Slovenia.[2]

Anthony made his national team debut in the summer of 2008. He made a tremendous impact on the court for the Canadians, by setting both scoring and shot blocking records for an individual game. However, Canada failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

The following summer, Anthony participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. He helped lead Canada to a 4th-place finish, losing in the bronze medal game to Argentina. Anthony had his best performance in Canada's semi-final loss to Brazil, in which he posted team highs with 17 points and 8 rebounds.[22]

In the summer of 2010, Anthony once again competed for Canada in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Canada lost all five of their games played, their worst ever performance in the international tournament.

In August 2013, Anthony was again named to the Canadian national team, playing in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Anthony's mother is Erene Anthony from the island of Antigua, who he listed on his biography as the person that made a difference in his life because she has been an inspiration to him. He also has a sister, Sherlette Pryce. He graduated from UNLV in December 2006 with a degree in university studies, and majoring in sociology and physical education.[5]

He is commonly referred to as "The Warden" by fans.[24] The nickname started gaining traction on Twitter after the Heat beat the Knicks in New York on December 17, 2010,[25] and fans credited Anthony for “locking up” Amar'e Stoudemire.[26] However, his teammates refer to him as "Doc".[27][28]

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
2007–08 Miami 24 1 20.8 .467 .000 .592 3.9 .1 .4 1.3 3.5
2008–09 Miami 65 28 16.1 .483 .000 .652 3.0 .4 .3 1.4 2.2
2009–10 Miami 80 16 16.5 .478 .000 .717 3.1 .2 .3 1.4 2.7
2010–11 Miami 75 11 19.5 .535 .000 .644 3.6 .3 .1 1.2 2.0
2011–12 Miami 64 51 21.1 .559 .000 .690 3.9 .1 .6 1.3 3.4
2012–13 Miami 62 3 9.1 .515 .000 .607 1.9 .2 .2 .7 1.4
2013–14 Miami 12 0 3.1 .333 .000 1.000 .6 .0 .0 .3 .5
2013–14 Boston 21 0 7.1 .385 .000 .333 1.5 .1 .1 .4 1.0
2014–15 Detroit 49 0 8.3 .581 .000 .682 1.9 .1 .2 1.0 1.8
2015–16 Detroit 19 0 5.1 .600 .000 .750 1.1 .1 .1 .6 .9
Career 471 110 14.7 .511 .000 .662 2.8 .2 .3 1.1 2.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Miami 6 2 14.7 .800 .000 1.000 3.2 .3 .0 1.2 1.7
2010 Miami 5 0 15.8 .714 .000 .750 1.8 .2 .4 1.0 2.6
2011 Miami 21 13 27.4 .367 .000 .710 4.6 .5 .4 1.8 2.8
2012 Miami 17 1 19.4 .586 .000 .800 3.2 .1 .3 .9 3.2
2013 Miami 14 0 5.1 .300 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .1 .3 .4
Career 63 16 18.1 .470 .000 .758 3.2 .2 .3 1.1 2.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Selwyn House School ~ Joel Anthony '99 playing in the NBA". Selwyn.ca. November 1, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Player Bio: Joel Anthony - UNLV Official Athletic Site". UNLVRebels.com. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hyde, Dave (April 23, 2011). "Anthony is a Heat story that works - Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Profile: Joel Anthony". Miami Heat. January 6, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "HEAT Bio: Joel Anthony". THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE MIAMI HEAT. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Heat sign first-round pick Cook, other free agents - NBA - ESPN". Sports.ESPN.go.com. July 5, 2007. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mountain West Conference Announces All-Conference Awards" (PDF).  Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "2006-07 NCAA Division I College Basketball Player Statistics - ESPN". ESPN.go.com. January 1, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2006-07 Mountain West Conference Season Summary". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Joel Anthony Stats, Bio - ESPN". ESPN.go.com. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jamaal Magloire re-signs with Miami Heat - ESPN". Sports.ESPN.go.com. July 22, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "2010 NBA free agents: Miami Heat sign Mike Miller to five-year deal - ESPN". Sports.ESPN.go.com. July 16, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Celtics Acquire Anthony, Draft Picks". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Detroit Pistons Acquire Center Joel Anthony". NBA.com. October 17, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Detroit Pistons Re-Sign Center Joel Anthony". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sixers Acquire 2017 Second Round Pick, Joel Anthony". NBA.com. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Detroit Pistons Rescind Trade Acquiring Forward Donatas Motiejunas and Guard Marcus Thornton". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 22, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  18. ^ Watkins, Calvin (February 22, 2016). "Pistons void trade with Rockets when Donatas Motiejunas fails physical". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 22, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Joel Anthony: Gets waived Sunday". CBSSports.com. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016-17 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "SPURS WAIVE JOEL ANTHONY, RYAN ARCIDIACONO, PATRICIO GARINO AND LIVIO JEAN-CHARLES". NBA.com. October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  22. ^ "FIBA.com: 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Box score". Puertorico2009.FIBA.com. September 5, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Senior Men'S National Team Announced | Canada Basketball". Basketball.ca. Archived from the original on August 29, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ Fernandez, Surya (February 8, 2011). "Heat Center Joel Anthony Carving Niche, Earning Nickname". AOLNews.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  25. ^ "LeBron James posts 30th triple-double as Heat overwhelm Knicks". ESPN.com. December 18, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  26. ^ Skolnick, Ethan J. (January 3, 2011). "Locking up: Joel Anthony likes "The Warden"". PalmBeachPost.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  27. ^ Battier, Shane (March 28, 2013). "We will only call Joel Anthony "Doc"". Twitter. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  28. ^ Berardino, Mike (February 7, 2011). "Anthony has earned points and nicknames". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 

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