Joel Freeland

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Joel Freeland
Joe Freeland 2013 Las Vegas Summer League.jpg
Freeland in July 2013
No. 19 – CSKA Moscow
Position Power forward / Center
League VTB United League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1987-02-07) 7 February 1987 (age 30)
Aldershot, Hampshire, England[1]
Nationality British
Listed height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College Farnborough College of Technology
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Gran Canaria B
2006–2009 Gran Canaria
2009–2012 Unicaja Málaga
20122015 Portland Trail Blazers
2012 Idaho Stampede
2015–present CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joel Daniel Freeland (born 7 February 1987) is a British professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. Standing at a height of 2.10 m (6'10¾"),[2] and weighing 112 kg (248 lbs.),[3] he plays at the power forward and center positions.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Freeland began his career as a youth player with the youth teams of Thames Valley Tigers/Guildford Heat, before joining the Solent Stars. Within a year, he was representing England’s Under-18 national team, and soon found himself in Spain, with the fourth division side Gran Canaria II. While playing in the lower level Spanish leagues, Freeland was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the 30th overall pick of the 2006 NBA draft, which was the highest rank for a British born player in the history of the draft.[4] The Blazers encouraged Freeland to remain in Europe to learn his trade, and he subsequently signed with Gran Canaria, of the Spanish top-tier level Liga ACB in August 2006.[5]

During the 2006–07 season, while playing with Gran Canaria, Freeland appeared in 16 games in the Liga ACB, and also made his debut in the European-wide 2nd-tier level ULEB Cup (now called EuroCup). Freeland continued to improve during the 2007–08 season, appearing in 28 games in the Liga ACB, and reaching the quarter-finals of the ULEB Cup. The 2008–09 season saw Freeland become one of Gran Canaria's best players, as he averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, in 17.8 minutes per game in the Liga ACB.[6]

Unicaja Malaga[edit]

In July 2009, Freeland joined the Spanish EuroLeague club Unicaja Málaga, on a five-year contract worth 4.5 million euros net income.[7] During the 2009–10 season, Freeland made his debut in Europe's top-tier level league, the EuroLeague, and also made 37 Spanish ACB League appearances. The 2010–11 season was Freeland's best season, as he averaged career-highs of 13.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in the Liga ACB,[8] and 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague.[9]

In July 2012, Freeland reached an agreement with Unicaja on a €1.5 million buyout.[10]

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On 28 June 2006, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft as the 30th overall draft pick. However, the Trail Blazers encouraged him to return to European play to further improve his game. On 13 July 2012, Freeland signed a three-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.[11] On 14 December 2012, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.[12] He was recalled on 16 December 2012.[13]

On 26 December 2014, Freeland recorded a career-high 17 rebounds against the Philadelphia 76ers. On 13 April 2015, he scored a career-high 16 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[14]

CSKA Moscow[edit]

On 13 July 2015, Freeland signed a two-year contract with the Russian club CSKA Moscow.[15] In a warm-up for a preseason game against Galatasaray, he suffered a left calf injury, which prevented him from play at the start of the season.[16]

International[edit]

Freeland represented the senior Great Britain national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2009 and the EuroBasket 2011. He also played at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[17]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes season in which Freeland's team won the EuroLeague

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Portland 51 1 9.4 .408 .000 .667 2.3 .3 .3 .2 2.6
2013–14 Portland 52 0 14.0 .475 .000 .690 4.0 .7 .2 .4 3.3
2014–15 Portland 48 8 12.9 .490 .000 .840 4.0 .3 .2 .5 3.5
Career 151 9 12.1 .459 .000 .728 3.4 .4 .2 .4 3.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Portland 9 0 2.7 .000 .000 .500 .9 .1 .1 .1 .1
2015 Portland 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .5 .0 .0
Career 11 0 2.8 .000 .000 .500 .8 .1 .2 .1 .1

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Unicaja 14 6 19.7 .484 .211 .667 5.1 .7 .4 .4 10.1 9.5
2010–11 15 14 25.5 .603 .273 .788 6.3 1.3 .7 .6 13.9 17.5
2011–12 14 12 25.8 .510 .250 .667 6.8 .6 .2 .1 12.6 11.4
2015–16 CSKA Moscow 12 6 15.8 .593 .000 .500 4.4 .3 .3 .4 6.8 7.6
Career 55 38 22.0 .541 .239 .684 5.7 .7 .4 .4 11.1 11.7

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