Przybilla with the Trail Blazers in 2011
|Born||October 10, 1979|
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Monticello (Monticello, Minnesota)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2004–2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||2,293 (3.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,665 (6.2 rpg)|
|Blocks||836 (1.4 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school career
Przybilla was born in Monticello, Minnesota, and attended Monticello High School, where he was coached by Max LaVelle of the Monticello Magic. He was named 1998 Minnesota Mr. Basketball, along with Darius Lane. He was also named to USA TODAY's All-USA second team and earned Parade All-American honors, and was a two-time Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year honoree.
Przybilla spent two years at the University of Minnesota and left as second on the Golden Gophers' all-time single-season list with 84 blocks. He finished his sophomore season first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage, second in blocks and third in rebounding.
Przybilla was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, but was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for their first-round pick, Jason Collier, and a future first-round pick on draft night. After playing for the Bucks for over three seasons, on February 15, 2004, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team trade.
On August 25, 2004, Przybilla signed a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. He made an immediate impact averaging 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in the 2004–05 NBA season. On July 17, 2006, he re-signed with the Trail Blazers to a reported five-year, $32 million contract. Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent, explained his reasons for re-signing with the Blazers this way: "He's extremely loyal, and they gave him an opportunity two years ago when no one else did."
On March 22, 2008, Przybilla recorded a career-high 25 rebounds, two shy of the franchise record overall and one shy of the franchise record in a regulation game. On January 2, 2009, he was fined $7,500 and assessed a flagrant foul for striking Tyson Chandler.
In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 22, 2009, he suffered a ruptured patella tendon as well as a dislocated patella after landing awkwardly on his right knee. Two days later, he had surgery to repair the tear in the tendon and missed the rest of the 2009–10 season.
On February 27, 2012, Przybilla re-signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.
On August 9, 2012, Przybilla signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, with whom he began his NBA career.
On August 24, 2014, Przybilla officially retired from the NBA after sitting out the entire 2013–14 season.
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|
Przybilla was born the third of four children of Doug, an American Express employee, and Linda Przybilla, a middle school teacher's assistant. He is of German (maternally) and Polish descent. He and his wife, Noelle, have two sons, Anthony and Jayden.
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- Blazers sign Przybilla
- TRAIL BLAZERS RE-SIGN CENTER JOEL PRZYBILLA
- Pistons Quickly Plug a Hole in the Middle With Mohammed
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- Chandler given one-game suspension
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- Bucks Sign Free-Agent Center Joel Przybilla
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