Joey Dorsey

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Joey Dorsey
No. 8 – Houston Rockets
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1983-12-16) December 16, 1983 (age 31)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Laurinburg Institute
(Laurinburg, North Carolina)
College Memphis (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082010 Houston Rockets
2008–2010 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2010 Sacramento Kings
2010–2011 Toronto Raptors
2011–2012 Caja Laboral (Spain)
2012 Olympiacos (Greece)
2012–2013 Royal Halı Gaziantep (Turkey)
2013–2014 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2014–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards

Richard Elmer "Joey" Dorsey (born December 16, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played his college basketball at the University of Memphis.

College career[edit]

During both his sophomore and junior years on the team, the Tigers ended their season in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.[1]

During the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, as a member of the Memphis Tigers, Dorsey famously called Ohio State center Greg Oden "overrated as a big man", said that Oden "might be as good as Joey Dorsey", and labeled himself "Goliath" and Oden "the little man". The Buckeyes, however, defeated the Tigers 92–76; Oden had 17 points and 9 rebounds while Dorsey finished with no points and three rebounds, and did not attempt a field goal in the 19 minutes he spent on the court.[2][3]

However, during his senior year Dorsey led the Memphis Tigers to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game with Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts. The Tigers fell to Kansas 75–68 in overtime.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Rockets[edit]

Dorsey was chosen as the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After the draft, he was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to the 25th pick, Nicolas Batum. In the 2008–09 NBA season, Dorsey played in 3 games, scoring a total of 2 points, grabbing one rebound, and making one assist.

The Rockets assigned Dorsey to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[4] On February 5, 2010, after previously being called back up from the NBDL, Dorsey played a career-high 19 minutes and grabbed 12 rebounds.[5]

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On February 18, 2010, Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved the Rockets' Tracy McGrady to the New York Knicks.[6] On March 28, 2010, Dorsey was waived by the Kings.[7]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On April 4, 2010, Dorsey was signed to a non-guaranteed contract by the Raptors.[8]


In September 2011, Dorsey signed an one-year deal with the Spanish League club Caja Laboral.[9] On January 10, 2012, he parted ways with Caja Laboral.[10] The next day, he signed with the Greek League club Olympiacos for the rest of the season.[11] With Olympiacos, he won the 2011–12 Euroleague championship, as well as the 2011–12 Greek League championship. In August 2012, he re-signed with Olympiacos on a two-year deal.[12] On September 12, 2012, during a preseason exhibition game against Dinamo Sassari, Dorsey ended up shattering a backboard with around two minutes left in the fourth quarter.[13]

On November 7, 2012, Dorsey was released by Olympiacos, ending their relationship two weeks after he criticized the organization and stopped playing with the team.[14] On November 22, 2012, Dorsey signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League for the rest of the season.[15] On July 17, 2013, Dorsey signed a one-year deal (with the option of a second) with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona.[16][17]

Return to the NBA[edit]

On July 19, 2014, Dorsey signed with the Houston Rockets.[18]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

College career[edit]

  • Conference USA All-Freshman Team: (2004–05)
  • Conference USA All-Tournament Team: (2006)
  • All-Conference USA First-Team: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA All-Defensive Team: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year: (2006–07)
  • Conference USA All-Tournament Team: (2007)

Professional career[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2008–09 Houston 3 0 2.0 .500 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 .7
2009–10 Houston 7 0 7.7 .455 .000 .500 3.6 .3 .3 .1 1.6
2009–10 Sacramento 8 0 6.5 .444 .000 .400 2.3 .0 .1 .1 1.5
2010–11 Toronto 43 9 12.1 .525 .000 .477 4.4 .6 .6 .4 3.1
2014–15 Houston 69 17 12.4 .552 .000 .289 4.0 .4 .6 .4 2.7
Career 130 26 11.5 .534 .000 .375 3.9 .4 .5 .3 2.6

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