Larry Nance Jr.

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Larry Nance Jr.
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Nance Jr. with Cleveland in 2018
No. 22 – Cleveland Cavaliers
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1993-01-01) January 1, 1993 (age 25)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Revere (Richfield, Ohio)
College Wyoming (2011–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
20152018 Los Angeles Lakers
2018–present Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2014, 2015)
  • MWC Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • 2× MWC All-Defensive Team (2014, 2015)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Larry Donnell Nance Jr. (born January 1, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Wyoming, where he was considered one of the best big men in the Mountain West Conference[1] after leading the 2014–15 Wyoming Cowboys to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. Nance was drafted 27th overall in the 2015 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. In February 2018, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

High school and college career[edit]

Nance going up for a dunk in 2014

Nance attended Revere High School near Akron, Ohio, growing into a then-6'7" body by his senior year after playing point guard for the freshman team standing at 5'11". He averaged 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior for the Minutemen.[2]

In his four-year college career at Wyoming, Nance averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 123 games.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2018)[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Nance was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.[4] On July 10, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers.[5] He made his NBA debut on November 6 against the Brooklyn Nets, recording six points and five rebounds in a 104–98 win.[6] On December 7, he made his first start for the Lakers after replacing Julius Randle at the starting power forward spot against the Toronto Raptors.[7] On December 27, he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 112–96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[8]

On November 20, 2016, Nance scored a career-high 18 points in a 118–110 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[9] On December 25, 2016, he was ruled out for four weeks after suffering an injury to his left knee.[10]

On November 3, 2017, Nance was ruled out for four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal on his left hand the previous night against the Portland Trail Blazers.[11] He missed 11 games as a result.[12]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2018–present)[edit]

On February 8, 2018, Nance was traded, along with Jordan Clarkson, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick.[13] After playing his first two games as a Cavalier with No. 24, he switched to No. 22 permanently on February 22 after the NBA allowed him to wear his father's retired No. 22 jersey.[14] On March 5, 2018, he posted career highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in his first start for Cleveland, as the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 112–90.[15] On March 13, 2018, in a 129–107 win over the Phoenix Suns, Nance had only four points, ending his career-best string of seven consecutive double-digit scoring games.[16] Nance helped the Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals in 2018, where they lost 4–0 to the Golden State Warriors.

On October 15, 2018, Nance signed a four-year, $44.8 million contract extension with the Cavaliers.[17][18]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 63 22 20.1 .527 .100 .681 5.0 .7 .9 .4 5.5
2016–17 L.A. Lakers 63 7 22.9 .526 .278 .738 5.9 1.5 1.3 .6 7.1
2017–18 L.A. Lakers 42 17 22.0 .601 .250 .632 6.8 1.4 1.4 .5 8.6
2017–18 Cleveland 24 10 20.8 .550 .125 .720 7.0 1.0 1.2 .8 8.9
Career 192 56 21.5 .547 .224 .689 5.9 1.2 1.2 .5 7.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Cleveland 20 0 15.4 .683 .000 .452 4.5 .9 .8 .7 4.8
Career 20 0 15.4 .683 .000 .452 4.5 .9 .8 .7 4.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Wyoming 33 0 17.9 .462 .333 .814 4.0 .4 .8 .6 4.1
2012–13 Wyoming 33 33 32.0 .533 .345 .750 6.9 1.2 1.3 .7 10.7
2013–14 Wyoming 26 26 34.7 .544 .243 .758 8.6 1.6 1.4 2.1 15.4
2014–15 Wyoming 31 31 34.9 .514 .333 .786 7.2 2.5 1.2 1.2 16.1
Career 123 90 29.5 .521 .308 .771 6.6 1.4 1.1 1.1 11.3

Personal life[edit]

Nance is the son of Larry Nance, a former professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.[1] Nance Sr. was a three-time NBA All-Star and won the league's first Slam Dunk Contest. Nance Jr. was a participant in the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest, coming in second. One of the younger Nance's dunks was a tribute to his father, as he wore a retro 1984 Phoenix Suns uniform and performed a cradle dunk as his father had done that year to win the inaugural dunk contest. Larry Sr. and Jr. later teamed up for an alley-oop dunk, with the elder Nance throwing the ball up to his son, who slammed it through the hoop.[19]

Nance Jr. has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease.[20]

Nance Jr.'s brother, Pete, also played basketball at Revere High School.[21] He has committed to playing basketball at Northwestern starting in 2018.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Larry Nance Jr. Bio". GoWyo.com. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  2. ^ Pluto, Terry. "Larry Nance Jr. happy to continue his long, winding basketball road to Wyoming: Terry Pluto" (9 May 2011). Plain Dealer Publishing Co. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Larry Nance Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lakers Select Larry Nance in First Round". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "Lakers Sign Larry Nance, Jr". NBA.com. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "Bryant, Lakers beat winless Nets for 1st victory". NBA.com. November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Larry Nance Jr. 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Conley, Green lead Grizzlies past Lakers, 112-96". NBA.com. December 27, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Butler's 40 points boost Bulls past Lakers, 118-110". ESPN.com. November 20, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Larry Nance Jr. Injury Update". NBA.com. December 25, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Larry Nance Jr. Medical Update". NBA.com. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Clippers hang on to beat Lakers 120-115 for 3rd win in row". ESPN.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  13. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. From Lakers". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers 110-103". ESPN.com. February 22, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "LeBron, Nance power Cavaliers past Pistons 112-90". ESPN.com. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "James' triple-double leads Cavaliers past lowly Suns". ESPN.com. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "Cavs and Larry Nance Jr. Sign Multi-Year Contract Extension". NBA.com. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Haynes, Chris (October 15, 2018). "Sources: Larry Nance Jr. agrees to 4-year, $44.8M extension with Cavaliers". Yahoo.com. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Larry Nance Jr. found the best way to honor his 1984 Slam Dunk Champ dad - USA Today
  20. ^ Darby, Luke (October 26, 2017). "The Real-Life Diet of Larry Nance Jr., the NBA Player with Crohn's Disease". gq.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ Weisburn, Hannah (March 24, 2017). "Revere basketball player hopes to pursue his passion in college". Lantern. Archived from the original on June 11, 2018.
  22. ^ Beaven, Michael (February 10, 2018). "NBA: Revere senior Pete Nance happy with trade that brings big brother Larry Nance Jr. to Cavaliers from Lakers". Akron Beacon Journal. Archived from the original on June 11, 2018.

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