Maceo Baston

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Maceo Baston
Baston, with Maccabi Tel Aviv, in 2006.
Personal information
Born (1976-05-29) May 29, 1976 (age 43)
Corsicana, Texas
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolH. Grady Spruce (Dallas, Texas)
CollegeMichigan (1994–1998)
NBA draft1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1998–2011
PositionPower forward
Career history
1998–2000Quad City Thunder
2000–2001SC Montecatini
2001–2003Joventut Badalona
2003Toronto Raptors
2003–2006Maccabi Tel Aviv
2006–2007Indiana Pacers
2007–2008Toronto Raptors
2008–2009Indiana Pacers
2010Budivelnyk Kyiv
2010Obradoiro CAB
2010–2011Bnei HaSharon
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Maceo Demond Baston (born May 29, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at the University of Michigan. At a playing height of 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and a playing weight of 230 pounds (104 kg), he played at the power forward position.

High school[edit]

Baston attended H. Grady Spruce High School, in Dallas, Texas, where he played the sport of basketball.

College career[edit]

After graduating from Dallas' H. Grady Spruce High School, Baston played college basketball at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he was part of an all-star recruiting class that included Maurice Taylor, Travis Conlon, Jerod Ward, and Willie Mitchell. He was known for his above-average dunking ability, and tenacious defense. Baston averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds a game for his Michigan career, which included NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1998, and the National Invitation Tournament Championship in 1997. Michigan later forfeited its entire 1996–97 season schedule, after Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock were found to have taken money from a Michigan booster.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Baston was drafted in the second round (58th overall), by the Chicago Bulls, in 1998, but he did not appear in any games for them. He then played for the Quad City Thunder in the CBA, where he was a CBA All-Star in 2000.[1] After that, he played in Europe. He played in Italy (SC Montecatini), and in Spain (Joventut Badalona).

Toronto Raptors[edit]

After playing in Europe, Baston played with the NBA's Toronto Raptors (February–April 2003).

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

After playing with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, Baston moved to the Israeli League club Maccabi Tel Aviv. While with Maccabi, Baston set the EuroLeague Final Four record for blocks in a game, with 6 versus Tau Ceramica, in the 2006 EuroLeague Semifinals.[2]

Indiana Pacers[edit]

On July 28, 2006, the NBA's Indiana Pacers signed Baston to a two-year deal, worth $1.8 million, with the second year being a player option. He appeared in 47 games with the team, and averaged 3 points per game.

Return to Raptors[edit]

On July 11, 2007, Baston signed an offer sheet to return to the Raptors, worth roughly US$3.8 million, over two years.[3] The Pacers declined to match the offer.[4]

Return to Pacers[edit]

The Pacers reacquired Baston on July 9, 2008, in a trade with the Raptors, which also included Jermaine O'Neal and T. J. Ford.

Detroit Pistons[edit]

Baston, along with point guard Chucky Atkins, signed non-guaranteed contracts with the Detroit Pistons, on September 28, 2009. The Pistons waived Baston on October 21, 2009.[5]

Budivelnyk Kyiv[edit]

Despite having contract conversations with the Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, Baston instead signed with the Ukrainian club Budivelnyk Kyiv, on March 1, 2010.[6] However, he only played in one game with the club, due to physical problems he was having at the time.

Bnei HaSharon[edit]

In November 2010, Baston returned to Israel, signing with Bnei HaSharon. However, after playing in seven games with the club, he left the team in January 2011.[7][8]

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]

2002–03 Toronto 16 0 6.6 .600 .000 .833 1.4 .0 .3 .7 2.5
2006–07 Indiana 47 2 8.6 .645 .429 .787 1.4 .3 .3 .4 2.9
2007–08 Toronto 15 2 6.9 .680 .000 .700 1.7 .2 .1 .3 2.7
2008–09 Indiana 27 0 8.0 .543 .000 .630 1.9 .3 .2 .4 2.5
Career 105 4 7.9 .616 .375 .740 1.7 .2 .2 .4 2.7


2008 Toronto 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 1.0 .0 .0
Career 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 1.0 .0 .0


  1. ^ "CONTINENTAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 1999-2000". USbasket. Eurobasket. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  2. ^ "Briefs: Maccabi TA goes for record-equaling third straight title". Israelinsider. 2006-04-30. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  3. ^ Raptors sign free agent Baston to 2-year, $3.8M deal July 11, 2007.
  4. ^ Baston heading to Raptors after Pacers don't match offer sheet July 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Detroit Pistons waive F Maceo Baston. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "Будивельник" подписал Масео Бастона Archived 2010-03-08 at the Wayback Machine (in Ukrainian)
  7. ^
  8. ^ Baston Finds a Sweet Life After Basketball

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