Speights with the 76ers in November 2010
|No. 5 – Golden State Warriors|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
August 4, 1987 |
St. Petersburg, Florida
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Gibbs (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Admiral Farragut Academy
(St. Petersburg, Florida)
Hargrave Military (Chatham, Virginia)
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2013–present||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Marreese Akeem Speights (born August 4, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Speights played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a freshman member of the Florida Gators' NCAA national championship team in 2007. The Philadelphia 76ers picked him in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He played basketball at St. Petersburg's Admiral Farragut Academy, which retired his jersey number after one year. He also played basketball at Hargrave Military Academy (senior year) and Gibbs High School.
Speights began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged approximately four points and two rebounds in six minutes per game as a freshman for the national champion Gators. He saw few minutes behind big men Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard.
Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. Speights confirmed with Florida coach Billy Donovan on June 12, 2008 that he would not be returning to the Gators.
Speights was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th pick of the first round in the 2008 NBA Draft. He signed with Philadelphia on July 18, 2008. In his rookie season, Speights had a field-goal percentage of .502 from the field, playing 79 games, shooting .773 from the free throw line, and notching two starts.
Marreese's second season with the 76ers started off on a high note as he saw a slight increase in playing time and put up good numbers. He scored 15 or more points in 5 of his first 10 games, and was a vital part of the team's frontcourt. In the 4th quarter of November 14's game versus the Chicago Bulls, Speights injured his left knee. An MRI revealed a partial tear of the Medial collateral ligament (MCL). He missed 14 games and came back December 16, to play 22 minutes in a losing effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers. After he returned from the injury, his playing time became limited, mostly because of the increased production from Elton Brand.
The 76ers hired Doug Collins as their new head coach for the 2010-11 season. Known for his defensive-minded coaching philosophy, this shift in team focus adversely affected Speights, who is known more for his offensive capabilities. Frequent clashes with the coaching staff led to a career-low 11.5 minutes per contest. He did, however, get one start against the New Orleans Hornets on January 3, 2011 and notched 12 points and six rebounds. For the season, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, both career lows.
On January 4, 2012, Speights was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of a three-team trade that sent Xavier Henry to the New Orleans Hornets and two future second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers.
On June 29, 2012, the Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to Speights, making him a restricted free agent.
On July 13, 2012, Speights re-signed with the Grizzlies to a two-year, $8 million contract.
On January 22, 2013, Speights was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick, in exchange for Jon Leuer. In his half a season with the Cavaliers, Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 39 games.
Golden State Warriors
Speights won his first NBA championship with the Warriors after they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals in six games. On June 29, 2015, after the season ended, the Warriors exercised his team option for the 2015–2016 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|
|†||Denotes season in which Speights won an NBA Championship|
- Admiral Farragut to retire Speights number
- "James White". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Marreese Speights Recruiting Profile
- Marreese Speights declares for NBA Draft
- Florida's Speights tells Donovan he's staying in draft
- Sixers Sign Speights
- "Grizzlies acquire Marreese Speights from 76ers". NBA.com. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-04.
- "Grizzlies extend qualifying offers to Arthur and Speights". NBA.com. 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- "Grizzles sign Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur to multi-year contracts". NBA.com. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "Cavaliers Acquire Speights, Ellington, Selby and Future First Round Pick From Grizzlies". NBA.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "Warriors Sign Free Agent Forward/Center Marreese Speights to Contract". NBA.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
- Notebook: Warriors 123, 76ers 80
- "Warriors Exercise Contract Option on Forward Marreese Speights for 2015-16 Season". NBA.com. June 29, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
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