Bonner with the Spurs in 2010
|Born||April 5, 1980|
Concord, New Hampshire
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Concord (Concord, New Hampshire)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2006–2016||San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||4,632 (5.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,749 (3.0 rpg)|
|Assists||552 (0.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Matthew Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980), also known as the Red Rocket, is an American retired professional basketball player. Bonner played college basketball for the University of Florida before being selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. During his career Bonner played for the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs with whom he won two NBA championships.
Bonner accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 1999 to 2003. In his four seasons, he amassed 1,570 points, 778 rebounds and 165 three-point field goals. As a senior in 2003, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American.
Bonner graduated with a bachelor's degree, with high honors, in business administration and a 3.96 grade point average (GPA). He won Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003.
Bonner was selected with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls but was then traded to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors did not have a roster spot available at the time and asked Bonner to play overseas and hone his skills with a verbal promise to make the team the following season.
Bonner signed with Sicilia Messina of the Italian league in Messina, Sicily. Sicilia filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the season and stopped paying its players. Many players left the team but Bonner continued to play and finished the year averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Toronto Raptors (2004–2006)
In September 2004, Bonner signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. In 2004–05, he played in all 82 regular season games and averaged 7.2 points. He remains the only Raptors rookie to play all 82 games in a season.
In August 2005, Bonner re-signed with the Raptors on a two-year deal.
San Antonio Spurs (2006–2016)
On June 21, 2006, Bonner was traded with Eric Williams and a second round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Rasho Nesterović and cash considerations. In his first season with the Spurs, he averaged 4.9 points in just 11.7 minutes per game. The team went on to win the NBA championship that season.
After a social media campaign from his brother Luke, Bonner participated in the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend. He recorded a score of 19 in the first round to knock out Ryan Anderson (18) and Stephen Curry (17) and advanced to the final where he lost 20-23 to Kyrie Irving. Later that year, Bonner and the Spurs reached the NBA Finals where they lost to the Miami Heat in seven games.
On July 15, 2015, Bonner again re-signed with the Spurs. He announced his retirement on January 6, 2017. On January 12, 2017, the Spurs jokingly "retired" Bonner's iconic flannel shirt in a locker room ceremony.
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 seasons in which Bonner won an NBA championship|
|*||Led the league|
Awards and achievements
- 2013–14 NBA champion
- 2006–07 NBA champion
- 2010–11 NBA three-point field-goal percentage leader
- 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-American
- 2001–02 Honorable Mention All-American
- 2002–03 Academic All-American of the Year
- 2001–02 Academic All-American of the Year
- 2002–03 All-SEC First Team
- 2001–02 All-SEC Second Team
- 2000–01 All-SEC Third Team
- 2002–03 SEC three-point field-goal percentage leader
- 2002–03 All-SEC Academic
- 2001–02 All-SEC Academic
- 2000–01 All-SEC Academic
- 1998–99 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS
- 1997–98 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS
- 1996–97 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS
After retiring from professional basketball, Bonner joined San Antonio Spurs TV Broadcast as a studio analyst.
Bonner and his wife Nadia have one daughter, Evangeline-Vesper Lynne Bonner (born June 21, 2009) and one son, August Bonner (born August 27, 2012).
During his tenure with the Toronto Raptors, he received the nickname the "Red Rocket" for his red hair and constant use of the public transit in Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission, whose slogan is "Ride the Rocket."
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- Rock On Foundation
- Andrew Joseph (March 30, 2016). "Tall NBA player Matt Bonner bought a tiny house". USA Today. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
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