Michael Dixon (basketball)

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Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon.png
Dixon with the Georgian national team, 2016
No. 11 – Bnei Herzliya
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Israeli Premier League
Personal information
Born (1990-12-01) December 1, 1990 (age 27)
Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American / Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Lee's Summit West
(Lee's Summit, Missouri)
College
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014 Dzūkija Alytus
2014–2015 Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys
2015–2016 ČEZ Nymburk
2016–2017 AEK Athens
2017 SIG Strasbourg
2017–2018 Bahçeşehir Koleji
2018–present Bnei Herzliya
Career highlights and awards

Michael "Mike" Andre Dixon Jr. (born December 1, 1990) is an American-born naturalized Georgian professional basketball player for Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. He is a 1.86 m (6 ft 1 ​14 in) tall guard. After playing three years of college basketball at the University of Missouri, and one year at the University of Memphis, Dixon entered the 2014 NBA draft, but he was not selected in the draft's two rounds.[1]

High school career[edit]

Dixon played high school basketball at Lee's Summit West, in Lee's Summit, Missouri. He was ranked as the nation’s 136th overall prospect, and number 22 point guard by Rivals.com.[2]

College career[edit]

University of Missouri[edit]

Dixon played college basketball at the University of Missouri, with the Missouri Tigers, from 2009 to 2012. He played in all 34 games as a true freshman, averaging 7.5 points, 1.6 assists, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 47.0 percent from the floor overall, 35.5 percent from three-point range, and led the team in free throw shooting, at 85.7 percent. During his second campaign with the Tigers, he started 17 games, averaging 10.3 points per game, along with 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Dixon, was also ranked in the Top 10 of the Big 12 in assists, steals, free throw percentage, and assist/turnover ratio. He was one of the country's most explosive guards, and was arguably college basketball's most valuable sixth man in the 2011–12 season, averaging 13.5 points and 3.3 assists per game, in 35 games (all off the bench).

University of Memphis[edit]

In 2013, following multiple sexual assault accusations, Dixon transferred to the University of Memphis, where he played his senior year of college basketball with the Memphis Tigers.[3][4] Dixon saw action in all 34 games, and made four starts. He was the team's second-leading scorer (11.8 points per game) and the squad's leader in three-point field goal percentage (38.6%) and free throw percentage (84.4%). He handed out 81 assists (fourth on team), had 43 steals, and also averaged 2.2 rebounds per game.

Professional career[edit]

Dzūkija / Pieno žvaigždės (2014–15)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Dixon joined Italian club Basket Barcellona on a 2-week tryout.[5] He left the club without signing a contract with them.[6] Dixon then officially began his pro career in the Lithuanian Basketball League with Dzūkija Alytus, in 2014. He left the team in November, and joined Lithuanian club Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys for the rest of the season.[7] On March 29, 2015, Dixon participated in the 2015 Lithuanian League All-Star Game, where he recorded nine points, four rebounds and three assists.[8]

Dixon finished the season as the Lithuanian League fourth-leading scorer with 13.7 points per game. Dixon helped žvaigždės to reach the 2015 Baltic League Quarterfinals, but they eventually lost to Juventus.

ČEZ Nymburk (2015–16)[edit]

On June 22, 2015, Dixon signed with the Czech team ČEZ Nymburk for the 2015–16 season.[9] On January 10, 2016, Dixon recorded a career-high 35 points, shooting 12-of-16 from the field, along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 76–70 win over Nizhny Novgorod.[10]

In 62 games played during the 2015–16 season, he averaged 14.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals, shooting 39.9 percent from 3-point range. Dixon helped Nymburk to win the 2016 Czech League Championship, as well as reaching the 2016 VTB League Playoffs as the eighth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by CSKA Moscow.

AEK Athens (2016–17)[edit]

On June 21, 2016, Dixon moved to AEK Athens of the Greek League, where he signed a one-year contract with a prospect of renewal for another year.[11] On December 7, 2016, Dixon recorded a season-high 29 points, shooting 8-of-12 from 3-point range, along with five rebounds and four assists in a 89–76 win over Szolnoki Olaj.[12] On January 20, 2017, Dixon agreed to a contract extension with AEK, until the summer of 2019.[13] On April 8, 2017, Dixon recorded 18 points, along with six rebounds and four assists in a 82–81 win over Kolossos Rodou.[14] He was subsequently named Greek League Round 25 MVP.

In 50 games played during the 2016–17 season, he averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1 steal per game. Dixon helped AEK to reach the 2017 Champions League Playoffs, but they eventually lost to Monaco in the quarterfinals.

Strasbourg / Bahçeşehir (2017–18)[edit]

On August 5, 2017, Dixon parted ways with AEK and signed with French team SIG Strasbourg for the 2017–18 season.[15] On December 9, 2017, he parted ways with Strasbourg.[16] On December 14, 2017, he signed with Bahçeşehir Koleji of the Turkish Basketball First League.[17]

Bnei Herzliya (2018–present)[edit]

On August 17, 2018, Dixon signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Bnei Herzliya.[18]

Georgian national team[edit]

Dixon has citizenship with Georgia,[19] in order to be able to play with the senior men's Georgian national basketball team. He was selected to be in the country's default squad for the EuroBasket 2017 qualification tournament, where he averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played  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     Led the league

Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Lithuania Dzūkija LKL 15 21.4 .401 .411 .850 3.7 3.4 .8 .0 10.8
Lithuania Pieno žvaigždės 24 21.9 .502 .368 .791 3.0 3.6 1.2 .1 15.5
BBL 7 20.8 .463 .308 .857 3.5 3.8 1.5 .1 13.4
2015–16 Czech Republic Nymburk NBL 20 22.3 .516 .430 .818 2.8 4.6 1.4 .2 14.6
VTB 31 23.2 .454 .398 .881 2.7 4.6 1.3 .1 14.3
2016–17 Greece A.E.K. GBL 32 23.1 .417 .299 .750 2.5 2.9 .8 .0 11.5
2017 France Strasbourg Pro A 11 23.9 .426 .292 .811 2.0 4.3 1.1 .0 13.4
2017–18 Turkey Bahçeşehir TBL 28 27.5 .461 .385 .833 2.0 3.8 .9 .1 14.1

European Competitions[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Czech Republic Nymburk Europe Cup 11 25.8 .516 .352 .846 4.5 4.8 1.6 .2 16.7
2016–17 Greece A.E.K. BCL 18 26.2 .503 .449 .800 2.5 2.6 1.2 .1 14.7
2017–18 France Strasbourg BCL 6 20.3 .646 .471 1.000 2.5 4.3 1.0 .2 13.0

Source: RealGM

Personal life[edit]

Dixon is the son of Mike Dixon Sr. and Sybil Dixon, and he has one sister, Alexis, and one brother, Jarred, who plays college basketball for the Missouri State Bears. He graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2014, with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. On December 2, 2016, Dixon was involved in a fatal car accident in Menidi, Athens, Greece, that caused the death of a 64-year-old male sanitation worker. Dixon was released from custody, after giving his testimony about the incident.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Andre DIXON JR (GEO).
  2. ^ Michael Dixon Rivals.com
  3. ^ "Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. announces transfer from school". Columbiamissourian.com. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Michael Dixon to join Memphis Tigers". Sportando.com. March 7, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Barcellona adds Michael Dixon jr for a 2-weeks tryout". Sportando.com. September 9, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Michael Dixon leaves Barcellona". Sportando.com. September 28, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dixon caps impressive rookie season in Lithuania". 247sports.com. April 29, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Amžini priešininkai - LKL žvaigždžių rinktinė". lkl.lt (in Lithuanian). March 29, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  9. ^ "CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Dixon". Sportando.com. June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod 70 at CEZ Nymburk 76". RealGM.com. January 10, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  11. ^ "A1Basket.gr AEK signed Mike Dixon". A1basket.gr. June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Szolnoki Olaj v AEK Boxscore - Basketball Champions League 2016-2017". championsleague.basketball. December 7, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  13. ^ "AEK Athens announces Michael Dixon remains in the team until the summer of 2019". Sportando.com. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kolossos Rodou BC 81 at AEK Athens 82". RealGM.com. April 8, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Le meneur Michael Dixon rejoint la SIG Strasbourg". sigstrasbourg.fr (in French). August 5, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Michael Dixon Jr quitte la SIG Strasbourg". sigstrasbourg.fr (in French). December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bahcesehir Basketbol signs Michael Dixon". Sportando.com. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Michael Dixon inks with Bnei Herzliya". Sportando.basketball. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Mike Dixon gets Georgian passport". Sportando.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  20. ^ "AEK Athens' Michael Dixon arrested and released after being involved in a fatal car accident". Sportando.com. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  21. ^ Michael Dixon of AEK BC was arrested this morning after a traffic accident that caused the death of 64-year-old sanitation worker.

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