Mike Taylor (basketball)

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Mike Taylor
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Taylor playing for Turów Zgorzelec in 2014
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school John Marshall
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Idaho Stampede
2008–2009 Los Angeles Clippers
2009–2010 Crvena zvezda
2011 Iowa Energy
2011 Tezenis Verona
2011–2012 Kavala
2012–2013 Nymburk
2013 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2014 Turów Zgorzelec
2014 Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2015 Rosa Radom
2015–2016 Al Mouttahed Tripoli
2016 Al Gharafa
2017 Anyang KGC
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Rene Taylor (born January 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Anyang KGC of the Korean Basketball League. He played college basketball for Chipola College and Iowa State.

College basketball[edit]

Collegiately, Taylor played three seasons for Chipola College (NJCAA-FCCAA, 2004-05 to 2005-06) and Iowa State University (2006–07), leading the latter team in scoring with 16.0 points per game. However, he was dismissed from the team in July 2007 after a series of brushes with the law.[1]

Professional career[edit]


During 2007–08, he played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.5 points per game in 39 games.[2] Taylor was drafted 55th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first player in NBA history to be drafted out of the D-League. Portland acquired the 55th pick, used to select Taylor, from the Phoenix Suns trade via the Indiana Pacers. However, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, and signed with the team on July 15.[3] On March 25, 2009, he scored an NBA career high 35 points at Madison Square Garden versus the New York Knicks. The Los Angeles Clippers waived Taylor on July 31, 2009.


Taylor signed a contract until the end of the 2009-10 season with Serbian Crvena zvezda on November 20, 2009.[4] He was brought to serve as a replacement for Maurice Bailey, who was released. Following the injury in the last team's Eurocup game of the season, on March 13, 2012, Taylor and Red Star Belgrade reached an agreement to part ways, mainly due to the financial problems the club was facing.[5]

After playing with the Iowa Energy, he signed with the Italian team Tezenis Verona.[6] He averaged 7,3 points and 4 rebounds over 4 games in the Italian League. In September 2011, he signed a one-year contract with Kavala.[7] He averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists over 22 games in the Greek championship for them.

On July 9, 2012, Taylor signed with Nymburk for one season. Nymburk's head coach was very excited with the new arrival and he said: "Mike is a young, talented player.. an excellent point guard, but can also play shooting guard.. a great defender and a very good athlete."[8][9] He left Nymburk in January 2013.

Return to America[edit]

On January 30, 2013, Taylor was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[10]

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]

2008–09 L.A. Clippers 51 5 15.1 .412 .325 .691 1.7 2.1 .7 .0 5.7
Career 51 5 15.1 .412 .325 .691 1.7 2.1 .7 .0 5.7


  1. ^ Arrests lead Iowa State to dismiss top scorer Taylor
  2. ^ DraftExpress NBA Draft prospect profile
  3. ^ Clippers sign DeAndre Jordan, Mike Taylor
  4. ^ Red Star sign Mike Taylor (in Serbian) Archived 2009-11-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Mike Taylor leaves Crvena Zvezda". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mike Taylor moves to Tezenis Verona". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kavala tabs Mike Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Carchia, Emiliano. "CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "CEZ Nymburk tabs playmaker Taylor". Euroleague. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  10. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Morris Almond and Mike Taylor

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