Moochie Norris

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Moochie Norris
Personal information
Born (1973-07-27) July 27, 1973 (age 43)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Cardozo (Washington, D.C.)
College
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 1996–2008
Position Point guard
Number 10, 6, 12, 25
Career history
1996 Florida Beach Dogs
1996 Vancouver Grizzlies
1996–1997 Fort Wayne Fury
1997 Pau-Orthez
1997–1998 Fort Wayne Fury
1998 Washington Congressionals
1998–1999 Fort Wayne Fury
1999 Seattle SuperSonics
1998–1999 Fort Wayne Fury
20002003 Houston Rockets
2003–2005 New York Knicks
2005–2006 Houston Rockets
2006 New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets
2006–2007 Yakima Sun Kings
2007 Climamio Bologna
2007–2008 Yakima Sun Kings
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,272 (5.1 ppg)
Rebounds 868 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 1,233 (2.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Martyn "Moochie" Norris (born July 27, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who played several seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as well as other leagues.

Norris, a journeyman, played collegiately at Odessa College (JC) (from 1992 to 1994), at Auburn University (1994–95) and at the University of West Florida (1995–96). He was drafted with 33rd overall pick (4th in second round) of the 1996 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He did not play for the Bucks and on November 22, 1996, was waived by them. On December 12, he signed as free agent with the Vancouver Grizzlies for whom he played until December, 30, when he was waived. After one season (1997–98) of break he returned to the NBA and played there until the 2005–06 season for the Seattle SuperSonics, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets.

Early on in his career, Norris dealt with insomnia which he has suffered from for many years. He was also noticeable for his large afro: Norris became one of the lesser-known NBA players to have his own bobblehead figurine (sporting a synthetic afro) made of him while he was with the Houston Rockets in 2002.[1]

He was given his nickname by his grandfather, who loved the Cab Calloway song, "Minnie the Moocher".[2]

After the 2006 NBA season, Norris was placed on waivers by the New Orleans Hornets. He joined the Yakama Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association briefly in January 2007, played for Italian club Climamio Bologna from March to June of that year,[3] and in November returned to the Sun Kings,[4] where he led the league in assists.[5]

In October 1998 he played in Petrox from Talcahuano, Chile.

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