Norris Cole

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Norris Cole
Norris Cole Heat.jpg
Cole with the Miami Heat in 2014
No. 30 – Sidigas Avellino
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLBA
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1988-10-13) October 13, 1988 (age 30)
Dayton, Ohio
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight179 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High schoolDunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
CollegeCleveland State (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2011–present
Career history
20112015Miami Heat
20152016New Orleans Pelicans
2016Shandong Golden Stars
2017Oklahoma City Thunder
2017–2018Maccabi Tel Aviv
2018–presentSidigas Avellino
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Norris Gene Cole II (born October 13, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Sidigas Avellino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). A 1.88 m tall point guard, he is a two-time NBA champion, winning back to back titles in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat in his first and second year in the NBA. Cole appeared 6 out of 7 NBA playoff appearances in his NBA career missed one playoff appearance with New Orleans Pelicans in 2016.

High school and college career[edit]

Cole was a star at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio, leading his basketball team to consecutive state championships in his junior and senior years. He was a high school teammate of future NBA player Daequan Cook (The two later faced each other in the 2012 NBA Finals).[1]

Cole was set to go to Walsh University on a football scholarship when Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters decided to recruit him. His numbers improved over the course of his college basketball career, which culminated in a senior year that saw him average 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game, highlighted by a 41-point, 20-rebound, 9-assist performance against Youngstown State.[2]

Cole was recognized for his accomplishments by being the first person in the Horizon League's men's basketball history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, earning an AP All-America Honorable Mention, making the USBWA District V team, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 First Team.[3] He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and a "Final Five" finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.[4]

Cole played 140 career games for Cleveland State, averaging 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game.[5] On February 6, 2016, Cole's No. 30 jersey was retired by Cleveland State during a pre-game ceremony.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Heat (2011–2015)[edit]

Cole was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft as the 28th pick out of Cleveland State, but in a series of draft night deals, his rights were subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who then dealt him to the Miami Heat.

Cole impressed both his coaches and teammates during training camp, including an impressive outing in the Heat's annual Red & Black Scrimmage, demonstrating poise, confidence, and blazing speed in a 21-point and 4 assist performance.[citation needed] After a solid preseason when he averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 assists, he impressed a nationwide audience in the Heat's home opener against the Boston Celtics by scoring 14 points in the 4th quarter (making many crucial shots in the closing minutes) to secure a Heat victory in the face of a Celtic's comeback attempt. Cole finished that game with a total of 20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He became the 4th fastest rookie in Heat franchise history to score at least 20 points in a game.

Cole was originally left out of the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge, but due to the rising stardom of Jeremy Lin, who was added late to the group, Cole was selected as the 20th rookie in order to even out the competition.[7] He tallied 18 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals in the game.

Cole (center) during the Heat's 2012 Championship Parade in Miami.

Cole finished the 2011-2012 season averaging 6.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assist on 39% shooting, serving as the team's backup point guard behind Mario Chalmers. He made two big 3 pointers in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals which would spark a comeback run. Cole won his first championship in his rookie season after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.

Cole played in 80 games in the 2012-2013 season, including 4 starts, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 assists. In the playoffs, Cole averaged 6 points a game, including two straight 18 point games against the Chicago Bulls in games 2 and 3 of their second round series. He would be ejected from Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals by referee Ken Mauer after a shoving match with Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph, who was also ejected late in the fourth quarter during a 26-point Miami Heat lead.[8] Miami would advance to the Finals, Cole's second trip. Miami pushed the San Antonio Spurs to 7 games and won the title for Cole's second championship.

Cole in a game with teammate LeBron James and opposing point guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the 2013-2014 season, Cole played in all 82 games and started in six games, averaging 6.4 points and 3 assists per game. In the playoffs, Cole scored 13 points in game 4 of the Heat's first round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats, and would not score in double figures again until Miami's crucial game 2 victory against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, posting 11 points with two three point baskets. Miami defeated Indiana 4 games to 2 to advance to their fourth straight Finals and Cole's third. The Heat would once again face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, but Miami would lose the series in five games. Cole was the only Heat player who had a contract going through the 2014-15 NBA season.

On October 29, 2014, Cole started his first time opening night game and subsequently scored a career-high 23 points in the 107-95 win over the Washington Wizards.[9] In 47 games played and started 23 games with Heat in 2014-15 regular season, Cole averaged 6.3 points, 3.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, .9 steals, playing 24.4 minutes per game before being traded.

New Orleans Pelicans (2015–2016)[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Cole was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade involving the Phoenix Suns.[10] Two days later, he made his debut for the Pelicans against his former team, the Miami Heat. In just under 30 minutes off the bench, he recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a 105-91 win.[11] Cole became a replacement for the injured Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans made the playoffs but were swept in their first round match-up against the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors.

In June 2015, the Pelicans tendered a $3.03 million qualifying offer to make Cole a restricted free agent.[12] On September 17, 2015, Cole re-signed with the Pelicans, accepting the one-year, $3.03 million qualifying offer.[13] On December 1, Cole played his first game of the 2015–16 season after missing the Pelicans' first 17 games with a left ankle injury. In just under 23 minutes of action off the bench, he scored 11 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, as the Pelicans dropped to a 4–14 win/loss record to start the season.[14] On January 2, 2016, he recorded his second career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a 105–98 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[15] On February 6, he scored a career-high 26 points in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[16] In 28 games played with Pelicans, Cole averaged 9.9 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, with 44.4% shooting and 37.8% three point shooting and played 24.4 Minutes per game in 2014-15 regular season. Cole played 4 games in 2014-15 NBA playoffs and averaged 8.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 26.5 minutes per game. In 45 games played and started 23 games with Pelicans in 2015-16 season, Cole averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 assists , 3.4 rebounds, .8 steals, playing 26.6 minutes per game.Cole missed his first and only NBA playoff appearance with pelicans in 2015-16 NBA season.

Shandong Golden Stars (2016)[edit]

On October 5, 2016, Cole signed with Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association.[17] On November 30, 2016, he was released by Shandong.[18] In 9 games played for Shandong, Cole averaged 19.1 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.6 steals per game.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2017)[edit]

On March 1, 2017, Cole signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.[19] In 13 games played for the Thunder, Cole averaged 3.3 points and 1.1 assists in 9.6 minutes per game.

Maccabi Tel Aviv (2017–2018)[edit]

On August 15, 2017, Cole signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv of the EuroLeague.[20] On November 30, 2017, Cole recorded a season-high 26 points, shooting 4-of-6 from three point range, along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in a 81–74 win over Žalgiris.[21]

Cole helped Maccabi win the 2018 Israeli League Championship, winning his third career title. In 28 EuroLeague games played during the 2017–18 season, Cole averaged 12.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Sidigas Avellino (2018–present)[edit]

On August 17, 2018, Cole signed with Italian basketball team Sidigas Avellino for the 2018–19 LBA season.[22] On October 7, 2018, Cole made his debut with Avellino in 98-81 win over Red October Cantù, recording 21 points, 3 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.[23] Two days later, Cole recorded a career-high 34 points, along with 5 rebounds and 7 assists in a 100–93 win over Nizhny Novgorod. He was subsequently named Champions League Gameday 1 MVP.[24] On October 23, 2018, Cole recorded 33 points, shooting 7-of-13 from 3-point range, along with eight rebounds and nine assists in a 105–102 overtime win over Anwil Włocławek. He was subsequently named Champions League Gameday 3 MVP.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

NBA[edit]

Denotes seasons in which Cole won an NBA championship
Regular season[edit]
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Miami 65 2 19.4 .393 .276 .776 1.4 2.0 .7 .0 6.8
2012–13 Miami 80 4 19.9 .421 .357 .650 1.6 2.1 .7 .1 5.6
2013–14 Miami 82 6 24.6 .414 .345 .779 2.0 3.0 .9 .1 6.4
2014–15 Miami 47 23 24.4 .386 .265 .696 2.3 3.5 .9 .2 6.3
2014–15 New Orleans 28 2 24.4 .444 .378 .743 1.8 3.2 .5 .3 9.9
2015–16 New Orleans 45 23 26.6 .405 .324 .800 3.4 3.7 .8 .1 10.6
2016–17 Oklahoma City 13 0 9.6 .308 .231 .800 .8 1.1 .6 .0 3.3
Career 360 60 22.3 .407 .324 .743 2.0 2.7 .8 .1 7.0
Playoffs[edit]
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Miami 19 0 8.9 .324 .250 .778 .5 .6 .4 .0 1.8
2013 Miami 21 0 19.9 .480 .531 .737 1.9 2.0 .7 .1 6.1
2014 Miami 20 0 20.2 .410 .375 .867 1.1 1.8 .5 .1 4.6
2015 New Orleans 4 0 26.5 .417 .214 .667 1.8 1.8 .0 .3 8.8
2017 Oklahoma City 4 0 6.1 .250 .250 .0 .3 .3 .0 .3 1.2
Career 68 0 16.5 .421 .382 .783 1.2 1.4 .4 .0 4.3

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2017–18 Maccabi Tel Aviv 28 3 24.5 .417 .319 .817 2.5 3.8 1.1 .1 12.6 11.1
Career 28 3 24.5 .417 .319 .817 2.5 3.8 1.1 .1 12.6 11.1

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 China Shandong Golden Stars CBA 9 27.5 .412 .286 .769 2.5 4.3 1.6 .0 19.1
2017–18 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv IPL 32 22.9 .418 .231 .791 2.1 3.5 .9 .1 11.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Cleveland State 34 0 14.4 .380 .238 .817 1.4 0.8 0.6 0.0 4.9
2008–09 Cleveland State 35 33 32.8 .453 .305 .804 2.5 2.4 1.2 0.1 13.3
2009–10 Cleveland State 33 33 34.2 .432 .342 .799 2.8 4.4 1.8 0.1 16.3
2010–11 Cleveland State 36 36 35.7 .439 .342 .853 5.8 5.3 2.2 0.1 21.7
Career 138 102 29.4 .435 .321 .826 3.2 3.3 1.5 0.1 14.1

Personal life[edit]

Cole was a member of the National Honor Society and served as the salutatorian of his high school senior class. He earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences from Cleveland State.

He is the cousin of retired defensive end Trent Cole.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former teammates Norris Cole and Daequan Cook square off in NBA Finals". SunSentinel. June 17, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Gardner, Tim (February 12, 2011). "Performance of the year? Cleveland State's Norris Cole has a big day". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  3. ^ "Norris Cole Named To Two All-District Teams". CSUVikings.com. March 11, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES FINAL FIVE CANDIDATES FOR THE BOB COUSY AWARD". Bob Cousy Award. March 10, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  5. ^ "30 Norris Cole". NBA.com. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Norris Cole has No. 30 retired with LeBron James, New Orleans Pelicans in attendance". waitingfornextyear.com. February 6, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars game". ESPN.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Norris Cole, Jeff Pendergraph, Flo Rida's manager ejected from Game 7". SI.com. June 4, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "Heat open new era, top Wizards 107-95 in opener". NBA.com. October 29, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Pelicans Complete Three-Team Trade with Miami, Phoenix". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Pelicans lose Davis and Anderson, roll past Heat 105-91". NBA.com. February 21, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  12. ^ "Sources: Pelicans will extend qualifying offers to Norris Cole and Jeff Withey, shedding light on the team's likely plans in free agency". TheAdvocate.com. June 29, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Pelicans Re-Sign Norris Cole". NBA.com. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  14. ^ "Gasol's 38 points lead Grizzlies past Pelicans 113-104". NBA.com. December 2, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "Davis gets double-double help from Cole as Pelicans top Mavs". NBA.com. January 3, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "Irving, James lead Cavaliers past Pelicans 99-84". NBA.com. February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  17. ^ Walder, Chris (October 5, 2016). "Norris Cole signs with China's Shandong Golden Stars". TheScore.com. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "CBA's Shandong has officially released Norris Cole". Twitter.com. November 30, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "Thunder Signs Norris Cole". NBA.com. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Maccabi signs former NBA champ Cole". EuroLeague.net. August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  21. ^ "Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv vs. Zalgiris Kaunas - Game". EuroLeague.net. November 30, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  22. ^ "Avellino signs Norris Cole". Sportando.basketball. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "Sidigas Avellino - Red October Cantù 98-81". legabasket.it (in Italian). October 7, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  24. ^ "Sidigas Avellino's Cole scoops Gameday 1 MVP honor". championsleague.basketball. October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  25. ^ "Humble and hungry Norris Cole claims MVP honor again". championsleague.basketball. October 26, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  26. ^ "#30 Norris Cole". CSUVikings.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011.

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