Shawn Long

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Shawn Long
No. 21 – Melbourne United
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1993-01-29) January 29, 1993 (age 26)
Morgan City, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High schoolMorgan City (Morgan City, Louisiana)
CollegeLouisiana (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2016–present
Career history
2016–2017Delaware 87ers
2017Philadelphia 76ers
2017Xinjiang Flying Tigers
2017–2018Delaware 87ers
2018–2019New Zealand Breakers
2019–presentMelbourne United
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Shawn Long (born January 29, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Melbourne United of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college career for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and represented the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

High school career[edit]

Long attended Morgan City High School under Jeremy Whittington. As a senior, he averaged 21.4 points, 15.2 rebounds and 9.1 blocks, helping team to a 26-5 record. He was named district MVP, earned first team all-district honors for two straight year and was the district defensive player of the year as a senior.[1]

College career[edit]

Long originally enrolled at Mississippi State University of the Southeastern Conference, but became immediately unhappy with his choice. After the first semester, and without playing in any games, Long transferred to Louisiana–Lafayette and received an NCAA waiver to allow him to play the following season without sitting out the customary full year.[2] Long first suited up for the Ragin' Cajuns in the 2012–13 season, averaging 15.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game to earn Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team All-conference honors. Over his next two seasons, Long would again average a double-double and was named first-team All-Sun Belt both years.[2]

For his senior season, Long was named the preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year.[3] On January 23, 2016, in a game against the Troy Trojans, Long scored his 2,000th point and became the first player in school and conference history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career. He was also selected for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) college All-Star game to be held at the 2016 Final Four in Houston.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Delaware and Philadelphia (2016–2017)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft, Long signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on July 8, 2016.[5] He was waived by the 76ers on October 24 after appearing in seven preseason games.[6] Five days later, he was acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the 76ers.[7] On January 6, 2017, Long had 45 points and 14 rebounds in a 129–105 win over the Erie BayHawks.[8] He was selected to play in the 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game. On March 6, 2017, he was called-up by the 76ers, who signed him to a 10-day contact to help the team deal with numerous injuries. Philadelphia had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 16, one over the allowed limited of 15.[9] He made his NBA debut that night, recording 13 points and seven rebounds in a 112–98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[10] On March 16, 2017, he signed a partially guaranteed, multiyear deal with the 76ers.[11][12] Seven days later, in a 117–107 win over the Chicago Bulls, Long had 18 points in just his ninth career game.[13]

On June 28, 2017, Long was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick and cash considerations.[14] He was waived by the Rockets on September 26, 2017.[15]

China and G League (2017–2018)[edit]

On October 10, 2017, Long signed a two-month contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.[16] He left the team in mid-November after averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in seven games.[17]

On December 18, 2017, Long was acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League.[18]

New Zealand Breakers (2018–2019)[edit]

On September 5, 2018, Long signed with the New Zealand Breakers for the 2018–19 NBL season.[19] He averaged 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game and was named to the All-NBL Second Team.[20]

Melbourne United (2019–present)[edit]

On May 30, 2019, Long signed with Melbourne United for the 2019–20 NBL season.[21]

National team career[edit]

Long represented the United States national team[22] at the 2015 Pan American Games,[23] where he won a bronze medal.

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]

2016–17 Philadelphia 18 0 12.7 .594 .412 .543 4.5 .8 .5 .5 8.2
Career 18 0 12.7 .594 .412 .543 4.5 .8 .5 .5 8.2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Louisiana-Lafayette bio". Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Vecenie, Sam (December 24, 2015). "Shawn Long overcomes hurdles to be Sun Belt's next NBA hopeful". Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Johnson, Luke (October 21, 2015). "Shawn Long selected Sun Belt Conference preseason player of the year; Cajuns picked to win league". The Advocate. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Buckley, Tim (January 27, 2016). "UL's Long reaches milestones Marlin deems 'amazing'". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Sixers Announce Samsung NBA Summer League Roster, Signings". July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sixers Waive Five Players". October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "SEVENS INVITE 13 PLAYERS TO TRAINING CAMP". October 29, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Long, Sevens Cruise Past BayHawks". January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sixers Call Up Long from Sevens". March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Antetokounmpo, Snell lead Bucks past 76ers, 112-98". March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Sixers Sign Shawn Long". March 16, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  12. ^ Pompey, Keith (March 16, 2017). "Sixers sign Shawn Long to multi-year deal". Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Career nights for Saric, Long lift 76ers past Bulls, 117-107". March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Sixers Acquire Second-Round Pick From Houston". June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  15. ^ Houston Rockets (September 26, 2017). "Roster Update: The Rockets have waived..." Twitter. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  16. ^ "Shawn Long agreed to terms with Xinjiang Flying Tigers". October 10, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Shawn Long to leave Xinjiang". November 16, 2017. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "2017-2018 G League Transactions". Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "Short Wait For Replacement as Breakers Sign Shawn Long". September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Former Breakers import Shawn Long says he's agreed to sign with Melbourne United". April 28, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Shawn Long Signs in Melbourne". May 30, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  22. ^ Johnson, Luke (July 9, 2015). "Cajuns' Shawn Long survives cut at Pan Am Games". The Advocate. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  23. ^ "Seventeenth Pan American Games – 2015". July 30, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2016.

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