Stephen Graham (basketball)
Graham in January 2011.
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|League||NBA Development League|
June 11, 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Brandon (Brandon, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|2005–2006||Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)|
|2006–2007||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2010–2011||New Jersey Nets|
|2011||Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)|
|2012||Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)|
|2013||Guaros de Lara (Venezuela)|
|2015–present||Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant)|
Stephen Graham (born June 11, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player currently working as an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Graham's twin brother, Joey, was his college teammate and has also played in the NBA.
High school and college career
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Graham played competitively at Florida's Brandon High School, and was team captain his senior year in which he averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game; in that year, he and his brother Joey led Brandon to the state finals. Graham was named to Hillsborough County's All-Conference team his junior year and to the All-State team his senior season. He played in the AAU's Junior Olympics National Game and was named an All-American. He was a member of both Tampa's championship AAU Sunshine State Games' team, and Nike's traveling Florida team. He was recruited by South Florida, Richmond, Florida State and Florida.
Graham spent his freshman and sophomore college basketball seasons (2000–01; 2001–02) with the University of Central Florida Knights, then transferred to Oklahoma State University for his junior year (2002–03) in which he redshirted. In his first season with the Cowboys in 2003–04, he only twice scored 12 points, his season-high. He averaged a mere 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game overall, but he was named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for his academic achievements. A highlight in his senior season in 2004–05 was leading the Cowboys with 22 points in a 78-75 home loss to Gonzaga on December 28, 2004. For his second and final season for Oklahoma State, he averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
After playing through his senior year with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Graham declared for the NBA Draft in 2005. However, he was not selected. He played for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League, and then for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2005 preseason, but was not offered a longer contract by either team. He then joined the CBA, a minor league, signing with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Graham was signed by the NBA's Houston Rockets on December 10, 2005, but was cut on December 29 after playing in six games.
After returning to the Skyforce in the interim, he signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls on January 17, 2006. He played his first game in a Bulls uniform three days later against the Rockets. However, Graham saw limited playing time with the Bulls and his contract was not extended when it expired.
He spent the first two months of the 2006–07 NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but was waived on January 2, 2007, playing with an old acquaintance, the Skyforce in South Dakota, who were now a part of the D-League.
NBA career statistics
|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|
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- Stevie Signs with the Pacers
- Five Former OSU Players On NBA Training Camp Rosters
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- Stephenson, Colin (December 22, 2011). "Nets waive swingman Stephen Graham". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on December 26, 2011.
- "Bucks add Junior Cadougan, Olek Czyz, Stephen Graham, Trey McKinney Jones to training camp :InsideHoops".
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- "Mad Ants Finalize Coaching Staff for 2015-16 Season". OurSportsCentral.com. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
- NBA.com Profile
- Luke Winn on the Graham brothers' career at Oklahoma State
- An article concerning the influence of Graham's family on him