Taurean Prince

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Taurean Prince
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Prince with the Atlanta Hawks in 2017
No. 12 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 28)
San Marcos, Texas, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolEarl Warren (San Antonio, Texas)
CollegeBaylor (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2016–present
Career history
20162019Atlanta Hawks
2016–2017Long Island Nets
20192021Brooklyn Nets
2021Cleveland Cavaliers
2021–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2016)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2015)
  • Big 12 Sixth Man Award (2015)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Taurean Waller-Prince (born March 22, 1994)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 12th pick in the 2016 NBA draft but was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he played for three seasons before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2019 off-season. In January 2021, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

High school career[edit]

Prince played three seasons of high school basketball under head coach Jim Weaver at Earl Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas. As a senior, he led the team to the state semifinals. He originally chose to play college basketball with the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds, but switched to Baylor due to a coaching change within the former program.[2]

College career[edit]

Prince played 24 games off the bench in his freshman season. He finished the year averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. In the spring prior to his sophomore season, Prince was on the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. After averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game and appearing in all 38 of Baylor's games, he won the Big 12 Sixth Man Award and earned all-conference honors.[2] Entering his fourth season, Fran Fraschilla labeled him as a strong candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year in 2015–16.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2016–2019)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Prince was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Atlanta Hawks on July 7 in a three-team deal also involving the Indiana Pacers the Jazz received George Hill and the Pacers received Jeff Teague .[4] On July 15, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Hawks.[5] On March 11, 2017, he had a then season-best 17 points in a 107–90 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[6] On April 6, 2017, he scored a career-high 20 points in a 123–116 win over the Boston Celtics.[7] With 11 points in Game 4 of the Hawks' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Prince became the first Hawks rookie to reach double-figures in his first four playoff games since Pete Maravich did it in five straight in 1971.[8] During his rookie season, Prince had multiple assignments with the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule.[9]

On December 12, 2017, Prince scored a career-high 24 points in a 123–114 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[10] Three days later, he made a career-high five 3-pointers and had 17 points in a 96–94 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[11] On December 29, 2017, he had a career-high 30 points and 10 rebounds in a 111–98 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Prince matched a career high with five 3-pointers and extended his career-high streak of games with at least one 3-pointer to 17.[12] On February 2, 2018, he set a new career high with 31 points in a 119–110 loss to the Boston Celtics.[13] On March 11, 2018, he set a new career high with 38 points in a 129–122 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[14] Six days later, he had another 38-point effort in a 122–117 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[15] On April 8, 2018, he made seven of eight 3-pointers to score 33 points in a 112–106 win over the Celtics.[16]

On October 19, 2018, in just the second game of the season, Prince scored a season-high 28 points against the Grizzlies.[17] On January 13, 2019, against the Bucks, Prince returned to action after missing 18 games with a left ankle sprain.[18]

Brooklyn Nets (2019–2021)[edit]

On July 6, 2019, Prince, along with a 2021 second-round pick, was traded to the Brooklyn Nets for Allen Crabbe, the draft rights to Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and a protected 2020 first round pick.[19]

On October 21, 2019, Prince, signed a two-year $29 million extension with the Nets.[20]

Taurean Prince tested positive for COVID-19 and sat out for the Orlando Restart.[21]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2021)[edit]

On January 14, 2021, Prince and center Jarrett Allen were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player, four-team deal with the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers that sent James Harden to Brooklyn.[22] On April 27, he underwent a successful left ankle arthroscopic surgery after missing three games with left ankle soreness.[23]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2021–present)[edit]

On August 3, 2021, Prince, along with a 2022 second round pick and cash considerations, was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ricky Rubio.[24]

National team career[edit]

In the summer of 2015, following his junior season, Prince helped the United States men's national basketball team win the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. He was on a team led by Bobby Brown and Anthony Randolph.[3]

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]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Atlanta 59 10 16.6 .400 .324 .787 2.7 .9 .7 .5 5.7
2017–18 Atlanta 82 82 30.0 .426 .385 .844 4.7 2.6 1.0 .5 14.1
2018–19 Atlanta 55 47 28.2 .441 .390 .819 3.6 2.1 1.0 .3 13.5
2019–20 Brooklyn 64 61 29.0 .376 .339 .798 6.0 1.8 .9 .4 12.1
2020–21 Brooklyn 12 4 18.2 .405 .351 .889 2.8 .6 .7 .7 8.1
Cleveland 29 6 23.7 .399 .415 .837 3.7 2.4 .7 .5 10.1
2021–22 Minnesota 69 8 17.1 .454 .376 .756 2.5 1.0 .7 .3 7.3
Career 370 218 24.2 .416 .371 .815 3.9 1.7 .8 .4 10.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Atlanta 6 6 31.2 .558 .286 1.000 5.3 1.3 .3 .2 11.2
2022 Minnesota 5 0 13.0 .370 .286 .857 1.6 1.2 .4 .2 6.0
Career 11 6 22.9 .494 .286 .917 3.6 1.3 .4 .2 8.8

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Baylor 24 0 6.4 .583 .333 .727 2.2 .1 .4 .1 3.7
2013–14 Baylor 38 2 14.3 .465 .366 .709 2.8 .6 .5 .2 6.2
2014–15 Baylor 33 6 26.3 .472 .395 .644 5.6 1.3 1.5 .9 13.9
2015–16 Baylor 34 34 30.6 .432 .361 .774 6.1 2.3 1.3 .7 15.9
Career 129 42 20.2 .460 .376 .718 4.2 1.1 .9 .5 10.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taurean Prince Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Taurean Prince bio". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Hodge, Ashley (July 5, 2015). "Taurean Waller-Prince helps lead USA to bronze medal at PanAm". 247Sports.com. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Hawks Acquire Draft Rights To Taurean Prince". NBA.com. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hawks Sign First Round Picks Taurean Prince & DeAndre' Bembry". NBA.com. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Prince scores 17 as Hawks rout Grizzlies 107-90". ESPN.com. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Millsap, Hardaway boost Hawks past Celtics". ESPN.com. April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards 111-101, even series 2-all". ESPN.com. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "James scores 25 has 17 assists, as Cavs beat Hawks 123-114". ESPN.com. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Evans scores 22 to lead Grizzlies over Hawks, 96-94". ESPN.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "DeRozan scores 25 as Raptors beat Hawks 111-98". ESPN.com. December 29, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Super sub: Rozier powers Celtics past Hawks, 119-110". ESPN.com. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "LaVine, Portis lead Bulls past short-handed Hawks, 129-122". ESPN.com. March 11, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "Giannis' double-double helps Bucks hold on to beat Hawks". ESPN.com. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Prince scores 33, Hawks beat resting Celtics, win 112-106". ESPN.com. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Taurean Waller-Prince 2018-19 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  18. ^ "Antetokounmpo leads the way, Bucks win Budenholzer's return". ESPN.com. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "BROOKLYN NETS ACQUIRE TAUREAN PRINCE AND 2021 SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICK FROM ATLANTA". NBA.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  20. ^ "Nets extend F Prince on 2-year, $29M deal". October 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Sources: Nets' Prince out after virus diagnosis". ESPN.com. July 7, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  22. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire James Harden". NBA.com. January 14, 2021. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  23. ^ "Taurean Prince Status Update". NBA.com. April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  24. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves". NBA.com. August 3, 2021.

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