Ty Lawson

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Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson Nuggets.jpg
Lawson with the Nuggets
No. 3 – Houston Rockets
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-11-03) November 3, 1987 (age 28)
Clinton, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Bishop McNamara
(Forestville, Maryland)
Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
20092015 Denver Nuggets
2011 Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
2015–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tywon Ronell "Ty" Lawson (born November 3, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lawson played college basketball for North Carolina where he won a national championship his junior year. He was drafted with the 18th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was immediately traded to the Denver Nuggets for a future first round pick. In 2015, Lawson was traded to the Houston Rockets.

Early life[edit]

Lawson attended sixth and seventh grade at Gwynn Park Middle School in Prince George's County, Maryland.[1] In the eighth grade, he was recruited to the Newport School in Kensington, Maryland.[2]

Lawson attended Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland from 2003 to 2004. He later transferred to and graduated from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, where he was a first-team USA Today and Parade All-American. He participated in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. During Lawson's senior year at Oak Hill Academy, he averaged 23.8 points, 9.1 assists and five steals. His highest scoring game in high school was 55 points.

College career[edit]

Lawson while at North Carolina.

Lawson began playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2006–07 season. In 38 games, he led the Tar Heels with 5.6 assists per game and was fourth with 10.2 points per game, during which time he helped the Tar Heels win a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, as well as the ACC Tournament. During his sophomore year, he averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists per game, although he saw much less playing time due to an ankle sprain that kept him out much of the season. In spite of this nagging injury, he eventually returned to help Carolina repeat as both ACC regular season and tournament champions and ultimately earn a berth to the Final Four.[3]

He was charged with driving after drinking on June 6, 2008 by a police officer who felt that Lawson's music was too loud. He was not charged with a DWI because he was below the legal limit of .08 BAC, but still received misdemeanors due to state law prohibiting anyone under the age of 21 from driving after drinking any amount of alcohol.[4] He was also charged for driving with a suspended license.[5]

On the day of the deadline to withdraw from the June 16 2008 NBA draft, Lawson decided to return to North Carolina for his junior season, along with Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and All-American Tyler Hansbrough, who all spurned the NBA draft to return to UNC, leaving the starters for the 2007–08 season intact for the 2008–09 season.[6]

Lawson was voted to the All-ACC First Team his junior year and was named the ACC Player of the Year, the first time a point guard had won the ACC's highest honor since fellow Tar Heel Phil Ford won the award in 1978.[7] Lawson was also a consensus second-team all-American as a junior, making him eligible to have his jersey honored in the rafters of the Smith Center at the conclusion of his college career. In 2009, Lawson also won the Bob Cousy Award that honors the best collegiate point guard. During the 2009 NCAA championship game, he also set a record with 8 steals against Michigan State, giving him the most steals of any player in an NCAA championship game and helping lead the Tar Heels to a national title.

On April 23, 2009, Lawson announced his decision to forgo his senior season and enter the 2009 NBA draft.

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
2006–07 North Carolina Tar Heels 38 10.2 2.9 5.6 1.5 0.1 .500 .356 .688 25.7 2.2
2007–08 North Carolina Tar Heels 32 12.7 2.7 5.2 1.6 0.0 .515 .361 .835 25.3 2.2
2008–09 North Carolina Tar Heels 35 16.6 3.0 6.6 2.1 0.1 .532 .472 .798 29.9 1.9
Totals: 105 13.1 2.9 5.8 1.8 0.1 .516 .402 .780 27.0 2.1

Professional career[edit]

Denver Nuggets (2009–2015)[edit]

Lawson in a game for the Nuggets in 2011.

Due to concerns of his height and his often-sprained ankle, Lawson slipped to 18th in the 2009 NBA draft, where he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, they had already drafted two point guards, making Lawson expendable. This gave the Denver Nuggets an opportunity to get a quality player as they traded their future draft pick to Minnesota in exchange for Lawson.[8][9] Lawson served as a backup to Chauncey Billups for one and a half seasons until Billups was traded to the New York Knicks on February 22, 2011 as part of a trade which also sent star forward Carmelo Anthony to New York. On April 9, 2011, Lawson became the first player in NBA history to make his first 10 three-point attempts to start a game. He went 10-of-11 from behind three-point range and finished the game with a career-high 37 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.[10]

On August 15, 2011, Lawson signed a one-year contract with BC Žalgiris. The deal included an out-clause that allowed him to return to the Denver Nuggets when the 2011 NBA lockout ended.[11][12] Lawson played seven Euroleague games during his stint in Kaunas, averaging 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists.[13]

In 2012–13, the Nuggets finished with a franchise-best record of 57-25 and earned the third seed in the Western Conference. However, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Lawson led Denver in both scoring and assists for the series with averages of 21.3 points and 8.0 assists.

In 2013–14, with Danilo Gallinari out injured with a torn ACL, Lawson led the team in points, assists and steals.[14]

The Nuggets' 2014–15 season took a turn for the worse with their record dropping to a dismal 30-52, good for the ninth-worst win/loss record in Nuggets history, and had a coaching change mid-season with Brian Shaw being replaced by Melvin Hunt. Despite the turmoil, Lawson managed to have a solid season with 15.2 points and a career-high 9.6 assists per game. His 720 total assists broke the Nuggets' single-season assists record of 714 held by Nick Van Exel.[15]

Houston Rockets (2015–present)[edit]

On July 20, 2015, the Nuggets traded Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a 2016 first round draft pick, and cash considerations.[16] He made his debut for the Rockets in the team's season opener against his former team the Denver Nuggets on October 28, recording 12 points and 6 assists as a starter in a 105–85 loss.[17] He started in the Rockets' first 11 games of the season under coach Kevin McHale. However, after McHale was fired and J. B. Bickerstaff was name interim, Bickerstaff moved Lawson to the bench for the team's November 18 game against the Portland Trail Blazers.[18] On December 18, he was suspended for two games by the NBA based on his guilty plea in November for driving while impaired and a lane usage violation after leaving a party in Denver in January 2015.[19] On January 7, 2016, he was suspended for a further three games by the NBA for driving under the influence of alcohol in July 2015.[20]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.


Regular season[edit]

2009–10 Denver 65 8 20.3 .515 .410 .757 1.9 3.1 .7 .0 8.3
2010–11 Denver 80 31 26.3 .503 .404 .764 2.6 4.7 1.0 .1 11.7
2011–12 Denver 61 61 34.8 .488 .365 .824 3.7 6.6 1.3 .1 16.4
2012–13 Denver 73 71 34.4 .461 .366 .756 2.7 6.9 1.5 .1 16.7
2013–14 Denver 62 61 35.9 .431 .356 .798 3.5 8.8 1.6 .2 17.6
2014–15 Denver 75 75 35.5 .436 .341 .730 3.1 9.6 1.2 .1 15.2
Career 416 307 31.1 .466 .369 .771 2.9 6.6 1.2 .1 14.2


2010 Denver 6 0 19.7 .429 .400 .684 1.3 2.7 1.0 .0 7.8
2011 Denver 5 5 33.4 .500 .455 .913 3.4 3.8 1.0 .2 15.6
2012 Denver 7 7 34.6 .514 .321 .632 2.6 6.0 1.0 .1 19.0
2013 Denver 6 6 39.3 .440 .190 .848 3.3 8.0 1.7 .0 21.3
Career 24 18 31.8 .475 .314 .787 2.6 5.2 1.2 .1 16.1


2011–12 Žalgiris 7 4 21.3 .429 .375 .619 3.0 1.6 .9 .0 7.4 7.9
Career 7 4 21.3 .429 .375 .619 3.0 1.6 .9 .0 7.4 7.9


Lawson has been arrested at least four separate times for driving under the influence (DUI). In 2008, 20-year-old Lawson pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving after registering a .03 blood-alcohol level during a traffic stop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Additional charges of violating a noise ordinance and driving with a revoked or suspended license were dropped and Lawson was required only to complete 20 hours of community service.[21]

In April 2012 in Arapahoe County, Colorado, Lawson was cited for careless driving, driving with a restricted license and permitting an unauthorized person to drive his car. Lawson was arrested in Denver on January 29, 2013 for avoiding prosecution for these offenses. He later pleaded guilty to allowing an unauthorized person to drive and the other charges were dropped.[22]

On August 17, 2013, Lawson and his girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, were arrested by police in Arapahoe County responding to a domestic violence call. Lawson was arrested on suspicion of committing two misdemeanors, domestic violence-related harassment and property damage. Both Lawson and Pettiford were released on $1,000 bond and charges were ultimately dropped.[22][23]

On January 23, 2015, Lawson was arrested in Denver after driving almost twice the speed limit while under the influence of alcohol. In that incident, he admitted to police that he had a prior arrest for DUI in Missouri.[24] One of the conditions of his $1,500 bond was that he not drink alcohol.[23][25]

On July 14, 2015, Lawson was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence.[26] On July 17, a Denver judge ruled that Lawson would be required to spend a month at a residential rehabilitation center before facing DUI charges in either Colorado or California.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nuggets rookie Lawson quick on the court, quicker with a practical joke. The Denver Post. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  2. ^ DC Area Players Named PARADE All-American | DC Basketball Blog. Dcbasketball.wordpress.com (2008-12-01). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  3. ^ North Carolina battles back, but Rush, Kansas close out Tar Heels
  4. ^ Lawson pleads guilty to driving after underage drinking
  5. ^ Tar Heels' Lawson charged with driving after consuming alcohol
  6. ^ Tar Heel trio to return to school, withdraw from NBA draft
  7. ^ Lawson Named ACC POY; Henderson Only Nabs 2 Votes
  8. ^ Stapleton, Arnie. Wolves trade Lawson to Denver, USA Today, June 25, 2009.
  9. ^ Taylor, Nate. Last first-round pick delivers guard only sweep, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, June 26, 2009.
  10. ^ "Ty Lawson scores career-high 37 to help short-handed Nuggets". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 9, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Zalgiris inks playmaker Ty Lawson". EurocupBasketball.com. August 15, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ty Lawson taking his game to Lithuania". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. August 16, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  13. ^ LAWSON, TY – Euroleague stats
  14. ^ 2013-14 Denver Nuggets Roster and Stats
  15. ^ Closing the book on the 2014-15 Denver Nuggets season
  16. ^ "Rockets Acquire Ty Lawson and Second-Round Pick from Denver". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Gallinari's 23 points leads Nuggets over Rockets 105-85". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ Ty Lawson 2015-16 Game Log
  19. ^ Ty Lawson, suspended two games, considering options outside Houston
  20. ^ Ty Lawson suspended for Rockets' next three games
  21. ^ "UNC's Lawson pleads guilty to underage drinking and driving". ESPN. Associated Press. August 19, 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Gathright, Alan (August 20, 2013). "Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson, girlfriend arrested in domestic violence dispute, sheriff says". KMGH-TV. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Holden, Will C. (January 24, 2015). "Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson arrested on suspicion of second DUI". KDVR. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  24. ^ Shiff, Blair (January 23, 2015). "Ty Lawson taken into custody for suspicion of DUI". KUSA. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Nuggets' Ty Lawson to enter private alcohol treatment after DUI". ESPN. July 18, 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  26. ^ Ley, Tom (July 14, 2015). "Ty Lawson Arrested For DUI For Second Time In Six Months". Deadspin (Gawker Media). Retrieved 14 July 2015. 

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