Demetrius Antonio Battie is an American retired professional basketball player. He is an analyst for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Battie attended South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and played college basketball for the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he ended his career as the school all-time leader in blocked shots with 162 blocks, his best season, was in his junior year when he scored 18.8 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game. Battie was drafted fifth overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1997 NBA draft, where he played one season, he was traded to Los Angeles Lakers along with Tyronn Lue for Nick Van Exel in 1998, that same year, he was traded to the Boston Celtics for Travis Knight. He remained with the Celtics for six years before he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Eric Williams and Kedrick Brown in exchange for Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm, Michael Stewart, a second-round pick; the Cavaliers traded Battie to the Orlando Magic for Drew Gooden, Steven Hunter, the Magic's second-round draft pick, Anderson Varejão.
On June 25, 2009, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets along with Rafer Alston and Courtney Lee in exchange for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson. In July, 2010 Battie signed a contract with Philadelphia 76ers as a free agent, he would spend the last two seasons with the 76ers before announcing his retirement. Battie was a solid role player; as an offensive player, he lacked the skills to be an effective scorer, but he still developed an adept mid-range jump shot. Battie's worth came from his perfected offensive and defensive screens which aided in the team strategy. On the defensive side, Battie was blocker; as his career progressed, Battie's veteran presence was a helpful tool to young, emerging teams like the Magic and the 76ers. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Tony Battie at Basketball-Reference.com
The Dakota Wizards was an American professional basketball team based in Bismarck, North Dakota. They played in the NBA Development League from 2006 until 2012. After the 2011–12 season, the team relocated to Santa Cruz and now plays as the Santa Cruz Warriors. Prior to entering the D-League in 2006, the Wizards spent 11 years playing in minor American leagues such as the International Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball Association; the Wizards began play in 1995 in the International Basketball Association, in 2001, with Dave Joerger at the helm, they won the IBA championship in the league's final year of operation. Following the 2000–01 season, the IBA merged with several teams from the Continental Basketball Association, in their first year in the new CBA, Joerger and the Wizards won the league title, defeating the Rockford Lightning. After making it to the semifinals in the 2002–03 season, the Wizards again won the league title in 2004 over the Idaho Stampede, giving Joerger his third title as the Wizards' head coach.
Following the 2003–04 season, coach Joerger left the Wizards for a coaching opportunity with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In his place, the Wizards appointed former assistant coach Casey Owens as head coach; the Wizards lost their opening two games against the Skyforce, but cruised to a 12-game winning streak before losing to Sioux Falls on New Year's Eve, 2004. The Wizards lost two potential all-stars, Billy Keys and Dickey Simpkins, who left the team mid-season to play overseas; the Wizards went on to clinch home court advantage throughout the 2005 playoffs with a league-best 32–16 record. Dakota split their first four playoff games with their first-round opponents, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, until Sioux Falls won Game 5 with a 102–97 victory, ending the Wizards' playoff run. For the 2005–06 season, the Wizards replaced Casey Owens with former Baylor University head coach Dave Bliss. However, with the coaching change, the Wizards dropped from first in 2005 to out of the playoff race in 2006. Bliss resigned following the 2005–06 season, as season that saw the Wizards finish with a 19–29 record.
In April 2006, the Wizards and three other teams withdrew from the CBA in order to join the emerging NBA Development League. For their first season in the D-League, the Wizards brought back head coach Dave Joerger. Joerger guided the Wizards to a 33–17 record in 2006–07, good for the first seed in the Eastern Division, he went on to lead them to the Championship Game, where forward Darius Rice came off the bench to put together a record-setting night that led the Wizards to a 129–121 overtime victory over the Colorado 14ers. Rice scored 52 points and made 11 three-pointers, including one with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 109. Rice's points and three-point field goal totals set D-League championship game records. With the departure of the Dave Joerger following the 2006–07 season, having been hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach, the Wizards hired Duane Ticknor to replace him. In July 2007, the Wizards became affiliated with the Washington Wizards.
In 2007–08, the Wizards were again division champions, this time finishing as the first seed in the Central Division. They were, defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the arch rival, the Sioux Falls Skyforce; the Wizards continued to make the playoffs in 2008–09 and 2009–10, but with a missed playoff berth in 2010–11, the team missed the postseason for the first time since 2005–06, just the second time since 1998–99. The Wizards concluded the 2010–11 season with a 19–31 record and in fourth place in the eight-team Eastern Conference. On June 28, 2011, the Golden State Warriors, led by Co-Executive Chairmen Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, purchased the Wizards franchise from Bismarck Professional Basketball LLC; the Warriors became the fourth NBA team to own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate, joining San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Wizards remained in Bismarck during the 2011–12 season, but the Warriors were open to relocating the team to Northern California in 2012.
To reflect the new ownership, the Wizards debuted with a new color scheme, the Warriors' blue and gold, used as an alternative to the purple and green, which dates back to their IBA days. The old color scheme was still used with the team's road uniforms, while the blue and gold was used with the home uniforms and the logo; the Wizards were led by Edwin Ubiles in 2011–12, as he helped the team return to the playoffs with a 29–21 record. However, they were unable to move on past the first round following a 2–0 defeat at the hands of the Bakersfield Jam. Following intense off-season discussions regarding a move, on October 10, 2012, the Golden State Warriors announced that the Dakota Wizards would relocate to Santa Cruz beginning with the 2012–13 season; the team was subsequently renamed the Santa Cruz Warriors. Kevin Rice #32 Kevin Beard #35 Willie Murdaugh #41 In May 2012, with the Wizards' imminent move to Santa Cruz, long-time Bismarck Tribune reporter, Lou Babiarz, chose an all-time 15-man Dakota Wizards team.
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Adonal David Foyle is a Vincentian-American retired professional basketball center. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the eighth overall selection of the 1997 NBA Draft, he played ten seasons with the team until the team bought out his contract on August 13, 2007. At the time, he had been the Warriors' longest-tenured player, he played two seasons with the Orlando Magic and part of the 2008–09 season with the Memphis Grizzlies, sat out the next season due to knee surgery, retired. As of 2018, Foyle does Warriors post game commentary for ABC 7 in San Francisco. Foyle was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At the age of 15, Foyle was adopted by professors at Colgate University, he first attended high school at Cardinal O'Hara Catholic High in Pennsylvania. He transferred after sophomore year and attended high school at Hamilton Central School, where he helped the HCS Emerald Knights gain their first two state championships; as of 2016, his 47 points and 25 rebounds in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals in 1994 are tied for the most in either statistical category in a state tournament game.
In his official biography, Foyle explained that he enrolled at Colgate University because "he wanted the opportunity to learn the principles of the game in a slower paced setting, where the coach would be able to give him the attention he desired." With the Colgate Raiders, he was the school's all-time leading rebounder and 2nd all-time leading scorer. He led the Raiders to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, he left as the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots with 492, despite playing only three college seasons. He now ranks third all-time, behind Jarvis Varnado. In 1999, Foyle graduated from Colgate magna cum laude with a history degree. Politically motivated, he founded the organization Democracy Matters, which tries to curb the effects of money on politics. In his NBA career, Foyle averaged 1.6 blocks per game. He was among the top-10 in blocks per game three times during his career. In July 2004, during the offseason, the Golden State Warriors re-signed Foyle to a six-year, $42 million contract.
Foyle played sparingly during the 2006–07 season under head coach Don Nelson, was waived by the Warriors on August 13, 2007, with three years and $29.2 million remaining on his contract. On August 23, 2007, Foyle signed with the Orlando Magic for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million. On August 2, 2008, he re-signed with the Magic for another year at the veteran minimum, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies on February 19, 2009. On March 1, 2009 the Grizzlies waived Foyle, he signed with the Orlando Magic on March 2009 for the rest of the season. That year, in August, Foyle re-signed with the Magic. However, he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before the season began, did not play that season. On August 17, 2010, Foyle announced his retirement. On September 7, 2010, the Magic named Foyle the team's director of player development, which he held until 2012. In his spare time, Foyle is a political activist, he has reviewed books for HOOP Magazine. In 2001, he founded Democracy Matters, a non-partisan student organization, as an effort to counteract political apathy on college campuses.
The organization's signature issue is campaign finance reform Clean Elections. Active on over 50 college campuses, Democracy Matters involves hundreds of students and faculty nationwide through teach-ins, letter writing and petition campaigns, educational seminars, voter registration drives. In 2005, Foyle founded the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which serves children in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, he played a cameo role of "detective" in the 2006 movie The Darwin Awards. Foyle became an American citizen on March 13, 2007, after being in the U. S. for 18 years. He became a member of the National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee, he was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board in 2008. On September 24, 2009, Foyle was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Only eight other NBA players have been inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. In 2013, Foyle released his first children's book, called Too Tall Foyle Finds His Game. In January 2014, Foyle traveled to Spain and Morocco as a SportsUnited Sports Envoy for the U.
S. Department of State. In this function, he worked with Ruth Riley to conduct basketball clinics for more than 600 youth from under-served areas. In so doing, Foyle helped contribute to SportsUnited's mission to promote conflict resolution, greater understanding and inclusion through sport; the Golden State Warriors appointed Foyle as the team's community ambassador in 2014. List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders Adonal Foyle's homepage Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com "Adonal Foyle biography". Archived from the original on January 20, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2005. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown at NBA.com Kerosene Lamp Foundation Democracy Matters C-SPAN Q&A interview with Foyle, March 5, 2006
Chauncey Ray Billups is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A star at the University of Colorado, he was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. A five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection, Billups played for the Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career, he won the NBA Finals MVP in 2004 after helping the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, was given the nickname "Mr. Big Shot" for making late-game shots with Detroit; the Pistons retired his #1 jersey in 2016. In 2004, Billups was honored by the University of Colorado by being the fifth player to have his jersey retired; the Coors Events Center has a large mural of Billups in the northeast corner of the arena as part of his "Chauncey's Kid Roundup" program. Born in Denver, Billups graduated from George Washington High School of Denver in 1995.
At George Washington, he was a four-time All-State first team pick, Colorado Mr. Basketball three times, Colorado Player of the Year as a sophomore and as a junior, he started on varsity as a freshman. He did not play due to a shoulder injury. For college, Billups chose the University of Colorado over Kansas, Georgia Tech, University of California-Berkeley, Oklahoma State. At Colorado, Billups averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds per game over his two seasons. In the 1996–97 season, he was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team, the Basketball Times All-American First Team, Consensus 2nd team All-American; that same season, the Buffaloes finished second in the Big 12 conference with an overall record of 22–10. Billups led the Buffaloes to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 28 years; as a 9-seed and the Buffalos upset the 8-seed Indiana Hoosiers 80–62 but lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels 56–73. Billups averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game. Consensus second-team All-American All-Big 12 First Team AllBuffs.com All-Time Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball Team No. 4 retired by University of Colorado Billups was drafted third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
He did not mesh with new Celtics head coach Rick Pitino. Years Billups reflected on his stint in Boston, commenting, "That didn't help; that didn't give me a chance to slow down and listen to myself, listen to the game and what's going on. I never had that chance, it was a recipe for disaster there." In addition, the Celtics coaching staff did not know whether to play him as a point guard or shooting guard. Fifty-one games Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors on the trading deadline. On February 18, 1998, Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors, along with Roy Rogers, Dee Brown, John Thomas in exchange for All-Star point guard Kenny Anderson, Žan Tabak, Popeye Jones. On January 21, 1999, he was dealt to his hometown Denver Nuggets in a three-way deal involving one of Billups's future teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota received Dean Garrett and Bobby Jackson from Denver, Toronto received Željko Rebrača and Micheal Williams from Minnesota and the 5th pick in the 1999 NBA draft from Denver.
Billups, along with Tyson Wheeler, was sent to Denver from Toronto. Three months into his first tenure with the Nuggets, Billups visited a local Denver hospital in order to comfort and inspire Patrick Ireland, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting Massacre. A year on February 1, 2000, Billups was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Ron Mercer and Johnny Taylor in exchange for Chris Gatling, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, a future first-round pick, cash. Billups was on the injured list until season's end due to an injured shoulder and never played a game for the Magic. Despite this, he was included in the season-ending team photo. Among NBA circles, Billups was considered a draft bust. Billups was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a back-up to point guard Terrell Brandon, who would mentor the troubled player alongside Sam Mitchell, Wally Sczerbiak, Kevin Garnett. Billups would work with his more experienced teammates on shooting, decision-making and the other attributes that came with playing point guard in the NBA, such as learning to work more with teammates, deciding which plays would be most beneficial for the team in a specific situation.
During the 2001–02 season, Brandon suffered a serious knee injury. Billups had a breakthrough 2001 -- 02 season; the Timberwolves won 50 games before they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, with Billups averaging 22 points per game in the series. After his breakthrough season, Billups became a free agent. Billups wanted to return to the Timberwolves, but the team wanted to see how Brandon would respond to his knee injury. In June 2002, Billups signed a 5-year, $35 million contract with the Detroit Pistons to be the team's new starting point guard; when he signed with the Pistons, he was forced to take the number 1 because number 4 was retired in honor of Joe Dumars. Billups earned respect from Pistons fans and colleagues for his tenacious defense and clutch shooting. In 2002–03, Billups helped Detroit finish first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 50–32 regular season record. Billups earned the nickname "Mr. Big-Shot" during the regular season for two events.
He first made a game winning three on March 9 as time expired to beat the Golden State Warriors 107–105 and Billups scored 31 points. The second event was just over
Mark Sanford (basketball)
Eumarkjah Tywan "Mark" Sanford, is a retired American professional basketball player. He is the player development coach for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA. Sanford was born in Texas, to Beverley and Richard Sanford, he is the second oldest of five children, Anthony and Crystal. In his early years he was a big football fan, he played and was coached by his father Richard until his untimely murder in 1990. Richard Sanford never saw his son play basketball; when he died, Mark played football. Mark told his father that he would play in the NFL, but in his heart - back - he felt he would never leave the impoverished neighborhood of South Oak Cliff, in Dallas, Texas. In the year following his father's death, Mark grew 8 inches, going from 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 6 inches, he stopped growing at 6 feet 10 inches. Sanford attended Dallas Carter High School and did not start playing basketball until he was in the tenth grade. In his first year of playing organized basketball Sanford won a share of the Sophomore of the Year award with Maceo Baston of Spruce High School.
Halfway through his junior year, he transferred to Carter's cross town rival Kimball High School. That year he led Kimball to an undefeated record the second half of the season while averaging 26ppg 14rebs and 4blk, their only loss came in the Championship game to Waco High School. Kimball finished; the summer after Sanford's junior year his mother moved him to San Diego California, where he enrolled into Lincoln High School. He led Lincoln Prep to the city of San Diego's first State Championship. Along the way he collected numerous honors from California State POY to All-American, he ranked 22nd nationally by Parade All-America in the class of 1994. Sanford was voted the MVP of the San Diego City All-Star Challenge after managing a record 10 3pts on 13 attempts and amassing 48pts. In 1996 He was inducted into the San Diego Sports Hall of fame. In his brief High School Career he scored 2,373 points, grabbed 1059 rebounds, 413 blocks. At the University of Washington, Sanford played for the Washington Huskies.
He played three seasons with the team. Sanford had intended to declare for the 1996 NBA Draft, but he withdrew his name from consideration, he played a total of 82 games for the Huskies scoring 1319 career point. It did not take Sanford long to get into the Husky record books by scoring 15 points as a true Freshman in the 1st game/start of his career. In doing so he amassed the most points by a player in their 1st game, he was the fastest Husky to score 500 points doing so in just 32 games. He amassed 27 career 20+ point games and scored his career high of 35 points twice against USC and Jackson State, both during his sophomore year. Sanford led the huskies in both rebounding in his Sophomore and Junior seasons. In his true Freshman year, he led all Pac-10 Freshman in scoring and rebounding with 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg. After his Freshman year he was invited to try out for the Under 19 Junior World Games in Athens, Greece. At the trials amongst other notable player such as Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kerry Kittles, Vince Carter, Stephon Marbury, Tim Duncan, Marcus Camby, Sanford finished in the top 3 in 5 statistical categories becoming the first player to rank as high since Charles Barkley who finished number 1 in the same five categories.
He is the first player to leave the University of Washington early for the NBA draft. He was ranked 13th on Washington's all-time scoring list after 82 games played, he was Washington's most recognizable Husky since Detlef Schrempf. He was the Huskies' Shawn Kemp - a crowd-pleasing, high-flying dunker capable of bringing fans out of their homes on a rainy December evening and into Edmundson Pavilion. During Sanford's tenure at Washington, season-ticket sales increased nearly 11.8 percent. Prior to his sophomore season, Washington sold 3,261 men's season tickets, his junior season, 3,701 were sold. Twelve Washington games appeared on cable television, while two aired on network TV; the Huskies sold out home crowds against top-ranked Cincinnati, No. 11 Arizona and No. 13 UCLA. When asked about the support and exposure for the program Sanford stated, "We've got the exposure this year after years when nobody cared too much about Washington basketball." He went on to say, "Now that we got the exposure and expectations, we need to win."
For his career he was first-team All-Freshman. He was an All-American selection following his Junior year. He's scored 1,000 points faster than any other Washington player, but his place in UW history is unknown; when his career ended, he became remembered for his role in reviving Husky men's basketball. With one step he was known to have a 41-inch leap, able to reach as high as 12 feet 4 inches. In 1999, during the strike-shortened NBA lockout season, Sanford opted to join the Harlem Globetrotters. For his jumping ability, he earned the nickname "Airplane". Sanford was projected to be drafted as high as #11 to the Sacramento Kings in the 1997 NBA draft. Former Sacramento Kings Head Coach Eddie Jordan said that he thought that Sanford was the best defender in college basketball and compared him offensively to Billy Owens. After putting Sanford through a workout, former Indiana Pacers Head Coach Larry Bird stated that he thought that "Mark Sanford was the most athletic and skilled player that he had seen enter the draft in the last 5 years".
Bird declared that, had Sanford stayed in school for his senior season, he would have been project
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers known as the Blazers, are an American professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. The Trail Blazers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division; the team played its home games in the Memorial Coliseum before moving to Moda Center in 1995. The franchise entered the league as an expansion team in 1970, has enjoyed a strong following: from 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox; the Trail Blazers have been the only NBA team based in the bi-national Pacific Northwest, after the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis and became the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008. The team has advanced to the NBA Finals three times, winning the NBA championship once in 1977.
Their other NBA Finals appearances were in 1990 and 1992. The team has qualified for the playoffs in 34 seasons of their 48-season existence, including a streak of 21 straight appearances from 1983 through 2003, tied for the second longest streak in NBA history; the Trail Blazers' 34 playoff appearances rank third in the NBA only behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs since the team's inception in 1970. Six Hall of Fame players have played for the Trail Blazers. Bill Walton is the franchise's most decorated player. Four Blazer rookies have won the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Three players have earned the Most Improved Player award: Kevin Duckworth, Zach Randolph, CJ McCollum. Two Hall of Fame coaches, Lenny Wilkens and Jack Ramsay, have patrolled the sidelines for the Blazers, two others, Mike Schuler and Mike Dunleavy, have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the team. Sports promoter Harry Glickman sought a National Basketball Association franchise for Portland as far back as 1955 when he proposed two new expansion teams, the other to be located in Los Angeles.
When the Memorial Coliseum was opened in 1960 Glickman saw the potential it could serve as a professional basketball venue but it was not until February 6, 1970, that the NBA board of governors granted him the rights to a franchise in Portland. To raise the money for the $3.7 million admission tax, Glickman associated himself to real estate magnates Robert Schmertz of New Jersey, Larry Weinberg of Los Angeles and Herman Sarkowsky of Seattle. Two weeks on February 24, team management held a contest to select the team's name and received more than 10,000 entries; the most popular choice was "Pioneers", but that name was excluded from consideration as it was used by sports teams at Portland's Lewis & Clark College. The name "Trail Blazers" received 172 entries, was selected by the judging panel, being revealed on March 13 in the halftime of a SuperSonics game at the Memorial Coliseum. Derived from the trail blazing activity by explorers making paths through forests, Glickman considered it a name that could "reflect both the ruggedness of the Pacific Northwest and the start of a major league era in our state."
Despite initial mixed response, the Trail Blazers name shortened to just "Blazers", became popular in Oregon. Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Buffalo Braves, the Trail Blazers entered the NBA in 1970 as an expansion team, under coach Rolland Todd. Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks led the team in its early years, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs in its first six seasons of existence. During that span, the team had three head coaches; the team won the first pick in the NBA draft twice during that span. In 1972, the team drafted LaRue Martin with the number one pick. In 1974 the team selected Bill Walton from UCLA; the ABA–NBA merger of 1976 saw those two rival leagues join forces. Four ABA teams joined the NBA; the Trail Blazers selected Maurice Lucas in the dispersal draft. That summer, they hired Jack Ramsay as head coach; the two moves, coupled with the team's stellar play, led Portland to several firsts: winning record, playoff appearance, championship in 1977. Starting on April 5 of that year, the team began a sellout streak of 814 straight games—the longest in American major professional sports history—which did not end until 1995, after the team moved into a larger facility.
The team started the 1977–78 season with a 50–10 mark, some predicted a dynasty in Portland. However, Bill Walton suffered a foot injury that ended his season and would plague him over the remainder of his career, the team struggled to an 8–14 finish, going 58–24 overall. In the playoffs, Portland lost to the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1978 conference semifinals; that summer, Walton demanded to be traded to a team of his choice because he was unhappy with his medical treatment in Portland. Walton was never traded, he held out the entire 1978–79 season and left the team as a free agent thereafter; the team was further dismantled as Lucas left in 1980. During the 1980s, the team was a consistent presence in the NBA post-season, failing to qualify for the playoffs only in 1982. However, they never advanced past the conference semifinals duri
Antonio Robert Daniels is an American retired professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is a basketball analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder on FOX Sports Oklahoma and co-host/analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio. After playing college basketball at Bowling Green, Daniels was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick of the 1997 NBA draft. On June 24, 1998, he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for rookie Felipe López and Carl Herrera, he helped the Spurs win an NBA championship in 1999. On August 5, 2002, Daniels along with Spurs teammates Charles Smith and Amal McCaskill was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Erick Barkley, Steve Kerr, a conditional second-round pick in the 2003 NBA draft, he signed as a free agent with the Seattle SuperSonics. After his run with the Sonics had come to an end, he signed with the Washington Wizards, he was sent to the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and the Memphis Grizzlies on December 10, 2008.
On September 9, 2009, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with a 2014 second round pick in exchange for Bobby Brown and Darius Songaila. On September 24, 2009, Daniels agreed to a contract buyout. On November 1, 2010 Daniels was selected by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League in the second round of the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. On April 5, 2011, Daniels was signed to a 10-day contract by the Philadelphia 76ers, he returned to Texas Legends for the next season. On October 22, 2015, Daniels was named as an analyst for Fox Sports Oklahoma covering the Oklahoma City Thunder games. Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Antonio Daniels at Basketball-Reference.com