Vincent Lamar Carter is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He plays both shooting guard and small forward. Carter is one of five players, he is regarded as the greatest dunker of all time. A high school McDonald's All-American, Carter played three years at the University of North Carolina. While there, he twice reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament before being selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, who traded him to the Toronto Raptors. Carter emerged as a star in Toronto, he won the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend. That summer, he represented the United States in the Summer Olympics, he entertained crowds with his leaping ability and slam dunks, earning nicknames such as "Vinsanity", "Air Canada", "Half-Man, Half-Amazing". In December 2004, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he continued to put up big numbers.
Carter has played for the Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Sacramento Kings, the Atlanta Hawks. He received the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in 2016. Carter is an eight-time NBA All-Star. Off the court, Carter established the Embassy of Hope Foundation, assisting children and their families in Florida, New Jersey and Toronto, he was recognized in 2000 as Child Advocate of the Year by the Children's Home Society, received the Florida Governor's Points of Light award in 2007 for his philanthropy in his home state. Born in Daytona Beach, Carter attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, he led Mainland's basketball team to its first Class 6A state title in 56 years and was a 1995 McDonald's All-American. Carter attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spending three seasons playing college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels under Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge. During the 1997–98 season, he was a member of new coach Guthridge's "Six Starters" system that featured Antawn Jamison, Shammond Williams, Ed Cota, Ademola Okulaja, Makhtar N'Diaye.
During his sophomore and junior seasons, Carter helped North Carolina to consecutive ACC Men's Basketball Tournament titles and Final Four appearances. He finished the 1997–98 season with a 15.6 points per game average and was named second-team All-American, First-Team All-ACC, to the fan's guide third-annual Coaches ACC All-Defensive Team. In May 1998, Carter declared for the 1998 NBA draft, following his classmate Jamison, who had declared earlier that spring. During his NBA career, Carter continued his coursework at North Carolina, in August 2000, he graduated with a degree in African-American studies. On January 31, 2012, Carter was honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans, on February 23, 2012, President Barack Obama, an avid NCAA and NBA basketball fan, gave praise to Carter at a fundraiser event, referring to Carter's game as a "huge treat for me since he's been playing for the Tar Heels." Carter was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft.
He was traded to the Toronto Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison—Carter's college teammate and good friend. The Raptors had struggled in their first three years as a franchise. Carter was instrumental in leading the Raptors to their first playoff appearance in 2000 before going on to lead them to a 47-win season and their first playoff series win in 2001, advancing them to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Due to the NBA lockout, Carter's rookie season did not start until January 1999. Carter became a fan favorite with a soaring offensive game that earned him the nickname "Air Canada", he won NBA Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 18.3 points and throwing down countless highlight-reel dunks. Carter ascended to full-fledged stardom in his second season – he averaged 25.7 points per game and lifted Toronto to its first playoff appearance in franchise history. He subsequently was named to the All-NBA Third Team. During the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend, Carter showcased arguably the most memorable Slam Dunk Contest event in its history.
He won the contest by performing an array of dunks including a 360° windmill, a between the legs bounce dunk, an "elbow in the rim" dunk. Carter and his distant cousin Tracy McGrady formed a formidable one-two punch as teammates in Toronto between 1998 and 2000. However, McGrady was dealt to the Orlando Magic in August 2000, leaving Carter as the Raptors' franchise player, it is believed by some that the Raptors could have won championships if McGrady and Carter stayed together in Toronto. In 2000–01, his third season, Carter averaged a career-high 27.6 points per game, made the All-NBA Second Team, was voted in as a starter for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. The Raptors finished the regular season with a franchise-record 47 wins. In the playoffs, the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 3–2 in the first round, advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. Carter and Allen Iverson played in a seven-game series that see-sawed forth. Carter scored 50 points in Game 3 and set an NBA playoff record for most three-point field goals made in one game.
Television ratings for Game 7 soared as one of the highest watched in NBC's history for a non-finals game. As the Sixers and Raptors increased their double team pressures on Carter and Iverson the game winning shot came down to Ca
Michael Olowokandi is a Nigerian former professional basketball player. Born in Lagos and raised in London, he attended college on a basketball scholarship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA draft, where he was selected as a center by the Los Angeles Clippers, he played professionally until 2007. Olowokandi was born in Lagos, his family moved to London when he was 4. Olowokandi attended the Newlands Manor School in Seaford, East Sussex, where he set England's age group records in long jump and triple jump and played center midfiled in football. Olowokandi had a height of 6'8 at age 16, growing six inches in two years, first touched a basketball at age 17, he entered Brunel University as a mechanical engineering major, where he was an athlete in track and field and rugby union, began playing basketball when he was 18. In 1995, on Olowokandi's 20th birthday, he opened the Peterson's Guide to American Colleges and Universities and found the school page of University of the Pacific.
Olowokandi called the UOP basketball office in hopes that he would be accepted to play basketball. After being informed that there were no more available basketball scholarships in UOP, Olowokandi offered to pay for his schooling for two years, he started out in a poor basketball condition but became a star for the team, averaging a team high 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. During his junior year, he led his team to the 1997 NCAA Tournament and as a senior he led the Tigers to the 1998 National Invitation Tournament, he averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks per game his senior year and was the 1997–98 Big West Conference Player of the Year. He graduated from Pacific with a degree in economics in 1998 and his No. 55 jersey was retired by the university. After his senior year, he was drafted with the first overall pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers; because of the 1998–99 NBA lockout, the season in which he was drafted, Olowokandi signed for Italian team Kinder Bologna.
With Bologna, in 3 games played, he averaged 4.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists per game in 17.3 minutes per game, in the Italian League. With Bologna, he played in 3 games in the FIBA EuroLeague, where he averaged 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists per game in 21.3 minutes per game. Olowokandi signed with the Clippers, where he averaged 9.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 30.4 minutes per game in a 323 game stint for five season. Afterward, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2003–04 NBA season. On 26 January 2006, he was traded to the Boston Celtics in a multi-player trade. In 500 regular season NBA games, Olowokandi averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.39 blocked shots per game. In 15 playoff games, he averaged 3.5 rebounds, and.7 blocks per game. In the 2001–2002 season, Olowokandi saw the most playing time of his career and averaged 11.1 points and 8.8 rebounds. During the last 20 games of that season, he averaged 17 points a game and 11 rebounds, was considered one of the biggest free agents in the 2002–2003 free agency class.
He played 36 games in the 2002–2003 season before sustaining an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the season. In his last year with the Los Angeles Clippers, he sustained a hernia and knee injury, which hindered his ability after being listed as a top free agent prospect for the 2002–03 season, he finished that season averaging 12.3 points 9.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.7 turnovers per game. During that offseason, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, his time with the Timberwolves was marked by serious inconsistent play. The Clippers' drafting of Olowokandi was considered a "bust" as the 1998 NBA draft produced notable players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Rashard Lewis, Mike Bibby. In 2001, Olowokandi and his Clippers teammates participated in the BasketBowl Challenge at Keystone Lanes in Norwalk, to raise funds for the Los Angeles Clippers Foundation and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Michael Olowokandi bio at NBA.com Michael Olowokandi Career stats at basketball-reference.com Michael Olowokandi FIBA EuroLeague profile at FIBAEurope.com Michael Olowokandi Italian League profile at legabasket.it Pacific Tigers bio at the Wayback Machine
Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted in the 1998 NBA Draft. In the NBA, Wells played for five teams from 1998 to 2008: the Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets. Wells attended Muncie Central High School and went on to play at Ball State University in Muncie. There he was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman Player of the Year in the 1994–1995 season. Wells broke Ron Harper's conference record of 2,377 career points on a one-handed dunk against Northern Illinois on February 21, 1998; the dunk sent the sell-out crowd at University Arena into a frenzy. A timeout was called and Wells was awarded the game ball by Ball State president John Worthen. Wells led the Mid-American Conference in steals in 1998 with 73, averaging 3.55 steals in 29 games. Wells led the conference in steals during all four years at Ball State and finished his career as the Mid-American Conference all-time career records in points and steals.
While at Ball State he averaged 21.4 PPG, 3 SPG, 7.3 RPG. He was selected eleventh overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1998 NBA Draft, but he never played for the Pistons as his draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the Blazers' 1999 first round pick. Six years Ball State would retire his jersey number, 42, in recognition of his achievements; as a swingman in Portland, Wells achieved career highs in scoring and improved somewhat on defense, picked up what some would call a bad-boy image while sharing the role of co-captain with Rasheed Wallace. Bonzi, did have his share of on- and off-court incidents. During his tenure with the Blazers, Bonzi was suspended for two games for publicly cursing at his coach after being taken out of a game. Bonzi was fined in a separate incident for making an obscene gesture to a fan in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers; when asked by a media reporter about the incident, he said, "I black out sometimes." Wells was suspended one game without pay and fined $10,000 for intentionally striking and verbally abusing an official in 2000.
Bonzi and teammate Erick Barkley in 2001 were cited for criminal trespass after they refused to follow the order of an officer to leave the scene of a fight near a downtown nightclub. This only went to further the team's derisive nickname, The Jail Blazers. Trail Blazers management made an oath to the City of Portland to have a team of upstanding Portlanders and drastically restructured the team. In an exchange that emphasized the urgency to release Wells, he was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade for reserve guard Wesley Person. Bonzi's legacy in Portland has been positive, he set the franchise record for most points scored in a playoff game at 45 against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs. The co-captains would carry the sixth-seeded Trail Blazers to a decisive Game 7 versus the Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki led three-seeded Mavericks; the Mavericks won the series, thirteen games into the following season Wells was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Wesley Person and a 2004 first-round pick.
The unorthodox coaching methods of Hubie Brown and his strict 10-man rotation limited Wells to just under 25 minutes per game for the Grizzlies. This tactic helped. After Brown quit as coach midway through the 2004–05 season, Mike Fratello took over as head coach, it appeared Wells was going to be given a chance to pose a threat on the court. This would not come to be, highlighted by the fact that Wells played a total of 27 minutes in the Grizzlies' second playoff appearance in 2005. Citing undisclosed reasons, Fratello suspended him for Game 2 of the series against the powerhouse Phoenix Suns, he returned in Game 3. Wells did not dress for the series-ending Game 4. Prior to the start of the 2005–06 NBA season, Wells was acquired from the Grizzlies by the Kings in a trade for point guard Bobby Jackson and center Greg Ostertag, he was forced to change his jersey number from 6 to 42 upon arrival. In Sacramento the number 6 has been retired in honor of the fans, as in they are the "sixth man" of the team.
In the early part of the season, Wells had been a rebounding force for the Kings, recording career-best numbers in rebounds, while recording excellent assists and steals totals. In the playoffs, Wells was productive, averaging 23.2 points and 12 rebounds per game in 6 games against the San Antonio Spurs, though the Kings lost the series. When Wells entered free agency at the closing of the season, teammate Ron Artest offered to forgo his entire salary in order to keep him on the team; the day before the 2006 training camp began, Wells signed with the Houston Rockets, with a salary of "only" $2 million in the initial season. This was considered to be a great bargain for the Rockets, as Wells had turned down a 5-year, $38.5 million offer from the Kings. Wells missed the beginning of training camp recovering from a groin injury, missed several days following dental work. In addition, he was absent on more than one occasion for "personal reasons". Wells played only 30 minutes total, scoring only six points, in the Rockets' second and third games of the season.
Wells was not pleased with his playing time, neither was coach Jeff Van Gundy with Wells' weight and lack of conditioning. Van Gundy placed Wells on the inactive list, dismissed him from team practices for over a month, relegated him to working with trainers and on the exercise bicycle to improve his conditioning. Unsatisfied with his progress, Van Gundy told him
Danville is a city in and the county seat of Vermilion County, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 33,027. Danville was founded in 1827 on 60 acres of land donated by Guy W. Smith and 20 acres donated by Dan W. Beckwith; the sale of lots was set for April 10, 1827 and advertised in newspapers in Indianapolis and the state capital of Vandalia. The first post office was established in May of the same year in the house of Amos Williams, organizer of Vermilion and Edgar Counties and a prominent Danville citizen. Williams and Beckwith drew up the first plat map. Beckwith was moved to Indiana as a young man, he died in 1835 of pneumonia contracted on a horseback ride back from Washington. Danville became a major industrial city in the late early twentieth centuries. From the 1850s to the 1940s, Danville was an important coal mining area; the coal formation underlying eastern Illinois and western Indiana is named the "Danville Member," after the area where it was first discovered. With the closure of the mines and many factories, Danville's economic base suffered in the latter half of the 20th century.
The former mines were converted into lakes, creating fishing and recreation opportunities at parks such as Kickapoo State Recreation Area and Kennekuk Cove County Park. Danville is located 120 miles south of Chicago, 35 miles east of Champaign-Urbana, 90 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Illinois Route 1, U. S. Route 136, U. S. Route 150 intersect in Danville. Lake Vermilion is located on the northwest side of town. According to the 2010 census, Danville has a total area of 17.967 square miles, of which 17.89 square miles is land and 0.077 square miles is water. In recent years, average temperatures in Danville have ranged from a low of 17 °F in January to a high of 86 °F in July, although a record low of −26 °F was recorded in January 1994 and a record high of 112 °F was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.99 inches inches in February to 4.70 inches inches in June. Danville is the principal city of the Danville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Danville and Vermilion County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,904 people, 13,327 households, 8,156 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,994.0 people per square mile. There were 14,886 housing units at an average density of 875.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 70.19% White, 24.37% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.57% of the population. There were 13,327 households out of which 28% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.8% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males. The median income for a household in the city is $30,431, the median income for a family is $39,308. Males have a median income of $31,027 versus $22,303 for females; the per capita income for the city is $16,476. 18.1% of the population and 13.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 26.8% are under the age of 18 and 10.5% are 65 or older. According to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, Danville is the cheapest place to live in the United States; the City of Danville maintains 17 parks, including Harrison Park Golf Course and FETCH Dog Park in Espenschied Park. Danville's main shopping center is the Village Mall, opened in 1975. Additional retail has spread north on Route 1/Vermilion Street since the early 90s, ranging from traditional big-box stores and retail infill and redevelopment of abandoned shopping centers.
Retail in the community has increased after a large influx of redevelopment and green development happened in 2013 with the addition of Meijer and the Kohl's Plaza. 1967–1971: Al Gardner 1971–1975: Rolland E. Craig 1975–1985: David S. Palmer, namesake of David S. Palmer Arena 1985: Wilbur Scharlau, appointed acting mayor by city council following Palmer's death 1985–1986: Hardin W. Hawes, appointed acting mayor following Scharlau's resignation 1986–1987: Wilbur Scharlau, appointed mayor following resignation of Hawes 1987–2003: Robert E. Jones, namesake of Danville Municipal building 2003–2018: Scott Eisenhauer, namesake of Danville Public Works Building 2018-present: Rickey Williams Jr. appointed Acting Mayor by the city council, following Eisenhauer’s resignation. Elected to full term on April 2, 2019. Defeated Former Vermilion County Board Chairman James McMahon, Alderman Steve Nichols, Donald Crews; the City of Danville website maintains the complete list
In basketball, a rebound, sometimes colloquially referred to as a board, is a statistic awarded to a player who retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. Rebounds are given to a player who tips in a missed shot on his team's offensive end. Rebounds in basketball are a routine part in the game, as most possessions change after a shot is made, or the rebound allows the defensive team to take possession. A rebound can be grabbed by either a defensive player. Rebounds are divided into two main categories: "offensive rebounds", in which the ball is recovered by the offensive side and does not change possession, "defensive rebounds", in which the defending team gains possession; the majority of rebounds are defensive because the team on defense tends to be in better position to recover missed shots. Offensive rebounds give the offensive team another opportunity to score whether right away or by resetting the offense. A block is not considered a rebound. A ball does not need to "rebound" off the rim or backboard for a rebound to be credited.
Rebounds are credited after any missed shot, including air balls. If a player takes a shot and misses and the ball bounces on the ground before someone picks it up the person who picks up the ball is credited for a rebound. Rebounds are credited to the first player that gains clear possession of the ball or to the player that deflects the ball into the basket for a score. A rebound is credited to a team when it gains possession of the ball after any missed shot, not cleared by a single player. A team rebound is never credited to any player, is considered to be a formality as according to the rules of basketball, every missed shot must be rebounded whether a single player controls the ball or not. Great rebounders tend to be strong; because height is so important, most rebounds are made by centers and power forwards, who are positioned closer to the basket. The lack of height can sometimes be compensated by the strength to box out taller players away from the ball to capture the rebound. For example, Charles Barkley once led the league in rebounding despite being much shorter than his counterparts.
Some shorter guards can be excellent rebounders as well such as point guard Jason Kidd who led the New Jersey Nets in rebounding for several years. Great rebounders must have a keen sense of timing and positioning. Great leaping ability is an important asset, but not necessary. Players such as Larry Bird and Moses Malone were excellent rebounders, but were never known for their leaping ability. Bird has stated. That's where I get mine"). Players position themselves in the best spot to get the rebound by "boxing out"—i.e. by positioning themselves between an opponent and the basket, maintaining body contact with the player he is guarding. The action can be called "blocking out". A team can be boxed out by several players using this technique to stop the other team from rebounding; because fighting for a rebound can be physical, rebounding is regarded as "grunt work" or a "hustle" play. Overly aggressive boxing out or preventing being boxed out can lead to personal fouls. Statistics of a player's "rebounds per game" or "rebounding average" measure a player's rebounding effectiveness by dividing the number of rebounds by the number of games played.
Rebound rates go beyond raw rebound totals by taking into account external factors, such as the number of shots taken in games and the percentage of those shots that are made. Rebounds were first recorded in the NBA during the 1950–51 season. Both offensive and defensive rebounds were first recorded in the NBA during the 1973–74 season and ABA during the 1967–68 season. New camera technology has been able to shed much more light on where missed shots will land. Wilt Chamberlain – led the NBA in rebounds in 11 different seasons, has the most career rebounds in the regular season, the highest career average, the single season rebounding records in total and average, most rebounds in a regular season game and playoff game in the NBA, has the most career All-Star Game rebounds. Bill Russell – first player to average over 20 rebounds per game in the regular season, ranks second to Chamberlain in regular season total and average rebounds, averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in 10 of 13 seasons played, grabbed 51 rebounds in a single game, grabbed a record 32 rebounds in one half, grabbed 40 rebounds in the NBA Finals twice, is the all-time playoff leader in total and average rebounds.
Bob Pettit – averaged 20.3 rebounds per game in the 1960-61 season, his career average of 16.2 rebounds per game is third all-time, holds the top two performances for rebounds in an NBA All-Star Game with 26 and 27. Nate Thurmond – averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in two seasons, career average of 15.0 rpg, holds the all-time NBA record for rebounds in a single quarter with 18. He is the only player besides Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry Lucas to record more than 40 rebounds in a single game. Jerry Lucas – averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in two seasons, had a career average of 15.6 rpg. Along with Russell and Thurmond is one of only four players to grab at least 40 rebounds in a single game. Moses Malone – led the NBA in rebounds per game in six d
Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterović referred to in English as Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterovic, is a retired Slovenian professional basketball player. He holds citizenship in both Greece. In the NBA he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors. Nesterović retired in 2011. Nesterović was born in Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia to father Čedo, a Bosnian Serb employee of the Slovenian Railways, a mother Branka, a midwife in the Ljubljana University Medical Centre, he started playing basketball with the KD Slovan youth team. He played with the junior club of KK Partizan and made his debut during the 1992–93 season. During the Yugoslav wars, Nesterović moved to PAOK of the Greek League. While playing there, he obtained a second citizenship to avoid EU restrictions. To obtain Greek citizenship he had to administratively change his name in the eyes of Greek law. While in Greece and other EU countries, he thus competed as a domestic player under the name Radoslav "Rasho" Makris.
Ahead of the 1995–96 season, Nesterović returned to his hometown to play for Union Olimpija. Competing in the Slovenian domestic league, his averages were 30 minutes, 17 points and 14 rebounds per game; the summer of 1996 off season brought another significant feat for Nesterović. The next season, 1996–97, he was part of that legendary Olimpija team that reached the 1997 EuroLeague Final Four in Rome. In that season, he played an average of 17.0 minutes per game, averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague. The exposure on the biggest European stage led to a big time move for Nesterović to the Italian League power Virtus Bologna during the summer of 1997. In the first season with his new club, he scored an average of 8 points and grabbed an average of 6 rebounds per game, in the Italian domestic league. In the EuroLeague, he grabbed 6.0 rebounds per game. He helped Virtus win the EuroLeague title, playing alongside legendary players such as Sašha Danilović, Zoran Savić, Antoine Rigaudeau.
In the EuroLeague Final, Nesterović grabbed 9 rebounds. Nesterović was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1998 NBA Draft, he joined the Timberwolves just before the end of the 1998–99 season and played there through the 2002–03 season. Nesterović stayed in Minnesota for four full seasons because he played only the last two regular-season games, plus all of his team's games in the playoffs, in his first season, his best season with the Timberwolves was 2002–03, when he averaged 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, earning himself a 6-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004. Although the Timberwolves were offering him a contract worth $12 million more, Nesterović opted for the move to Texas for a shot at the NBA title. In his first season with San Antonio, Nesterović scored 8.7 points per game and grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game. In his second season with the Spurs, 2004–05, he suffered an ankle injury, was limited to 70 games, he remained the starting center for the majority of the season, along with his colleague from the Slovenian national basketball team, Beno Udrih, he won an NBA title with the Spurs that year.
On June 21, 2006, Nesterović was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with cash in exchange for Matt Bonner, Eric Williams and a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his first season with the Raptors, he averaged 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks per game. On April 2, 2008, at 7:34 pm EST, Nesterović hit his first three-point shot in the regular season, with a pump fake, for a buzzer beater against the Atlanta Hawks, in Atlanta. While playing for the Raptors, he was nicknamed Nestea as the fans found it "refreshing to have a true center." On July 9, 2008, Nesterović was traded along with the Raptors' T. J. Ford, Maceo Baston and the 17th pick in the draft to the Indiana Pacers, in exchange for Jermaine O'Neal and the 41st pick in the draft. On July 30, 2009, Nesterović was signed by the Raptors with the biannual exception of $1.9 million for one season. For the 2010–11 season Nesterović returned to Europe, when he signed a two-year contract with the Greek League powerhouse Olympiacos.
He was released by Olympiacos in July 2011. Nesterović was the captain of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team until his retirement from the national team in 2008, he helped his national team finish in 6th place at the EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade, to thus secure a place at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. At the EuroBasket 2005, he played an average of 21.7 minutes, scored an average of 6 points, grabbed an average of 6.2 rebounds per game. Since 2014, Rašo Nesterović holds a position as a Secretary-General of the Basketball Federation of Slovenia. In 2015, he was elected a member of the FIBA commission of players. Nesterović has four children, he is the godfather to Luka Dončić, a EuroLeague player and the third pick in the 2018 NBA draft. He speaks Serbian, Italian and English. NBA.com Profile Radoslav Nesterovic at FIBA FIBA Europe Profile Euroleague.net Profile Italian League Profile It's Rasho's World
The center known as the five, or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is the tallest player on the team, has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. In the NBA, the center is 6 feet 10 inches or taller and weighs 240 pounds or more, they traditionally have played close to the basket in the low post. A center with the ability to shoot outside from three-point range is known as stretch five; the center is considered a necessary component for a successful team in professional leagues such as the NBA. Great centers have been the foundation for most of the dynasties in both the NBA and NCAA; the 6'10" George Mikan pioneered the Center position, shattering the held perception that tall players could not develop the agility and coordination to play basketball well, ushering in the role of the dominant big man. He led DePaul University to the NIT title after turning professional, won seven National Basketball League, Basketball Association of America and NBA Championships in his ten-year career, nine of them with the Minneapolis Lakers.
Using his height to dominate opposing players, Mikan invented the shot block. In the 1960s, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain further transformed basketball by combining height with a greater level of athleticism than previous centers. Following the retirement of George Mikan, the rivalry of the two big men came to dominate the NBA. Between the two of them and Russell won nine of the eleven MVP awards in the eleven-year period between 1958 and 1969. Many of the records set by these two players have endured today. Most notably and Russell hold the top eighteen season averages for rebounds. Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA Championships, he joined the Boston Celtics and helped make them one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, winning eleven championships over his thirteen-year career as well as five MVP awards. Russell revolutionized defensive strategy with his shot-blocking and physical man-to-man defense. While he was never the focal point of the Celtics offense, much of the team's scoring came when Russell grabbed defensive rebounds and initiated fast breaks with precision outlet passes to point guard Bob Cousy.
As the NBA's first African-American superstar, Russell struggled throughout his career with the racism he encountered from fans in Boston after the 1966–67 season, when he became the first African-American in any major sport to be named player-coach. His principal rival, Wilt Chamberlain, listed at 7'1", 275 pounds, lacked Russell's supporting cast. Chamberlain played college ball for the Kansas Jayhawks, leading them to the 1957 title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Although the Jayhawks lost by one point in triple overtime, Chamberlain was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. A member of the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA in 1959, Chamberlain won two Championships, in 1967 with the Philadelphia 76ers and 1972 with the Los Angeles Lakers, although his teams were defeated by the Celtics in the Eastern Conference and NBA Finals, he won seven scoring titles, eleven rebounding titles, four regular season Most Valuable Player awards, including the distinction, in 1960, of being the first rookie to receive the award.
Stronger than any player of his era, he was capable of scoring and rebounding at will. Although he was the target of constant double- and triple-teaming, as well as fouling tactics designed to take advantage of his poor free-throw shooting, he set a number of records that have never been broken. Most notably, Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history to average more than 50 points in a season and score 100 points in a single game, he holds the NBA's all-time records for rebounding average, rebounds in a single game, career rebounds. A lesser-known center of the era was Nate Thurmond, who played the forward position opposite Wilt Chamberlain for the San Francisco Warriors but moved to center after Chamberlain was traded to the new Philadelphia franchise. Although he never won a Championship, Thurmond was known as the best screen setter in the league, his averages of 21.3 and 22.0 rebounds per game in 1966–67 and 1967–68, are exceeded only by Chamberlain and Russell. In contrast to the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, the 1970s were a decade of parity in the NBA, with eight different champions and no back-to-back winners.
At the college level, the UCLA Bruins, under Coach John Wooden, built the greatest dynasty in NCAA basketball history, winning seven consecutive titles between 1967 and 1973. UCLA had won two consecutive titles in 1964 and 1965 with teams that pressed and emphasized guard play. After not winning in 1966, Wooden's teams changed their style, he led UCLA to three championships-in 1967, 68' and 69'-while winning the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award. During his college career, the NCAA enacted a ban on dunking because of Alcindor's dominant use of the shot, his entrance into the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969 was timely, as Bill Russell had just retired and Wilt Chamberlain was 33 years old and plagued by injuries. After leading the Bucks to the 1971 NBA championship, te