Morris Almond

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Morris Almond
Morris Almond.jpg
Personal information
Born (1985-02-02) February 2, 1985 (age 34)
Dalton, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolMcEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia)
CollegeRice (2003–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2007–2013
PositionShooting guard
Number21, 22, 19
Career history
20072009Utah Jazz
2007–2009Utah Flash
2009–2010Springfield Armor
2010Maine Red Claws
2010Real Madrid
2010–2011Scavolini Pesaro
2011BC Cherkasy
2012Maine Red Claws
2012Washington Wizards
2012Crvena zvezda
2012–2013Iowa Energy
2013Los Angeles D-Fenders
Career highlights and awards

Morris Almond (born February 2, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. Almond is the founder of Almond Athletics,[1] his last professional appearance would be for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League (D-League).

High school[edit]

Almond was born in Dalton, Georgia and attended McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, where he was a teammate of fellow professional basketball player Josh Smith.

College career[edit]

Almond played college basketball at Rice University, where he was a member of Martel residential college.[2] During his junior season, Almond's scoring average jumped to 21.9 points per game (up from 7.2 points per game as a sophomore). His scoring average led all players in Conference USA.

During his senior year, Almond's scoring average increased to 26.4 points per game, ranking third in the nation. He was named Conference USA Player of the Year and was named AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Almond finished his career at Rice with 121 games played and a scoring average of 15.1 points per game. He was also the first Rice basketball player to appear on the cover of a national publication.[3] After graduation, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (25th pick) in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Almond played in 9 games during his rookie season with the Jazz, averaging 4.3 minutes. His NBA career high is currently 12 points, at Sacramento on December 2, 2008, he scored his first NBA points on January 8, 2008 against the Indiana Pacers, with 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting. However, he spent most of the season with the team's D-League affiliate, the Utah Flash, to whom he was assigned,[4] he led the D-League in scoring during the season, averaging 25.6 points per game.[5] In just his fifth game with the team on December 21, 2007, he tied a league record with 51 points in a 118–116 victory over the Austin Toros.[6] Later in the season, he broke the record with a 53-point performance against the Bakersfield Jam in a 102–87 win;[7] the record was tied by Will Conroy in 2009 and surpassed by Pierre Jackson in 2014 (58).[8]

On September 18, 2009, Morris Almond signed with the Orlando Magic,[9] he was waived on October 21, 2009.[10] Almond later played for the Maine Red Claws and Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League,[11] he then signed with Real Madrid Baloncesto of the Spanish ACB. In July 2010 he left Real Madrid and joined the Italian club Scavolini Pesaro.[12]

In January 2012, Almond returned to the United States and signed with the Maine Red Claws for the second time.[13] On the 16th of April 2012, the Washington Wizards announced they would be signing Almond to contract for the rest of the 2011-12 season.[14] At the end of the 2011-2012 season he was selected to the All NBA D-League Third Team after averaging 23.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Red Claws.

Almond briefly played for Crvena zvezda during the 2012–13 season,[15] he then returned to the Maine Red Claws, who traded him to the Iowa Energy.[16]

On January 30, 2013, he and Mike Taylor were traded to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in exchange for Jarrid Famous.[17]

Post-professional career[edit]

Almond has since retired from professional basketball, he formed Almond Athletics, a non-profit organization, in 2013.[18]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2007–08 Utah 9 0 4.3 .267 .250 .667 .2 .3 .1 .0 1.4
2008–09 Utah 25 1 10.2 .407 .294 .808 1.4 .3 .2 .2 3.7
2011–12 Washington 4 0 16.8 .353 .333 .333 2.0 .5 1.8 .0 3.5
Career 38 1 9.5 .381 .292 .743 1.2 .3 .3 .1 3.1


  1. ^ About Us | Almond Athletics
  2. ^ "Smooth Shooter". Rice News. Rice University News & Media. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Smooth Shooter". Rice News. Rice University News & Media. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ Jazz Assigns Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko To Utah Flash
  5. ^ NBA D-League - 2007-08 scoring average
  6. ^ Almond Ties D-League Record, Flash Outlast Toros
  7. ^ Almond Leads Flash to 102-87 Win Over Jam.
  8. ^ "Pierre Jackson's 58 D-League best". ESPN. Associated Press. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-05.
  9. ^ Magic Sign Almond, Johnson; Prepare for Camp
  10. ^ Orlando Waives Morris Almond Archived 2009-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on October 21, 2009.
  11. ^ Morris Almond playerfile Archived 2009-12-30 at the Wayback Machine. NBA Development League.
  12. ^ Scavolini Pesaro signs Morris Almond
  13. ^ "New-look Armor, Red Claws meet for third straight time Thursday night". The Republican. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  16. ^ 2012-13 Transactions
  17. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Morris Almond and Mike Taylor
  18. ^ About Us | Almond Athletics

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