Tony Massenburg

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Tony Massenburg
Personal information
Born (1967-07-31) July 31, 1967 (age 51)
Sussex, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolSussex Central (Sussex, Virginia)
CollegeMaryland (1986–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career1990–2008
PositionPower forward / Center
Number45, 32, 41, 9, 30, 44, 34
Career history
1990–1991San Antonio Spurs
1991–1992Charlotte Hornets
1992Boston Celtics
1992Golden State Warriors
1992Pallacanestro Reggiana
1992–1993Unicaja Málaga
1994–1995Los Angeles Clippers
1995–1996Toronto Raptors
1996Philadelphia 76ers
1996–1997New Jersey Nets
19971999Vancouver Grizzlies
1999Houston Rockets
19992002Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies
2002–2003Utah Jazz
2003–2004Sacramento Kings
2004–2005San Antonio Spurs
2008Capitanes de Arecibo
Career highlights and awards
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Tony Arnel Massenburg (born July 31, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player. He shares a National Basketball Association (NBA) record with Chucky Brown, Joe Smith, and Jim Jackson for having played with twelve different teams over his career.[1]

Player biography[edit]

College career[edit]

Massenburg played in college for the University of Maryland from 1986 to 1990, playing under three different head coaches: Lefty Driesell, Bob Wade, and Gary Williams, he had a career field goal shooting percentage of 52.3% and averaged 12.1 points per game in his four-year career with the Terrapins. In his senior season, in which he was featured on the cover of the team's handbook on an aircraft carrier, he averaged 18 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He was one of only two players in the Atlantic Coast Conference to average double figures in both categories that season, his efforts in his senior season earned him a spot on the All-ACC Second Team.

Pro career[edit]


Massenburg was initially signed by the NBA club the San Antonio Spurs in 1990, after he was chosen by the team in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft, as the 43rd pick overall. During his first stint with the Spurs, he was able to play alongside NBA legend David Robinson, he played in 35 games with the Spurs during the 1990–91 NBA season.


As part of his first career NBA injury's rehabilitation program, Massenburg went to the Italian League in 1991, where he averaged almost 23 points and 10 rebounds per game in four games with the Italian club Pallacanestro Reggiana.

Back to NBA[edit]

After playing in only one game with the San Antonio Spurs in the 1991-1992 season, Massenburg was traded to the Charlotte Hornets where he played for three games before moving on to the Boston Celtics for seven games, and then also to the Golden State Warriors for another seven games; ending his season with a total of 18 games and 90 minutes played with four franchises that season.


Massenburg played in the Spanish League with Unicaja-Mayoral and FC Barcelona during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, he won both the Spanish King's Cup championship and the Catalan League championship with Barcelona in 1994.

Back to NBA again[edit]

Massenburg came just short of playing an entire NBA season for the first time in his career during the 1994-95 season, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers for 80 games. Massenburg was taken in the NBA expansion draft in 1995 by the Toronto Raptors. After 24 games there, he was shipped to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played 30 games.

During the 1996-97 season, Massenburg once again came very close to playing an entire NBA season, seeing action in 79 games with yet another team, the New Jersey Nets. Massenburg returned to Canada for the 1997-98 season, playing with the Brian Winters-coached Vancouver Grizzlies. In Vancouver, Massenburg backed up center Bryant Reeves, he played two seasons in Vancouver before being traded before the 1999-2000 season to the Houston Rockets. With the Rockets, he played in ten games, then was promptly returned to the Grizzlies before the 2000-2001 campaign; when the franchise relocated to Memphis in 2001, so did Massenburg. During the Grizzlies' first season on U.S. soil, Massenburg played in 73 games, averaging 5.5 points per game. In successive years, he was a member of the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings.

Massenburg returned to the Spurs for the 2004-05 season and with them he won an NBA championship ring that year, when the Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons four games to three in the 2005 NBA Finals. During the series Massenburg mainly observed from the bench as his teammates clinched the Spurs' third NBA title in seven years. Unfortunately however, six weeks after the finals ended, a late-night auto accident badly damaged Massenburg's ankle, leaving him unable to play the following two seasons.[2]

After being out with the ankle injury for two seasons, Massenburg attempted an NBA comeback in the year 2007 with the Washington Wizards, but he was waived by the team before the season started, he then signed with the Arecibo Captains, a Puerto Rican team, but was released shortly after. In his NBA career, Massenburg participated in 683 NBA games over 15 seasons, he scored 4,238 points in his career for a career average of 6.2 points per game. He collected 2,964 rebounds in his career for a career average of 4.3 rebounds per game. He also dished out 266 assists in his career, for a career average 0.4 assists per game.

Later life[edit]

In 2010 Massenburg started a sports bar in the Kentlands area of Gaithersburg, Maryland with former NBA coach James Lloyd called Tony & James,[3] it was later renamed 44 Sports Bar,[4] which reflected Massenburg's jersey number. The bar closed on June 4, 2012 after 9 months in business.[5]

In December 2013, Tony Massenburg's jersey number was retired at Sussex Central High School (VA), along with that of Reginald Givens (a former NFL linebacker); these two men were the only two athletes from the school ever to play a sport professionally.

Massenburg now contributes to CSN Mid-Atlantic's Washington Wizards coverage.[6]


  • Tony Massenburg, Walt Williams, Lessons from Lenny: The Journey Beyond a Shooting Star, Whyde Range Productions, 2018. ISBN 9780999532003


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