Aaron Michael Gray (born December 7, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player who played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A heart condition forced him into early retirement in 2015.
Gray with the Raptors in 2013
|Born||December 7, 1984|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Emmaus (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2010–2011||New Orleans Hornets|
|2015–2018||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Gray played high school basketball at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The school competes in Pennsylvania's highly competitive East Penn Conference. Gray did not start playing for the varsity team until the middle of his sophomore season.
While at Emmaus, Gray was recruited by, and committed to attend, the University of Pittsburgh. He chose Pitt over Penn State and Rutgers, which also aggressively recruited him. In Gray's senior season, he won the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year.
While at Pitt, Gray was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, after helping lead the University of Pittsburgh to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in March 2007.
At the NBA's 2007 pre-draft camp, Gray was the only player whose height measured at least seven feet without shoes. He was selected with the 49th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA draft.
Chicago Bulls (2007–2010)Edit
Gray made his NBA debut with the Bulls on November 2, 2007 against the Philadelphia 76ers. On April 16, 2008 against the Toronto Raptors, he recorded 19 points, 22 rebounds and 2 assists in 35 minutes of play. In the 2007–08 season, Gray scored 262 points and recorded 168 rebounds for the Bulls.
New Orleans Hornets (2010–2011)Edit
On July 15, 2010, the Hornets re-signed Gray.
Toronto Raptors (2011–2013)Edit
On July 27, 2012, Gray was re-signed by the Raptors.
Sacramento Kings (2013–2014)Edit
Detroit Pistons (2014)Edit
On August 18, 2014, Gray signed with the Detroit Pistons. On September 29, 2014, the Pistons announced Gray would miss training camp while rehabbing from a cardiac episode suffered following a voluntary workout in late August. On October 26, 2014, he was waived by the Pistons.
On June 19, 2015, Gray decided to retire after a blood clot was discovered in his heart in the summer of 2014, subsequently joining Stan Van Gundy's staff at the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach to work with the team's big men, and with the young prospects of the team's NBA D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- Bulls beat Raptors as Toronto barely uses starters
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE AARON GRAY FROM BULLS". NBA.com. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
- Hornets re-sign Aaron Gray
- "Raptors sign center Aaron Gray". InsideHoops.com. December 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- "Raptors Sign Free-Agent Centre Aaron Gray". NBA.com. December 11, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
- Raptors re-sign Gray, ink free-agent guard Lucas III Archived 2012-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
- Notebook: Warriors 114, Raptors 102
- "Kings Acquire Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray from Toronto". NBA.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- Pistons Sign Free Agent Forward Cartier Martin and Center Aaron Gray
- Detroit Pistons Center Aaron Gray Out Indefinitely
- Pistons waive center Aaron Gray
- Ellis, Vince (June 19, 2015). "Aaron Gray stays upbeat after blood clot forces retirement". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 19, 2015.