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Alfonzo McKinnie (born September 17, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Eastern Illinois University and University of Wisconsin–Green Bay.

Alfonzo McKinnie
No. 28 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-09-17) September 17, 1992 (age 27)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016East Side Pirates
2016Rayos de Hermosillo
2016–2017Windy City Bulls
2017–2018Toronto Raptors
2017–2018Raptors 905
2018–2019Golden State Warriors
2019–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

McKinnie played his first two years of high school basketball at Chicago's Curie Metropolitan High School. He played his final high school season as a starter at Marshall Metropolitan High School, during which he earned All-Red West Conference honors averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.[1]

College careerEdit

McKinnie was not a big scorer and lightly recruited during his one year at Marshall HS. He got a chance to play at Eastern Illinois. As sophomore he averaged 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.[2] After his second year, he transferred to Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he tore his meniscus at the end of his redshirt season. Later, he tore his meniscus again and had it removed.[3] He finished his college career averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 96 games.[2]

Professional careerEdit

East Side Pirates (2015–2016)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, McKinnie started his career with the East Side Pirates[4] in Luxembourg's semi-professional second division, where he became the go-to scorer, averaging 26 points per game.[5]

Rayos de Hermosillo (2016)Edit

On May 21, 2016, he signed with the Mexican team Rayos de Hermosillo.[6] An old friend, former North Dakota forward Emmanuel Little suggested he join the CIBACOPA. McKinnie became a strong player on the squad. He helped lead the Rayos to the regular-season title and the final series before falling four games to two against the Nauticos de Mazatlan.[7]

Windy City Bulls (2016–2017)Edit

In September 2016, McKinnie paid 175 dollars for a tryout with the Windy City Bulls of the NBA G League.[5] On October 30, 2016, he made Bulls’ G-League roster.[8] He played well for the Bulls in 2016.[9]

Toronto Raptors (2017–2018)Edit

On July 9, 2017, McKinnie signed with the Toronto Raptors.[10] He made his NBA debut on October 19, 2017, playing in a single minute in their 117–100 win over the Chicago Bulls. During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to Raptors 905, Toronto's NBA G League affiliate.[11] On July 17, 2018, the Raptors waived McKinnie.[12]

Golden State Warriors (2018–2019)Edit

McKinnie signed with the Golden State Warriors for the 2018–19 season. He ultimately earned a spot on the team’s opening night roster.[13] He recorded his career first double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds, both career high) in 27 minutes off the bench on October 29 against Chicago Bulls.[14] McKinnie went to average 4.7 points a game for the season while playing 72 games. The Warriors went on to advance to the 2019 NBA Finals where they lost to the Toronto Raptors in 6 games. On October 18, 2019, the Warriors waived McKinnie.[15]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2019–present)Edit

On October 21, 2019, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they had claimed McKinnie off waiver.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Toronto 14 0 3.8 .533 .333 .667 .5 .1 .1 .1 1.5
2018–19 Golden State 72 5 13.9 .487 .356 .563 3.4 .4 .3 .2 4.7
Career 86 5 12.3 .490 .354 .569 3.0 .4 .3 .2 4.2

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019 Golden State 22 1 10.7 .441 .313 .400 2.3 .2 .1 .1 3.0
Career 22 1 10.7 .441 .313 .400 2.3 .2 .1 .1 3.0

Source:[17]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the son of Elisa Bryant and Alfonzo McKinnie, Sr.[1] In 2018, during his first stop in Chicago with the Warriors, he signed papers to buy his mother a house, and introduced his parents at the Warriors team dinner after he helped Golden State blow out the Bulls.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Alfonzo McKinnie Bio". eiupanthers.com. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "NCAA Season Stats - Per Game". RealGM.com. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Chicago Native Alfonzo McKinnie Shines For Windy City Bulls". NBA.com. December 27, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "East Side adds McKinnie to their roster". eurobasket.com. August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "How Alfonzo McKinnie Became A D-League All-Star". ridiculousupside.com. March 28, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hermosillo inks Alfonzo McKinnie, ex East Side". eurobasket.com. May 21, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Gomez, Eric (December 7, 2017). "Americans call the Mexican basketball league home". ESPN. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Windy City Bulls Select Four Players in 2016 D-League Draft to Complete Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 30, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Alfonzo McKinnie takes 'unique journey' to roster spot with Warriors". October 14, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller and Alfonzo McKinnie". NBA.com. July 9, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "2017-2018 Raptors 905 Transactions History". RealGM.com. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Raptors Waive Alfonzo McKinnie". NBA.com. July 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Letourneau, Connor (October 14, 2018). "Alfonzo McKinnie takes 'unique journey' to roster spot with Warriors". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "GAME RECAP: Warriors 149, Bulls 124". NBA.com. October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Warriors Waive McKinnie, Cunningham and Zeisloft". NBA.com. October 19, 2019. Retrieved October 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "Cavaliers Claim Alfonzo McKinnie off Waivers". NBA.com. October 21, 2019. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Alfonzo McKinnie Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2019.

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