Anthony Eugene Peeler (born November 25, 1969) is an American retired professional basketball player, having played for a number of NBA teams from 1992 to 2005. He later became an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Virginia Union University.
|Born||November 25, 1969|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||208 lb (94 kg)|
|High school||Paseo Academy|
(Kansas City, Missouri)
|NBA draft||1992 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Number||1, 7, 44, 8|
|1992–1996||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,017 (9.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,136 (2.6 rpg)|
|Assists||1,955 (2.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Peeler was a standout high school player at Paseo High School in Kansas City, Missouri where he earned the title of "Mister Show-Me" (the name for the states Mr. Basketball) and was named to the McDonald's All-American team his senior year. The 1988-89 edition of The Sporting News Basketball Preview issue rated Peeler as the 3rd best incoming college freshman in the country, behind Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens. (Other highly touted recruits in this class - Shawn Kemp, Kenny Williams, Stanley Roberts, etc. - were not listed because they were ineligible to play under the NCAA's Proposition 48 guidelines.) He reportedly planned on attending the University of Kansas, but changed his mind because he wasn't sure if Kansas coach Larry Brown would be leaving to coach elsewhere. (Brown indeed left Kansas to coach the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.) Peeler chose the University of Missouri and went on to be one of the school's all-time greats.
Anthony Peeler averaged 16.8 points per game for his Tiger career and left as Missouri's all-time third leading scorer with 1,970 points, and the all-time leader in assists (497) and steals (196). During his career, Peeler was named first-team All-Big Eight, and in 1992 (his senior year) he was named the conference AP Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year and a consensus second team All-American after averaging 23.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, and scored a career-high 43 points in a losing cause against arch rival Kansas. Missouri finished 21-9 that season and reached the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Seton Hall.
In 2006, Peeler was named to the Missouri's 30-member All-Century team, in honor of the school's 100th year of competition.
After his college eligibility was up, Peeler was drafted 15th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1992 NBA draft. Peeler was one of the top 3 shooting guards available (along with Harold Miner and Jim Jackson) and was considered an NBA lottery pick, but his stock dropped off due to off-the-court legal issues. Peeler was placed on 5 years of probation stemming from an altercation with a woman on the campus of Missouri; and was accused, mere days before the draft, of being involved in another altercation, this time with an ex-girlfriend he knew from high school. But the Lakers felt that drafting Peeler would be worth the risk if he could help revitalize their backcourt, which was still reeling from Magic Johnson's retirement and only had aging veterans Sedale Threatt and Byron Scott as the legitimate remaining threats at the guard spots.
In his rookie year, Peeler appeared in 77 games, starting 11 of them, and became the first Lakers rookie to average double figures (10.4 ppg) since Byron Scott in 1983-84. He scored a season-high 25 points against the Indiana Pacers on January 28. Peeler also broke Scott's Laker rookie record for 3-point shooting.
While with Sacramento during the 2003–04 season, he led the league in three-point field goal accuracy with 48.2 percent. During that season's playoffs, during game 6 matchup between Sacramento and Minnesota, Peeler threw an elbow at former Timberwolves teammate Kevin Garnett, followed by a left hook; Peeler was suspended for 2 games, which included a game 7 loss, which ended the Kings' season, and the season-opener of the Washington Wizards's 2004–05 campaign, with whom Peeler spent his final year. Peeler remains the Minnesota Timberwolves all-time leader in 3 point field goals made.
After the NBAEdit
Following retirement from playing, Peeler returned to college and finished his degree at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He entered the coaching profession in China by serving as an assistant coach. He had expressed interest in joining the coaching staff of Frank Haith at Missouri in 2011, but no job offer was forthcoming. He is currently awaiting other opportunities.
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