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Devean George (born August 29, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the NBA. He won three NBA championships during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Devean George
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George with the Mavericks in February 2008
Personal information
Born (1977-08-29) August 29, 1977 (age 41)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolBenilde-St. Margaret's School
(St. Louis Park, Minnesota)
CollegeAugsburg (1995–1999)
NBA draft1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1999–2010
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number3, 40, 19
Career history
19992006Los Angeles Lakers
20062009Dallas Mavericks
2009–2010Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards

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Early life and collegeEdit

He attended high school at Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he played basketball. During his college career at Augsburg College, George was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player two consecutive years (1997–98 and 1998–99), and set school records as a senior by scoring 770 points and averaging 27.5 ppg in leading Augsburg to 24–4 record and the NCAA Division III tournament for the second year in a row.

Professional careerEdit

He was taken by the Lakers with the 23rd overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, and showed considerable promise, especially by his third season where his hustle, outside shooting, and defense made him a key substitute and he appeared in every single game. George was a contributor to the Los Angeles Lakers three straight championship seasons. The Lakers gave him a contract extension in 2002 as a result and over the years, his effort, defensive activity, three-point shooting, and willingness to do what the Lakers required of him endeared him to many Laker fans.

George signed a two-year $4.2 million contract with the Mavericks as a free agent in August 2006[1] and as the season continued he gained coach Avery Johnson's trust and became more integral to the Mavericks' gameplan.

After the end of the 2006–07 NBA season, George became an unrestricted free agent. The Mavericks gave him and his agent a chance to opt in or opt out of a possible second season with the Mavericks at $2.16 m. As of June 30, George decided to opt out of a second season with the Mavericks but eventually, with no other choices, re-signed on July 9 to a $2.5 million deal.[2]

In February 2008, George received a lot of publicity when he refused to be included as part of a larger trade which would have sent Jason Kidd to the Mavericks and George to the New Jersey Nets.[3][4] The trade was ultimately completed without George being part of it.[5]

On March 11, 2009, George injured his right knee in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.[6] On March 27, George had arthroscopic surgery to remove loose fragments of cartilage from the injured knee.[7] George had the option to become a free agent at the end of the season,[8] but chose to exercise his player option to remain with the team.[9]

On July 8, 2009, George was a part of a three-team trade that sent him and Antoine Wright to the Toronto Raptors, Shawn Marion and Kris Humphries to the Mavericks and Jerry Stackhouse to the Memphis Grizzlies. George was later traded to the Golden State Warriors along with cash considerations on July 30, 2009 for Marco Belinelli.[10]

George tried out for his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves in December 2011 after the NBA lockout of that year ended.[11] He did not make their final roster.

After basketballEdit

In 2012, George announced a proposal for an affordable apartment project in Minneapolis.[12]

On September 7, 2014, Devean and three former Augsburg teammates captured the Gus Macker 3-on-3 "Next Step Down" bracket, championship in St. Paul, Minnesota.

NBA 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
Denotes seasons in which George won an NBA championship

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 49 1 7.0 .389 .340 .659 1.5 .2 .2 .1 3.2
2000–01 L.A. Lakers 59 1 10.1 .309 .221 .709 1.9 .3 .2 .2 3.1
2001–02 L.A. Lakers 82 1 21.5 .411 .371 .675 3.7 1.4 .9 .5 7.1
2002–03 L.A. Lakers 71 7 22.7 .390 .371 .790 4.0 1.3 .8 .5 6.9
2003–04 L.A. Lakers 82 48 23.8 .408 .349 .760 4.0 1.4 1.0 .5 7.4
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 15 3 20.4 .356 .362 .750 3.5 .9 .5 .1 7.3
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 71 5 21.7 .400 .313 .674 3.9 1.0 .9 .5 6.3
2006–07 Dallas 60 17 21.4 .395 .353 .750 3.6 .6 .8 .4 6.4
2007–08 Dallas 53 4 15.5 .357 .324 .706 2.6 .7 .4 .2 3.7
2008–09 Dallas 43 17 16.5 .380 .289 .773 1.8 .3 .5 .3 3.4
2009–10 Golden State 45 4 16.9 .432 .390 .696 2.5 .7 .9 .2 5.4
Career 630 108 18.5 .392 .343 .721 3.1 .9 .7 .4 5.6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000 L.A. Lakers 9 0 5.0 .368 .200 .545 1.1 .2 .1 .0 2.4
2001 L.A. Lakers 7 0 3.9 .500 .500 .500 .7 .1 .0 .0 2.0
2002 L.A. Lakers 19 0 17.2 .365 .229 .733 3.6 .6 .6 .5 5.0
2003 L.A. Lakers 11 7 28.9 .449 .333 .889 4.5 2.2 1.0 .4 8.0
2004 L.A. Lakers 22 19 21.4 .430 .373 .650 2.3 .5 .9 .4 5.5
2006 L.A. Lakers 7 0 17.3 .382 .429 .400 2.3 .6 .6 .1 5.3
2007 Dallas 6 1 18.2 .200 .250 .800 3.0 .7 1.0 .3 3.5
2008 Dallas 5 0 12.4 .393 .333 .600 3.0 .0 .4 .4 5.8
Career 86 27 17.2 .395 .326 .675 2.7 .7 .6 .3 5.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mavs agree to two-year, $4.2M deal with George, updated August 1, 2006
  2. ^ Mavericks' George to become free agent | Sports News | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas
  3. ^ Devean George Enters Maelstrom as He Rejects Trade
  4. ^ Mavs forward George blocks trade of Kidd to Mavs
  5. ^ Kidd trade to Mavs will cost Dallas $11 million more than original deal
  6. ^ Sefko, Eddie (2009-03-13). "Devean George seems headed toward surgery". Sports. The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  7. ^ "Mavericks Forward George Has Surgery On Knee". CBS TV 11. 2009-03-27. Retrieved 2009-04-19.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Sefko, Eddie (2009-04-05). "Devean George in the house". Sports. The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  9. ^ Devean George staying with Mavs Archived 2009-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Warriors Acquire Devean George From Toronto". NBA.com. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  11. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (December 5, 2011). "Devean George wants to teach these young Wolves". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Ex-NBA player plans north Minneapolis rentals

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