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Joseph Xavier Forte (born March 23, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was an All-American player at North Carolina.

Joseph Forte
Personal information
Born (1981-03-23) March 23, 1981 (age 38)
Atlanta, Georgia
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolDeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1999–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2001–2015
PositionShooting guard
Career history
2001–2002Boston Celtics
2002–2003Seattle SuperSonics
2004–2005Asheville Altitude
2005–2006Apollon Patras BC
2006–2007Montepaschi Siena
2007–2008UNICS Kazan
2008Fortitudo Bologna
2008–2009Snaidero Udine
2010Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia
2011Pistoia Basket
2011Ironi Ashkelon
2012Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC
2014–2015Maccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards
Stats at



Forte got his start at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. There, Forte played under the instruction of legendary high school prep coach Morgan Wootten. Forte's teammate at DeMatha, Keith Bogans, has played for several teams in the NBA.[1] Forte was named Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year in his senior year, during which he averaged 22.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists.[2]

Career highlightsEdit

After a 2-year college career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (highlights of which included winning the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year as well as 2001 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year) that was marked by flashes of brilliant play, he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 21st pick in the 2001 NBA Draft (at a time when later star players Tony Parker and Gilbert Arenas were still available at the guard position).

In two seasons with the Celtics and the Seattle SuperSonics, Forte averaged 1.2 points and 0.7 assists per game, struggling to convert from his natural shooting guard position to point guard.

After being released by the Sonics, Forte couldn't find a roster spot in the NBA and joined the Asheville Altitude of the NBA D-League. During the summer of 2005, Forte played with Team Certified of the Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park, leading the team to the playoffs. After the summer, he went to Greece to play with Apollon Patras. He then moved to the Italian club Montepaschi Siena, which won the 2007 Italian championship game.

In July 2007 he signed with the Russian team UNICS Kazan. In January 2008 he signed for Fortitudo Bologna with a franchise option for the following season. He was waived after only two games played and in December 2008 he joined Snaidero Udine, another Italian Serie A team. In May 2009 he asked to be waived for personal matters. On January 8, 2010, he joined Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia, an Italian LegaDue team (Italian second division).

Forte signed with Pistoia Basket of Italy on August 20, 2010 for the 2011 season.[3] With Pistoia, he averaged 18.9 points and 3.6 assists per game in the regular season [4] In an 82-81 loss to Fileni BPA Jesi on January 9, 2011, Forte amassed 34 points, the third-highest single-game total in team history.[4] Forte left Pistoia after being a key component and frequent starter in the team's playoff run.[5]

On October 6, 2011, Israeli side Ironi Ashkelon signed Forte to a one-week trial.[6] However, Forte ultimately ended up signing with Iranian Basketball Super League team Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC for 2012.[7] Through his first two games in league play, Forte averaged 9.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game.[8]


His younger brother, Jason Forte, played college basketball for Brown University and was named Ivy League player of the year in 2004.[9][10]


  1. ^ Tony Kurdzuk. "Nets Waive Keith Bogans". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  2. ^ "Harvey named national player of the year". USA Today. 1999-05-21. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  3. ^ "Basketball Transactions - August 2010". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b "2011 League Record". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  5. ^ "Joseph Forte News - Pistoia Basket 2000". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  6. ^ "Basketball Transactions - 2011/2012". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-03-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Petrochimi Roster". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  8. ^ "Petrochimi Statistics 2012". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  9. ^ Jason Forte. "Brown Bears Athletics". Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  10. ^ [1] Archived August 31, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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