Craig Elliott "Speedy" Claxton (born May 8, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Hofstra University men's basketball team. Claxton won an NBA championship in 2003 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. In 2013, he was named as a special assistant to the head coach for the Hofstra University men's basketball program, before being hired as head coach in 2021.
|League||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Born||May 8, 1978|
Hempstead, New York
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||166 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Christ the King|
(Middle Village, New York)
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Number||12, 10, 5|
|2002–2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|2003–2005||Golden State Warriors|
|2005–2006||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,096 (9.3 ppg)|
|Assists||1,441 (4.3 rpg)|
|Rebounds||830 (2.5 apg)|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Prior to his NBA career, Claxton played at Hofstra University under current Villanova University coach Jay Wright. At Hofstra, Claxton led the Flying Dutchmen to the America East Championship, where they defeated the University of Delaware in the championship game at Hofstra Arena. The team was defeated in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament by an Oklahoma State team led by Desmond Mason, Claxton's future NBA teammate with the Charlotte Hornets.
Claxton donated money to help build the 5,000-seat arena in which the Hofstra team plays, and his number 10 was retired by Hofstra on January 31, 2009. Claxton was inducted into the Hofstra Hall of Fame on January 29, 2011.
Claxton was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 20th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. His rookie-scale contract was worth four years and $4.68 million; he opted out of the fourth year to become a free agent.
Claxton missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason. In 2002, Claxton was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Mark Bryant, Randy Holcomb, and John Salmons, where he played on the Spurs' 2003 championship team as the backup to starting point guard Tony Parker.
In 2003, Claxton was signed by the Golden State Warriors to a three-year contract worth $10 million.
On July 12, 2006, Claxton signed a contract worth approximately $25 million over four years with the Atlanta Hawks. Claxton only played 44 games with the Hawks, as he was injured every year after he signed with the team. During the 2006-07 season, he averaged 5.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Claxton served as a college scout with the Golden State Warriors before joining the Hofstra University men's basketball staff in 2013. On April 7, 2021, he was hired as head coach at Hofstra.
Claxton's parents are from Antigua and Barbuda. His sister, Lisa, played for the St. John's Red Storm women's basketball team. His brother Michael (M. Buckets) played college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats. Claxton has two daughters, Aniya and London, with ex-wife Meeka. The couple announced their divorce in July 2014.
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|
|†||Won an NBA championship|
|2005–06||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||71||3||28.4||.413||.270||.769||2.7||4.8||1.5||.1||12.3|
- NBA.com Bio Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine
- "Warriors Acquire Acie Law and Speedy Claxton From Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
- Warriors might be focusing in on Monroe
- Mihalich Announces Staff; Claxton Returns To Program
- "MBB: Past. Present. Future. Claxton To Lead The Hofstra Men's Basketball Program". Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-04-07.