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Stephen Graham (born June 11, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player coach. Graham's twin brother, Joey, was his college teammate and has also played in the NBA.

Stephen Graham
Personal information
Born (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 37)
Wilmington, Delaware
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolBrandon (Brandon, Florida)
College
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–2013
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Coaching career2015–present
Career history
As player:
2005–2006Sioux Falls Skyforce
2005Houston Rockets
2006Chicago Bulls
2006Cleveland Cavaliers
2006–2007Portland Trail Blazers
20072009Indiana Pacers
2009–2010Charlotte Bobcats
2010–2011New Jersey Nets
2011Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2012Capitanes de Arecibo
2013Guaros de Lara
As coach:
2015–2016Fort Wayne Mad Ants (assistant)
20162018Denver Nuggets (player development)

High school and college careerEdit

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Graham played competitively at Florida's Brandon High School, and was team captain his senior year in which he averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game; in that year, he and his brother Joey led Brandon to the state finals. Graham was named to Hillsborough County's All-Conference team his junior year and to the All-State team his senior season. He played in the AAU's Junior Olympics National Game and was named an All-American. He was a member of both Tampa's championship AAU Sunshine State Games' team, and Nike's traveling Florida team. He was recruited by South Florida, Richmond, Florida State and Florida.[1]

Graham spent his freshman and sophomore college basketball seasons (2000–01; 2001–02) with the University of Central Florida Knights, then transferred to Oklahoma State University for his junior year (2002–03) in which he redshirted.[1] In his first season with the Cowboys in 2003–04, he only twice scored 12 points, his season-high.[2] He averaged a mere 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game overall,[3] but he was named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for his academic achievements.[1] A highlight in his senior season in 2004–05 was leading the Cowboys with 22 points in a 78-75 home loss to Gonzaga on December 28, 2004.[4] For his second and final season for Oklahoma State, he averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.[3]

Professional careerEdit

After playing through his senior year with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Graham declared for the 2005 NBA draft. However, he was not selected. He played for the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League, and then for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2005 preseason, but was not offered a longer contract by either team. He then joined the CBA, a minor league, signing with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Graham was signed by the NBA's Houston Rockets on December 10, 2005, but was cut on December 29 after playing in six games.[5]

After returning to the Skyforce in the interim, he signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls on January 17, 2006.[6] He played his first game in a Bulls uniform three days later against the Rockets. However, Graham saw limited playing time with the Bulls and his contract was not extended when it expired.

On February 6, Graham was signed to a 10-day contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] On February 20, he was signed to a second 10-day contract,[8] then for the rest of the season.[9]

He spent the first two months of the 2006–07 NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but was waived on January 2, 2007, playing with an old acquaintance, the Skyforce in South Dakota, who were now a part of the D-League.

In July 2007, he signed with the Indiana Pacers.[10]

He signed with the Charlotte Bobcats in September 2009.[11]

On September 15, 2010, Graham signed with the New Jersey Nets.[12] The Nets waived Graham on December 22, 2011, following the lockout.[13]

On March 13, 2012, Graham was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[14]

On September 30, 2013, Graham signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[15] However, he was waived on October 26.[16]

On December 21, 2013, Graham signed with Guaros de Lara.[17]

Graham competes for the Ants Alumni in The Basketball Tournament. He was a forward on the 2015 team who made it to the semifinals, falling 87-76 to Team 23.

Coaching careerEdit

On October 21, 2015, he was hired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to work as an assistant coach.[18]

He was announced as a player development coach for the Denver Nuggets for the 2016–17 season.[19]

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

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Houston 6 0 6.3 .375 .200 1.000 1.2 .5 .3 .0 2.8
2005–06 Chicago 3 0 6.7 .200 .250 1.000 1.0 .3 .0 .0 1.7
2005–06 Cleveland 13 0 9.0 .424 .000 .889 1.3 .2 .2 .2 2.8
2006–07 Portland 14 1 11.8 .425 .273 .889 1.5 .4 .3 .1 3.2
2007–08 Indiana 22 0 5.8 .586 .500 .750 1.0 .4 .2 .0 4.0
2008–09 Indiana 52 6 13.2 .414 .303 .806 1.8 .6 .2 .1 5.4
2009–10 Charlotte 70 8 11.5 .496 .320 .646 1.9 .3 .3 .1 4.2
2010–11 New Jersey 59 28 16.3 .405 .238 .816 2.1 .7 .2 .0 3.4
Career 239 43 12.2 .446 .308 .766 1.8 .5 .2 .1 4.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Charlotte 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .5 .5 .0 .0
Career 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .5 .5 .0 .0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Stephen Graham". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-12-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "NCAA College Basketball Players - NCAA Basketball - ESPN".
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Graham".
  4. ^ "Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State - Game Recap - December 28, 2004 - ESPN".
  5. ^ "Rockets Release Stephen Graham". NBA.com. 2005-12-29. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  6. ^ NBA. "Stephen Graham Info Page". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  7. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Stephen Graham to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  8. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Stephen Graham to a Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  9. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Stephen Graham; Waive Nailon". NBA.com. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  10. ^ "Stevie Signs with the Pacers". Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-11-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  11. ^ Five Former OSU Players On NBA Training Camp Rosters[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "NETS Sign Free-Agent Forward Stephen Graham". NBA.com. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  13. ^ Stephenson, Colin (December 22, 2011). "Nets waive swingman Stephen Graham". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2015-04-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Bucks add Junior Cadougan, Olek Czyz, Stephen Graham, Trey McKinney Jones to training camp :InsideHoops".
  16. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks waive Trey McKinney Jones, Olek Czyz and Stephen Graham :InsideHoops".
  17. ^ http://www.basketball.realgm.com/international/league/82/Venezuelan-LPB/team/1074/Guaros/transactions/2014[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Mad Ants Finalize Coaching Staff for 2015-16 Season". OurSportsCentral.com. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  19. ^ http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/nuggets-2016-17-coaches-091416

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