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Andray Blatche
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Washington Wizards  – No. 7
Forward/Center
Born August 22, 1986 (1986-08-22) (age 23)
Syracuse, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
League NBA
High school Henninger (Syracuse), South Kent School (Connecticut)
College None
Draft 2nd round, 49th overall, 2005
Washington Wizards
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Roanoke Dazzle (D-League)
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Andray Blatche (born August 22, 1986 in Syracuse, New York) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Washington Wizards.

Blatche attended Henninger High School[1] in Syracuse before attending the South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut.[2] He declared for the 2005 NBA Draft out of high school, and while originally thought of as a first-round prospect, he slipped to the second round and was taken by the Washington Wizards with their only selection, the 49th pick.[3]

Blatche was shot in a carjacking on September 25, 2005, and as a result missed training camp.[3][4] He recovered successfully[3] and played his first game with Washington versus Seattle on November 11, 2005, scoring five points in a 137–96 Wizards victory.[5] Given that he did not play college basketball, the Wizards split Blatche's playing time between the Roanoke Dazzle, their then-affiliate in the NBA Development League, and the Wizards in the 2005–06 season.

With the injuries to Wizards centers Etan Thomas and Michael Ruffin, Blatche was occasionally pressed into service as a backup center in the 2006–07 season.

On August 17, 2007, the Wizards re-signed Blatche to a multi-year deal, terms of which were not disclosed.[3][6]

During the 2007–08 season Blatche continued showing improvement, and with center Etan Thomas out with a season-ending heart condition, his minutes increased.

On October 31, 2009, he scored a career high 30 points on 15-18 shooting during the Wizards' 123-104 home opening day victory.

On January 9, 2010, Blatche was fined $10,000 by the Washington Wizards for participating in Gilbert Arenas' antics before a game on January 5, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Arenas was being investigated for a prior incident involving guns in the Wizards' locker room, but made light of the accusations by pointing his finger at his teammates, as if he were shooting them. His teammates were photographed smiling and laughing with him.[7]

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Personal life

On the Sunday morning of September 25, 2005, three months after the Wizards selected him with the 49th overall pick in the NBA draft, Blatche was shot in an attempted carjacking that took place near his home in Alexandria, Virginia.[2] A passenger, police said Blatche was ordered out of the car by men who emerged from a van and was shot before he could fully exit.[2] Blatche's mother, Angela Oliver said he was shot once in the chest, but that the bullet did not hit any vital organs.[2] He was released from hospital two days later.[8] As a result of his injuries he missed the Wizards' training camp,[3][9] although he could walk on his own three days after the shooting and one day after being released from the hospital.[9] He appeared in only 29 games as a rookie.

On August 2, 2007, Blatche was charged with sexual solicitation in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. after allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. The solicitation charge was dropped after Blatche followed court orders and attended a day-long seminar for men who solicit prostitutes.[3][10]

Blatche was arrested on June 4, 2008, in Virginia on charges of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for the third time. Blatche was going 86 mph in a 70 mph zone in a Mercedes on Interstate 85. He was released on bond.[11]

NBA career statistics

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 season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Washington 29 0 6.0 .388 .231 .833 1.3 .3 .2 .2 2.2
2006–07 Washington 56 13 12.2 .437 .148 .612 3.4 .7 .3 .6 3.7
2007–08 Washington 82 15 20.4 .474 .231 .695 5.2 1.1 .6 1.4 7.5
2008–09 Washington 71 36 24.0 .471 .238 .704 5.3 1.7 .8 1.0 10.0
Career 238 64 17.8 .464 .203 .692 4.3 1.1 .5 .9 6.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Washington 2 0 12.5 .667 .000 1.000 3.5 .0 .0 .0 4.5
2007–08 Washington 6 0 14.8 .429 .000 .333 3.3 .2 .3 1.0 3.7
Career 8 0 14.1 .481 .000 .385 3.4 .1 .2 .8 3.9

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Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche (born August 22, 1986 in Syracuse, New York) is an American basketball player that currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the NBA. On September 25, 2005, Blatche was shot in a carjacking in Alexandria, Virginia and recovered succesfully. Blatche has played for the Washington Wizards for 5 seasons.


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