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Brandon Roy
Brandon Roy.jpg
Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 7
Shooting guard
Born July 23, 1984 (1984-07-23) (age 25)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 211 lb (96 kg)
League NBA
High school Garfield (Seattle)
College Washington
Draft 6th overall, 2006
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2006–present
Awards 2006 Pac-10 player of the year
2007 NBA Rookie of the Year
2007 NBA All-Rookie Team
2009 All-NBA Second Team
3x NBA All-Star (2008–2010)
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Brandon Dawayne Roy (born July 23, 1984)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected sixth in the 2006 NBA Draft, having completed four years playing for the Washington Huskies. In 2009, he serves as the team's co-captain, along with LaMarcus Aldridge. His nickname is "B-Roy", but he is also referred to as "The Natural" by announcer Brian Wheeler.[2][3]

Born in Seattle, Washington, Roy became known for his immediate impact on the Trail Blazers.[4] Zach Randolph, then the team captain, was traded to the New York Knicks at the end of Roy's first season, which cleared the way for Roy to take on a leadership role on the team.[1] Though hampered by an injured ankle, Roy won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2006–07 in a near-unanimous vote. He played 57 games as a rookie and averaged 16.8 points per game in the 2006–07 season. He was selected as a reserve to the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, the 2009 NBA All-Star Game,[5] and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.[6] Roy played the most minutes of any Western Conference player, and tied for the most points in the West in the 2008 game, and he played the most minutes of any player during the 2009 game.[7]


Early years

Roy was born in Seattle, Washington on July 23, 1984. He first started taking basketball seriously while playing for the Amateur Athletic Union, one of the largest sports organizations in the United States.[8] He attended Garfield High School in Seattle. Roy was considered one of the state's best high school players.[9] He was an early-entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft straight out of high school, but he withdrew his name after consideration.[10][11]

Roy attended Nate McMillan's basketball camp in the 1990s when the current Blazer coach was still playing for the Seattle Supersonics.

College career

Roy faced challenges before entering college. His parents and his older brother had not attended college, and due to a learning disability Roy had difficulty with the Scholastic Aptitude Test; his reading comprehension was slow, which increased the time he needed for tests. He had taken the test four times (with tutors) before finally meeting the National Collegiate Athletic Association requirements.[8] Unsure whether he would be able to attend a four-year college course, Roy worked on the Seattle docks, cleaning shipping containers for $11/hour.[8]

In 2002, Roy started to play for the University of Washington (UW). He remained there for four years under head coach Lorenzo Romar. He majored in American Ethnic Studies.[12] After his junior year, Roy considered entering the draft, but changed his mind when he learned that teammate Nate Robinson and high school senior and UW signee Martell Webster intended to enter the draft. He saw an opportunity to rise in the ranks on his college team, and improve his draft position.[8]

During his senior year Roy averaged 20.2 points per game while leading the Huskies to a 26–7 season and a second straight Sweet Sixteen appearance.[13] Roy was named Pac-10 player of the year and received All-American honors at the end of the season, while also being a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith, Oscar Robertson, and Adolph Rupp awards.[12] Roy had a 2006 pre-draft workout with the Trail Blazers prior to being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the sixth overall pick. However, he was immediately traded to the Trail Blazers for the draft rights of Randy Foye.[4][14] On January 22, 2009, before a University of Washington Husky home game versus the University of Southern Cal Trojans, his number 3 uniform was retired.[15]

NBA career


2006–07 season

Brandon Roy defending DeShawn Stevenson in a game

Roy's NBA debut was in his hometown against the Seattle SuperSonics.[16] He scored 20 points in that game, and 19 in the following game.[17] An impingement in his left heel kept him out of 20 games early in the season, but he scored his first career double-double shortly after his return, on December 22, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors.[17] At the end of January 2007, Roy led all NBA rookies with 14.5 points per game. He became the fourth Trail Blazer to be selected for the rookie squad of the NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge since its inception in 1994. He was the first Trail Blazer to participate in the All-Star Weekend since Rasheed Wallace's selection as an all star reserve in 2001.[18]

Roy's uniform number is 7. He was the Western Conference's Rookie of the Month in January, February, and March 2007.[17] After averaging 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during the 2006–07 NBA season, Roy was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He received 127 out of 128 first-place votes.[17] Due to injury, he played in only 57 games in that season, the second-fewest games for a Rookie of the Year.[17] He was the third Trail Blazer to win the award, the others being Geoff Petrie and Sidney Wicks.[17]

2007–08 season

Roy started in the first 48 games of the 2007–08 season, averaging 19.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds. He also led the Blazers to a 13-game winning streak in the month of December. Roy was selected as a reserve for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. He scored 18 points in that game, and also had 9 rebounds. He injured his right ankle in the final game before the All-Star Weekend. Although he earned accolades for his play over the weekend, the injury impacted his play in the following weeks.[19] He played in the Rookie Challenge for the second time, this time as a "sophomore"; teammate LaMarcus Aldridge was also on the sophomore squad.[20] Roy played about 29 minutes in the All-Star game, the most of any Western Conference player. He also tied Chris Paul and Amar'e Stoudemire for the most points with 18.[21]

2008–09 season

In the 2008 preseason, Roy underwent a 20-minute medical procedure in Vancouver, Washington, during which team physician Don Roberts removed a piece of cartilage that was causing irritation in Roy's left knee. Roy missed several weeks of action because of the rehabilitation, but was ready on the opening day of the season against the Los Angeles Lakers.[22] On November 6, against the Houston Rockets, Roy hit a game-winning 30-foot jumper at the buzzer in overtime with eight-tenths of a second left.[23] On December 18, Roy scored a career-high 52 points against the Phoenix Suns. He made 14 of 27 shots from the field, 19 of 21 from the free-throw line, and 5 of 7 from the three-point line. He also added six assists, five rebounds and a blocked shot, all without a turnover.[24] On January 24, Roy tied a Blazers franchise record with 10 steals against the Washington Wizards.[25] On February 8 with the Blazers trailing by 1 against the Knicks, Roy made a layup at the buzzer to win it 109–108.[26]. As of February 16, 2009, Roy has had 24 shots which tied or won the games with 35 seconds or less. Roy was again selected as a reserve in the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, where he scored 14 points in 7-for-8 shooting, grabbed 5 boards, and dished out 5 assists in a game-high 31 minutes of action. On April 13, Roy was named Western Conference Player of the Week, the fourth time he has won the award. Roy and Clyde Drexler are the only Portland Trail Blazers to win the award four times.[27] Roy finished 9th in MVP voting for the 2008–09 season, garnering one 4th place vote and four 5th place votes for a total of 7 points.[28] Roy was named to the All-NBA Second Team on May 13, and was the first Blazer to make an All-NBA team since the 1991–92 season.[29]

2009-10 season

On August 5, 2009, it was confirmed that Roy had agreed to a four-year maximum-salary contract with a fifth-year player option, keeping him a Trail Blazer until at least the 2013–14 season.[30]

Roy was selected to compete in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, marking his third selection as an NBA All-Star. However, Roy was sidelined because of a right hamstring injury he sustained on January 13th in the 4th quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks, and re-aggravated on January 20th in the 2nd quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers.[6]

Personal life

Roy's longtime girlfriend Tiana Bardwell delivered their first child, Brandon Jr., whom they nicknamed BJ, on March 27, 2007 in Seattle.[31]

About two months later, Roy took Bardwell out to look at rings "just to get an idea of what she'd like". On June 16, 2007, while both were at Roy's home in Renton, Washington, he sent Bardwell a text message instructing her to look in a drawer in his closet, telling her that she could have whatever she found. Bardwell discovered a ring that she had mentioned she liked, at which point Roy entered the room with their son and said, "BJ wants to know if you will marry his daddy". Bardwell immediately accepted. Roy said the entire proposal was "free-styled".[32] They married in August 2009.[32]

Roy and Bardwell had their second child, Mariah Leilani, in January 2009. [33]

Awards and honors


  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

2006–07 Portland 57 55 35.4 .456 .377 .838 4.4 4.0 1.2 .2 16.8
2007–08 Portland 74 74 37.7 .454 .340 .753 4.7 5.8 1.1 .2 19.1
2008–09 Portland 78 78 37.2 .480 .377 .824 4.7 5.1 1.1 .3 22.6
Career 209 207 36.9 .465 .363 .803 4.6 5.1 1.1 .2 19.8
All-Star 2 0 30.0 .833 .667 .000 7.0 5.0 .5 .5 16.0


2008–09 Portland 6 6 39.7 .459 .471 .870 4.8 2.8 1.3 1.2 26.7
Career 6 6 39.7 .459 .471 .870 4.8 2.8 1.3 1.2 26.7

See also


  1. ^ a b "Brandon Roy Statistics". Basketball References. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Brandon Roy". Retrieved December 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ ""Broadcaster of the Week: Brian Wheeler, Trail Blazers"". 
  4. ^ a b " - Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy". Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Roy makes second straight All-Star team". January 29, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c MacMahon, Tim (January 28, 2010). "All-Star homecoming for Bosh, Williams". Retrieved January 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Roy represents Blazers with big game". February 15, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hendrickson, Brian (December 9, 2007). "The Real Roy". The Columbian. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Player Bio: Brandon Roy". Retrieved November 12, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Brandon Roy". Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  11. ^ a b c "BLAZERS: Brandon Roy timeline". Retrieved November 12, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Prospect Profile - Brandon Roy". Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  13. ^ "UW Huskies Have Sweet 16 Matchup With UConn Huskies". Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Trail Blazers Land Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge". Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Roy's number to be retired tomorrow at game against USC". Retrieved January 21, 2009. 
  16. ^ Kelly, Steve. "Roy is just the player to help the Blazers make a turnaround". Retrieved November 12, 2008. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Roy receives 127 of 128 first-place votes as top rookie". Associated Press ( May 2, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Guard Brandon Roy makes rookie-sophomore game at All-Star event". Associated Press ( January 31, 2007. 
  19. ^ Freeman, Joe (February 25, 2008). "Roy could miss L.A. trip". The Oregonian. 
  20. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey C. (February 16, 2008). "Roy crashes a party". The Oregonian. 
  21. ^ "2008 NBA All-Star Boxscore". February 17, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Report: Brandon Roy Will Be Ready for Opening Day". August 14, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Roy's Buzzer-Beater Lifts Blazers Past Yao, Rockets in OT". Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Blazers end 11-game skid vs. Phoenix behind Roy's career-high 52". ESPN. December 18, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Roy swipes 10 steals, Oden continues encouraging play in Blazers' win". ESPN. January 24, 2009. Retrieved January 25, 2009. 
  26. ^ "Roy's layup at buzzer gives Blazers win vs. Knicks". February 8, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Brandon Roy Is Pretty Good". April 13, 2009. 
  28. ^ " James outdistances Bryant in winning Kia MVP award". May 4, 2009. 
  29. ^ "Brandon Roy makes All-NBA Second Team". May 13, 2009. 
  30. ^ "Roy agrees to extension with Blazers". ESPN. August 6, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  31. ^ "LaMarcus has a big March; Roy is a new daddy". Associated Press. March 29, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2007. 
  32. ^ a b Quick, Jason. "Part I - Roy's marriage proposal: Little BJ gets an assist". Retrieved November 9, 2008. 
  33. ^ "The Blazers have entrusted their future to a 24-year-old". Sports Illustrated. February 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2009. 
  34. ^ "Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy Named 2006-07 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year". NBA. Retrieved November 11,, 2008. 
  35. ^ "Roy Headlines 2006-07 NBA T-Mobile All-Rookie Team". May 11, 2007. Retrieved September 6, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Players of the Week: Devin Harris, Brandon Roy". December 1, 2008. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Bulls' Gordon, Blazers' Roy named Players of the Week". April 17, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  38. ^ "Players of the Week: Andrew Bogut, Brandon Roy". March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Chris Paul
NBA Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Kevin Durant

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Brandon Roy (born July 23, 1984 in Seattle, Washington) is a basketball player. He plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, and was chosen as an All Star in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Roy played college basketball for four years at the University of Washington. The Minnesota Timberwolves chose him with the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, but traded him to the Trail Blazers later that night.[1]

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