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Joel Przybilla
Joel Przybilla.jpg
Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 10
Center
Born October 10, 1979 (1979-10-10) (age 30)
Monticello, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
High school Monticello High School (Minnesota)
College Minnesota
Draft 9th overall, 2000
Houston Rockets
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams Milwaukee Bucks (2000–2004)
Atlanta Hawks (2004)

Joel Przybilla (born October 10, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. A 7'1" (2.16 m) center of Polish and German descent, he currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA. His nicknames include, "Ghostface", "The Vanilla Gorilla" and "The Thrilla'."[1]

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High school career

Przybilla was born in Monticello, Minnesota, and attended Monticello High School, where he was coached by Max LaVelle of the Monticello Magic.

College career

He played two seasons at the University of Minnesota. He left Minnesota during the middle of his sophomore season.

NBA career

Przybilla was the 9th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft, chosen by the Houston Rockets, but traded the same day to the Milwaukee Bucks for their first round pick, Jason Collier and a future first round pick. After playing for the Bucks for 3+ seasons, on February 15, 2004, he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in a three team trade.[2] Upon free agency, Phoenix and Toronto showed interest but Portland was the only team offering guaranteed money[3] and he signed for a reported $3.35 million over two years on August 24, 2004.[4] He made an immediate impact averaging 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in that 2004–2005 NBA season.

Przybilla became a free agent again at the end of the 2005–2006 season. After being pursued by several teams, he agreed to re-sign with the Blazers; the contract is reportedly for 5 years and US $32 million.[5] Among his suitors were the Chicago Bulls, and the Detroit Pistons, seeking to replace the outgoing Ben Wallace.[5] Bill Duffy, Przybilla's agent, explained his reasons for re-signing with the Blazers this way: "He's extremely loyal, and they gave him an opportunity two years ago when no one else did."[5] At the same time, the Blazers' offer was the most generous, surpassing the Pistons' $29 million offer and the $24 million offered by the Spurs. On 22 March 2008, Przybilla pulled a career high 25 rebounds, two shy of the franchise record overall and one shy of franchise record in a regulation game.[6]

On January 2, 2009, he was fined $7,500 and assessed a flagrant foul for striking Tyson Chandler.[7]

In a game against the Dallas Mavericks on December 22, 2009, he suffered a ruptured patella tendon as well as a dislocated patella after landing awkwardly on his right knee during a rebound. Two days later, he had surgery to repair the tear in the tendon. He is expected to miss the rest of the season.[8]

It was reported on March 7, 2010 that Przybila re-injured his right knee while slipping in the shower. The Trail Blazers said the knee will require more surgery.[9]

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
2000–01 Milwaukee 33 13 8.2 .343 .000 .273 2.2 .1 .1 .9 .8
2001–02 Milwaukee 71 62 15.9 .535 .000 .422 4.0 .3 .3 1.7 2.7
2002–03 Milwaukee 32 17 17.1 .391 .000 .500 4.5 .4 .3 1.4 1.5
2003–04 Milwaukee 5 0 6.6 .000 .000 .500 2.0 .6 .0 .0 .2
2003–04 Atlanta 12 12 26.2 .360 .000 .414 8.4 .3 .4 1.4 4.0
2004–05 Portland 76 50 24.4 .598 .000 .517 7.7 1.0 .3 2.1 6.4
2005–06 Portland 56 52 24.9 .548 .000 .532 7.0 .8 .4 2.3 6.1
2006–07 Portland 43 43 16.3 .474 .000 .370 3.9 .3 .2 1.6 2.0
2007–08 Portland 77 67 23.6 .576 .000 .680 8.4 .4 .2 1.2 4.8
2008–09 Portland 82 43 23.8 .625 .000 .663 8.7 .3 .4 1.2 5.5
2009-10 Portland 30 9 22.7 .523 .000 .647 7.9 .3 .3 1.4 4.1
Career 517 368 20.7 .555 .000 .558 6.5 .5 .3 1.6 4.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Milwaukee 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2002–03 Milwaukee 4 3 8.3 1.000 .000 .000 2.5 .3 .0 .5 .5
2008–09 Portland 6 6 27.0 .556 .000 .500 7.3 1.3 .7 2.0 3.8
Career 11 9 17.9 .579 .000 .500 4.9 .8 .4 1.3 2.3

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