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Joey Graham
Denver Nuggets  – No. 14
shooting guard / small forward
Born June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11) (age 27)
Wilmington, Delaware
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
College Central Florida
Oklahoma State
Draft 16th overall, 2005
Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Toronto Raptors (2005–2009)

Joseph "Joey" Graham (born June 11, 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.

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College career

Graham played at Central Florida from 2000 to 2002, and at Oklahoma State from 2003 to 2005. (He did not play during the 2002-2003 season because he was a transfer student.)

After a stellar senior year at Oklahoma State, in which he showed incredible athleticism and the ability to take control of a game while playing for the Cowboys, Graham was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 16th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Graham also earned a degree in aviation management while at Oklahoma State University.

NBA career

Graham was selected with the 16th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 2005 draft. Much anticipation was heaped upon him as he was chosen with one of the two first round picks acquired from the much maligned Vince Carter who was traded to the New Jersey Nets during the 2004–05 season. Joey started his rookie season as a Raptors starter, playing as small forward and was given difficult tasks such as guarding much more experienced players such as Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Tayshaun Prince, and LeBron James. After five games, he was moved out of the starting lineup and replaced by the 5-year Raptors veteran, Morris Peterson. For his entire rookie season, Graham averaged 6.5 points per game.

On October 29, 2007, the Raptors extended Graham's contract which ran through 2008–09.[1] On February 10, 2009, Graham tied his career-high with 24 points in a 110–102 win over the Timberwolves.[2]

During the 2008–09 season, Graham set career-highs in points (7.7) and rebounds (3.7) and tied a career-high in minutes. Graham also set a new career-high for points on 2 different occasions with 22 and 24.

On September 25, 2009, Joey Graham signed a one-year non-guaranteed contract worth $885,000 with the Denver Nuggets.[3][4]

Family

Joey Graham has an identical twin brother, Stephen of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, who has been his long-time rival and has previously played for the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.

Along with his brother, Joey attended Brandon High School, and attended Central Florida for their first two years of college. Later, they transferred to OSU.

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
Correct as of May 15, 2009

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Toronto 80 24 19.8 .478 .333 .812 3.1 .8 .5 .2 6.7
2006–07 Toronto 79 21 16.7 .495 .290 .840 3.1 .6 .4 .1 6.4
2007–08 Toronto 38 3 8.7 .434 .667 .844 1.8 .4 .1 .0 3.6
2008–09 Toronto 78 10 19.8 .481 .188 .825 3.7 .6 .4 .2 7.7
Career 275 58 17.3 .480 .314 .827 3.1 .6 .4 .1 6.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Toronto 6 3 18.2 .286 .000 .800 3.3 .3 .7 .0 2.7
2007–08 Toronto 2 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 8 3 13.9 .261 .000 .800 2.5 .3 .5 .0 2.0

References

  1. ^ Raptors exercise 4th year option on Joey Graham,insidehoops.com, 29 October 2007, accessed 29 October 2007.
  2. ^ http://slamdumb.com/a70.php
  3. ^ http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/61774/20090925/denver_to_sign_joey_graham/
  4. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_13420687

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