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Marreese Speights
Philadelphia 76ers  – No. 16
Forward/Center
Born August 4, 1987 (1987-08-04) (age 22)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,685,280[1]
High school Hargrave Military Academy
College University of Florida
Draft 16th overall, 2008
Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 2008 –present
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Marreese Akeem Speights (born August 4, 1987 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is an American basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. A former starting center for the University of Florida men's basketball team, he won the NCAA national championship in 2007.

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High school

He played basketball at Admiral Farragut Academy where they retired his jersey number after just one year.[2] He also played basketball at Hargrave Military Academy.

College career

Speights began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged approximately four points and two rebounds in only six minutes per game as a freshman for the national champion Gators. He saw few minutes because of other big men Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard.

Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft[3], held on June 26. Speights confirmed with Florida coach Billy Donovan on June 12, 2008 that he would not be returning to the Gators.[4]

NBA career

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Philadelphia 76ers

Rookie season

Speights was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th pick of the first round in the 2008 NBA Draft. He signed with Philadelphia on July 18, 2008.[5]

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
2008–09 Philadelphia 79 2 16.0 .502 .250 .773 3.7 .4 .3 .7 7.7
Career 79 2 16.0 .502 .250 .773 3.7 .4 .3 .7 7.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Philadelphia 3 0 9.7 .429 .000 .750 2.0 .0 .0 .0 3.0
Career 3 0 9.7 .429 .000 .750 2.0 .0 .0 .0 3.0

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Admiral Farragut to retire Speights number
  3. ^ Marreese Speights declares for NBA Draft
  4. ^ Florida's Speights tells Donovan he's staying in draft
  5. ^ Sixers Sign Speights

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