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Mateen Cleaves
Point guard
Born September 7, 1977 (1977-09-07) (age 32)
Flint, Michigan
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
College Michigan State
Draft 14th overall, 2000
Detroit Pistons
Pro career 2000–2009
Former teams Detroit Pistons (2000–2001)
Sacramento Kings (2001–2003)
Huntsville Flight (2003–2004)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004)
Seattle SuperSonics (2004–2006)
Fayetteville Patriots (2005–2006)
Unics Kazan (2006–2007)
Panionios BC (2007–2008)
Bakersfield Jam (2008–2009)
Awards Final Four MOP (2000)

Mateen Ahmad Cleaves (born September 7, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American former professional basketball player who played in six NBA seasons, and is currently a music talent manager.[1]

Cleaves is most remembered for his career at Michigan State University, and on February 3, 2007 Cleaves became the eighth MSU player to have his number retired.


College career

Cleaves, a three-time Michigan State University captain, led the Spartans to the 2000 national championship, and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

The school's only three-time All-American, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice, also leading college and conference in career assists with 816, and is Michigan State's all-time steals leader (193). In his final home game on senior night in East Lansing, Cleaves dished out 20 assists, breaking the Big Ten single-game and career assist marks. In that game, he and seventh-ranked Spartans drubbed rival Michigan 114-63, assuring themselves their third straight Big Ten title along with the school's most-decisive conference victory ever.

Professional career

Cleaves was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2000 NBA Draft with the fourteenth pick. During his rookie season, he played in 78 games, averaging 5.4 points and 2.7 assists, as his success in the college game did not carry over to the professional level.

As a rookie, Cleaves was ticketed for speeding and driving with a suspended license. The player was driving 85 mph in a 70 mph zone Sunday morning on an interstate, and a routine check showed his license was suspended. The suspension was dropped once Cleaves paid the fines.[2]

Cleaves was traded to the Sacramento Kings shortly before the 2001–02 season, for Jon Barry and a first-round draft pick. After two seasons playing sparingly, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics,[3]being waived before 2003-04's regular season began, and appearing midway through it with the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games. He was then signed by the Seattle SuperSonics, being cut during 2004-05 and re-signed during the following campaign.

Following his NBA stint, Cleaves appeared for the Fayetteville Patriots and the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League, also playing abroad with Russia's Unics Kazan and Greece's Panionios BC. In 2008, he played with the Denver Nuggets in their pre-season, being waived before the October 29 tip-off.[4]

Post-playing career

On March 14, 2010, it was announced that Mateen Cleaves had joined Fox Sports Detroit as a Detroit Pistons studio analyst.[5]


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Preceded by
Richard Hamilton
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player

Succeeded by
Shane Battier

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