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Morris Almond
Springfield Armor  – No. 22
Born February 2, 1985 (1985-02-02) (age 24)
Dalton, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBDL
Salary $1,081,440[1]
High school McEachern
College Rice
Draft 25th overall, 2007
Utah Jazz
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Utah Jazz (2007-2009)
Utah Flash (2007-2009)

Morris Almond (born February 2, 1985 in Dalton, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player.


High school

Almond attended McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, and was a teammate of current Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith.


Almond played college basketball at Rice University. He was relatively unknown in his first two seasons with the Owls, but he broke out of anonymity in his junior season. His scoring average jumped to 21.9 points per game (up from 7.2 points per game as a sophomore). His scoring average led all players in Conference USA that season.

With his increased fame, Almond considered skipping his final college season to play professional basketball. Ultimately, he decided to stay at Rice for his senior year; it turned out to be a great decision. He improved his scoring average further to 26.4 points per game, ranking third in the nation. He was named Conference USA Player of the Year and was named AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Almond finished his career at Rice with 121 games played and a scoring average of 15.1 points per game. After graduation, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (25th pick) in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Pro career

Almond played sparingly in his rookie season with the Jazz, averaging just 4.3 minutes in 9 games. His career high is currently 12 points, at Sacramento on December 2, 2008. He scored his first NBA points on January 8 2008 against the Indiana Pacers, with 2 points on 1-of-5 shooting. However, he spent considerable time with the team's D-League affiliate, the Utah Flash, to whom he was assigned.[2] He led the D-League in scoring during the season, averaging 25.6 points per game.[3] In just his fifth game with the team on December 21, 2007, he tied a league record with 51 points in a 118–116 victory over the Austin Toros.[4] Later in the season, he broke the record with a 53-point performance against the Bakersfield Jam in a 102–87 win.[5]

On September 18, 2009, Morris Almond signed with the Orlando Magic.[6] He was waived on October 21, 2009.[7]

As of December 2009, Almond is playing for the Springfield Armor of the NBDL.[8]

NBA career statistics

  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

2007–08 Utah 9 0 4.3 .267 .250 .667 .2 .3 .1 .0 1.4
2008–09 Utah 25 1 10.2 .407 .294 .808 1.4 .3 .2 .2 3.7
Career 34 1 8.6 .385 .286 .781 1.1 .3 .2 .1 3.1


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