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Morris Peterson
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New Orleans Hornets  – No. 24
Guard-Forward
Born August 26, 1977 (1977-08-26) (age 32)
Flint, Michigan
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBA
Salary $6,006,480[1]
College Michigan State
Draft 21st overall, 2000
Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams Toronto Raptors (2000–2007)
Awards 2001 NBA All-Rookie Team
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Morris Peterson, Jr. (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA.

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College career

Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. He was selected 21st overall by the Raptors in the 2000 NBA Draft, and was a starter in the majority of their games his first three seasons.

In his senior year at MSU, Peterson led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. He had a team-high 30 double-digit scoring efforts. He was voted Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten, and he placed as first or second team All-American on five different polls.

On January 17, 2009, MSU retired his number 42 with MSU's other all time greats before their game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

NBA career

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Toronto Raptors

Drafted in the first round by the Raptors in 2000, Peterson was a fan favorite from the moment he stepped on the floor. While enjoying some early success in his professional career, Peterson's production faced a steady decline, before stepping up in the wake of the new era of Raptor youngsters being ushered in, taking on a more expansive leadership role and transforming himself into an elite perimeter defender, a clutch performer and consistent scorer. He is known for his three-point shooting, acrobatic shots, defense, and fearless driving to the basket.

On December 28, 2005, Peterson set a record for career games played as a Raptor, surpassing Alvin Williams with 418 games played. Peterson also leads the NBA in longest consecutive games played, appearing in 371 straight until November 22, 2006, when he missed his first game in over four years.

Peterson posted career highs in points and rebounds averaging 16.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and threw in 2.3 assists per game through 82 games played in the 2005–06 season.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of his career occurred against the Washington Wizards on March 30, 2007 in a game that helped determine the two teams' playoff seeding. The Raptors trailed 109–106 with only 3.8 seconds left and no timeouts remaining. The Wizards' Michael Ruffin intercepted the full-court pass and tried to toss the ball away in a celebration of an apparent win. But the ball slipped from his hands and was not thrown high enough. There was still enough time on the clock as Peterson grabbed the ball out of thin air and launched a "Hail Mary" three-pointer and sank it to send the game into overtime. The Raptors went on to defeat the Wizards, 123–118.[2]

Another famous moment of his career was the photo taken of him hitting a lay-up blindfolded.[3]

After signing Bryan Colangelo, it became apparent that the re-building process of the Raptors would not include Peterson. It was only a matter of time before his contract expired in the summer of 2007 that he would be gone.

New Orleans

On July 13, 2007, the New Orleans Hornets signed Peterson to a four-year contract, worth $23 million.[4] Although he has seen a smaller role in New Orleans, Peterson remains a fan favorite in Toronto, with his #24 jersey still seen often at the Air Canada Centre.

According to his twitter.com account, Peterson has decided to switch back to wearing #24 for the 09-10 season with the Hornets.

Peterson is represented by Rob Pelinka.[5]

Awards and honors

Accolades

  • Career-high: March 31, 2006 Peterson scored a career-best 38 points vs. the Phoenix Suns.
  • First-round draft choice (21st overall) by Toronto in 2000.
  • Has appeared in 19 playoff games, averaging 6.8 points.
  • Recorded his 800th career three-point field goal April 3, 2005 vs. the Detroit Pistons.
  • Had a career-high 14 rebounds April 8, 2005.
  • Started the Toronto Raptors' active streak for three-point field goals made consecutively as a team.

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 6 May 2009[6]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Toronto 80 49 22.6 .431 .382 .717 3.2 1.3 .8 .2 9.3
2001–02 Toronto 63 56 31.6 .438 .364 .751 3.5 2.4 1.2 .2 14.0
2002–03 Toronto 82 80 36.0 .392 .337 .789 4.4 2.3 1.1 .4 14.1
2003–04 Toronto 82 29 26.2 .405 .371 .809 3.2 1.4 1.1 .2 8.3
2004–05 Toronto 82 61 30.6 .420 .385 .832 4.1 2.1 1.1 .2 12.5
2005–06 Toronto 82 77 38.3 .436 .395 .820 4.6 2.3 1.3 .2 16.8
2006–07 Toronto 71 12 21.3 .429 .359 .683 3.3 .7 .6 .2 8.9
2007–08 New Orleans 76 76 23.6 .417 .394 .765 2.7 .9 .6 .1 8.0
2008–09 New Orleans 43 9 12.0 .399 .388 .632 2.0 .4 .3 .1 4.4
Career 661 449 27.8 .420 .374 .779 3.6 1.6 .9 .2 11.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Toronto 8 3 13.8 .514 .444 .750 1.5 1.9 .8 .0 5.4
2001–02 Toronto 5 5 30.8 .367 .118 .800 2.8 2.2 1.0 .6 9.2
2006–07 Toronto 6 2 30.5 .517 .500 .833 4.5 .3 .3 .3 6.8
2007–08 New Orleans 12 12 23.1 .485 .471 .667 2.6 .6 .5 .2 7.2
2008–09 New Orleans 2 0 10.5 .200 .333 .750 1.5 .5 .5 .0 3.0
Career 33 22 22.6 .457 .387 .767 2.6 1.1 .6 .2 6.7

Personal life

Notes

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Peterson's heave helps Raptors top Wiz, March 30, 2007
  3. ^ [2], blind lay-up,
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ "Rob Pelinka". DraftExpress LLC. http://www.draftexpress.com/agents/Rob-Pelinka-99/. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  6. ^ Morris Peterson - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com, accessed 16 November 2007.

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