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Rashad McCants
Rashad McCants.jpg
McCants playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves
Shooting guard
Born September 25, 1984 (1984-09-25) (age 25)
Asheville, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBA
High school Erwin (Asheville),
New Hampton School (New Hampton)
College North Carolina
Draft 14th overall, 2005
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Minnesota Timberwolves (2005–2009)
Sacramento Kings (2009)
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Rashad Dion McCants (born September 25, 1984 in Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

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High school career

McCants began his high school career at Erwin High School in Asheville, but finished at New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He led New Hampton to the 2002 New England Prep School Class A championship and was named MVP of the title game. McCants played alongside future college teammate Wes Miller during his senior season.

McCants was an honor roll student at New Hampton.[1] He also won the New Hampshire Player of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002. And, as a senior, he was also named to the Parade All-American and McDonald's All-American Teams. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game with future Tar Heel teammates Raymond Felton and Sean May.

Collegiate career

Alongside Sean May, Raymond Felton, and David Noel, McCants joined a stellar recruiting class at UNC for the 2002–2003 season, coached by Matt Doherty. In his freshman year, McCants led the Tar Heels in scoring with 17.5 points per game, and led them to a third round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament. He was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rookie team.

In the 2003–2004 season, McCants led the ACC in scoring with 20 points per game. With that effort, McCants helped lead UNC back into the NCAA Tournament with a sixth ranking, where they would lose in the second round to number three ranked Texas. He was the leading vote-getter on the All-ACC First Team as a sophomore, and was named a Second Team All-American.

With freshman Marvin Williams joining the squad for the 2004–2005, the junior class led by preseason Wooden Award candidates in McCants, May, and Felton gave UNC a high ranking in all preseason polls and the team was seen as one of the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament. After going 33–4 and winning the ACC regular season, McCants' 16.4 points per game helped secure UNC one of the four number one seeds in the NCAA Tournament. UNC cruised to the championship game, where McCants helped the Tar Heels defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini 75–70.

McCants' three years at Chapel Hill were not without controversy. In an interview for a local television station, McCants compared UNC to a prison, stating, "You're not allowed to say certain things, but once you get out of jail, you're free. (I'm) in my sentence, and I'm doing my time".[2]

Despite leaving after his Junior year at UNC, Rashad ranks 14th all-time in scoring, with 1721 points and is tied for second with 221 career three-point field goals.

NBA career

After winning the championship, McCants declared his eligibility for the 2005 NBA Draft, and was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. His college teammates, Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, and Sean May were also selected in the draft. During his first two years as a pro, McCants was bothered by injuries and did not play up to the expectations of fans. He had a lot of expectations going into the 2007–08 season, and on a young Timberwolves squad, he started the season as a rotation regular, and broke into the starting lineup halfway through the season.

As of January 2008, Rashad had posted career-highs through his third season, with 34 points against the Denver Nuggets on January 4, 2008,[3] 8 rebounds against the Miami Heat on January 8,[4] 4 steals against the Seattle SuperSonics on December 29, 2007,[4] and getting 6 assists five times.[4] On December 26, 2008, he hit a career-high 7 three-pointers in a Wolves win over the New York Knicks.[5]

On February 19, 2009, McCants was sent to the Sacramento Kings along with Calvin Booth for Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown.[6] McCants then signed with the Houston Rockets in September 2009,[7] but had his contract retracted on the second day of the training camp. The Rockets General Manager said McCants presented with an abdomen problem and would not be able to participate in the camp. He also said he would still consider Rashad down the track once healthy.

Personal life

McCants' sister, Rashanda McCants of the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, played for the University of North Carolina women's basketball team that went to the Final Four in 2006 hosted in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Rashanda used the same number, 32, as Rashad used at UNC. She also followed her brother's footsteps as a professional basketball player when she became a WNBA player on April 9th of 2009. Coincidentally, she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx and will be starting her professional career in the same city where her brother did.

Rashad is also the cousin of Florida Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin and third cousin of Canadian Football League running back John Avery.[8]

He previously dated Khloe Kardashian[9][10], who is now married to Lamar Odom.

Awards

  • All-ACC First Team: 2003–04[11]
  • All-ACC Third Team: 2004–05
  • All-ACC Rookie Team: 2002–03[12]
  • Parade All-American: 2001–02
  • McDonald's All-American: 2001–02
  • New Hampshire Player of the Year: 2000, 2001[1]

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
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Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Minnesota 79 12 17.2 .450 .372 .736 1.8 .8 .6 .3 7.9
2006–07 Minnesota 37 0 15.0 .350 .267 .690 1.3 1.0 .7 .2 5.0
2007–08 Minnesota 75 24 26.9 .453 .407 .748 2.7 2.2 .9 .2 14.9
2008–09 Minnesota 34 2 18.7 .360 .319 .741 1.9 .9 .8 .2 9.1
2008–09 Sacramento 24 1 19.4 .444 .357 .783 2.0 1.5 .8 .3 10.3
Career 249 39 20.2 .431 .368 .741 2.0 1.3 .7 .2 10.0

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