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Theo Ratliff
San Antonio Spurs  – No. 42
Center/Power Forward
Born April 17, 1973 (1973-04-17) (age 36)
Demopolis, Alabama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
High school Demopolis
College Wyoming
Draft 18th overall, 1995
Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1995–present
Former teams Detroit Pistons (1995–1997, 2008)
Philadelphia 76ers (1997–2001; 2008–2009)
Atlanta Hawks (2001–2004)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004–2006)
Boston Celtics (2006–2007)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2007–2008)

Theophilus Curtis Ratliff (born April 17, 1973 in Demopolis, Alabama), better known as Theo Ratliff, is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. He primarily plays the center position, and is known as an excellent shot-blocker. He has led the league three times in blocks per game and is fifth among active players in total blocks.[1]

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NBA career

He was selected with the 18th pick of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, for whom he played for 2½ seasons. During the 1997–98 season he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in Philadelphia for three seasons, and was voted Eastern Conference starting center of the 2001 All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to injury. He was a key fixture on the 2000–01 team that made it to the NBA finals, but an injured Ratliff was dealt at the trading deadline to the Atlanta Hawks for Dikembe Mutombo.

He missed most of the next season due to injury, but rebounded to post 262 blocks the next year with the Hawks. In the 2003–04 season (his best year as a pro), he recorded a league-leading 307 blocked shots, despite a trade to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Dan Dickau for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. After the 2004 season, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Blazers; however he was not as effective in 2004–05 season as he had been the previous season. As a result, midway through the season, he lost his starting job to Joel Przybilla. On June 28, 2006, the Boston Celtics acquired Ratliff along with Sebastian Telfair from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the No. 7 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, power forward–center Raef LaFrentz, and point guard Dan Dickau.

On July 31, 2007, it was made official that Ratliff was to be traded along with Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.[2] On February 29, 2008, Ratliff was waived by the Timberwolves[3], and he rejoined the Pistons on March 4.[4] Before his contract expired, he was often referred to as "Theo Ratliff's expiring contract".[5] After his Pistons contract expired, he returned to the Philadelphia 76ers.[6]

Ratliff was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in July 2009.[7]

Personal life

Ratliff played basketball at Demopolis High School and later graduated from the University of Wyoming.

He is also the owner of the Rome Gladiators. He is also a member of the National Basketball Players Association Executive Committee.

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
1995–96 Detroit 75 2 17.4 .557 .000 .708 4.0 .2 .2 1.5 4.5
1996–97 Detroit 76 38 17.0 .531 .000 .698 3.4 .2 .4 1.5 5.8
1997–98 Detroit 24 12 24.4 .514 .000 .683 5.0 .6 .5 2.3 6.5
1997–98 Philadelphia 58 55 32.1 .512 .000 .706 7.3 .7 .7 3.5 11.2
1998–99 Philadelphia 50 50 32.5 .470 .000 .725 8.1 .6 .9 3.0 11.2
1999–00 Philadelphia 57 56 31.5 .503 .000 .771 7.6 .6 .6 3.0 11.9
2000–01 Philadelphia 50 50 36.0 .499 .000 .760 8.3 1.2 .6 3.7 12.4
2001–02 Atlanta 3 2 27.3 .500 .000 .545 5.3 .3 .3 2.7 8.7
2002–03 Atlanta 81 81 31.1 .464 .000 .720 7.5 .9 .7 3.2 8.7
2003–04 Atlanta 53 52 31.1 .458 .000 .653 7.2 1.0 .6 3.1 8.3
2003–04 Portland 32 31 31.8 .540 .000 .629 7.3 .6 .8 4.4 7.3
2004–05 Portland 63 45 27.5 .447 .000 .692 5.3 .5 .4 2.5 4.8
2005–06 Portland 55 19 23.7 .571 .000 .651 5.1 .5 .3 1.6 4.9
2006–07 Boston 2 2 22.0 .333 .000 .750 3.5 .0 .5 1.5 2.5
2007–08 Minnesota 10 6 21.4 .511 .000 .680 3.9 .7 .3 1.9 6.3
2007–08 Detroit 16 3 13.9 .450 .000 .667 3.1 .4 .2 1.1 3.0
2008–09 Philadelphia 46 0 12.6 .531 .000 .600 2.8 .2 .4 1.0 1.9
Career 751 504 26.1 .498 .000 .709 5.9 .6 .5 2.5 7.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Detroit 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
1996–97 Detroit 3 0 6.0 .750 .000 .500 1.3 .3 .3 1.3 2.7
1998–99 Philadelphia 7 7 29.1 .465 .000 .579 7.3 .9 .7 2.6 7.3
1999–00 Philadelphia 10 10 37.4 .475 .000 .723 7.9 .9 1.0 3.0 13.0
2007–08 Detroit 12 0 10.9 .500 .000 .500 2.3 .1 .1 .9 1.3
2008–09 Philadelphia 6 0 15.7 .818 .000 .500 3.8 .0 .2 .7 3.3
Career 39 17 21.2 .503 .000 .646 4.7 .4 .5 1.7 5.8

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