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Background

2012-13:

The Pacers’ leading scorer for the previous five seasons, his season debut was delayed after sitting out the first 55 games with tendinosis of the left knee... He made his regular season debut at Detroit, 2/23, where he scored two points with two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 19 minutes off the bench... His home debut came against the Golden State Warriors, 2/26, where he helped the Pacers to a win, with five points, two boards and an assist in 19 minutes... He came back two nights later and registered what appeared to be a breakout performance vs. the Clippers, 2/28, scoring 12 points on 5-10 FG, 1-2 3-pt FG and 1-2 FT... He backed that up with eight points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3-pt FT, 1-2 FT) and a season-high three rebounds in 10 minutes in the Pacers’ win at Toronto the next night, 3/1... However, his next appearance was an eight minute, scoreless stint vs. Chicago, 3/3, in which he shot 0-3 from the floor... Three days later he was placed back on the inactive list and eventually had surgery on the knee April 4.

PRO:

2011-12: The Pacers’ leading scorer for the fifth consecutive season, his 18.7 ppg ranked 22nd best in the NBA... his four points in his last appearance, vs. Philadelphia, 4/21, ended a season-long run of 14 straight games with at least 18 points and he averaged 22.9 ppg in that span...he scored 20+ points 29 times with three games of 30 or more and a season-high 36 points in a win at Minnesota, 2/1...he opened April with a game-high 32 points in the Pacers’ win at Houston, 4/1, and that was the first of his season-best five straight games with 20 or more points. In those five games, he averaged 25.0 ppg, shot 44-86 FG (.512) made 15-27 3-pt FG (.556) and sunk 22-24 FT...he led the Pacers in scoring 35 times this season and the team was 25-10 in those games...with 1-2 FT at Orlando, 1/29, he saw his free throw percentage for the season dip to 80.3 percent. But, he shot nearly 90 percent from the line in his last 44 games, hitting 193-215 (.897)...beginning with the second of his two free throws with 21.1 seconds left in the game vs. New York, 4/3, he made his last 39 free throws in a row and moved up to the league’s top 10 with a mark of 87.3 percent for the season—eighth best in the league...after going 1-6 from 3-pt range in a loss vs. New York, 3/17, he went on a tear from beyond the arc. In his last 21 games, he hit 50-105 3-pt FG (.476) and he finished with 123 3-pt FG, which was eighth most in the NBA, and fourth most among Eastern Conference players...in his last three appearances, he shot 15-25 3-pt FG, including a season-high tying six 3-pt FG at Philadelphia, 4/17...including that game against the Sixers, he made four or more 3-pt FG 10 times and made six twice. He also had six against the Rockets at Toyota Center, 4/1...for the season, he shot 123-323 3-pt FG (.381) and finished 46th in the NBA in 3-pt FG accuracy...his four 3-pt FG vs. Milwaukee, 4/19, gave him 123 on the season and he has made 100+ 3-pt FG in six consecutive seasons, the second longest streak in franchise history...his fifth 3-pt FG at Houston, 4/1, marked the 900th 3-pt FG of his career. He ended the season with 931 3-pt FG in his career, second most in franchise history...fourth on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, he collected seven or more 19 times, including a season-high 11 in the loss to Philadelphia, 4/21...he averaged 1.8 apg, his lowest in five years and passed out at least three assists 20 times, including a stretch of four straight games from 4/13 through 4/17...that span included a season-high five assists vs. Minnesota and he had five on two other occasions: at Dallas, 2/3, and vs. New Jersey, 1/31...his 62 thefts ranked second best on the team and he gathered a season-high three steals six times...with his three steals at Orlando, 1/29, he became just the ninth player in Pacers’ franchise history with 500 thefts in his career...his 533 steals in his career rank seventh highest in the Pacers’ history...his two steals against Golden State, 2/28, moved him past Derrick McKey into seventh on the Pacers’ all-time career list...he became only the sixth Pacers player (NBA years) to have 9,000 points with the team when he scored 25 points vs. Washington, 3/29...his second assist against the Suns, 3/23, was the 1,000th of his career... with his one blocked shot at Miami, 1/4, he moved past Len Elmore into sixth place on the Pacers’ all-time career list and ended the campaign with 457 blocks in his career...the first of his two rebounds against Golden State, 2/28, was the 2,500th of his NBA career...he missed a total of four games in 2011-12, including the last two on the inactive list...he was not with the team for its game in Philadelphia, 1/9, because of food poisoning and he sat out the game at Cleveland, 2/15, with a sprained left ankle... 2010 -11: The Pacers’ leading scorer for the third season in a row, he averaged 20.5 ppg, which was 16th best in the NBA and his third consecutive season of 20+ points per game...he scored in double figures in all but four games and tallied 20 or more points 39 times with 30+ points nine times... he scored a season-high 37 points in the Pacers’ win at Sacramento, 11/30, hitting 12-19 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG and 10-11 FT...in the midst of a season-best four straight games with 20+ points, he scored 32 points in losses in Los Angeles against the Clippers, 1/17, and at Golden State, 1/19...that was the only time he had 30+ points in consecutive games...his step-back jumper with three tenths of a second remaining in the game vs. New York, 3/15, gave the Pacers the 119-117 win...his first 3-pt FG against the Washington Wizards, 4/6, was the 800th of his career and he was just the second player in franchise history to reach that plateau...including a season-high six in the Pacers’ first win of 2010-11 at Charlotte, 10/29, he made at least four 3-pt FG on 12 occasions...his 425 boards and 5.4 rpg ranked second best on the team...he had double-doubles in five games...he was second on the team with a career-high 203 assists, including a season-high seven in the Pacers’ win at Philadelphia, 1/11...the team leader with 89 steals, he averaged 1.13 spg and ranked in the NBA’s top 40...he collected a season-high four steals in the Pacers’ win over Detroit, 3/30...second on the team with 62 blocked shots, he rejected a season-high three shots on three occasions and had multiple blocks in 12 games...he missed two games due to injury or illness, sitting out at Chicago, 12/13, with a sprained left ankle and at New York, 3/13, with strep throat...he was on the Pacers’ inactive list, due to a coaching decision, for the season finale at Orlando, 4/13... 2009-10: He led the Pacers with an average of 24.1 per game, eighth best in the NBA and third best in the Eastern Conference...he scored 20 or more points in 45 of 62 appearances and scored 30+ points 16 times...he tallied a career-high 44 points in the Pacers’ win over Utah, 3/26, including 24 points in a 54-26 Indiana run over the final 17 minutes...his 30 points at Portland, 3/6, put him over 6,000 points in his career, becoming the 10th player in Indiana’s NBA history to reach that plateau...he gathered 10+ rebounds three times and recorded double-doubles in all three contests...he averaged a career-best 2.8 apg and handed out a season-high six assists vs. Detroit, 3/19...he had at least four assists on 21 occasions...he was second on the team with 94 steals, one short of his career-high...third on the team with 51 blocked shots, he had multiple blocks in 12 games...he missed a total of 18 games due to injury or illness, including 16 straight in December and January with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot...he missed one in November (11/25) with a sprained MCL in his left knee and one in March (3/17) with a facial injury...he missed one game for personal reasons and was suspended by the NBA for the game vs. Philadelphia, 3/9, for his part in an altercation in Phoenix, 3/6... 2008-09: The first player in NBA history to lift his scoring average at least five points per game in three consecutive seasons, and the first Indiana player to average more than 25 ppg in more than 30 years, he ranked fifth in the NBA with 25.8 ppg and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player...his average was the highest by an Indiana player since Billy Knight’s single-season team record 26.6 ppg in 1976-77... he scored 20 or more points in a career-high 16 straight games from 12/15 to 1/19 and that tied the longest streak in the Pacers’ NBA history...in a three-game span from 1/3 to 1/7 he scored 35 or more points in each game and is the only Pacers’ player to ever do so...he averaged 5.1 rpg and collected 10+ rebounds six times...including a season-high seven at Utah, 1/12, he averaged 2.7 apg and dealt four or more assists 25 times...third on the team with 69 steals, he had a season-high five thefts in the Pacers’ win at Washington, 12/15...he led the Pacers with a career-high 97 blocked shots...he was selected by Eastern Conference coaches for his first All-Star game appearance...he missed a total of 15 games due to injury or illness, including 11 in February and March with a torn tendon in his right foot... 2007-08: The team’s leading scorer with an average of 19.6 ppg, he scored a season-high 37 points on 12-24 FGS, 6-13 3-pt FGS and 7-8 FTS vs. Charlotte, 4/12...he scored 10+ points in 46 of the last 47 games, including a career-high 27 straight games to end the season...in those 47 games, he averaged 22.0 ppg... he set a franchise record by making 65 straight free throws (1/21 to 2/22), breaking the record set by Reggie Miller in 2005...for the season, he led all Pacers by shooting 85.2 percent from the line--19th best in the league...he led the Pacers with 95 steals and was 34th in the NBA with an average of 1.19 spg...his average of 6.1 rpg was fourth on the team...he snared 10+ rebounds seven times and had seven double-doubles...he missed the game at Toronto, 2/29, due to a league-imposed suspension that ended a run 164 consecutive appearances...he was suspended for striking the Chicago Bulls’ Andres Nocioni in the face in the preceding game, 2/27...he also missed the game vs. Charlotte, 3/19, with a sprained right wrist... 2006-07: One of only four Pacers’ players to hit 100+ 3-pt FGS in a season in the last 15 years, he led Indiana with 110, after making just 30 3-pt FGS in his rookie season...at Chicago, 11/11, he connected on five 3-pt FGS on just six attempts...the only Pacers’ player to see action in all 82 games, he started 57 games, including the first 14 and 42 of the last 44 games...he scored 20+ points 12 times, including a season-high 32 points in the Pacers’ win at Charlotte, 4/6...in that game against the Bobcats, he shot 3-3 from 3-pt range...he scored in double figures in 63 of 82 games and 40 of the last 47...he finished the season with a free throw percentage over 80 percent (.803), including 114-135 FTS (.844) in the final 31 games...one of four Indiana players to have 60 or more steals, he was third on the team with 66 thefts...he had a season-best four steals vs. the Lakers, 2/2... 2005-06: Named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team, he averaged 7.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 78 games...of the nine major statistical categories (ppg, rpg, apg, spg, bpg, mpg, FG%, 3-pt FG% and FT%), he finished in the top 10 among rookies in seven and was in the top 20 of the other two...with 62, he was one of just three rookies in the NBA to have at least 60 blocked shots...he was a starter in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Houston, 2/17, and he had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in six minutes, and shot 2-4 from 3-pt range...in his last 60 games, he shot 198-412 FGS (.481) and 30-87 3-pt FGS (.345)...in those 60 games, he averaged 8.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg...over his last 22 games, he shot 81-160 FGS (.506) and averaged 9.2 ppg...he came off the bench at New York, 12/17, and scored in double figures for the first time with 12 points...he also had six rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots against the Knicks...in his 17 starts, he averaged 10.3 ppg and 6.7 rpg...he was sixth among the NBA’s rookies and third on the team with six double-doubles...in the Pacers’ win vs. Sacramento, 3/17, he scored a season-high 23 points on 10-17 FGS, 1-2 3-pt FGS and 2-2 FTS...he was third on the team with 58 steals and his 0.74 spg ranked seventh best among the NBA’s rookies.

PLAYOFFS:

2012-13: Spent the entire playoffs on the Inactive List after surgery on his knee on April 4th. 2011-12: A starter in all 11 games, he averaged a team-best 17.0 ppg while collecting 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game...in the Pacers’ Game 3 win over Orlando, 5/2, he scored a postseason career-high 26 points...that was the first of his three straight 20-point games that helped Indiana clinch the series with the Magic...he scored 20 or more points just once in the six-game series with Miami, registering 20 on 8-18 FG and 4-9 3-pt FG in Game 4 vs. the Heat, 5/20... 2010 -11: In the first round series with the Bulls, he set playoff career-highs in every statistical category, except, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds and blocked shots...the Pacers’ leading scorer in the 2011 postseason with an average of 21.6 ppg, he scored at leasst 19 points in all five games and notched a series-high 24 points in the opener, 4/16, and in the Pacers’ win in Game 4, 4/23...in that game, he also had 10 rebounds...tied for second on the team with six steals in the series, he had one or more in each of the first three games and had a steals-to-turnover ratio of 2.0-to-1 in those three contests...in the remaining two games, he had no thefts and four turnovers...in the first and fifth games of the series, he shot a combined 7-12 from 3-pt range...but, in between, he shot just 1-11 from long distance...he was second on the team with 16 assists in the series, including a career-high four in both Game 2, 4/18, and Game 4, 4/23...his two steals in Game 2, 4/18, tied the most by any Indiana player in the series... 2005-06: In the first two games of the first-round series with New Jersey, he totaled 11 points and had shot 3-9 from the floor and 3-6 from 3-pt range...in the remaining four games, he averaged 9.5 ppg and shot 15-25 FGS (.600)...in those four games, he shot 6-10 from 3-pt range...overall, he averaged 8.2 ppg and shot nearly 53 percent from the floor (.529)...in the six-game series, he tied for the team lead with nine 3-pt field goals made...he scored a playoff career-high 13 points in Game Six vs. New Jersey, 5/4, a game in which he shot 3-4 from behind the 3-pt arc...that was one of his two games in the series with three 3-pt field goals...in the first three games, he totaled six rebounds, but averaged 8.3 rpg in the final three games...in Game 5 at New Jersey, 5/2, he led the Pacers with a postseason career-best 12 boards and he had a team-high eight rebounds in Game 4, 4/29...his 12 rebounds in Game 5 represented one of just two double figure rebounding games for Indiana in the series with the Nets...he had at least one blocked shot in each of the first five games of the series and totaled seven rejections, second best on the team.

COLLEGE:

2004-05: He was the only player in the NCAA that averaged at least 18.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg, while also averaging at least 2.0 bpg (2.1), 2.0 spg (2.0) and 2.0 apg (2.0)...he led the team in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots for the second year in a row...he was second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring, steals and blocks, while ranking third in rebounding and 3-pt FG percentage (.433)...he registered 13 double-doubles and was one rebound shy of a double-double six times...he was the first player in school history to record 60+ assists, blocks and steals in a season...in 52 games, he registered 91 career blocked shots, ranking sixth all-time in New Mexico history...he fell just six points short of 1,000 in his New Mexico career...for the second year in a row, he was given the Bob King Team MVP Award...a First Team All-Mountain West selection, he was the MWC tournament MVP after averaging 24.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.0 bpg, and 1.7 spg in three games....his five blocked shots vs. San Diego State were a school MWC tournament record... 2003-04: He averaged a career-best 19.5 ppg and also led the Lobos in rebounding (9.0 rpg), steals (1.32 spg) and blocks (1.41 bpg)...he was the first Lobos’ player to lead the team in all those categories in the same season and was awarded the Bob King Team MVP Award... he became just the second Lobo in 33 years, and the fifth all-time, to average more than 19 ppg and 9.0 rpg for an entire season, joining Luc Longley, Willie Long, Mel Daniels and Ira Harge...a First Team All-Mountain West selection, he was twice named the league’s Player of the Week for the weeks ending 12/22 and 1/25...he recorded seven double-doubles... 2002-03: Before leaving school at the end of the first semester, he averaged 19.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg - both team-highs - in 14 games at Bradley...he scored a career-high 37 points at Evansville, 1/11, in his final game at BU...his 29 points and a career-best 20 rebounds (11 offensive) in a season-opening win against Pepperdine, 11/22, earned him National Player of the Week honors from ESPN... 2001-02: A member of the 2002 Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team, he averaged 11.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg...he had all six of the team’s double-doubles - the most by a Bradley player in 13 years...he had 70 blocked shots, the second best total ever by an MVC freshman...he blocked seven shots against Southwest Missouri, tying an arena record.

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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 228 lbs./ 103.4 kg
Born: April 20, 1983
From: University of New Mexico
Draft: 1st Round (17th pick) 2005 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2005
Years Pro: 9
Previous Teams:
  Indiana Pacers 2005 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: New Mexico/USA

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