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D.J. Augustin
DJ Augustin in 2008
Augustin with the Texas Longhorns in 2008.
Free Agent
Position: Point Guard
Personal information
Full name: Darryl Gerard Augustin Jr.
Born: November 10, 1987 (1987-11-10) (age 36)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2008 for the Charlotte Bobcats
Career information
High school: Brother Martin
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
Hightower
(Missouri City, Texas)
College: Texas (20062008)
NBA Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Playing career: 2008–present (16 years)
Career history
20082012 Charlotte Bobcats
2012–2013 Indiana Pacers
2013 Toronto Raptors
2013–2014 Chicago Bulls
2014–2015 Detroit Pistons
20152016 Oklahoma City Thunder
2016 Denver Nuggets
20162020 Orlando Magic
2020–2021 Milwaukee Bucks
20212022 Houston Rockets
2022 Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards

Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. (born November 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns from 2006 to 2008. He was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Early life[]

Augustin was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family was forced out of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He played his senior year at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas; however, he earned his diploma from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, and he participated in the graduation ceremonies with his Hightower classmates on May 28, 2006, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. While at Brother Martin, Augustin led the team to two state championships.

While at Hightower, Augustin thrilled the Hightower faithful with his pinpoint passing and precise shooting. His first game as a Hurricane was against Madison High School, and Augustin nearly pulled off a triple-double in front of a packed house and TV cameras with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 14 assists in an 83–59 victory. He led Hightower to the third round of the playoffs before they were eliminated, and ended the season at 26–4. Augustin won numerous honors after the season as he was named district 20-5A MVP, was named as the Houston Chronicle player of the year, made the First Team all Greater Houston, and First Team All State teams. Augustin finished his high school career by being named a McDonald's All American, and started as point guard for the West squad against his soon to be teammate at Texas, Kevin Durant. He was also a fourth-team Parade All-American.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Augustin was listed as the No. 6 point guard and the No. 49 player in the nation in 2006.

College career[]

Freshman year[]

Augustin was one of seven freshman to join the Longhorn basketball program for the 2006–07 season. He started all 35 games in the season as the point guard for the Longhorns, averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 assists per game. For his contributions, he was named to both the All-Big 12 Second Team and the Big 12 All-Rookie Team by Big 12 coaches and Associated Press.

Augustin had a chance to participate in the 2007 NBA Draft with former teammate Kevin Durant, but he chose to stay in school to develop his game more with the Longhorns.

Sophomore year[]

Augustin, along with Texas A&M Aggies player Joseph Jones, was featured on the front cover of the November 15, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated.

In the fall 2007 semester, he achieved a 4.0 GPA, raising his cumulative GPA to a 3.64. On February 27, 2008, he was named first-team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He became the second Texas Longhorn basketball player to achieve the honor, following Jim Krivacs, who received it in 1979. Augustin was also named to the USBWA All-America First Team.

On April 3, 2008, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame awarded him the Bob Cousy Award.

On April 23, 2008, Augustin declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. On June 3, 2008, Augustin hired an agent thereby forfeiting his remaining NCAA eligibility.

Professional career[]

Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2012)[]

DJ Augustin

Augustin with the Bobcats in 2009.

Augustin was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. On July 8, 2008, he was signed to the rookie scale contract. Under the league's rookie scale, the deal will pay him $1.8 million in the upcoming season and nearly $2 million the next. On October 30, he made his professional debut in a 96–79 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, recording 12 points and two assists in 25 minutes.

On October 6, 2009, the Bobcats picked up third-year option on Augustin's contract. On October 29, 2010, the Bobcats picked up the fourth-year option on Augustin's contract.

On January 20, 2011, Augustin led all scorers with 32 points and added 8 assists in a 100–97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The 2010–11 season would arguably be the most productive of Augustin's career, as Augustin started all 82 games while averaging 33.6 minutes, while scoring 14.4 points and recording 6.1 assists per contest.

On June 29, 2012, the Bobcats extended a qualifying to Augustin, making him a restricted free agent. However, on July 12, they withdrew the offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Indiana Pacers (2012–2013)[]

On July 13, 2012, he signed with the Indiana Pacers. On October 31, he made his debut with the Pacers in a 90–88 win over the Toronto Raptors, recording five points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal in 15 minutes.

Toronto Raptors (2013)[]

On July 22, 2013, Augustin signed with the Toronto Raptors. On October 30, he made his debut for the Raptors in a 93–87 win over the Boston Celtics, recording five points and two assists in 13 minutes. On December 9, Augustin was waived by the Raptors.

Chicago Bulls (2013–2014)[]

On December 13, 2013, Augustin signed with the Chicago Bulls. On January 11, 2014, Augustin recorded a season high 12 assists in a 103–97 win over his former team the Charlotte Bobcats. On March 30, 2014, Augustin scored a then career-high 33 points in a 107–102 win over the Boston Celtics.

Detroit Pistons (2014–2015)[]

On July 15, 2014, Augustin signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Detroit Pistons. On January 25, 2015, in his first game as a starter, replacing the injured Brandon Jennings, Augustin scored a career-high 35 points in a 110–114 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2015–2016)[]

On February 19, 2015, Augustin was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three-team deal that also involved the Utah Jazz, a move that reunited him with ex-college teammate Kevin Durant. Two days later, he made his debut for the Thunder in a 110–103 win over the Charlotte Hornets, recording 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench.

Denver Nuggets (2016)[]

On February 18, 2016, Augustin was traded, along with Steve Novak, two second-round picks and cash consideration, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Randy Foye. The next day, he made his debut for the Nuggets in a 116–110 loss to the Sacramento Kings, recording eight points, six assists and three steals in 19 minutes. On March 2, 2016, Augustin recorded a season-high 26 points in a 117–107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 12, 2016, Augustin recorded his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists in a 116–100 win over the Washington Wizards. Augustin recorded his second double-double on March 27, 2016, recording 18 points and 10 assists in a 105–90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Orlando Magic (2016–2020)[]

DJ Augustin Magic

Augustin with the Magic in 2017.

On July 7, 2016, Augustin signed a four-year, $29 million contract with the Orlando Magic. On January 29, 2017, he scored a season-high 21 points against the Toronto Raptors.

On March 14, 2018, Augustin scored a season-high 32 points against the Milwaukee Bucks. On March 24, 2018, he had a near triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 105–99 win over the Phoenix Suns.

On December 26, 2018, Augustin scored a season-high 27 points in a 122–120 overtime loss to the Suns. On April 13, 2019, Augustin scored 25 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the Magic's 104–101 upset victory over the Toronto Raptors in game one of the first round of the playoffs. Despite this, the Magic eventually lost the series in 5 games.

The following season in the NBA Bubble, in another round one upset victory, Augustin helped the Magic beat the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks with 11 points and 11 assists in a 122-110 Game 1 win. However, the Magic eventually lost the series.

Milwaukee Bucks (2020–2021)[]

On November 28, 2020, Augustin signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Houston Rockets (2021–2022)[]

DJ Augustin Rockets

Augustin with the Rockets in 2021.

On March 18, 2021, Augustin was traded to the Houston Rockets with D.J. Wilson and picks for P.J. Tucker and Rodions Kurucs. He made his debut in a 113–100 loss against Detroit Pistons on March 19.

Augustin was waived by the Rockets on February 10, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers (2022)[]

On March 1, 2022, Augustin signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

On March 23, 2023, Augustin signed with the Houston Rockets, returning for a second stint with the franchise. However, he did not appear in a game for the Rockets during the 2022–23 season.

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
2008-09 Charlotte 72 12 26.5 .430 .439 .893 1.8 3.5 .6 .0 11.8
2009-10 Charlotte 80 2 18.4 .386 .393 .779 1.2 2.4 .6 .1 6.3
2010-11 Charlotte 82 82 33.6 .416 .333 .906 2.7 6.1 .7 .0 14.4
2011-12 Charlotte 48 46 29.3 .376 .341 .875 2.3 6.4 .8 .0 11.1
2012-13 Indiana 76 5 16.1 .350 .353 .838 1.2 2.2 .4 .0 4.7
2013-14 Toronto 10 0 8.2 .292 .091 .1000 .4 1.0 .1 .0 2.1
2013-14 Chicago 61 9 30.4 .419 .411 .882 2.1 5.0 .9 .0 14.9
2014-15 Detroit 54 13 23.8 .410 .327 .870 1.9 4.9 .6 .0 10.6
2014-15 Oklahoma City 28 1 24.2 .371 .354 .861 2.2 3.1 .6 .0 7.3
2015-16 Oklahoma City 34 0 15.3 .380 .393 .765 1.3 1.9 .4 .1 4.2
2015-16 Denver 28 0 23.5 .445 .411 .819 1.9 4.7 .9 .1 11.6
2016-17 Orlando 78 20 19.7 .377 .347 .814 1.5 2.7 .4 .0 7.9
2017-18 Orlando 75 36 23.5 .452 .419 .868 2.1 3.8 .7 .0 10.2
2018-19 Orlando 81 81 28.0 .470 .421 .886 2.5 5.3 .6 .0 11.7
2019-20 Orlando 57 13 24.9 .399 .348 .890 2.1 4.6 .6 .0 10.5
2020-21 Milwaukee 37 6 19.3 .370 .380 .900 1.4 3.0 .5 .0 6.1
2020-21 Houston 20 6 20.8 .424 .385 .900 2.2 3.9 .4 .0 10.6
2021-22 Houston 34 2 15.0 .404 .406 .868 1.2 2.2 .3 .0 5.4
2021-22 L.A. Lakers 21 0 17.8 .453 .426 .1000 1.3 1.6 .3 .0 5.3
Career 976 334 23.4 .412 .381 .867 1.8 3.9 .6 .0 9.5

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Charlotte 4 0 18.3 .294 .333 .833 1.0 1.8 .3 .3 4.3
2013 Indiana 19 1 16.6 .380 .396 .806 .8 .7 .4 .0 5.2
2014 Chicago 5 0 28.2 .292 .269 .895 1.6 4.8 .6 .0 13.2
2019 Orlando 5 5 28.2 .488 .476 .875 1.6 3.8 .4 .2 12.8
2020 Orlando 5 0 25.6 .391 .471 .957 2.0 6.0 .2 .0 13.2
Career 38 6 21.0 .368 .390 .874 1.2 2.4 .4 .1 8.2

College[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Texas 35 35 35.6 .449 .441 .838 2.8 6.7 1.5 .1 14.4
2007–08 Texas 38 38 37.3 .439 .381 .783 2.9 5.8 1.2 .0 19.2
Career 73 73 36.5 .443 .402 .808 2.9 6.2 1.4 .0 16.9
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