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John Salmons
Nick Young and John Salmons
Salmons of the Bucks dunking against Nick Young of the Wizards.
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Position: Shooting Guard / Small Forward
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: John Rashall Salmons
Born: December 12, 1979 (1979-12-12) (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2002 for the Philadelphia 76ers
Final season: 2015 for the New Orleans Pelicans
Career information
High school: Plymouth-Whitemarsh
(Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania)
College: Miami (Florida) (19982002)
NBA Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career: 20022015 (13 years)
Career history
20022006 Philadelphia 76ers
20062009 Sacramento Kings
20092010 Chicago Bulls
20102011 Milwaukee Bucks
20112014 Sacramento Kings
2013–2014 Toronto Raptors
2014–2015 New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
  • Second–team All–Big East (2002)
  • Third–team All–Big East (2001)
Career statistics
Points: 8,292 (9.3 PPG)
Rebounds: 2,603 (2.9 RPG)
Assists: 2,813 (2.4 APG)
Steals: 756 (0.8 SPG)
Blocks: 239 (0.3 BPG)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball–Reference.com

John Rashall Salmons (born December 12, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Miami.

Early life and education[]

Salmons was born on December 12, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

High school career[]

In 1997, Salmons was a member of a Pennsylvania high school state championship team while playing for Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. As a high school basketball player for Plymouth–Whitemarsh, he reached the 1,000 point club.

College career[]

He went on to play college basketball at the University of Miami, where he was a four–year starter for the Hurricanes. He started 107 consecutive games for Miami, the second longest streak in school history. He was also the first player in school history to surpass 1000 career points (1287), 600 rebounds (687), 400 assists (433), and 150 steals (192).

NBA career[]

Philadelphia 76ers (2002–2006)[]

Salmons was drafted out of the University of Miami by the San Antonio Spurs with the 26th overall selection in the 2002 NBA Draft. He was then immediately traded with Mark Bryant and the rights to Randy Holcomb to the Philadelphia 76ers for Speedy Claxton. Salmons played for the 76ers through the 2006 season, averaging 4.1 points per game.

Sacramento Kings (2006–2009)[]

Salmons was set to be acquired by the Toronto Raptors on July 13, 2006, in a sign–and–trade deal with Philadelphia. On July 21, 2006, however, there were reports that Salmons was having second thoughts about going to Toronto, and the sign and trade to Toronto was canceled.

On July 24, 2006, Salmons signed a multi–year contract with the Sacramento Kings. On December 22, 2006, he recorded his first triple–double of his NBA career against the Denver Nuggets with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Chicago Bulls (2009–2010)[]

John Salmons Bulls

Salmons with the Bulls in February 2009.

Salmons and Brad Miller were traded to the Chicago Bulls on February 18, 2009, in exchange for Cedric Simmons, Drew Gooden, Andrés Nocioni, and Michael Ruffin. In 2009, Salmons proved to be a key contributor, helping lead the Bulls to the 2009 NBA Playoffs. In Chicago, he continued to average over 18 points per game for the season. Salmons also logged a whopping 44.7 minutes per game in the playoffs, in part because there were a combined seven overtime periods in the Bulls' first round series against the defending champion Boston Celtics. The Bulls were eventually eliminated in game seven of that series.

Milwaukee Bucks (2010–2011)[]

Joe Johnson over John Salmons

Joe Johnson of the Hawks shooting over Salmons with the Bucks in February 2010.

On February 18, 2010, Salmons was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Hakim Warrick, Joe Alexander, and the Bulls' second round picks in 2011 and 2012, with the Bucks given the option to swap first–round picks, provided it is not a top 10 pick, in the 2010 NBA Draft. In Milwaukee, Salmons averaged nearly 20 points per game for the Bucks after his acquisition. He opted out of his final year of his contract, but then signed a five-year deal to stay with the Bucks.

Return to Sacramento (2011–2013)[]

John Salmons Kings

Salmons with the Kings in March 2013.

On June 23, 2011, he was traded back to the Sacramento Kings as part of a three–way deal including the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats. The Kings received Jimmer Fredette in the transaction.

Toronto Raptors (2013–2014)[]

On December 9, 2013, the Kings traded Salmons, Greivis Vásquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes to the Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray.

On June 30, 2014, Salmons was traded, along with a 2015 second round pick, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Lou Williams and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira. On July 10, 2014, he was waived by the Hawks.

New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2015)[]

On August 26, 2014, Salmons signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.

In Salmons' final NBA game on February 2, 2015, a 115–100 win over the Atlanta Hawks, he played for only seven and a half minutes and recorded no points and only one assist.

On February 19, 2015, Salmons was traded to the Phoenix Suns as a part of a three–team deal with the Miami Heat. Later that month, Salmons and Kendall Marshall were both waived.

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
 *  Led the league

Regular season[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Philadelphia 64 1 7.9 .414 .323 .743 .9 .7 .3 .1 2.1
2003–04 Philadelphia 77 24 20.8 .387 .340 .772 2.5 1.7 .8 .2 5.8
2004–05 Philadelphia 58 8 17.1 .405 .341 .729 2.1 2.0 .7 .2 4.1
2005–06 Philadelphia 82* 24 25.1 .420 .299 .775 2.7 2.7 .9 .2 7.5
2006–07 Sacramento 79 19 27.0 .456 .357 .779 3.3 3.2 .9 .3 8.5
2007–08 Sacramento 81 41 31.1 .477 .325 .823 4.3 2.6 1.1 .4 12.5
2008–09 Sacramento 53 53 37.4 .472 .418 .823 4.2 3.7 1.1 .2 18.3
2008–09 Chicago 26 21 37.7 .473 .415 .843 4.3 2.0 1.0 .6 18.3
2009–10 Chicago 51 28 33.2 .420 .380 .789 3.4 2.5 1.3 .4 12.7
2009–10 Milwaukee 30 28 37.6 .467 .385 .867 3.2 3.3 1.1 .1 19.9
2010–11 Milwaukee 73 70 35.0 .415 .379 .813 3.6 3.5 1.0 .4 14.0
2011–12 Sacramento 46 32 27.2 .409 .295 .644 2.9 2.0 .8 .2 7.5
2012–13 Sacramento 76 72 30.0 .399 .371 .773 2.7 3.0 .7 .3 8.8
2013–14 Sacramento 18 8 24.7 .350 .381 1.000 2.6 2.4 .7 .4 5.8
2013–14 Toronto 60 0 21.4 .368 .388 .733 2.0 1.7 .6 .2 5.0
2014–15 New Orleans 21 0 12.9 .333 .308 .500 1.0 .6 .4 .2 2.0
Career 895 429 26.4 .431 .366 .799 2.9 2.4 .8 .3 9.3

Playoffs[]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Philadelphia 6 0 2.7 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
2005 Philadelphia 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 .0
2009 Chicago 7 7 44.7 .402 .316 .853 4.4 2.3 1.3 1.0 18.1
2010 Milwaukee 7 7 40.7 .404 .174 .964 3.7 4.0 1.4 .6 17.0
2014 Toronto 6 0 12.8 .294 .167 1.000 1.0 .8 .3 .0 2.2
Career 28 14 24.8 .393 .243 .877 2.4 1.8 .8 .4 9.3

Personal life[]

Salmons is a Christian. He has spoken on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2018, Salmons was inducted into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame.

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