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Shawn Marion
Shawn Marion Mavericks 2013.jpg
Marion with the Mavericks in March 2013.
No. 31, 7, 0
Position: Power Forward / Small Forward
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Shawn Dwayne Marion
Born: May 7, 1978 (1978-05-07) (age 43)
Waukegan, Illinois
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight: 228 lbs (118 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 1999 for the Phoenix Suns
Final game: 2015 for the Cleveland Cavaliers
Career information
High school: Clarksville High School
(Clarksville, Tennessee)
College: Vincennes (1996–1998)
UNLV (1998-1999)
NBA Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career: 1999-2015 (16 years)
Career history
1999-2008 Phoenix Suns
2008-2009 Miami Heat
2009 Toronto Raptors
2009-2014 Dallas Mavericks
2014-2015 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing the Flag of the United States.png United States
Olympic Games
Olympic Bronze Medal.png Bronze 2004 Athens
Goodwill Games
Olympic Gold Medal.png Gold 2001 Brisbane

Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who last played with the Cleveland Cavaliers[1]. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league thanks to his athleticism and ability to play and defend many positions.[1]

Early life

Marion was born in Waukegan, Illinois and played high school basketball in Clarksville, Tennessee at Clarksville High School, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Trenton Hassell of the New Jersey Nets.

After high school he attended Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana, before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he played collegiately.[2]

NBA career

Phoenix Suns (1999-2008)

Marion with the Suns in January 2007.

Marion was selected by the Suns in the first round and ninth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. Nicknamed The Matrix by TNT analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year for his seemingly bionic athleticism,[1] Marion was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in 2002–03 season. In 2004m he was selected to the US Olympic men's basketball team.

In 2005, he was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star Team and selected to the 2004–05 All-NBA Third Team. That year, he became the first player since David Robinson in 1991–92 to average in the top five in rebounding and steals since the league started to track steals in 1973, a feat he repeated in 2005–06. During the 2005 All-Star Weekend, Marion teamed up with WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, and Suns legend Dan Majerle in the RadioShack Shooting Stars to run away with the title. Marion was also selected as a Western Conference reserve on the 2006 All-Star team, and the 2007 All-Star team.

The 2005-06 season was perhaps the best season of his career. He was the only player in the NBA ranked in the top 20 in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, and minutes. He finished the season leading the Suns in points per game (21.8), rebounds per game (11.8), blocks per game (1.7), and steals per game (2.0). Marion also ranked 3rd in efficiency.[3] He helped fill in the void left by star Amare Stoudemire, who did not play virtually the entire season due to injury. Marion also earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game for the third time.

On March 5, 2006, Marion was one of 23 players named to the USA men's senior national team that finished third in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, but he was forced to withdraw from the team before the tournament began due to a knee injury. Marion played for the senior United States National Basketball Team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He has earned 22 total international caps for the USA.

On September 26, 2007, following a summer filled with rumors and trade speculation involving possible deals with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Utah Jazz, Marion requested to be traded. Citing the rumors and a refusal on the part of Phoenix Suns management to negotiate for a contract extension, Marion called his relationship with the Suns a "bad marriage", and stated that it was time for him to leave Phoenix.[4] By the start of the season, though, Marion continued to play well for the Suns.

During the 2006–07 season, Marion was one of two players (the other Kevin Garnett) to rank in the top 40 in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, blocks per game, steals per game, and minutes per game.[5] He was named to his fourth NBA All-Star Team as a reserve (2003, '05, '06, '07) and collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 22 minutes in his hometown of Las Vegas at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

Miami Heat (2008-2009)

On February 6, 2008, the Phoenix Suns traded Shawn Marion and teammate, Marcus Banks, to the Miami Heat for Center Shaquille O'Neal which ended the 9 year run with the Phoenix Suns.[6]

Toronto Raptors (2009)

On February 13, 2009, Marion was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Marcus Banks and cash considerations for Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon and a future conditional draft pick.[7]

Dallas Mavericks (2009-2014)

Marion with the Mavericks in February 2011.

On July 9, 2009, Marion reportedly signed a five-year $39 million contract and immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, as part of a four-team trade among Raptors, Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Orlando Magic.[8] Marion was a steady performer for the Mavericks during the 2009–10 season, but he was not a primary option. He was not set up for a lot of opportunities offensively and his average of 12 points per game was the lowest since his rookie season. He also averaged a career-low 6.4 rebounds per game.

Having been a starter his whole career, Marion was relegated to a bench role for the 2010–11 season, with Caron Butler taking over the starting small forward position. However, Butler sustained a season-ending injury on January 1, 2011, and by the end of the season, Marion was starting again. Marion was the Mavericks' starting Small Forward throughout their playoff run, a run that resulted in a trip to the NBA Finals. In Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Marion scored 26 points. In the Finals, Marion helped the Mavericks defeat the Miami Heat in six games to win their first NBA championship. Marion averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists during the six games, with his best effort coming in Game 2 when he had 20 points. During the season, Marion joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, and Julius Erving as the only players with 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks.

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Marion was the only player 6-foot-7 or shorter to lead his team in rebounding (7.4 rpg, 465 total rebounds). He became the first Maverick 6-foot-7 or shorter to lead Dallas in rebounding since 6-foot-7 Jay Vincent did so in 1984–85 (8.9 rpg). On March 13, 2012 against the Washington Wizards, Marion moved into 100th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

On December 18, 2012 against the Phoenix Suns, Marion eclipsed the 16,000-point plateau, becoming the 95th player in league history with at least 16,000 career points. He joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett as the only players in NBA history with at least 16,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, and 1,000 blocks. On January 27, 2013 against Phoenix, Marion played in his 1,000th NBA game, becoming the 107th player in NBA history to reach the milestone. On March 6, 2013 against the Houston Rockets, Marion passed Rod Strickland for 25th place on the NBA's all-time steals list.

Marion in March 2013.

On January 3, 2014 against the Los Angeles Clippers, Marion passed the 17,000-point mark and joined Olajuwon, Malone, and Garnett as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, and 1,000 blocks. For the 2013–14 season, Marion posted a career-low 13.4 PER, struggled with consistency on offense, and struggled defensively at times.

Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–2015)

On September 9, 2014, Marion signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In December 2014, he became the first player in NBA history with 15,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks, and 500 3-pointers. On January 21, 2015, Marion announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2014–15 season. Marion missed time in February and March with a strained left hip. Marion returned to the NBA Finals in 2015; however, he did not appear in any of the Cavaliers' six games, a series that Cleveland lost 4–2 to the Golden State Warriors despite leading 2-1.

On June 18, 2015, Marion announced his retirement from the NBA after 16 seasons.

National team career

Marion played for the United States national team at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, and 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, winning gold in Brisbane and bronze in Athens.

Post-Career

In 2018, he and other former NBA player Cedric Ceballos appeared in the 30th season of the CBS reality show The Amazing Race. They placed 9th.

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