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Position: Shooting Guard
College: Michigan State, NCAA
NBA draft: First round, 21st overall by Toronto in 2000
Pro career: 6 seasons
Hall of Fame: None
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Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan, USA) is a professional basketball player with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. He was selected 21st overall by the Raptors in the 2000 NBA Draft, and was a starter in the majority of their games his first three seasons.

In his senior year at MSU, Peterson led the team in scoring, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. He had a team-high 30 double-digit scoring efforts. He was voted Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten, and he placed as first or second team All-American on five different polls.

While enjoying some early success in his professional career, Peterson's production faced a steady decline, before stepping up in the wake of the new era of Raptor youngsters being ushered in, taking on a more expansive leadership role and transforming himself into an elite perimeter defender and consistent scorer. He is known for his three-point shooting and his acrobatic shots.

Nicknamed "Mo-Pete", he is a cousin of former Indiana Pacers forward Jonathan Bender.

On December 28, 2005, Peterson set a record for career games played as a Raptor, surpassing Alvin Williams with 418 games played. Peterson also leads the NBA in longest consecutive games played, appearing in 331 straight as of February 16, 2005.

Peterson posted career highs in points and rebounds averaging 16.8 points and 4.6 rebounds and threw in 2.3 assists per game through 82 games played in the 2005-06 season.

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  • Career high: March 31st, 2006 Peterson scored a career best 38 points vs. the Phoenix Suns
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