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Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays power forward for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, although his natural position is at small forward. He is widely considered one of the most consistent and versatile players in the game today.

Statistics[]

Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)

Weight: 228 lb (103.4 kg)

Career Stats: 18.7 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.30 bpg, 1.9 spg, .473 FG%, .346 3FG%, .833 FT%

Achievements: All-NBA Third Team (2004-2005, 2005-2006), 3-time NBA All-Star (2003, 2005, 2006), All-Rookie Second Team (1999-2000)

Drafted: 1999, 1st round, 9th pick by Suns

Career[]

Shawn attended a small community college in Vincennes, Indiana known as Vincennes University before attending UNLV. While attending UNLV Marion dominated Mountain West Conference play. Marion led the Runnin' Rebels to their last NCAA Tournament appearance, in 1998.

He was a first round pick, ninth overall, of the Suns. He has played all six of his NBA seasons with the Suns.

Nicknamed The Matrix (by TNT analyst Kenny Smith for his spectacular, seemingly gravity-defying plays), Marion was selected to the USA Olympic Men's Basketball team in 2004. In 2005, he was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star Team and selected to the '04-'05 All-NBA Third Team. During the 2005 All Star Weekend, Marion teamed up with WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Mercury, and Suns legend Dan Majerle in the Radioshack Shooting Stars to run away with the title. Marion was also a Western Conference reserve on the 2006 All-Star team, and he is one of 23 players named to the USA Men's Senior National Team that will compete in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The 2005-2006 NBA season was perhaps the best season of his career. 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. [1] 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.

Has missed a total of only four games in his last six NBA regular seasons - two in the 2000-2001 season, and two in 2003-2004.

Player profile[]

At 6 feet 7 inches, Marion is undersized for a power forward. His athleticism and jumping ability enables him to be a good rebounder and shot blocker. Marion is a finisher who can score off passes and his quickness and ability to shoot from long distance create offensive matchup problems for the opposing team. Coaches also acknowledge him as a better defender than his bigger and more well-known teammate, Amare Stoudemire. This has been shown in the past when Marion is often the one asked by coach Mike D'Antoni to guard Tim Duncan when the Suns play the Spurs.

Marion is well known for his unorthodox style of shooting. Although his shot resembles a forward thrust rather than a flick of the wrist, his offensive and defensive brilliance is undisputed among fans and critics.

Marion is also known as one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the NBA. On January 6, 2006, during a triple-overtime game against the New York Knicks, he played 60 of a possible 63 minutes. [2]

Trivia[]

  • Shawn Marion was a teammate of the Minnesota Timberwolves' Trenton Hassell at Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tennessee.
  • Shawn Marion is a huge fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Marion's leg bears a tattoo that he intended to represent his nickname, "The Matrix", in Japanese. When translated literally into English, however, the tattoo actually says "demon bird moth balls" [3].
  • Marion's consistency has garnered him great attention in the world of fantasy sports. His ability to contribute to many statistical categories makes him one of the most sought after fantasy players. For the last three years, Marion can be considered to be one of the best fantasy basketball player in the league.
  • Although Marion is acknowledged as one of the greatest dunkers in today's game, he still has yet to attend a NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

External links[]

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