Speedy Claxton

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Speedy Claxton
SpeedyClaxton.jpg
Claxton in 1998 playing for Hofstra University
Hofstra Pride
Position Assistant coach
League Colonial Athletic Association
Personal information
Born (1978-05-08) May 8, 1978 (age 40)
Hempstead, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 166 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school Christ the King
(Middle Village, New York)
College Hofstra (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2000–2010
Position Point guard
Number 12, 10, 5
Coaching career 2013–present
Career history
As player:
20002002 Philadelphia 76ers
2002–2003 San Antonio Spurs
20032005 Golden State Warriors
20052006 New Orleans Hornets
20062009 Atlanta Hawks
As coach:
2013–present Hofstra (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Craig Elliot "Speedy" Claxton (born May 8, 1978) is a retired professional basketball player. Claxton won an NBA championship in 2003 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. In 2013, he was named as a special assistant to the head coach for the Hofstra University men's basketball program.

College

Prior to his NBA career, Claxton played at Hofstra University under current Villanova University coach Jay Wright. At Hofstra, Claxton led the Flying Dutchmen to the America East Championship, where they defeated the University of Delaware in the championship game at Hofstra Arena. The team was defeated in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament by an Oklahoma State team led by Desmond Mason, Claxton's future NBA teammate with the Charlotte Hornets.

Claxton donated money to help build the 5,000-seat arena in which the Hofstra team plays, and his number 10 was retired by Hofstra on January 31, 2009. Claxton was inducted into the Hofstra Hall of Fame on January 29, 2011.

NBA career

Claxton was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 20th overall pick of the drafted in 2000.[1] His rookie-scale contract was worth four years and $4.68 million; he opted out of the fourth year to become a free agent.

Claxton missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury suffered during the preseason. In 2002, Claxton was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for Mark Bryant, Randy Holcomb, and John Salmons, where he played on the Spurs' 2003 championship team as a backup to Tony Parker.

In 2003, Claxton was signed by the Golden State Warriors to a three-year contract worth US$10 million.

On February 24, 2005, Claxton and Dale Davis were traded from the Warriors to the New Orleans Hornets for Baron Davis.

On July 12, 2006, Claxton signed a contract worth approximately $25 million over four years with the Atlanta Hawks. Claxton only played 44 games with the Hawks, as he was injured every year after he signed with the team. During the 2006-07 season, he averaged 5.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.

On June 25, 2009, Claxton and Acie Law were traded to the Golden State Warriors for Jamal Crawford.[2] He was waived by Golden State on February 6, 2010.

Post-playing career

Claxton served as a college scout with the Golden State Warriors[3] before joining the Hofstra University men's basketball staff in 2013.[4]

Personal life

Claxton's parents are from Antigua and Barbuda. His sister, Lisa, played for the St. John's Red Storm women's basketball team.[1] His brother Michael (M. Buckets) played college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats. Claxton has two daughters, Aniya and London, with ex-wife Meeka. The couple announced their divorce in July 2014.[5]

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
Denotes season in which Claxton won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Philadelphia 67 18 22.8 .400 .121 .838 2.4 3.0 1.4 .1 7.2
2002–03 San Antonio 30 0 15.7 .462 .000 .684 1.9 2.5 .7 .2 5.8
2003–04 Golden State 60 29 26.6 .427 .182 .813 2.6 4.5 1.6 .2 10.6
2004–05 Golden State 46 44 32.6 .431 .192 .761 3.3 6.2 1.9 .1 13.1
2004–05 New Orleans 16 3 22.8 .373 .111 .610 1.9 5.5 1.4 .1 6.8
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 71 3 28.4 .413 .270 .769 2.7 4.8 1.5 .1 12.3
2006–07 Atlanta 42 31 25.1 .327 .214 .550 1.9 4.4 1.7 .1 5.3
2008–09 Atlanta 2 0 7.5 .286 .000 .500 .0 1.5 .0 .0 2.5
Career 334 128 25.6 .409 .193 .762 2.5 4.3 1.5 .1 9.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Philadelphia 5 0 9.8 .333 .000 .667 .2 2.8 1.0 .0 2.4
2003 San Antonio 24 0 13.6 .438 .000 .750 1.9 1.9 .7 .2 5.2
2009 Atlanta 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 30 0 12.6 .427 .000 .740 1.5 2.0 .7 .2 4.6

References

  1. ^ a b NBA.com Bio Archived 2007-07-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Warriors Acquire Acie Law and Speedy Claxton From Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ Warriors might be focusing in on Monroe
  4. ^ Mihalich Announces Staff; Claxton Returns To Program
  5. ^ http://thinkpynk.com/my-next-chapter-by-meekaclaxton/

External links

  • NBA.com player profile
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