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Carl Christopher Landry (born September 19, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the NBA's Houston Rockets. He played collegiate basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers from 2004 to 2007. The 6'9", 248 lb power forward is the older brother of Marcus Landry, who plays for the New York Knicks.

College career

Vincennes

2002–2004

Carl Landry started his college career during the 2002–2003 season at Vincennes Universitymarker, located in Vincennes, Indianamarker, where the likes of Shawn Marion and Bob McAdoo also played their JUCO years. He averaged 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds, but missed half the season due to a broken hand. As a Sophomore during the 2003–2004 season he led the Trailblazers, averaging 19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds,and 2.3 blocks a game. He was named a First-Team Junior College All-American and the All-Region MVP.

Purdue

2004–2005

Landry transferred to Purdue Universitymarker, located in West Lafayette, Indianamarker for his Junior year and the 2004–2005 season, where he led the conference with 18.2 ppg and led the Boilers with 7.1 rpg. He shot 61.8 percent from the field and averaged 30.3 mpg while playing under head coach Gene Keady. Carl's best game of the season came against Michigan State, where he scored a season high 31 points while shooting 11-12 from the floor. On the season, he scored in double figures 22 times and recorded 6 double doubles. He was named Second Team All Big Ten by conference coaches and media after missing the season's final three games to an ACL injury in his right knee.

2005-2006

After recovering a leg injury the prior season, Carl returned to play his Senior season under first head coach, Matt Painter. He recorded a career high 35 points in the second game of the season against South Alabamamarker. He re-injured his knee three games later against Evansville. Carl then decided to sit out the rest of the season and earn a medical redshirt to be eligible for the 2006-07 season. After missing three games his junior season and only playing in five his senior season, Landry's absence on the court, along with teammate, David Teague, left Purdue struggling with just 16 wins in the two seasons.

2006–2007

As a redshirt Senior, Carl Landry led the Boilermakers in both rebounds and points. He began his Senior season with three consecutive Big Ten Player of the Week honors, the only player in Big Ten Conference history to do so. Landry was also one of only two players in the league to rank in the top five for both points and rebounds. Averaging 18.9 points per game, he ranked in the conference's top three with Alando Tucker of Wisconsinmarker and Adam Haluska of Iowamarker. On March 10, 2007, Landry scored 24 points and made 9 of 16 shots going against Ohio State's Greg Oden in the Big ten Tournament. He led the Boilermakers to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, where he scored 18 points with 4 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds in his last game as a Boilermaker against the eventual champions, Florida, in the Second Round. Scoring in double figures in 33 of 34 games his senior season, he was awarded First-Team All-Big Ten honors.

College notes

Carl Landry finished his career as a Boilermaker averaging 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a game in three seasons. He currently holds the school's second highest career field goal percentage with 60.2 accuracy, only behind Steve Scheffler's NCAA record of 68.5 percent. Carl Landry is one of three former Boilermakers currently in the NBA, along with Brad Miller and Brian Cardinal.

NBA career

Houston Rockets

2007–2008

On June 28, 2007, Landry was drafted as the 31st overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 1st pick in the 2nd round. His agent helped with his trade to the Houston Rockets for a future second round pick. Landry sat out 33 of the first 36 regular season games of his rookie season. Later in the season he got quality playing time and stepped up for the Rockets with a 63 FG%, while helping fill in for injured NBA All Star teammate, Yao Ming. He became a key role player for the Rockets' 22 game winning streak, the second longest in NBA history. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

'08 Playoffs
On April 24, 2008, Landry lost a tooth in game 3 of the 2008 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz. In that same game, he made a last second clutch game-winning block on Deron Williams to seal the much needed win for the Rockets, 94-92.

2008–2009

Following his rookie season, Landry became a restricted free agent. However, his contract negotiations with Houston Rockets showed little progress. On September 24, 2008, he signed an offer sheet extended by the Charlotte Bobcats reportedly worth $9 million for 3 years (Third year being a team option). One day later, Rockets matched the offer. Landry would stay to play his second NBA season with the Rockets. On November 26, 2008, teammate Tracy McGrady sat out of a game against the Indiana Pacers. Landry came off the bench and put up 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. Another career game for Landry during the 2008-09 season came on January 3, 2009 against the New Jersey Nets, where he led the team in scoring with 18 points by making 5 of 5 shots from the floor and going 8 for 8 at the line. Being the team's sixth man and averaging over 21 minutes a game, he averaged over 9 points and 5 rebounds a game during the regular season, while leading the Rockets with a 57.4 field goal percentage.

Shooting Incident
On March 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM Carl Landry was shot in the leg in Houston, Texasmarker when his car was hit by a vehicle that swerved to hit him. They both collided a second time as they made U-turns. As Landry exited his vehicle to assess the damage, he was shot and the suspects fled the scene. His injury was superficial. On March 30, Carl returned to practice involvement and played in his first game on April 7, less than three weeks after the shooting.

'09 Playoffs
On May 7, 2009, Carl Landry scored a career playoff high of 21 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in game 2 of the 2009 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals. He shot 7 of 9 from the floor and grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Landry scored only 4 points in 22 minutes, shooting 2 of 10 from the field in his last game. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 7.5 points a game while leading the Rockets shooting 55.7 percent from the field in 13 games during the 2009 Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Lakers.

2009-2010

With the 2009-10 season coming underway with the absence of C Yao Ming, who's sitting out while recoving from an injury, Carl Landry will be able to receive more playing time.

Career notes

As a 6'7" power forward, smaller than some small forwards, his ability to finish under the goal with high percentage shadows his size.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2007–08
Houston
42 0 16.9 .616 .000 .661 4.9 .5 .4 .2 8.1
2008–09
Houston
69 0 21.3 .574 .333 .813 5.0 .6 .4 .4 9.2
Career
111 0 19.6 .589 .250 .758 5.0 .5 .4 .3 8.8

Playoffs

2007–08
Houston
6 0 17.7 .423 .000 .750 4.7 .0 1.2 .5 5.7
2008–09
Houston
13 0 18.5 .557 .000 .576 3.9 .2 .3 .4 7.5
Career
19 0 18.2 .521 .000 .633 4.2 .2 .6 .4 6.9

References

  1. Through six playoff games, he averaged nearly 18 mpg, 5 rpg, 6 ppg and a .5 bpg. NBA playoffs: Utah - 92, Houston - 94
  2. Carl Landry Shot Yahoo Sports, March 17, 2009
  3. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6363509.html


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