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William Mark Price (born February 15, 1964 in Bartlesville, Oklahomamarker) is a retired Americanmarker basketball player who played for 12 seasons in the NBA, from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years were consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic.

Playing career

The 6-foot (183 cm) Price played college basketball at Georgia Techmarker. During his time at Georgia Tech, he was a two time All American and four time All ACC basketball player who helped lead the Yellow Jackets to an ACC Championship his junior year by defeating North Carolinamarker in the ACC Tournament championship game. He was named the ACC Most Valuable Player for the 1984-85 season and his jersey was retired. A point guard, he mystified critics who said he was too slow, too small and too deliberate for a high-level game. Selected first in the second round (25th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA Draft, he was acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a draft day trade that helped turn the team into an Eastern Conference power.

Price was known as one of the league's most consistent shooters. He finished his career with a 90.4% free throw shooting percentage, placing him as the league's all-time leader in this statistical area, and a 40% three-point field goal shooting percentage. During the 1988–89 season, Price became the third player, along with Larry Bird and Reggie Miller, to shoot at least 40% from three-point range, at least 50% from the field and at least 90% from the free throw line. Price ranked consistently among the assist leaders (as of December 2009, he is the Cavaliers all-time leader with 4,206), twice won the Long Distance Shootout, and was a four-time All-Star. Price was named to the All-NBA First Team after the 1992–93 season. Price currently ranks second in franchise steals with 734, a Cavaliers record that stood until December 9, 2008 when LeBron James surpassed him.

He played for the US national team also known as Dream Team II, in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.

He was plagued by injuries late in his career, a factor in his trade to the Washington Bullets prior to the 1995–96 season. He played one season for Washington before moving on to the Golden State Warriors and later the Orlando Magic, where he played his final season. He retired in 1998. Not long after retirement, Price's number, 25, was retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The city of Enid, Oklahomamarker, renamed the basketball arena Mark Price Arena, as a tribute to the NBA player's accomplishments, since he was one of the best basketball athletes in Enid High Schoolmarker history.

Coaching career

Mark Price began his coaching career during the 1998-99 basketball season as a community coach under head coach and friend Joe Marelle at Duluth High School for the varsity boys team. After Marelle discovered he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Price became a primary factor in the team's return trip to the final four of the class 5A GHSA state tournament. It was the first time Duluth High School returned to this point in the state tournament in 16 years. Price then went on to be an assistant coach to Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech during the 1999-2000 season.

After Cremins retired from coaching at Georgia Tech, Price then went on the following year to be the head coach at Whitefield Academy in Atlantamarker for the 2000-01 season leading the team to a 27-5 record and the final eight teams of the state Class A tournament, a 20 win improvement over the prior season and 27 win improvement two seasons before Price arrived. NBA player Josh Smith also played at Whitefield Academy the same season Price was coach.

In 2003, Price was a consultant for the NBA's Denver Nuggets before moving on to become a NBA television analyst and color commentator for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks.

In March 2006, Price was named the inaugural head coach of the Australian NBL's South Dragons, a new franchise for the 2006–07 season,for a short period of time before the position was taken over by player Shane Heal, in a controversial decision made by majority owner Mark Cowan. Heal was fired the following year after the Dragons finished last in the NBL for the 2007-08 season.

Price was the shooting consultant for the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2007-08 season and named the shooting coach for the Atlanta Hawks at the beginning of the 2008-2009 season. Price helped to improve the Hawks offensive output in their first return to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals in nearly 10 years during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Price also trains other NBA players in partnership with the Suwanee Sports Academy, one of the largest basketball training facilities in the United Statesmarker, during the basketball offseason in Atlanta specializing in shooting and point guard skills.

Price was a key factor in developing the overall teaching philosophy for On Court Player Development - a basketball skill development and character building program - in 2006 held at the Suwanee Sports Academy. The academy is also home to the Mark Price Shooting Lab.


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