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Ronny Turiaf (born January 13, 1983 in Le Robertmarker, Martiniquemarker) is a Frenchmarker professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He also plays as a member of the French national basketball team.


Early life

Turiaf spent most of his childhood in Martiniquemarker, a French oversea department in the Caribbean Seamarker. Following the advice from his father, Turiaf moved to Parismarker in 1998, at the age of 15, to attend the National Institute of Physical Education ( Insep), a school that combines rigorous secondary education with elite-level athletic training.

In 1999, he made the French Under-18 national team, and in 2000, he helped lead the team to the European title with future NBA stars Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, and Mickaël Piétrus.

College years

In 2001, Turiaf left France after accepting an offer to attend Gonzaga Universitymarker in Spokanemarker, Washingtonmarker, where he played for four years. In his last three years at Gonzaga, he was named First Team All-WCC. Additionally, in his senior year (2004–2005), he was named as the conference's Player of the Year. He ended his college career as the fourth all-time leader in scoring and rebounding in school history, with 1,723 points and 859 rebounds, respectively. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game through his college years at Gonzaga, but led the WCC averaging 15.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game as a senior. He graduated from Gonzaga with a degree in sports management and communication.

2005–2006 season

Open-heart surgery

Ronny Turiaf attempts a layup.
He played for The Los Angeles Lakers in 2006–2008 before signing a 4-year deal with the Golden State Warriors
Ronny Turiaf was the 37th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft to the Los Angeles Lakers, signing a two-year, $1 million contract. After a physical exam conducted by the Lakers just four weeks after the draft, team doctor, John Moe, found an enlarged aortic root in Turiaf's heart. After multiple examinations by other physicians, the Lakers decided that the problem, which was cleared by doctors in both France and the NBA's pre-Draft camp, was serious enough to require surgery. The Lakers were forced to void Turiaf's contract but retained his rights in case he was cleared to play again after the surgery. In addition, the team paid for all the expenses from the surgery. Turiaf underwent the six-hour open-heart surgery on July 26, 2005. His expected recovery time was between six and twelve months.

As part of his rehabilitation, Turiaf signed with the Continental Basketball Association's Yakama Sun Kings, a team that drafted him with their 36th pick in the 2005 CBA draft. He played 9 games with the Sun Kings, averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Turiaf recovered from his surgery quicker than expected and was therefore re-signed with the Lakers on January 17, 2006, less than six months after his surgery. In order to make room on the team's 15-man roster, the Lakers waived guard Laron Profit after his season-ending injury.

2006–2007 season

On November 1, 2006, the second game of the season, Ronny Turiaf scored career highs in almost every category against the Golden State Warriors, including 8/10 shooting with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

2007–2008 season

Ronny Turiaf has received valuable playing time due to the many Laker injuries during the 2007–08 season. He was in the starting line-up at the beginning of the season as a forward alongside Lamar Odom, but after spraining his left ankle during practice on November 15, 2007, Turiaf missed two games of his own while his starts became limited. However, after Pau Gasol sprained his ankle on March 14, 2008 in New Orleans, Ronny took over as the starting center for nine games until Gasol returned on April 2. In that nine game span, Turiaf's stats jumped to over 30 minutes per game with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Yet the Lakers went 5–4 during those nine games, including back-to-back losses at home against the Charlotte Bobcats and the Memphis Grizzlies, two of the league's worst teams.


On July 9, 2008, Ronny Turiaf agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract offer from the Golden State Warriors. According to free agency rules, his previous team, the Los Angeles Lakers, had seven days to match that offer.

The Lakers, on July 18, decided not to match the Warriors' offer and the deal was finalized.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

L.A. Lakers
23 1 7.0 .500 .000 .556 1.6 .3 .1 .4 2.0
L.A. Lakers
72 1 15.1 .549 .000 .664 3.6 .9 .2 1.1 5.3
L.A. Lakers
78 21 18.7 .474 .000 .753 3.9 1.6 .4 1.4 6.6
Golden State
79 26 21.5 .508 .000 .790 4.6 2.1 .4 2.1 5.9
252 49 17.5 .505 .000 .726 3.8 1.4 .3 1.4 5.6


L.A. Lakers
3 0 8.3 .600 .000 .833 2.3 .0 .0 .3 3.7
L.A. Lakers
4 0 12.0 .357 .000 .700 3.0 .3 .5 .2 4.3
L.A. Lakers
19 0 9.8 .389 .000 .588 1.4 .3 .1 .9 2.0
26 0 10.0 .400 .000 .667 1.8 .2 .2 .8 2.5

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Personal information

  • Speaks five languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, and Creole (native language)
  • Originally committed to the University of Connecticutmarker where he planned to major in business
  • Has four younger sisters: Elodie, Florence, Nadia, and Rachelle
  • Enjoys playing video games and reading books
  • Favorite movies are Scarface and Malcolm X


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