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Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league thanks to his athleticism and ability to play and defend many positions.

Early life

Marion was born in Waukegan, Illinoismarker and played high school basketball in Clarksville, Tennesseemarker at Clarksville High School, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Trenton Hassell of the New Jersey Nets.

After high school he attended Vincennes Universitymarker, a junior college in Indianamarker, before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegasmarker, where he played collegiately.

NBA career

Phoenix Suns

Marion was selected by the Suns in the first round and ninth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. Nicknamed The Matrix by TNT analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year for his seemingly bionic athleticism, Marion was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in 2002–03 season. In 2004 he was selected to the US Olympic men's basketball team.

In 2005, he was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star Team and selected to the 2004–05 All-NBA Third Team. That year he became the first player since David Robinson in 1991–92 to average in the top five in rebounding and steals since the league started to track steals in 1973, a feat he repeated in 2005–06. During the 2005 All-Star Weekend, Marion teamed up with WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, and Suns legend Dan Majerle in the RadioShack Shooting Stars to run away with the title. Marion was also selected as a Western Conference reserve on the 2006 All-Star team, and the 2007 All-Star team.

The 2005–06 NBA season was perhaps the best season of his career. He was the only player in the NBA ranked in the top 20 in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes. 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. He helped fill in the void left by star Amar'e 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.

On March 5, 2006, Marion was one of 23 players named to the USA men's senior national team that finished third in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, but he was forced to withdraw from the team before the tournament began due to a knee injury.Marion played for the senior United States National Basketball Team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He has earned 22 total international caps for the USA.

On September 26, 2007, following a summer filled with rumors and trade speculation involving possible deals with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Utah Jazz, Marion requested to be traded. Citing the rumors and a refusal on the part of Phoenix Suns management to negotiate for a contract extension, Marion called his relationship with the Suns a "bad marriage", and stated that it was time for him to leave Phoenix. By the start of the season, though, Marion continued to play well for the Suns.

During the 2006–07 season, Marion was one of two players (the other Kevin Garnett) to rank in the top 40 in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, blocks per game, steals per game, and minutes per game. He was named to his fourth NBA All-Star Team as a reserve (2003, '05, '06, '07) and collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes in his hometown of Las Vegas at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.

Miami Heat

On February 6, 2008, the Phoenix Suns traded Shawn Marion and teammate, Marcus Banks, to the Miami Heat for center Shaquille O'Neal which ended the 9 year run with the Phoenix Suns.

Toronto Raptors

On February 13, 2009, Marion was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Marcus Banks and cash considerations for Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon and a future conditional draft pick. His last game basket with the Heat was a game-winning dunk against the Chicago Bulls.

Dallas Mavericks

On July 9, 2009, Marion signed a five-year $39 million contract and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team trade among Raptors, Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic. He is wearing the number 0 on his jersey.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

1999–00
Phoenix
51 38 24.7 .471 .182 .847 6.5 1.4 .8 1.0 10.2
2000–01
Phoenix
79 79 36.2 .480 .256 .810 10.7 2.0 1.7 1.4 17.3
2001–02
Phoenix
81 81 38.4 .469 .393 .845 9.9 2.0 1.8 1.1 19.1
2002–03
Phoenix
81 81 41.6 .452 .387 .851 9.5 2.4 2.3 1.2 21.2
2003–04
Phoenix
79 79 40.7 .440 .340 .851 9.3 2.7 2.1 1.3 19.0
2004–05
Phoenix
81 81 38.8 .476 .334 .833 11.3 1.9 2.0 1.5 19.4
2005–06
Phoenix
81 81 40.3 .525 .331 .809 11.8 1.8 2.0 1.7 21.8
2006–07
Phoenix
80 80 37.6 .524 .317 .810 9.8 1.7 2.0 1.5 17.5
2007–08
Phoenix
47 47 36.4 .526 .347 .713 9.9 2.1 2.0 1.5 15.8
2007–08
Miami
16 15 37.6 .459 .258 .690 11.2 2.5 1.9 .9 14.3
2008–09
Miami
42 41 36.1 .482 .200 .788 8.7 1.8 1.4 1.1 12.0
2008–09
Toronto
27 27 35.3 .488 .154 .806 8.3 2.3 1.1 .8 14.3
Career
745 730 37.6 .481 .337 .820 9.9 2.0 1.8 1.3 17.8
All-Star
4 0 19.5 .575 .000 .500 6.5 3.0 1.5 .5 12.5

Playoffs

1999–00
Phoenix
9 9 31.2 .419 .167 .818 8.8 .8 .7 1.6 9.1
2000–01
Phoenix
4 4 34.8 .371 1.000 .857 8.3 .8 1.5 1.5 14.8
2002–03
Phoenix
6 6 47.0 .374 .321 .846 11.7 2.0 1.8 1.8 18.5
2004–05
Phoenix
15 15 42.3 .484 .419 .769 11.8 1.5 1.4 1.7 17.6
2005–06
Phoenix
20 20 42.5 .489 .314 .881 11.7 1.6 1.9 1.1 20.4
2006–07
Phoenix
11 11 41.4 .500 .353 .667 10.4 1.2 1.5 1.7 16.9
Career
65 65 40.6 .463 .346 .811 10.9 1.4 1.5 1.5 17.1

References

  1. HEAT Insider: Shawn Marion
  2. Shawn Marion. nba.com. Retrieved on October 6, 2009.
  3. NBA.com : Shawn Marion Info Page
  4. 2005-06 EFFICIENCY LEADERS : Efficiency Per Game, nba.com
  5. Marion: 'Time for me to move on'


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