Not drafted by the NBA out of college in 2007… signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 3, 2007.
Appeared in 24 games (one start) for the HEAT and averaged 3.5 points (.467 FG%, .592 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 1.29 blocks, 0.1 assists and 20.8 minutes…missed a total of six games due to injury, was a DNP-CD on 19 occasions, missed five games while on assignment to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League (Feb. 28-Mar. 7) and was a healthy scratch on the inactive list on 28 occasions…missed three games with a right quad strain (Jan. 24, Jan. 29 and Feb. 12) and three games (Feb. 4-7) with the flu…ranked fourth among all rookies in the NBA in blocks per game…led the HEAT in blocks on 10 occasions, in rebounds five times and in steals twice…was Miami’s top scorer off the bench twice and also led the HEAT reserves in blocks 12 times, in rebounds, steals and minutes on seven occasions each and in assists once…scored in double figures twice and grabbed double-figure rebounds on two occasions…tied the HEAT rookie record for blocks in a game with a career-high six at Indiana on Mar. 31 and also recorded a career-high three steals in that contest…his six blocks at Indiana on Mar. 31 set a Miami franchise record for most blocks in a game for a HEAT non-starter…his longest streak of consecutive free throws made was 12 and occurred from Mar. 24-31…recorded career highs in defensive (10) and total (12) rebounds against New Orleans on Apr. 2…recorded career highs in field goals made (5) and attempted (7) and in minutes (38:48) against Orlando on Mar. 14…recorded career highs in free throws made (7) and attempted (8) versus Milwaukee on Mar. 24…drew three charges…had seven multi-block games and one multi-steal game…had six dunks…made his first career start against Washington on Mar. 21 and tallied eight points and three rebounds in 25:54 minutes…made his NBA debut versus Charlotte on Nov. 27 and was scoreless with one rebound in 4:53 minutes…started all three games for the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League while on assignment from Feb. 28-Mar. 7 and averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.00 blocks and 24.3 minutes…scored in double figures once and recorded at least three blocks in all three games…NBA Season Highs: 11 points (vs. Milwaukee, Mar. 24), 12 rebounds (vs. New Orleans, Apr. 2), six blocks (at Indiana, Mar. 31), three steals (at Indiana, Mar. 31), one assist (three times) and 38:48 minutes (vs. Orlando, Mar. 14).
Played two seasons at UNLV after beginning his collegiate career at Pensacola Junior College (Pensacola, FL)…in 68 games at UNLV he averaged 3.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.31 blocks and 0.3 assists while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 56.1 percent from the foul line…finished second in UNLV history with 157 career blocks…shot at least 50 percent from the floor in each of his seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels…was named the 2007 UNLV Sportsman of the Year…started six of the 37 games in which he appeared as a senior during the 2006-07 season and averaged 5.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.95 blocks while shooting 59.7 percent from the floor and 60.4 percent from the foul line…was named the 2006-07 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year…led the MWC and ranked 11th in the country in blocks per game…set the MWC record for blocks in a game with 13 against TCU on Feb. 6, 2007…his 109 blocks as a senior rank second on the UNLV single-season list…averaged a league-leading 3.63 blocks in conference games…earned MWC Co-Player of the Week honors in February…despite sitting out the 2005-06 season as a redshirt, he received the team’s Most Inspirational Player Award as voted on by his teammates…started three of the 31 games in which he appeared as a junior for the Runnin’ Rebels in 2004-05 and averaged 1.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.55 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the floor and 48.3 percent from the foul line…led UNLV in blocked shots (48)…finished fourth in the MWC in blocked shots…earned First Team All-Conference honors at Pensacola Junior College in 2003-04 after averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.
Full name is Joel Vincent Anthony…first name is pronounced Jo-elle…is the son of Erene Anthony…nickname is “Big J”…has one sister (Sherlette Pryce)…lists his mother as the person that made a difference in his life because she has been an inspiration to him…graduated from UNLV in December 2006 with a degree in university studies with a concentration in sociology and physical education…when his playing career is over he would like to work with kids and give back to the community…participated in the HEAT’s 7th Annual April Pool’s Day on Apr. 10, 2008 which launched a summer long “Learn to Swim” community swim safety campaign where he got in the pool and helped give children from the HEAT Academy’s Riverside Elementary School a special swimming lesson…was a member of the Canadian Senior National Team in the summer of 2008 and averaged 8.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.00 blocks and 24.3 minutes in the three-game FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Athens…was selected to join the Canadian Senior National Team in the summer of 2006 and participated with the team in tours in Italy, Germany and Slovenia…in his free time he enjoys reading…chose his laptop as his most prized possession…his favorite sports other than basketball include soccer and football…chose Family Guy and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as his favorite TV shows and Any Given Sunday and Saw as his favorite movies…enjoys reggae, hip-hop and R&B music…picked Antigua as the best place he has visited…his favorite types of foods include Chinese, Italian and Caribbean…says something he cooks well is rice and peas with baked chicken…chose Fogo Chows, a Brazilian eatery, as his favorite restaurant…his favorite pre-game meal is pasta and chicken…his pre-game rituals include taking a nap, a shower and listening to music…has no tattoos…wears size 17 sneakers.