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HEAT Bio: Joel Anthony
Not drafted by the NBA out of college in 2007…signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 3, 2007…re-signed by the HEAT on July 20, 2009…re-signed by Miami on July 15, 2010.
Has appeared in 308 games in his five-year NBA career and has made 107 starts…has averaged 2.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.33 blocks and 18.4 minutes while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and 66.8 percent from the foul line…has missed seven games due to injury, 34 as a healthy scratch on the inactive list, 40 as a DNP-CD and five games while on assignment to the NBA D-League…has scored in double figures on six occasions and grabbed double-figure rebounds eight times…has one double-double…ranks among the all-time HEAT leaders in blocked shots (4th), games played (13th) and total rebounds (21st)…has led Miami in blocks on 119 occasions…his longest streak of consecutive games with a block is 11 (Mar. 4-26, 2012)…has recorded at least one block in 203 games…has 117 multi-block and 14 multi-steal games…has appeared in 49 NBA postseason games (16 starts) and has averaged 2.8 points (.489 FG%, .758 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.35 blocks and 21.9 minutes…has scored in double figures twice, grabbed double-figure rebounds once and recorded one double-double in postseason play…ranks among the HEAT’s all-time postseason leaders in blocked shots (3rd), games played (5th), offensive rebounds (8th), total rebounds (9th) and dunks (9th)…appeared in three games in the NBA D-League and averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.00 blocks and 24.3 minutes.
Saw action in 62 games for the HEAT (three starts) and averaged 1.4 points (.515 FG%, .607 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 0.68 blocks and 9.1 minutes…missed the season opener against Boston on Oct. 30 with a strained left hamstring and was a DNP-CD on 19 occasions…topped the HEAT in blocks 13 times and in steals on three occasions…scored in double figures once…Season Highs: 11 points (at Cleveland, Apr. 15), nine rebounds (at Cleveland, Apr. 15), three blocks (four times), two assists (three times), two steals (twice) and 31:26 minutes (at Cleveland, Apr. 15).
Appeared in 64 games for the HEAT (51 starts) and averaged 3.4 points (.559 FG%, .690 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 1.31 blocks and 21.1 minutes…missed one game (Mar. 20) due to a sprained left ankle and was a DNP-CD once…ranked tied for 21st in the NBA in total blocks and 23rd in blocks per game…led the HEAT in total blocks and blocks per game and ranked second in offensive rebounds…topped the HEAT in blocks in 28 games and in steals on three occasions…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench twice and also led the HEAT reserves in blocks seven times, in steals on four occasions, in rebounds three times and in minutes twice…set single-season career highs in starts, field goals made, field goal percentage and steals…scored in double figures twice…Season Highs: 11 points (vs. Houston, Apr. 22), nine rebounds (vs. Philadelphia, Jan. 21), five blocks (twice), three steals (twice), two assists (at Cleveland, Feb. 17) and 37:07 minutes (at Utah, Mar. 2).
Appeared in 75 games for Miami (11 starts) and averaged 2.0 points (.535 FG%, .644 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, a team-leading 1.24 blocks and 19.5 minutes…was a DNP-CD on seven occasions…ranked 21st in the NBA in blocks per game and 22nd in total blocks…recorded single-season career highs in minutes played, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and total rebounds…led the HEAT in blocks…topped the HEAT in blocks 25 times, in rebounds on four occasions, in steals twice and minutes once…grabbed double-figure rebounds on four occasions…blocked at least one shot in a career-high 10 consecutive games from Jan. 12-Feb. 3…had 25 multi-block games…recorded career highs in offensive rebounds (8), total rebounds (16) and minutes played (43:12) vs. Atlanta on Jan. 18…Season Highs: eight points (twice), 16 rebounds (vs. Atlanta, Jan. 18), five blocks (twice), three assists (vs. Toronto, Jan. 22), one steal (10 times) and 43:12 minutes (vs. Atlanta, Jan. 18).
Started 16 of the 80 games in which he saw action with the HEAT and averaged 2.7 points (.478 FG%, .717 FT%), 3.1 rebounds, 1.36 blocks and 16.5 minutes…was a DNP-CD on two occasions (Dec. 4 at the L.A. Lakers and Mar. 10 vs. the L.A. Clippers)…ranked tied for 15th in the NBA in total blocks and 18th in blocks per game…recorded single-season career highs in games played, points, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, offensive rebounds and blocks…led the HEAT in games played, total blocks and blocks per game and tied for third in offensive rebounds…topped the HEAT in blocks on 30 occasions, in steals four times and in rebounds once…scored in double figures once and grabbed double-figure rebounds once…tallied career highs in points (13) and field goals made (6) against Toronto on Mar. 28…had 32 multi-block games…Season Highs: 13 points (vs. Toronto, Mar. 28), 10 rebounds (vs. Chicago, Mar. 12), five blocks (three times), two assists (vs. Chicago, Mar. 12), two steals (three times) and 39:32 minutes (at Indiana, Apr. 2).
Started 28 of the 65 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 2.2 points (.483 FG%, .652 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 1.43 blocks and 16.1 minutes…was a healthy scratch on the inactive list six times and a DNP-CD on 11 occasions…ranked second on the team in both total blocks and in blocks per game…led the HEAT in blocks 26 times, in rebounds in five contests, in minutes twice and in steals once…scored in double figures once and grabbed double-figure rebounds once…posted one double-double…recorded his first career double-double with season highs in both points (12) and rebounds (13) at Memphis on Dec. 14…had 27 multi-block games…Season Highs: 12 points (at Memphis, Dec. 14), 13 rebounds (at Memphis, Dec. 14), five blocks (twice), three steals (twice), two assists (four times) and 39:24 minutes (vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 15).
Appeared in 24 games (one start) for the HEAT and averaged 3.5 points (.467 FG%, .592 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 1.29 blocks 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…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 had a career-high three steals…his six blocks at Indiana on Mar. 31 set a Miami franchise record for most blocks in a game for a HEAT non-starter…grabbed a career-high 10 defensive rebounds vs. New Orleans on Apr. 2…had seven multi-block games…made his first career start vs. Washington on Mar. 21 and tallied eight points and three rebounds in 25:54 minutes…made his NBA debut vs. Charlotte on Nov. 27…started all three games for Iowa while on assignment and averaged 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.00 blocks and 24.3 minutes…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).
2013: Came off the bench in all 14 games in which he appeared for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 0.4 points (.300 FG%, .000 FT%), 1.5 rebounds and 5.1 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on nine occasions…topped the HEAT in rebounds and blocks once each…led the HEAT reserves in rebounds twice and steals, blocks and minutes once each…appeared in three games in the Opening Round vs. Milwaukee and totaled two points and two rebounds in six minutes…saw action twice in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Chicago and tallied three rebounds, one block and one steal in 11 minutes…appeared in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana and totaled two points, nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 39 minutes…grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in Game 6 at Indiana on June 1…appeared in four games in the NBA Finals vs. San Antonio and totaled two points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes…2012: Saw action in 17 games (one start) for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 3.2 points (.586 FG%, .800 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 0.94 blocks and 19.4 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on six occasions…was tied for second on the HEAT in blocked shots…led the HEAT in blocks six times…led the MIami reserves in scoring three times, in rebounds and blocks seven times each and in minutes on five occasions…scored in double figures once…came off the bench in all five games in the Opening Round vs. New York and averaged 1.6 points (.500 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 3.4 rebounds and 17.0 minutes…appeared off the bench in all six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals series vs. Indiana and averaged 5.8 points (.600 FG%, .846 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, 2.00 blocks and 28.7 minutes…led the HEAT in blocks in the Indiana series and was tied for second in offensive rebounds…recorded postseason career highs in free throws made (6) and attempted (6) and scored a 2012 postseason-high 10 points in Game 3 at Indiana on May 17…saw action in five of the seven Eastern Conference Finals games vs. Boston (one start) and averaged 2.2 points (.600 FG%, .625 FT%), 2.4 rebounds, and 13.8 minutes…made his lone 2012 postseason start in Game 4 at Boston on June 3…made his lone Finals appearance in Game 1 at Oklahoma City on June 12 and was scoreless in 2:06 of action…2011: Appeared in all 21 games for the HEAT (13 starts) and averaged 2.8 points (.367 FG%, .710 FT%), 4.6 rebounds, a team-leading 1.81 blocks and 27.4 minutes…led the HEAT in blocks a team-high 11 times and in rebounds once…scored in double figures once, grabbed double-figure rebounds once and had one double-double…came off the bench in all five games in the Opening Round vs. Philadelphia and averaged 3.4 points (.214 FG%, .786 FT%), 5.2 rebounds, 1.40 blocks and 31.0 minutes…made two starts in the five-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series vs. Boston and averaged 5.0 points (.600 FG%, .875 FT%), 6.2 rebounds, 1.80 blocks and 31.4 minutes…recorded his lone postseason double-double with postseason career highs in points (12) and rebounds (11) in Game 3 at Boston on May 7…started all five games in the Eastern Conference Finals series vs. Chicago and averaged 1.6 points (.333 FG%, .444 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 3.00 blocks and 27.8 minutes…started all six games in the NBA Finals vs. Dallas and averaged 1.3 points (.286 FG%, .000 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 20.5 minutes…2010: Came off the bench in all five of Miami’s Opening Round games vs. Boston and averaged 2.6 points (.714 FG%, .750 FT%), 1.8 rebounds, 1.00 blocks and 15.8 minutes…led the team in blocks twice…2009: Appeared in six games (two starts) for the HEAT in the Opening Round series vs. Atlanta and averaged 1.7 points (.800 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 14.7 minutes…was a DNP-CD once (Game 2 at Atlanta on Apr. 22)…led the HEAT in blocks three times…made his first NBA postseason start in Game 6 vs. Atlanta (May 1) and tallied six points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 35:12 minutes…made his NBA postseason debut in Game 1 at Atlanta (Apr. 19) and was scoreless with four rebounds and two blocks in 18:45 minutes.
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 (.573 FG%, .561 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, and 2.31 blocks…finished second in UNLV history with 157 career blocks…was named the 2007 UNLV Sportsman of the Year…appeared in 37 games (six starts) as a senior during the 2006-07 season and averaged 5.2 points (.597 FG%, .604 FT%), 4.1 rebounds and 2.95 blocks…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 vs. 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…saw action in 31 games (three starts) as a junior for the Runnin’ Rebels in 2004-05 and averaged 1.9 points (.500 FG%, .483 FT%), 2.7 rebounds and 1.55 blocks…led UNLV and finished fourth in the MVC 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 “Doc”…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…was originally selected to join the Canadian Senior National Team in the summer of 2006 and has also been a member of the team the past five summers (2008-12)…in his free time he enjoys reading…his favorite sports other than basketball include soccer and football…enjoys reggae, hip-hop and R&B music…wears size 17 sneakers.
REGULAR SEASON CAREER HIGHS:
MINS: 43:12, vs. Atlanta (1-18-11)
FGM: 6, vs. Toronto (3-28-10)
FGA: 9, vs. Philadelphia (1-21-12)
3-PT FGM: 0
3-PT FGA: 0
FTM: 7, vs. Milwaukee (3-24-08)
FTA: 8, three times (last: vs. Cleveland, 12-15-10)
OR: 8, vs. Atlanta (1-18-11)
DR: 10, vs. New Orleans (4-2-08)
TOT: 16, vs. Atlanta (1-18-11)
AST: 3, vs. Toronto (1-22-11)
STL: 3, five times (last: at Orlando, 3-13-12)
TO: 3, seven times (last: vs. Washington, 4-22-12)
BLK: 6, at Indiana (3-31-08)
PTS: 13, vs. Toronto (3-28-10)
POSTSEASON CAREER HIGHS:
MINS: 38:59, vs. Philadelphia (4-27-11)
FGM: 6, at Boston (5-7-11)
FGA: 7, at Boston (5-7-11)
3-PT FGM: 0
3-PT FGA: 0
FTM: 6, at Indiana (5-17-12)
FTA: 6, at Indiana (5-17-12)
OR: 5, three times (last: vs. New York, 5-9-12)
DR: 7, at Boston (5-7-11)
TOT: 11, at Boston (5-7-11)
AST: 2, vs. Chicago (5-22-11)
STL: 2, three times (last: vs. Indiana, 5-15-12)
TO: 2, five times (last: vs. Chicago, 5-8-13)
BLK: 5, vs. Chicago (5-22-11)
PTS: 12, at Boston (5-7-11)