Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
College: Louisiana State
Selected by New Orleans with the 43rd overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft .... Acquired by Sacramento along with cash considerations from New Orleans in exchange for forward Carl Landry (2/23/11) ... A restricted free agent, re-signed by Sacramento to a multi-year contract (12/9/11).
NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Averaging 14.9 ppg (.441 FG%, .362 3pt%, .821 FT%), 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg, and 27.5 mpg in 197 career games (started 91) in three seasons with New Orleans and Sacramento ... Recorded career-high 42 points (13-20 FG, 4-7 3pt, 12-14), three rebounds, one assist, and four steals in 41 minutes vs. Golden State (3/14/11) ... Twice grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds - with New Orleans, at Indiana (12/20/10) and with Kings, vs. Phoenix (3/29/11) ... Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 14.5 ppg (.451 FG%, .374 3pt%, .814 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 26.0 mpg in 73 games (started 17) with New Orleans in 2009-10 ... In first game at ARCO Arena as a King, tallied 29 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3pt, 10-12 FT), scoring the most points off the bench in a home debut for the Kings in the Sacramento era ... The 29 points trailed only Mitch Richmond's 35 points for the most points scored in the first home appearance in the Sacramento era ... Combined with Darren Collison to become the leading rookie scorers in Hornets history – as they had 2,003 points on the year ... The rookie duo also combined to average the most points per game for a pair of rookies in Hornets history with 26.9 ppg.
2011-12 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged a team-leading 18.7 ppg (.438 FG%, .345 3pt%, .865 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.39 spg, and 34.9 mpg in starting all 51 games he played in ... DND-left thigh contusion in seven games (injured when took a knee to the thigh from Dwight Howard on 1/8/12 vs. Orlando, re-injured 10:56 left in the second quarter on 1/21/12 at Memphis) ... Missed four games due to a bruised left calf (4/3-4/8/12) ... Missed four games due to a left quad contusion (injured in third quarter on 4/18/12 vs. San Antonio) ... Scored 20 or more points in 26 games, 30 or more in two ... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in one game ... Recorded one double-double ... Led Kings in scoring in 19 games, rebounding in one and assists in five. Top-Single Game Performances: Recorded a season-high 36 points (13-24 FG, 5-10 3pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and five steals in 45 minutes in Kings' 120-95 win vs. Celtics (3/16/12) ... Tallied double-double with 21 points (8-20 FG, 1-6 3pt, 4-5 FT) and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists, one steal, and two blocks in 45 minutes at Cleveland (2/19/12).
2010-11 REGULAR SEASON:
Averaged 21.3 ppg (.450 FG%, .361 3pt%, .805 FT%), 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.67 spg, and 38.1 mpg in 27 games (started 23) with Sacramento ... As a starter with the Kings, averaged 21.3 ppg (.441 FG%, .354 3pt%, .810 FT%), 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.65 spg, and 39.7 mpg in 23 games ... As a reserve with the Kings, averaged 21.0 ppg (.517 FG%, .400 3pt%, .778 FT%), 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.75 spg, and 29.0 mpg in four games ... Averaged 12.8 ppg (.434 FG%, .367 3pt%, .788 FT%), 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, and 24.3 mpg in 73 games (started 23) with Sacramento and New Orleans ... Averaged 7.8 ppg (.410 FG%, .376 3pt%, .758 FT%), 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, and 16.2 mpg in 46 games off the bench for New Orleans ... With the Kings, scored in double-figures in 25 games, 20-plus points in 17 games, 30-plus in three games, 40-plus in one game ... Grabbed 10-plus rebounds in one game ... Recorded one double-double ... Led Kings in scoring in 13 games, rebounds in two, assists in five games ... Led all players who changed teams in 2010-11 in scoring differential (+13.5 ppg), improving from 7.8 ppg with New Orleans to 21.3 ppg with Sacramento ... Finished second, behind New York's Carmelo Anthony (26.3 ppg), for the highest scoring average with a new team. Top-Single Game Performances: Recorded career-high 42 points (13-20 FG, 4-7 3pt, 12-14), three rebounds, one assist, and four steals in 41 minutes vs. Golden State (3/14/11) ... Twice grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds - with New Orleans, at Indiana (12/20/10) and with Kings, vs. Phoenix (3/29/11) ... Exploded for 28 points in the second half (19 in the third quarter) en route to a game-high 32 points (11-21 FG, 4-6 3pt, 6-7 FT) in Kings' overtime win at Philadelphia (3/27/11).
2009-10 REGULAR SEASON:
Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 14.5 ppg (.451 FG%, .374 3pt%, .814 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg and 26.0 mpg in 73 games (started 17) with New Orleans ... Missed 10 games (5 - inactive, 1 - DNP- CD, 4 - lower back contusion) ... Among rookies, ranked fourth in scoring and sixth in free-throw percentage ... Set a franchise rookie record with 117 three-pointers in a season ... At Cleveland (2/23/10), tied New Orleans franchise record for points scored by a rookie (37), set franchise record for points in a quarter (23, 2nd) and points off the bench (previous, 33, Dell Curry) ... Also, tied the 3rd most points by an NBA rookie off the bench since the 1976-77 season ... In 17 starts, averaged 19.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, and 37.2 mpg in 17 starts for the Hornets ... Scored in double-figures in 52 games, 20 or more points in 21 contests, and 30 or more three times in 2009-10 ... Became the first rookie not selected in the first round to score 20 or more points in that many games since Dino Radja, who had 23 such games during the 1993-94 season ... Among rookies, ranked fourth in points per game (14.5 ppg), sixth in free-throw percentage (.814 FG%), eighth in minutes per game (25.6 mpg) and ninth in three-point field-goal percentage (.374 3pt%) ... Combined with Darren Collison to become the leading rookie scorers in Hornets history – as they had 2,003 points on the year ... The rookie duo also combined to average the most points per game for a pair of rookies in Hornets history with 26.9 ppg ... Hit the 1,000-point mark on the season doing so in 1,771 minutes, marking the fastest rookie to 1,000 points since Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant during the 2007-08 season (Durant accomplished it in 1,710 minutes) ... Finished ranking seventh in Hornets franchise history with 720 bench points in his rookie year ... Scored New Orleans franchise rookie record-tying 37 points at Cleveland (2/23/10) ... Poured in 30 points (6-7 3FG; 6 tied for franchise rookie record) vs. San Antonio (3/1/10) ... Had 19 points in first career start at Portland (1/25/10) ... Scored first NBA points of career on tip-in vs. Toronto (11/6/09).
Finished career at LSU after spending first two years at Kilgore Community College ... Was the SEC's Player of the Year following his senior season ... In just two seasons at LSU, he finished with 1,347 points, 21st all time and with a 20.4 scoring average, ranked sixth all time ... Finished eighth in school history with 168 three-pointers ... As a senior, averaged 21.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 2.1 apg ... Was second in the conference in scoring ... Scored in double-digits 19 times to close out the 2008-09 season ... As a junior, averaged 19.6 ppg (second in the SEC) and shot 81.7 percent from the free-throw line, the second-best percentage in the conference ... Made 90 three-pointers, the second most in a season in school history ... Averaged 26.9 ppg in his second season at Kilgore Community College ... Was named a First-Team Junior College All-American and MVP honors for Region XIV in his second season ... As a freshman, averaged 14.5 ppg, shooting an incredible 65 percent from the field.
Born in Baton Rouge, La. ... Age 25 ... Has two brothers ... Majored in interdisciplinary studies ... Grew up in Baton Rouge, La. ... Played host to a series of Hornets summer camps during the 2010 offseason ... While with New Orleans, participated in the Emerge Program, which is a joint partnership between the Hornets and the Salvation Army that provides incentives to students in grades 6-8 ... Handed out $100 gift certificates to students who had perfect attendance at Drew Elementary School in New Orleans ... Donates tickets to Kings games each season as part of the Kings for the Community program, hosting groups of underprivileged children and families to enjoy Kings games in his MT23's Sharp Shooters section.
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- Snapbacks or fitted hats?
- Favorite app on your phone?
- What superhero would you be in a comic book?
- Who has the best style on the team?
- John Salmons.
- How many times do you hit snooze in the morning?
- All-time favorite sneakers?
- Jordan Olympics.
- Best singer on the team?
- I don't know; we should have a competition.
- Best dancer on the team?
- DeMarcus Cousins.
- How many songs are on your MP3 player?
- Person you admire the most?
- Goal for the team this season?
- Get into the Playoffs.
- Personal goal for the season?
- Be the best player I can be.
- Favorite movie as a kid?
- Three Little Pigs.
- Favorite show as a kid?