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Marcus Camby

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Biography

Background



As A Professional:
Central figure in Knicks’ back-to-back runs to Eastern Conference Finals (1999, 2000) and one of the game’s premier defensive presences over the past quarter-century returns to the Big Apple for his 17th NBA season...Once again dons Knicks orange and blue, in which he became Garden fan favorite over four-year run from 1998-99 thru 2001-02...Career averages of 9.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.44 bpg and .467 shooting over 30.0 mpg in 949 games (782 starts) for six teams...NBA Defensive Player of the Year for Denver in 2006-07...Four-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection as a Nugget (First Team in 2007 and 2008, Second Team in 2005 and 2006)...All-Rookie First Team in 1997...Has led NBA in blocks four times: in 1997-98 with Toronto (career-high 3.65), and then three straight years with Denver, in 2005-06 (3.29), 2006-07 (3.30) and 2007-08 (3.61)...12th on all-time NBA list in blocks (2,317)...His four NBA blocked shot titles are a League record he shares with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton...Marcus and Dikembe Mutombo (1994-95-96) are the only players in NBA history to lead the League in blocks for three consecutive years...Has finished in the NBA Top 20 in blocked shots in 13 of his 16 seasons, and in the Top 10 in blocks eight times...Has finished in the NBA Top 20 in rebounds five times in the last nine seasons, with two second-place finishes (career-high 13.1 for Nuggets in 2007-08; 11.8 for Clippers-Blazers in 2009-10)...Owns 44 career 20-plus rebound games (five as a Knick)...Has recorded four games with double-figure blocks (two for Raptors in 1997-98, two for Nuggets in 2007-08)...Single-game career rebound high is 27 for Clippers at Chicago, Dec. 17, 2008; single-game block high is 11, twice (for Raptors at New Jersey, Apr. 14, 1998; for Nuggets vs. Jazz, Jan. 17, 2008)...Owns one pts-reb-ast triple double (for Denver vs. Seattle, Mar. 16, 2008; 13-15-10 ast) and three pts-reb-blocks triple-doubles (for Toronto at New Jersey, Apr. 14, 1998; 15-12-11 blk; Toronto vs. Philadelphia, Apr. 19, 1998; 13-11-10 blk; and for Denver vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 26, 2007; 10-11-10 blk)...Two-time Western Conference Player of the Week (periods ending Mar. 7, 2005 and Nov. 13, 2005)...Has averaged 7.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.99 bpg over 76 career Playoff games (43 starts)...Has appeared in the post-season in 10 of his 16 NBA seasons...Has played in two Eastern Conference Finals with NYK (1999, 2000) as well as 1999 NBA Finals vs. Spurs...Drafted after junior season at UMass by Toronto in first round (second overall, following Allen Iverson by Philadelphia) of 1996 NBA Draft...Quoting executive VP, basketball operations and GM Glen Grunwald: “It’s exciting when you get the chance to bring a former Knick like Marcus Camby back home. His defensive presence, shot-blocking ability and offensive board work will give us nice depth in our frontcourt. In addition, our fan base is very fond of him for what he accomplished here during his four seasons. I also have a great appreciation of Marcus after the time we spent together in Toronto.”

Career Transactions:
Selected after junior season by Toronto in first round (second overall, following Allen Iverson by Philadelphia) of 1996 NBA Draft...Traded to Knicks for Charles Oakley, rights to Sean Marks and cash, Jun. 25, 1998...Traded to Denver with Mark Jackson and rights to Nene for Antonio McDyess, rights to Frank Williams and 2003 second-round draft choice, Jun. 26, 2002...Traded to Clippers for rights to trade second-round picks in 2010, Jul. 15, 2008...Traded to Portland for Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw, Feb. 16, 2010...Traded to Houston for Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet and 2012 second-round draft choice, Mar. 15, 2012...Traded to Knicks (sign-and-trade) for Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and two future second-round draft picks, Jul. 11, 2012.

Among The All-Timers:
Marcus enters the 2012-13 season in 12th place on the all-time NBA list in blocked shots (2,317). Immediately ahead of him are Alonzo Mourning (11th with 2,356) and Hall of Famer Robert Parish (10th with 2,361)...Also ranks 40th on all-time NBA list in rebounds (9,433)...Among active NBA players (those on an active roster at the end of the prior season) entering the 2012-13 campaign, Marcus ranks second in blocks (2,317, behind Tim Duncan’s 2,469) and fourth in rebounds (9,433) behind Kevin Garnett (13,313), Duncan (12,533) and Ben Wallace (10,482)...On the all-time Nuggets’ franchise lists, Marcus ranks second in blocks (1,126, behind Dikembe Mutombo’s 1,486) and sixth in rebounds (4,117).

As A Knick:
In first stint as a Knick, played key role in leading NYK to back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (1999, 2000) and to 1999 Eastern Conference Championship...In four seasons in NY (1998-99 thru 2001-02), averaged 10.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg and shot .497 over 28.6 mpg in 197 games (103 starts)...Averaged a double-double in both of his final two Knicks seasons (12.0 ppg and 11.5 rpg in 2000-01; 11.1 ppg and 11.1 rpg in 2001-02)...Ranks fifth on all-time Knicks career list in blocks (376)...Shot .500-plus twice as a Knick: .521 in 1998-99 and career-high .524 (third in NBA, just ahead of teammate Kurt Thomas at .511) in 2000-01...Point high as a Knick is 27 vs. Boston, Mar. 1, 2001; rebound high with NYK is 23 vs. Phoenix, Feb. 23, 2001...Limited to just 29 games in final season of first Knicks stint (2001-02) due to torn muscle (iliopsoas) and bone contusion of the right hip, suffered on Feb. 1, 2002 at Indiana and sidelining him for the rest of the season.

Class Of ’99: As a third-year pro, made immediate impact in first Knicks season of 1998-99 as main factor in Knicks’ drive to the Eastern Conference title, adding game-changing athleticism and defensive presence to NYK lineup...Came off the bench in 46 games during the lockout-shortened regular season with 7.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.61 bpg (15th in NBA) over 20.5 mpg...Led Knicks in rebounds eight times and had four double-doubles...Season-highs 22 pts vs. Heat on May 5, 15 rebounds vs. Celtics on Mar. 20...Shot .521 on the season as two-time winner of Sharp Electronics Sharpshooter of the Month award (.514 in March, .554 in April)...Missed four games due to strained left groin...Vital force in memorable Playoff run to The Finals, averaging 10.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.90 bpg with .566 shooting over 25.5 mpg in the Knicks’ 20 post-season games...Started three games (last three games of Finals vs. Spurs), his first career starts with NYK...Ranked fourth in FG percentage (.566) and 18th in rebounding (7.7) on ’99 NBA Playoff leader board...Dominant performance in East Finals vs. Pacers earned consideration by many (incl. Pacers coach Larry Bird) as series MVP: notched 14.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg and 3.00 bpg with .577 shooting (30-52 FGA) in six-game win over Indiana...Established Knicks Playoff records for steals (13) and blocks (18) in a six-game series...Had 9.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg in The Finals vs. Spurs, starting the last three games in wake of Ewing achilles injury...Rejoins NYK teammate Kurt Thomas on 2012-13 squad, as only remaining active members of Knicks’ ’99 East titlists.

2011-12 (Blazers-Rockets): Split season between Blazers and Rockets, averaging 4.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.44 bpg over 22.9 mpg in 59 games (53 starts)...Shot .446 (128-287 FGA) from the field...Ranked 15th in NBA in rebounds (9.0) and 17th in blocks (1.44)...Played in 40 games (all starts) for Blazers, 19 games (13 starts) for Rockets...Season Highs: Points: 14, twice; Assists: 6 (Portland vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 26); Rebounds: 22 (Portland vs. Memphis, Jan. 24)...Overall on the season, had seven double-doubles and 23 double-figure rebound games...Notched three 20-plus rebound games (all with Blazers): season-high 22 on Jan. 24 vs. Grizzlies, 20 on Jan. 27 vs. Suns, 20 on Feb. 4 vs. Nuggets. .Led Blazers in rebounds 20 times, Rockets 11 times...Became first Trail Blazer since Arvydas Sabonis in 1997-98 to record three 20-plus rebound games...Went scoreless (0-4 FGA) in 20-board game vs. Suns, Jan. 27...Season-high six blocks for Rockets on Mar. 30 vs. Grizzlies, also had three, five-block games...Missed three games with Blazers due to sprained left ankle, missed two games with Rockets due to sore lower back.

Career Highlights:
1996-97: Named to NBA All-Rookie First Team, scoring a career-high 14.8 ppg.. .Scored a career-high 37 points for Raptors vs. Atlanta, Mar. 23, 1997...2002-03: In first of six seasons in Denver, missed 52 games due to injury (38 due to hip surgery, 12 due to sprained ankle)...2005-06: Missed 18 games due to right finger sprain/fracture...2007-08: Averaged a career-high 13.1 rpg (second in NBA to Dwight Howard’s 14.2) in career-high 79 games (all starts) for Denver. ..Had a career-high-tying 11 blocks with 24 rebounds (and 8 pts) vs. Jazz, Jan. 17, 2008...2008-09: In lone full season with Clippers, missed 19 games due to injury (10 with sprained left ankle, four with inner ear infection)...2010-11: In lone full season with Blazers, had team-highs 10.3 rpg and 1.56 bpg in 59 games (51 starts)...One of two players in Western Conference to average 10.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks (Pau Gasol)...Only the second player in NBA history to average at least 10.0 rebounds (10.3) and play at least 50 games (59) at 37 years of age or older (Robert Parish).

Community Corner:
Finalist for 2010-11 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (won by Lakers’ Metta World Peace), as voted by Pro Basketball Writers Association...Supports Children’s Cancer Association through the “Block Out Cancer” program through donation program...In early years of career, formed the Cambyland Foundation, which supported education related initiatives...Three-time winner of Nuggets’ Chopper Travaglini Award for community involvement (2004, 2005, 2006)...Honored with National Basketball Wives Association Community Service Award at 2005 All-Star Weekend in Denver...Winner of NBA Community Assist Award for Jan. 2005...Traveled to South Africa on NBA Basketball Without Borders goodwill tour in 2005.

As A Collegian:
Averaged 15.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg and shot .501 in honor-laden, three-year career at UMass, capped in 1995-96, when he was named Wooden Award winner, Naismith Award winner and Sporting News College Player of the Year and All-America First Team...That year, scored a career-high 20.5 ppg in leading UMass to 35-2 record and first-ever trip to NCAA Final Four...Early-entry candidate for 1996 NBA Draft following junior season.

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