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2014-15 (DETROIT): Appeared in career-high 82 games (all starts) and averaged career-highs in points (12.7 ppg), rebounds (3.1 rpg), assists (1.3 apg), steals (1.1 spg) and minutes (31.5 mpg)…Scored 10-plus points 55 times and 20-plus points four times…Led the team in scoring 10 times and in assists once…Scored season-high 28 points vs. Houston (1/31) and grabbed season-high eight rebounds twice [at Philadelphia (3/18) and at Boston (3/22)]…Dished out career-high five assists vs. Oklahoma City (12/7) and tied his career-high four steals three times [vs. Brooklyn (1/10), vs. Minnesota (2/8) and at Orlando (3/27)]…Recorded career-high three blocks vs. Houston (1/31) and tied a career-high 44 minutes at Boston (3/22)…Was one of only 11 players in the NBA to start all 82 games…He and Andre Drummond were the only teammates to start all 82 games…Recorded his first 1,000-point season and recorded career-high totals in points (1,043), field goals (390), 3-point field goals (153), rebounds (255), assists (109), steals (93), blocks (18) and minutes (2,587)…Led the team in total minutes and minutes per game (31.5)…Led the team in 3-pointers made (153) and attempted (444)… Made career-high six 3-pointers twice [vs. Houston (1/31) and vs. Washington (2/22)]…Improved his scoring from the previous season by 6.8 points which ranked second in the NBA (Jimmy Butler – 6.9 points) among players who played 50-plus games in both seasons…Averaged 14.3 points (.468 FG) in wins and 11.7 points (.360 FG) in losses…Averaged 15.5 points at home compared to 9.9 points in road games…Had his best offensive month of the season in March when he averaged 14.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15 games.
DRAFTED: Selected by Detroit in the first round (#8 overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. CAREER AVERAGES/MILESTONES: In 162 career NBA games, has compiled averages of 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 25.7 minutes per game…HONORS: Recorded eight points, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes for the U.S. team in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2015…Was the leading scorer at the 2014 Southwest Orlando Magic Pro Summer League with 24.0 points per game. YEAR-BY-YEAR KEY NOTES: 2013-14 (Detroit): Appeared in 80 games (41 starts) averaging 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 19.8 minutes per game…Scored 10-plus points 15 times, 20-plus points once and 30-plus points once…Led the team in scoring once and in rebounding once…In 41 games as a starter, averaged 7.9 points (.410 FG, .344 3FG, .722 FT), 2.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 26.5 minutes compared to 3.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 12.7 minutes in 39 games as a reserve…Among NBA rookie leaders, ranked 13th in scoring (5.9 ppg), 15th in rebounds (2.0 rpg) and 3rd in steals (0.9 spg)…Scored a career-high 30 points (11-19 FG, 5-7 3FG) at Oklahoma City (4/16)…Grabbed career-high 10 rebounds at Denver (3/19)…Dished out career-high four assists at Milwaukee (1/22)…Blocked career-high two shots at Philadelphia (3/29) and recorded career-high four steals three times [vs. Atlanta (11/22), at Toronto (1/8) and at Dallas (1/26)]…Averaged 8.5 points (.473 FG) in January – his best offensive month of the season…Played career-high 44 minutes twice [at Milwaukee (1/22) and at Oklahoma City (4/16)]… DNP-CD twice.
HONORS: Named 2012-13 SEC Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media and was named to the All-SEC First Team after his sophomore year…Named to the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC Team…Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors (12/19/11). YEAR-BY-YEAR KEY NOTES: Was an early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft. 2012-13 (Sophomore): Ranked second in the SEC in scoring with 18.5 points per game…Was one of only nine players in all of NCAA Division I to score in double figures in each of his team’s games in the 2012-13 season…Finished third in the SEC in 3-point percentage (37.3) and second in 3-pointers per game (2.6)…Also led the team in rebounds (7.1 rpg), steals (2.0 spg) and minutes (33.9 mpg)…Recorded seven double-doubles on the season… In his final collegiate game, scored a career-high 32 points (25 in second half), against LSU (3/14) in the SEC tournament. 2011-12 (Freshman): Averaged 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.1 minutes per game…Ranked second on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg) while leading the team in minutes (32.1 mpg) and steals (1.8 spg)…Scored a season-high 25 points vs. Ole Miss (1/21)…His 25 points marked the most by a UGA freshman in almost 13 years.