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Greg Stiemsma

Greg Stiemsma
Stiemsma defending Kevin Love on January 1, 2014
No. 34 – Toronto Raptors
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-09-26) September 26, 1985
Randolph, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Randolph (Randolph, Wisconsin)
College Wisconsin (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Oyak Renault (Turkey)
2009 Seoul SK Knights (South Korea)
2009–2010 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2010–2011 Türk Telekom (Turkey)
2011 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2011–2012 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 Minnesota Timberwolves
2013–2014 New Orleans Pelicans
2014–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gregory "Greg" Stiemsma (; born September 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball for Randolph High School and college basketball for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, before going undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. A 6'11" Center (basketball), Stiemsma is known for his defense and shot blocking ability.

High school career

Stiemsma attended Randolph High School in Randolph, Wisconsin where he led the Rockets to Division 4 state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior.[1] As a junior in 2002–03, he earned first-team all-state honors after averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 2.7 assists per game.[2]

In November 2003, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[3]

As a senior in 2003–04, he was limited to just 18 games due to right knee injury but still managed to earn third-team Associated Press all-state honors after averaging 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game.[2]

College career

In his freshman season at Wisconsin, Stiemsma played just 10 games after missing the first six weeks of the season with a right foot injury. In those 10 games, he averaged just 1.1 points per game.[2][4]

In his sophomore season, he was again disrupted, managing just 16 games after he was deemed ineligible to play during the second semester due to poor grades. Stiemsma was later diagnosed with depression as a result of his poor academic performance.[5] Despite this, he still finished the season first on the team in total blocks with 24. In those 16 games, he averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.[2][4]

In his junior season, he played out his first full season, playing 34 of the 36 games while averaging 2.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.[2][4]

In his senior season, led the team with 40 blocks, while recording four double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 14 points in the NCAA tournament against Kansas State. In 35 games, he averaged 3.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.[2][4]

College statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Wisconsin 10 0 2.7 .833 .000 .500 .6 .0 .1 .2 1.1
2005–06 Wisconsin 16 0 11.7 .553 .000 .429 2.8 .9 .4 1.5 2.8
2006–07 Wisconsin 34 0 9.9 .500 .000 .808 1.6 1.1 .1 .9 2.2
2007–08 Wisconsin 35 7 11.5 .548 .000 .826 3.1 .7 .4 1.1 3.5

Professional career

Early years (2008–2011)

2008–09 season

Stiemsma went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. In August 2008, he signed with Oyak Renault of Turkey for the 2008–09 season.[6] In February 2009, he left Oyak and signed with the Seoul SK Knights of South Korea for the rest of the season. On April 11, 2009, he was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

2009–10 season

In July 2009, Stiemsma joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2009 NBA Summer League. On November 1, 2009, he was reacquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. On April 13, 2010, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the season.[7]

2010–11 season

In July 2010, Stiemsma joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On September 10, 2010, he was waived by the Timberwolves before appearing in a game for them.[8] Later that month, he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[9] However, he was later waived by the Cavaliers on October 2, 2010.[10] Three days later, he signed a two-year deal with Türk Telekom of the Turkish Basketball League.[11]

2011–12 season

On August 21, 2011, Stiemsma signed with [12] but left before appearing in a game for them. On November 2, 2011, he was reacquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[13]

Boston Celtics (2011–2012)

Stiemsma with the Boston Celtics

On December 9, 2011, Stiemsma signed with the Boston Celtics.[14] On December 28, 2011, he made his NBA debut, recording 2 points, 6 blocks and 4 rebounds in a 78-97 loss to the New Orleans Hornets.[15] In March 2012, he signed a sponsorship deal with Nike.[16]

On June 29, 2012, the Celtics extended a $1.05 million qualifying offer to Stiemsma, thereby making him a restricted free agent.[17]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2013)

On July 21, 2012, Stiemsma received an offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves.[18] Two days later, the Celtics withdrew their qualifying offer to Stiemsma, clearing the way for the Timberwolves to sign him as an unrestricted free agent.[19] On August 2, 2012, he officially signed with the Timberwolves.[20]

On July 7, 2013, he was waived by the Timberwolves.[21]

New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2014)

On July 10, 2013, Stiemsma signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[22] On April 14, 2014, he was waived by the Pelicans.[23]

Toronto Raptors (2014–present)

On September 4, 2014, Stiemsma signed with the Toronto Raptors.[24]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Boston 55 3 13.9 .545 .000 .707 3.2 .5 .7 1.5 2.9
2012–13 Minnesota 76 19 15.9 .457 .000 .768 3.4 .4 .6 1.2 4.0
2013–14 New Orleans 55 20 18.3 .574 .000 .594 4.1 .7 .6 1.0 2.9
Career 186 42 16.0 .505 .000 .711 3.6 .5 .6 1.2 3.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Boston 19 0 7.5 .667 .000 .667 2.2 .3 .2 .6 1.5
Career 19 0 7.5 .667 .000 .667 2.2 .3 .2 .6 1.5

International career

In 2011, Stiemsma earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the Pan American Games[25] where he led the tournament in field goal percentage (.889) and was second in the tournament in blocked shots with 11.[26]

Personal

Stiemsma is the son of Rick and Sharry Stiemsma, and has one sister, Erin.[2] He is of Dutch origin.[27]

References

  1. ^ Cullen, Eric (March 22, 2004). "Stiemsma’s Randolph Rockets secure 3rd-straight title". BadgerHerald.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Greg Stiemsma Bio". uwbadgers.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Badgers score 3 freshmen". BadgerHerald.com. November 13, 2003. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Greg Stiemsma Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Greg Stiemsma, age 26, NBA player, major depression". FamilyAware.org. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Stiemsma to play pro ball in Turkey". uwbadgers.com. August 15, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Wolves Sign Greg Stiemsma". NBA.com. April 13, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Timberwolves waive Greg Stiemsma". InsideHoops.com. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cavaliers Announce 2010-11 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 25, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cavaliers Waive Stiemsma". NBA.com. October 2, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Turkey - Turk Telekom inks big guy Greg Stiemsma". mlbb.gr. October 5, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Shot blocker Greg Stiemsma inks with Shokhumi Tbilisi". Sportando.com. August 21, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Skyforce Announces 2011-12 Training Camp Invitees". NBA.com. November 2, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Celtics Sign Greg Stiemsma". NBA.com. December 9, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Notebook: Hornets 97, Celtics 78". NBA.com. December 28, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ Camerato, Jessica (March 29, 2012). "Stiemsma signs with Nike". CSNNE.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Forsberg, Chris (June 29, 2012). "C's extend qualifying offer to Stiemsma". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves sign Boston Celtics RFA Greg Stiemsma to offer sheet". MassLive.com. July 21, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Greg Stiemsma clear to sign with Timberwolves after Celtics withdraw offer". TwinCities.com. July 23, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Wolves Sign Free Agent Center Greg Stiemsma". NBA.com. August 2, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Timberwolves Waive Greg Stiemsma and Mickael Gelabale". NBA.com. July 7, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ "PELICANS SIGN GREG STIEMSMA". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ "PELICANS SIGN ELY; New Orleans Waives Stiemsma". NBA.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Raptors Sign Greg Stiemsma". NBA.com. September 4, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ "U.S. Men Win Team Bronze Medal At 2011 Pan Am Games". usagym.org. October 25, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  26. ^ Sannicandro, Nick (January 6, 2012). "Full Stiem Ahead: Celtics Rookie Stiemsma Recognizes Dream". clnsradio.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  27. ^ Doyle, Bill (January 8, 2012). "NBA: Boston Celtics' Greg Stiemsma can block with best". Telegram.com. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Wisconsin bio
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