Trevor Booker

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Trevor Booker
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Booker with the Wizards in 2013
Personal information
Born (1987-11-25) November 25, 1987 (age 36)
Newberry, South Carolina, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolUnion (Union, South Carolina)
College Clemson (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010: 1st round, 23rd overall pick
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career2010–2018
Position Power forward
Number35, 33, 20
Career history
20102014 Washington Wizards
20142016 Utah Jazz
20162017 Brooklyn Nets
2017–2018 Philadelphia 76ers
2018 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2010)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2009)
  • ACC All-Defensive Team (2009)
Career statistics
Points 3,679 (6.9 ppg)
Rebounds 2,932 (5.5 rpg)
Assists 566 (1.1 apg)
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at NBA.com
Stats   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Summer Universiade
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2009 Belgrade Team

Trevor Fitzgerald Booker (born November 25, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player who played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 23rd overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 NBA draft, but was immediately traded to the Washington Wizards. Booker primarily played the power forward position.

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Early life

Booker was born on November 25, 1987, in Newberry, South Carolina, to Gerald and Tracey, both accomplished athletes. He was brought up in a rural Whitmire neighborhood and grew up eating as many as 20 bowls of cereal each week, sharing the love with his brothers. [1] Booker began playing the game of basketball after his mother tried to get her sons into it by showing them her clippings as a high school player. His brother, Devin, said, "She got us into it when we were younger, and we have been ever since." [2]

High school career

Booker attended Union High School in Union, South Carolina, and played basketball under head coach Joe Pitt. In his senior year in 2005–06, Booker was named Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina, after averaging 21.9 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He was also named AAA State Player of the Year and was a first-time All-State selection. Booker left the Union high school team as its all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots. Later on, Booker played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball with the South Carolina Celtics. [3]

College career

Freshman

Entering college, Booker was listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. He was ranked the 29th best power forward by Rivals and 27th by 247Sports in the Class of 2006. Booker was also given a 0.8778 composite rating at 247Sports.com. [4] [5] He committed to play for the Clemson Tigers men's basketball team on May 13, 2005, officially visited Clemson on September 16, 2005, signed the National Letter of Intent with Clemson on February 1, 2006, and enrolled on May 30, 2006. [5] Booker also considered Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, James Madison, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, William & Mary, and Wofford as possible destinations. He received offers from Wofford, William & Mary, and South Carolina. [4]

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Georgia Tech's Zach Peacock scuffled with Booker as a freshman before being ejected from the game.

On October 31, 2006, Booker made his collegiate debut with Clemson, recording six points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and three steals as starting power forward in an exhibition game against Lithuania Academy. [6] He was allowed 18 minutes on the court, and along with Sam Perry, led the team in rebounds. [7] Booker made his first regular season appearance with the Tigers on November 10, 2006, in the first round of the Cox Communications Classic against Arkansas State. After starting as center, he became the first true freshman to start in that position for Clemson since Tom Wideman in 1995–96. He finished the game with 6 points, a team-high 7 rebounds, and 1 block in 19 minutes of playing time. [8] [9] On November 12, 2006, Booker grabbed a career-best 9 rebounds vs Old Dominion for the Cox Communications Classic title. He also contributed 10 points. [9] [10] On November 17, 2006, Booker scored a career-high 15 points in 20 minutes against Appalachian State. [9] [11] Booker recorded 11 rebounds on November 24 of the same year in a win over Charleston Southern. It was his first collegiate game with 10+ boards. [9] On December 31, 2006, he recorded his first career double-double, with 15 points and 12 rebounds on Georgia State. James Mays, one of his teammates, when asked about Booker's accomplishments, said, "What didn't he do?" Booker helped Clemson reach 14–0, their best start in 20 years. [9] [12] On January 6, 2007, Booker had Georgia Tech freshman Zach Peacock ejected from the game after he hit him with an elbow. [13] On March 19, 2007, Booker scored a career-high 21 points against Ole Miss. [14] By the end of his freshman season, Booker averaged 10.4 points, a team-high 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He ranked fourth nationally among freshmen in shots blocked. [15]

Sophomore and Junior

In his sophomore and junior seasons, Clemson had its first back-to-back NCAA appearances in nearly ten years. In Booker's junior year he led the ACC in rebounding (9.7 per game) and field goal percentage (.571), and finished second in blocked shots (2.0 per game). [16] For his efforts, Booker was named second-team All-ACC and was named to the 2009 All-Defensive Team. [17] On the National level, he was named USBWA All-District [18] and NABC second team All-District. [19] Following his junior year, Booker announced that he would return to Clemson for his senior year. [20] He spent the summer following his junior campaign playing for Team USA in the World University Games, helping the team win a bronze medal.

Senior

During his senior year, Booker was selected the All-ACC first team. [21]

Professional career

Washington Wizards (2010–2014)

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Booker in 2011

Booker was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. His rights were later traded to the Washington Wizards on draft night.

On August 4, 2011, Booker signed with Bnei Hasharon of Israel for the duration of the NBA lockout. [22] In October 2011, he returned to the United States due to a bruised right quadriceps. [23] In December 2011, following the conclusion of the lockout, Booker returned to the Washington Wizards before appearing in a game for Bnei Hasharon.

Utah Jazz (2014–2016)

On July 21, 2014, Booker signed with the Utah Jazz [24] to a reported two-year, $10 million contract. [25] On April 11, 2015, Booker scored a career-high 36 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. [26]

Brooklyn Nets (2016–2017)

On July 8, 2016, Booker signed with the Brooklyn Nets. [27] On December 14, 2016, he grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds in a 107–97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. [28] On April 1, 2017, he scored a season-high 23 points in a 121–111 win over the Orlando Magic. [29]

Philadelphia 76ers (2017–2018)

On December 7, 2017, Booker was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round pick. [30] On February 28, 2018, he was waived by the 76ers. [31]

Indiana Pacers (2018)

On March 3, 2018, Booker signed with the Indiana Pacers. [32]

In August 2018, Booker signed a one-year contract to play with the Shanxi Brave Dragons in the CBA. [33] On October 11, 2018, Booker returned to the United States to have surgery performed on his foot. [34]

On April 14, 2020, Booker announced his retirement from his basketball career at age 32. [35] [36]

Booker started working out with the minor league PrimeTime Players of the East Coast Basketball League and The Tournament fame. He made his ECBL debut on March 6, 2021, scoring 36 points and 18 rebounds. [37]

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

NBA

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11 Washington 651416.4.549.000.6733.9.5.4.65.3
2011–12 Washington 503225.2.531.500.6026.5.81.0.98.4
2012–13 Washington 481418.5.491.000.5565.0.8.7.35.3
2013–14 Washington 724521.6.551.000.6185.3.9.6.66.8
2014–15 Utah 79519.8.487.345.5815.01.1.5.57.2
2015–16 Utah 79220.7.490.293.6705.71.1.7.55.9
2016–17 Brooklyn 714324.7.516.321.6738.01.91.1.410.0
2017–18 Brooklyn 18621.9.513.250.5586.62.1.4.310.1
2017–18 Philadelphia 33015.0.560.286.8213.7.8.5.34.7
2017–18 Indiana 17115.8.464.214.9094.51.0.2.35.4
Career53216220.4.515.305.6365.51.1.7.56.9

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2014 Washington 9116.2.448.000.6674.3.9.21.03.3
2018 Indiana 709.1.600.000.8572.6.0.1.12.6
Career16113.1.487.000.7693.6.5.2.63.0

College

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2006–07 Clemson 363625.9.602.6156.41.1.92.210.4
2007–08 Clemson 343426.6.555.333.5737.31.5.61.911.0
2008–09 Clemson 323230.7.571.409.7079.71.71.52.015.3
2009–10 Clemson 323230.8.521.265.5918.42.51.31.415.2
Career13413428.4.559.324.6247.91.71.11.912.9

Personal life

Booker has three younger brothers; Devin, Darrion, and Jared. Devin also played college basketball for Clemson University and now plays professionally in Europe. [38] Darrion played college basketball for the University of West Alabama, [39] and Jared competes with the Union County High School basketball team. [40] Booker is also the cousin of NBA player Jordan Hill. [41]

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