Allen Iverson once called Marcus Banks one of the toughest defenders he faced during his career. Coming out of UNLV, Banks was chosen 13th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft and carved out a role for himself on Doc Rivers’ squad with the Boston Celtics.
During the 2005-06 season with Minnesota, the point guard had his best NBA season, averaging 12 points, 4.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Competing for 7 NBA seasons, making an impact in the NBA Development League and balling abroad (Greece and France), Banks is ready to get back to playing lock down defense in the Champions League.
Pro Career: (2003-2006) Boston Celtics, (2006) Minnesota Timberwolves, (2006-2008) Phoenix Suns, (2008-2009) Miami Heat, (2009-2010) Toronto Raptors, (2010-2011) New Orleans Hornets, (2012) Idaho Stampede (D-League), (2012-2013) Panathinaikos Athens (Greece), (2014) SLUC Nancy Basket (France)
Affiliations: The Marcus Banks Foundation was established in 2011 with the mission statement: “Helping Hands Helping Communities.”
Post Pro Career: Marcus Banks has done a great job extending his career by playing overseas, most recently in Lebanon with Champville SC.
- Marcus Banks enjoys fishing and bowling and has competed in a number of charity/celebrity bowling tournaments
- Cousin of former NBA player, Ron Riley (1972-1975)
- Before playing at UNLV, Banks graduated from Dixie College in St. George, Utah in 2001 and was named first team NJCAA All-American.
- Played for the USA at 2001 COPABA (Confederation of Pan American Basketball Associations) Tournament of the Americas in August 2001 in Neuquen, Argentina