Shawn Marion was born in Waukegan, Illinois and played high school basketball in Clarksville, Tennessee at Clarksville High School, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Trenton Hassell.
Marion played in 16 seasons after being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Marion’s unique style and game helped take the one time junior college star to the highest of levels and recognition in the NBA.
Nicknamed The Matrix, Marion contributed in nearly every positive statistical category for his teams throughout his career earning praise and recognition from his peers and fans.
During the 2006–07 season, only Marion and superstar Kevin Garnett ranked in the top 40 in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, blocks per game, steals per game, and minutes per game He was named to his fourth NBA All-Star Team and collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes in his hometown of Las Vegas at the 2007 contest. Marion appeared in his 1,000th career regular-season game against the Suns on December 27, 2012.
Surely, Marion’s NBA career will be remembered by most fans as he joined an elite club of players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks late in his career. Marion is a member of that club with Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett.
Marion’s positive impression on the court was mirrored off of it as well, the former UNLV standout was thought of as a great teammate and always had time for the fans.
(1999-2008) Phoenix Suns, (2008-2009) Miami HEAT, (2009) Toronto Raptors, (2009-2014) Dallas Mavericks, (2014-2015) Cleveland Cavaliers
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS
- NBA champion (2011)
- 4× NBA All-Star (2003, 2005–2007)
- 2× All-NBA Third Team (2005, 2006)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2000)
- NBA Shooting Stars champion (2005)
- First-team All-WAC (1999)
- Marion played for the senior United States national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was named to the 2006 USA men’s senior national team but he was forced to withdraw before the tournament began due to a knee injury.
- In 1998, Marion was named the NJCAA Male Student Athlete of the Year