- Maurice Ager
Maurice Ager No. Free Agent Shooting guard Personal information Date of birth February 9, 1984 Place of birth Detroit, Michigan Nationality American High school Crocket Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg) Career information College Michigan State NBA Draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall Selected by the Dallas Mavericks Pro career 2006–present Career history Career highlights and awards No notable achievements Stats at NBA.com
Maurice Darnell Ager (born February 9, 1984 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player. He played collegiately for the Michigan State Spartans from 2002 until 2006. The 6' 5" (1.95 m) guard was best known for his athleticism and pure shooting.
In 2005, Ager was the top scorer for Michigan State, who reached the Final Four by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in a classic double-overtime game in the Elite Eight. He was named to the Austin All-Regional team after averaging 16.8 points and 5 rebounds a game. Ager scored 24 points against North Carolina in the Final Four, but the Spartans lost to the eventual champions.
Even though Ager averaged a team-high 19.3 points a game, the Spartans did not live up to the expectations analysts gave them. Once ranked #5 in the country, they received a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to George Mason in the first round. (George Mason went on to the Final Four.)
2005 Maui Invitational Tournament
On November 22, 2005, at the Maui Invitational Tournament, Ager faced off against Gonzaga's Adam Morrison in one of the most thrilling battles of the year. Down by three with virtually no time remaining on the clock, Ager sank a three-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Despite Ager's team-high 36 points, Gonzaga knocked off the Spartans in triple overtime 109–106. The next day Ager led the Spartans with 20 points to defeat Arizona 74–71 in overtime.
On June 28, 2006, Ager was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Draft with the 28th overall pick. He played his first game in a Mavs uniform on July 1, 2006, for the Mavericks Summer League Team against the Nigerian national team. He led the Mavs with 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and a steal. His 23 points included a huge three-pointer with 2:15 to go to put the Mavs up by 1 and ahead for the rest of the way. The Mavs won 89–85.
On July 6, 2006, the Mavericks' Summer League Team played their first game of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, in which they fared extremely poorly against the Denver Nuggets Summer League Team, losing 85–113. Ager again led the way for the Mavs though, putting up a respectable team-high 17 points. On July 8, 2006, the Mavs faced off against the Boston Celtics Summer League Team, losing once again, 91–85. Ager led the team once again with 23 points and 2 assists. Despite a dislocated index finger, Ager continued to consistently lead the Mavericks through the end of the Toshiba Vegas Summer League and was named to First Team All-TVSL.
While with the Mavericks in 2006, Ager was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League. On February 19, 2008, Ager was traded, among others, by the Mavericks to the New Jersey Nets in a multi-player deal involving point guard Jason Kidd.
NBA career statistics
Legend GP Games 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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG 2006–07 Dallas 32 1 6.7 .314 .333 .606 .7 .2 .1 .1 2.2 2007–08 Dallas 12 3 6.4 .185 .000 .833 .3 .3 .0 .1 1.3 2007–08 New Jersey 14 0 6.3 .421 .273 .167 .6 .3 .0 .0 2.6 2008–09 New Jersey 20 0 4.9 .349 .000 .500 .5 .2 .1 .1 1.7 2010–11 Minnesota 4 0 7.3 .545 .750 .000 .5 .3 .2 .0 3.8 Career 82 4 6.2 .339 .250 .566 .6 .2 .1 .1 2.1
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG 2006–07 Dallas 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0 Career 3 0 8.0 .556 .667 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 5.0
2006 NBA Draft First roundAndrea Bargnani · LaMarcus Aldridge · Adam Morrison · Tyrus Thomas · Shelden Williams · Brandon Roy · Randy Foye · Rudy Gay · Patrick O'Bryant · Mouhamed Sene · J. J. Redick · Hilton Armstrong · Thabo Sefolosha · Ronnie Brewer · Cedric Simmons · Rodney Carney · Shawne Williams · Oleksiy Pecherov · Quincy Douby · Renaldo Balkman · Rajon Rondo · Marcus Williams · Josh Boone · Kyle Lowry · Shannon Brown · Jordan Farmar · Sergio Rodríguez · Maurice Ager · Mardy Collins · Joel Freeland Second roundJames White · Steve Novak · Solomon Jones · Paul Davis · P. J. Tucker · Craig Smith · Bobby Jones · Kosta Perović · David Noel · Denham Brown · James Augustine · Daniel Gibson · Marcus Vinicius · Lior Eliyahu · Alexander Johnson · Dee Brown · Paul Millsap · Vladimir Veremeenko · Leon Powe · Ryan Hollins · Cheikh Samb · Guillermo Diaz · Yotam Halperin · Hassan Adams · Ejike Ugboaja · Edin Bavčić · Loukas Mavrokefalidis · J. R. Pinnock · Damir Markota · Will Blalock
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