Juan Dixon


Juan Dixon

Infobox NBA Player
name = Juan Dixon



nickname =
position = Shooting guard
height_ft = 6
height_in = 3
weight_lbs = 165
nationality = American
birth_date = birth date and age|1978|10|9
birth_place = Baltimore, Maryland
highschool = Calvert Hall
college = Maryland
draft = 17th overall
draft_team = Washington Wizards
draft_year = 2002
league = NBA
team = Washington Wizards
number =
career_start = 2002
career_end =
former_teams = Washington Wizards (2002-2005)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-2007)
Toronto Raptors (2007-2008)
Detroit Pistons (2008)
awards = NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2002)
ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year (2002)

Juan Dixon (born October 9 1978 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.) is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBA's Washington Wizards.

Dixon rebounded from a traumatic childhood to make the NBA. Both his mother, Juanita, and father, Phil, were heroin addicts, and died of AIDS-related illnesses before Dixon was 17 years old. He was then raised by his grandparents Roberta and Warnick Graves in Baltimore, Maryland. Dixon went on to lead the University of Maryland Terrapins to their first NCAA title in 2002 and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four.

College

Dixon played high school basketball at Calvert Hall in Baltimore and scored 1,590 career points under the tutelage of legendary Baltimore Catholic League head coach Mark Amatucci. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and became Maryland's all-time scoring leader when he scored 29 points against Wisconsin to help Maryland advance to the Sweet Sixteen, passing Len Bias (2,149 points). He also became the only player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 three-point field goals. He led the Maryland Terrapins to their first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in his senior year in 2002. Playing under coach Gary Williams, the 6' 3", 164 lb Dixon was able to overcome adversity and his small frame and became recognized as one of the nation's best college players and was honored as the 2002 ACC Athlete of the Year (although Duke's Jay Williams won the Wooden Award as NCAA Player of the Year). Coach Williams stated that "Juan just has the heart of a tiger, which separates him from the rest of the players in the country". After his senior season, Dixon was featured on the cover of a video game, "NCAA Final Four".

NBA

Dixon was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA Draft. He spent the first three years of his NBA career with the Wizards. In his final season in Washington (2004-2005), he averaged eight points per game, including a career-high 35 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls. Dixon signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers during the summer of 2005. Soon after, his Wizards and Terrapins teammate and friend Steve Blake signed with Portland as well. In his first game back in D.C., Dixon was given a standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd upon coming off the bench towards the end of the first quarter. [ [http://www.sportsline.com/nba/gamecenter/recap/NBA_20051130_POR@WAS Wizards 96, Blazers 89] ] This was a notable feat considering Wizards fans are known to boo most ex-Wizards upon returning (such as Kwame Brown), although not surprising at all to anyone who lived in DC, considering that Juan was DC/MD/VA's adopted son. In Juan's first year with the Blazers, he started 42 times and played in 76 games. In his last year with the Wizards, he only started four games and played in 63. He also increased his scoring, assists, and shooting percentage considerably in Portland. However, he was later traded at the 2007 NBA trade deadline to Toronto for Fred Jones and future considerations. [ [http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/fred-211975-1218.html Portland acquires Fred Jones from Toronto, send Dixon to Raptors] ]

On the 2008 NBA trade deadline, February 21, 2008, Dixon was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Primož Brezec and cash considerations. [ [http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/postedsports/archive/2008/02/21/nba-raptors-deal-juan-dixon.aspx NBA: Raptors deal Dixon] ]

On September 24, 2008, the Washington Wizards signed Dixon to a partially guaranteed one-year deal for $1.03 million, the veterans' minimum for a player with Dixon's experience. [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/23/AR2008092303578.html ] ]

Family

Dixon's aunt is Sheila Dixon, who is, as of May 2008, the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. [ [http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20070117-101644-9729r.htm Dixon elevated to Baltimore mayor] ]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

-
align="left" | 2002–03
align="left" | Washington
42 || 3 || 15.4 || .384 || .298 || .804 || 1.7 || 1.0 || .6 || .1 || 6.4
-
align="left" | 2003–04
align="left" | Washington
71 || 16 || 20.8 || .388 || .298 || .799 || 2.1 || 1.9 || 1.1 || .1 || 9.4
-
align="left" | 2004–05
align="left" | Washington
63 || 4 || 16.7 || .416 || .327 || .897 || 1.9 || 1.8 || .7 || .1 || 8.0
-
align="left" | 2005–06
align="left" | Portland
76 || 42 || 25.3 || .435 || .382 || .804 || 2.3 || 2.0 || .8 || .1 || 12.3
-
align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Portland
55 || 1 || 22.6 || .426 || .364 || .833 || 1.5 || 1.5 || .9 || .1 || 8.9
-
align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Toronto
26 || 5 || 26.3 || .425 || .325 || .932 || 2.8 || 1.6 || 1.0 || .1 || 11.1
-
align="left" | 2007–08
align="left" | Toronto
36 || 0 || 11.8 || .369 || .436 || .947 || 1.3 || 1.8 || .6 || .1 || 4.3
-
align="left" | 2007–08
align="left" | Detroit
17 || 0 || 14.4 || .480 || .394 || .429 || 1.6 || 1.9 || .0 || .0 || 6.5
-
align="left" | Career
align="left" |
386 || 71 || 19.9 || .414 || .341 || .830 || 1.9 || 1.7 || .8 || .0 || 8.9
###@@@KEYEND@@@###

Playoffs

-
align="left" | 2004–05
align="left" | Washington
10 || 0 || 21.9 || .406 || .324 || .840 || 2.6 || 1.3 || .7 || .0 || 11.4
-
align="left" | 2006–07
align="left" | Toronto
6 || 0 || 10.5 || .381 || .250 || .000 || .7 || .5 || 1.2 || .0 || 3.0
-
align="left" | 2007–08
align="left" | Detroit
2 || 0 || 3.5 || .000 || .000 || .000 || .0 || .0 || .0 || .0 || .0
-
align="left" | Career
align="left" |
18 || 0 || 16.1 || .395 || .310 || .840 || 1.7 || .9 || .8 || .0 || 7.3
###@@@KEYEND@@@###

References

External links

* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/juan_dixon/index.html?nav=page NBA.com profile]
* [http://terrapinstats.com/bb/profile.cfm?playerid=336 Terrapinstats.com - Juan Dixon profile]
* [http://www.juan-dixon.com/ Dixon official website]


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