Aaron McKie

Aaron McKie

infobox NBA Player

name = Aaron McKie
position = Shooting guard/point guard
height_ft = 6 | height_in = 5
weight_lbs = 209
nationality = American
number =
birth_date = birth date and age|1972|10|2
birth_place = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
college = Temple
draft = 17th overall
draft_year = 1994
draft_team = Portland Trail Blazers
highschool = Simon Gratz
former_teams = Portland Trail Blazers (1994–1997) Detroit Pistons (1997) Philadelphia 76ers (1997–2005)
Los Angeles Lakers (2005–2007)
Memphis Grizzlies (2008)
awards = 2000-01 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award

Aaron Fitzgerald McKie (born October 2, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA. Throughout his playing career, McKie has been a combo guard, playing at either point guard, shooting guard or small forward.

High school career

McKie attended Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia and was a letterman in basketball. In basketball, as a senior, he was an All-Scholastic choice and an All-Southern Pennsylvania choice, and helped lead his team to the Public League championship and a 26 wins-4 loss record, and averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game.

College career

McKie finished his three-year career at Temple University tied for sixth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,650 points, averaging 17.9 points per game while starting all 92 games. He was named first-team All-Atlantic 10 and he was named to the A-10 all-tournament team as a senior. As a junior, he was the 1993 Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, after averaging 20.6 points per game.

National Basketball Association career

McKie was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He has since played for the Detroit Pistons, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. In the 2000-01 NBA season, McKie was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year, becoming the first Sixers player since Bobby Jones in 1983 to win that honor. McKie played an important role in the NBA Finals-bound team, serving as backup to Eric Snow and Allen Iverson and occasionally played as a starter. He notched consecutive triple doubles during the 2000-01 season, December 30, 2000 vs. the Sacramento Kings (19 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists) and January 3, 2001 vs. the Atlanta Hawks (11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

On August 12, 2005, he was waived by the 76ers as part of the one-time "Amnesty provision" of the new labor agreement, allowing the 76ers to waive a player to avoid the luxury tax on his salary. McKie signed with the Lakers on August 22, 2005 and played 24 regular-season games for them.

In October 2007, McKie rejoined the 76ers as an assistant coach. [cite news|url=http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20071003_McKie__former_NBA_6th_man_and_Temple_star__joins_76ers_staff.html|title= McKie, former NBA 6th man and Temple star, joins 76ers staff|accessdate=2007-10-03|date=2007-10-03|publisher=Sports Features Communications]

On February 1, 2008, McKie along with Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton, rights to Marc Gasol, and 2008 and 2010 first-round draft picks was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3226203 ESPN - In dire need of frontcourt help, Lakers acquire Gasol from Grizzlies - NBA ] ] [cite web |url= http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/080201gasol_trade.html |title=Gasol dealt to Lakers in blockbuster trade |accessdate=2008-02-01] . The Lakers' acquisition of Pau Gasol was only approved by the league office when McKie—who was working as an assistant coach with Philadelphia when the Lakers called to inform him that they wanted to sign him and throw him in for salary-cap reasons—agreed to join the Grizzlies.

He was released from the Grizzlies on May 9, 2008. [cite web |url= http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3246325|title=Kidd's trade to Mavs could still happen |accessdate=2008-02-14 ] He rejoined the Philadelphia coaching staff as an assistant in September 2008.


[http://www.nba.com/playerfile/aaron_mckie/career_stats.html Aaron McKie's career stats from NBA.com] Retrieved June 16, 2007]

*MPG: Minutes Per Game
*PPG: Points Per Game
*APG: Assists Per Game
*RPG: Rebounds Per Game
*SPG: Steals Per Game
*BPG: Blocks Per Game

Playoff career

[http://www.nba.com/playerfile/aaron_mckie/career_stats.html Aaron McKie's career stats from NBA.com] Retrieved June 16, 2007]

*MPG: Minutes Per Game
*PPG: Points Per Game
*APG: Assists Per Game
*RPG: Rebounds Per Game
*SPG: Steals Per Game
*BPG: Blocks Per Game

Off court troubles

On June 22, 2008, McKie was arrested and charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count after turning himself in for violating a restraining order and attempting to purchase two guns on April 8, 2008. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3457412 DA says McKie attempted gun purchase despite court order] ] McKie is accused of lying when trying to buy two pistols in an Abington, Pennsylvania gun shop by concealing a restraining order that forbade him from purchasing firearms. McKie is accused of lying by checking a "no" box on the gun application when asked if he was prevented from purchasing such a firearm by "a restraining order to protect his 'child or an intimate partner or a child of such partner.'" [ [http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080623_Former_76er_arrested_on_gun_violations_.html Former 76er arrested on gun violations] ]


He is a third cousin of Jason McKie of the NFL's Chicago Bears. [ [http://www.chicagobears.com/news/ChalkTalkStory.asp?story_id=3566 Is Maynard's roster spot in jeopardy? - Chicago Bears ] ]


External links

*espn nba|id=2640|name=Aaron McKie
* [http://lakerfreak.homestead.com/mckie.html Aaron McKie] Lakerfreak.com
* [http://basketboltr.net/2008/05/10/aaron-mckie-released/ Aaron McKie Released]

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