STEPHON XAVIER MARBURY (born February 20, 1977) is an American
professional basketball player who currently plays for the Beijing Fly
Dragons of the
Chinese Basketball Association
Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He has won three
CBA championships with the
Beijing Ducks in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and
is widely considered as the greatest foreign player to ever play in
the Chinese Basketball Association.
The 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) point guard was
selected out of the
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology by the Milwaukee
Bucks with the 4th overall pick in the 1996
NBA draft , but was traded
shortly thereafter to the
Minnesota Timberwolves .
He was an
NBA All-Star in 2001 and 2003 and was voted into the
All-NBA Third Team in 2000 and 2003 .
* 1 Early years
* 2 College
* 2.1 Recruitment
* 2.2 Georgia Tech
* 3 NBA career
Minnesota Timberwolves (1996–1999)
New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets (1999–2001)
Phoenix Suns (2001–2004)
New York Knicks
New York Knicks (2004–2009)
Boston Celtics (2009)
* 4 CBA career
Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (2010)
Foshan Dralions (2010–2011)
Beijing Ducks (2011–2017)
Beijing Fly Dragons
Beijing Fly Dragons (2017–present)
* 5 Off the court
* 5.1 Family
* 5.2 Philanthropy
* 5.3 Fashion
* 5.4 In popular culture
* 5.5 China permanent residence permit
* 6 NBA career statistics
* 6.1 Regular season
* 6.2 Playoffs
* 7 CBA career statistics
* 7.1 Regular season
* 7.2 Playoffs
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Marbury has often gone by the nickname "Starbury", a name created
during his youth. Marbury, the sixth of seven children, was born and
raised in the
Coney Island neighborhood of
Brooklyn , New York City.
He attended elementary school, PS 329. During his teenage years, he
starred at NYC powerhouse Abraham Lincoln High School , After his
senior year Marbury was named New York State Mr. Basketball . He was
often heralded as the next great NYC point guard, expected to follow
the success of NBA stand-outs Mark Jackson and Kenny Anderson .
While still attending Abraham Lincoln High School he was one of the
Darcy Frey 's book The Last Shot, which followed three
seniors and Marbury, a freshman, through the early months of his first
season with the school's team. In high school, he played for the
renowned AAU team the New York Gauchos.
He was named a 1995 McDonald\'s All-American along with future NBA
Kevin Garnett ,
Paul Pierce ,
Shareef Abdur-Rahim , and
Antawn Jamison . Marbury was listed as one of the top five recruits in
the country that year and heavily pursued by Georgia Tech Yellow
Bobby Cremins , with whom he eventually committed.
At Georgia Tech , Marbury took over the starting point guard role
left vacant with
Travis Best 's departure. Teaming with future NBA
Matt Harpring and
Drew Barry , Marbury led Georgia Tech to a
24–12 record en route to the Regional Semifinal game of the NCAA
tournament, where the Yellow Jackets lost to Cincinnati 87–70. For
the season, Marbury averaged 18.9 ppg and 4.5 assists and was named a
Third Team All American by the
Associated Press , along with several
conference honors. Following the season he declared himself eligible
for the 1996
NBA draft .
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (1996–1999)
He was selected fourth overall by the
Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA
draft , then traded to the
Minnesota Timberwolves for the draft rights
Ray Allen (who was drafted immediately after him) and a future
first-round pick . In his first season in the league, Marbury averaged
15.8 points and 7.8 assists per game and was named to the 1997
All-Rookie Team. He and second-year player
Kevin Garnett led the
Timberwolves to the
NBA Playoffs in 1997 and 1998.
During the lockout-shortened 1999 season , Marbury's agent, David
Falk, demanded a trade. Marbury said he wanted to be closer to his
family and friends. Other reports said he wanted to go to a market
that would provide more endorsement opportunities, while others
suggested that Marbury genuinely disliked Minnesota and was jealous of
Kevin Garnett's new contract. Marbury was ultimately traded to the
New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets in a three-way trade in which
Terrell Brandon was sent
from Milwaukee to Minnesota and
Sam Cassell was sent from New Jersey
NEW JERSEY NETS (1999–2001)
While in New Jersey, Marbury blossomed into an All-Star. Marbury made
the All-NBA 3rd Team in 2000 and was selected as a reserve for the
2001 All-Star Game, where he hit 2 clutch threes to win the game.
Marbury also scored a career-high 50 points on February 13, 2001 in an
overtime loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite his individual
accolades, the Nets never made the playoffs during Marbury's time with
PHOENIX SUNS (2001–2004)
Marbury was traded to the
Phoenix Suns along with
Johnny Newman and
Soumaila Samake in the 2001 offseason for
Jason Kidd and Chris Dudley
. As a Sun, Marbury made his second All-Star team and the All-NBA 3rd
team in 2003. Teamed with Rookie of the Year Amar\'e Stoudemire and
Shawn Marion , the trio took the team to the playoffs, but
the Suns were ousted by the Spurs in the first round.
NEW YORK KNICKS (2004–2009)
Marbury with the Knicks
Penny Hardaway and
Cezary Trybański were traded to the New
York Knicks on January 5, 2004 for
Howard Eisley ,
Charlie Ward ,
Antonio McDyess ,
Maciej Lampe , draft rights to
Miloš Vujanić , a
first-round 2004 draft choice, and an additional future first-round
draft choice. This brought Marbury full circle, as he grew up in New
York and was a lifelong Knicks fan.
Marbury played for the U.S. in the
2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics , the first
of the U.S. teams composed of NBA players to fail to win the gold
medal at the Olympics. He and his teammates returned with bronze.
Despite the disappointment, Marbury scored a U.S. team Olympic record
31 points in a game against Spain (since eclipsed by Carmelo Anthony
During the 2005–06 season Marbury feuded with head coach Larry
Brown . Towards the end of the 2005–2006 season, the Knicks' poor
performance combined with Marbury's public spats with his coach led to
a severe decline in Marbury's popularity, with Frank Isola and Michael
O'Keefe of the New York Daily News stating that Marbury is "the most
reviled athlete in New York."
The public feud between Marbury and Brown was one of the reasons
Larry Brown was fired at the end of the 2005–06 season . Isiah
Thomas took over the coaching role and the Knicks were slightly more
successful during the 2006–2007 season, surpassing the previous
year's 23 wins, 54 games into their 82-game season, before falling off
and finishing with only 33. Despite the fact that Marbury had less
impressive statistics than in prior years, some pundits claimed that
Marbury's newfound unselfishness was key to the team's apparent
improvement towards the end of the season.
The start of the 2007–08 season found the Knicks again floundering
and Marbury again involved in a public feud, this time with Thomas.
The pivotal incident involved Marbury leaving the team after learning
that Thomas planned to remove him from the starting lineup. There were
reports that Marbury and Thomas actually came to blows on the team
plane, and that Marbury threatened to blackmail Thomas for taking him
out of the starting lineup—both in the presence of Knick teammates.
Following the incident and Marbury's return to the team in
mid-November after one missed game, Knick fans consistently chanted
"fire Isiah" at home games and constantly booed virtually all of the
Knicks, especially Marbury. The dysfunction and drama were accompanied
by 8 straight Knicks losses, and several newspapers reported that
Isiah's job was in jeopardy. There were also rumors that the Knicks
wanted to trade Marbury to another team. However, this proved
difficult for the Knicks to accomplish, in view of the two years and
approximately $42 million remaining under his contract with the
Knicks. Following a season-ending ankle surgery in February 2008,
which was reportedly deemed unnecessary by the team, but which Marbury
elected to undergo regardless,
Isiah Thomas hinted that Marbury could
have played his final game in a Knicks uniform. However, in April
2008, it was Thomas who was removed from his position; first as
president, being replaced by
Donnie Walsh , and then as coach, being
replaced by Mike D\'Antoni .
After D'Antoni took over, the Knicks signed
Chris Duhon , leading to
speculations over Marbury's future in New York. Marbury arrived to
training camp, and competed with Duhon for the starting point guard
job, which Duhon won. When D'Antoni told Marbury that he had an
opportunity to play approximately 35 minutes in a game if he wanted
to, Marbury, apparently feeling he and the Knicks had gone their own
ways, allegedly refused. Following that, on December 1, Marbury was
banned from attending any Knicks' practices or games.
BOSTON CELTICS (2009)
On February 24, 2009, the Knicks and Marbury agreed to a buyout after
much speculation. He cleared waivers two days later, making him a
free agent. Marbury had been speculated to join the
Boston Celtics by
many NBA analysts since late 2008, and on February 27, 2009, Marbury
signed with the Celtics. In his debut, he played against the Indiana
Pacers, adding 8 points on 4 of 6 shooting, and 2 assists in 13
minutes. Marbury wore the jersey number 8, as No. 3 had been retired
in honor of
Dennis Johnson .
Marbury was offered a one-year contract by the Celtics for the
2009–10 season for the veteran's minimum. However, he did not agree
to the contract. He later announced that he would take a year off from
basketball to attend to his business interests.
SHANXI ZHONGYU BRAVE DRAGONS (2010)
In January 2010, it was announced that Marbury had signed with the
Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the
Chinese Basketball Association
Chinese Basketball Association .
In his first game, Marbury, suffering from jet lag, contributed 15
points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals in 28 minutes of action.
He averaged 22.9 points, 9.5 assists and 2.6 steals in 15 games, but
Shanxi eventually failed to advance to the playoffs. Marbury later
participated in the CBA All-Star match between the North and the South
teams, contributing 30 points and 10 assists for the North team. He
won the MVP title for the All-Star game. In July 2010, Marbury agreed
to a three-year deal to remain with the Brave Dragons. However, he
left the team in December 2010
FOSHAN DRALIONS (2010–2011)
In December 2010 Marbury joined the
Foshan Dralions . Like the
previous season, Marbury played in the starting five of the 2011 CBA
All-Star match, but his team failed to make the playoffs.
BEIJING DUCKS (2011–2017)
During the 2011–2012 season , the
Beijing Ducks , led by Stephon
Marbury, started out the season with a 13–0 record. Like the
previous two seasons, Marbury played in the starting five for the 2012
CBA All-Star match, but unlike the previous two years, his team made
the playoffs. Averaging 45 points per game during the Shanxi series,
Marbury led Beijing to their first ever CBA Finals match-up against
the 7-time champion
Guangdong Southern Tigers . Marbury then led his
Beijing Ducks Team to the 2011–2012 season CBA championship.
Following the team's championship, in May 2012, a statue of Marbury
was unveiled on the lawn of the
MasterCard Center , the 2008 Olympic
basketball arena, in Beijing.
Dennis Rodman spoke at the ceremony.
Writing in the state-run
China Daily , Marbury credited the success
in his life to Chinese culture which he described as one "filled with
love, compassion, and care".
In the second game of the
2012–13 CBA season , Marbury tallied 13
assists in a victory over the
Jilin Northeast Tigers . This was the
highest number of assists Marbury had produced in a single game since
his tenure with the Ducks began. He then scored 32 points in an away
game against Liaoning . Beijing won that match by 4 points. He was
CBA Foreign MVP for the season.
On March 30, 2014, Marbury won a second CBA championship with the
Beijing Ducks. On March 22, 2015, he won his third CBA championship
with his team, as well as his first official
CBA Finals MVP award.
On February 25, 2017, Marbury announced he will retire at the end of
the 2017-18 CBA season .
On April 24, 2017, the Ducks officially parted ways with Marbury.
BEIJING FLY DRAGONS (2017–PRESENT)
On July 19, 2017, Marbury announced that for his last season, he'll
be staying in Beijing to play for the
Beijing Fly Dragons
Beijing Fly Dragons .
OFF THE COURT
Stephon's father Don died during a December 2, 2007 game between the
Knicks and the
Phoenix Suns .
Stephon's brother Zach has played professional basketball in
Venezuela . Marbury is a cousin of professional basketball player
Sebastian Telfair . He is also a cousin of former Providence College
star and former NBA journeyman
Jamel Thomas . In a book, Thomas
claimed Marbury's selfish actions in Minnesota prevented Thomas from
signing a contract with the Timberwolves . Stephon and his wife
(Latasha) married on September 14, 2002. He has three children:
Xaviera Marbury, Stephon Marbury, Jr, and Stephanie Marbury.
In 2001, Stephon donated $250,000 of the money derived from Pepsi
sponsorships to help victims of the
September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks .
In 2005, Marbury donated between $500,000 and $1,000,000 to help
Hurricane Katrina .
In 2007, Stephon donated $4,000,000 to New York City, $1,000,000 each
FDNY , EMT , and New York City Teacher's Fund.
In 2014, Marbury was named one of the Top 10 Model Citizens for
Beijing due to the his commitment to the Beijing community and the
charity work he provided for it. He became the first international
citizen to earn such an honor since its inception by the Beijing
In 2006, Marbury partnered with Steve & Barry\'s to promote a line of
shoes and clothing bearing his nickname, "
Starbury ". The line of
shoes he endorsed sold for $14.98, far less than many other shoe
lines. Marbury was not paid to endorse the shoes, but was compensated
based on sales of the shoes. Since then, but not due to business with
Marbury, Steve & Barry\'s filed for bankruptcy and closed all stores.
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