Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6’9″ small forward graduated from Dominguez High School before playing college basketball for the University of Kentucky. He was drafted 23rd overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2002 NBA draft and went on to win a championship with the team in 2004.
Prince continued to show improvement in the 2004–05 season, setting career highs in scoring (14.7 points per game), rebounding (5.3 per game), assists (3.0) and blocks (0.9). He was selected for the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team and was a candidate for the NBA Most Improved Player Award, where he came in third behind winner Bobby Simmons of the Los Angeles Clippers and Primož Brezec of the Charlotte Bobcats. Although he and the Pistons made it back to the NBA Finals in 2005, they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games.
Prince’s play was rewarded by the Pistons with a five-year contract extension worth $49 million on October 31, 2005.
In the 2005–06 season, Prince played in all 82 regular season games, averaging 14.1 points and 4.2 rebounds a game. In the playoffs, the Pistons were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the 2006–07 season, Prince returned similar statistics to his 2004–05 campaign: 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. In the playoffs the Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.
In the 2007–08 season, Prince played and started in all 82 regular season games, averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. In the playoffs, Prince averaged 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists, but the Pistons were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals by the Boston Celtics in game six.
Prince started 2008-09 off strong while averaging nearly 16 points and seven rebounds a game. As the season started to progress Prince’s production started to slump and by the end of the season he averaged 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Although his points per game average dropped, he averaged a career high in rebounds per game. Prince’s effort helped push the Pistons to the playoffs as they gained the 8th seed with 39 wins. Although the Pistons made the playoffs, they were seeded against the top seed Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers swept the Pistons in four games, and Prince’s production from the season dropped drastically, as he averaged only 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.
On January 30, 2013, Prince and Austin Daye were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade which sent Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors and Jose Calderon to the Pistons. The Grizzlies also received Ed Davis.
On January 12, 2015, Prince was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal involving the Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans. On January 26, he made his debut for the Celtics, and in 30 minutes of action off the bench, he recorded 19 points and 5 assists to lead the Celtics to a 99-90 win over the Utah Jazz.
On February 19, 2015, Prince was traded back to the Pistons in exchange for Luigi Datome and Jonas Jerebko.
On August 20, 2015, Prince signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He made his debut for the Timberwolves in the team’s season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 28, recording 2 points and 2 rebounds in a 112–111 win.
2003 Fleer Focus Autograph /25
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2004)
4× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005–2008)
Consensus second-team All-American (2001)
Second-team All-American – NABC (2002)
Third-team All-American – AP (2002)
SEC Player of the Year (2001)
California Mr. Basketball (1998)
Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing National Team
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Las Vegas National Team