Michael Dickerson

Michael DeAngelo Dickerson (born June 25, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who was a member of the Houston Rockets and Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He is a cousin of former NBA guard David Wesley. The 6 ft 5 in shooting guard was born in Greenville, South Carolina raised in Kent, Washington and Federal Way, Washington.

He played basketball at Decatur High School in his sophomore season followed by Federal Way High School in his junior and senior years. He went to college at the University of Arizona, where he won the 1997 national championship on a team with Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, and Miles Simon.

He was selected as the 14th overall pick by the Rockets in the 1998 NBA Draft and played for them during the lockout-shortened 1999 NBA season, in which Dickerson led the league in games played (50), was sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.433), and was named to the All-Rookie 2nd Team. He was relunctantly traded in 1999 to the Vancouver Grizzlies for Vancouver’s draft pick, Steve Francis, who had demanded a trade because he did not want to play for a Canadian team.

Dickerson played all 82 games for the Grizzlies in 1999–2000, averaging 18.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.41 steals per game. His scoring average fell to 16.3 points per game the following season. After the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, he played in just four and six games over the next two seasons due to injuries. Dickerson was released by the Grizzlies on October 27, 2003 and prematurely retired due to severe hamstring and groin injuries from which he was unable to fully recover. Dickerson was one of the few players in the history of the team that publicly expressed they enjoyed their time in Vancouver.

In 2008, he attempted a comeback. Dickerson was invited to training camp by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was waived on October 8, 2008. He holds career NBA averages of 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in 212 contests. During his retirement he traveled to India and Tibet.

In 2009, Dickerson returned to basketball for one year as a member of Faymasa Palencia, playing in the second league of the Spanish basketball league system. At the end of the season, he retired once more.

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Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1999)
NCAA champion (1997)
Third-team All-American – AP (1998)
2× First-team All-Pac-10 (1997–1998)
Washington Mr. Basketball (1994)
Career statistics
Points 3,257
Rebounds 609
Assists 553

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