Mark Price

William Mark Price (born February 15, 1964) is an American former basketball player and coach. He is currently the head coach of the UNC Charlotte 49ers. As a player he played for 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), from 1986 to 1998. Spending the majority of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his last three years consisted of one season each with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic.

Price was known as one of the league’s most consistent shooters. He finished his career with a 90.4% free throw shooting percentage and a 40% three-point field goal shooting percentage.[3] During the 1988–89 season, Price became the second player, after Larry Bird, to join the NBA’s 50-40-90 Club for those who shot at least 40% from three-point range, at least 50% from the field and at least 90% from the free throw line in a single season, and is still one of only seven players to have ever done this while also achieving the NBA league minimum number of makes in each category. Price ranked consistently among the assist leaders (as of March 11, 2015, LeBron James surpassed Price’s Cavs record of 4,206 assists, taking over 1st place[4]),[5] twice won the Three Point Contest, and was a four-time All-Star. Price was named to the All-NBA First Team after the 1992–93 season.[6] Price currently ranks second in franchise steals with 734, a Cavaliers record that stood until December 9, 2008 when LeBron James surpassed him.

Another one of Price’s distinguishing traits on the court was his pioneering of the splitting of the double team. As former teammate Steve Kerr explains, “Mark really revolutionized the way that people attack the screen and roll. To me, he was the first guy in the NBA who really split the screen and roll. A lot of teams started blitzing the pick and roll and jumping two guys at it to take the ball out of the hands of the point guard. He’d duck right between them and shoot that little runner in the lane. Nobody was doing that at that time. You watch an NBA game now and almost everybody does that. Mark was a pioneer in that regard.”

He played for the gold medal winning US national team, also known as Dream Team II, in the 1994 FIBA World Championship

 

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Career highlights and awards
4× NBA All-Star (1989, 1992–1994)
All-NBA First Team (1993)
3× All-NBA Third Team (1989, 1992, 1994)
2× NBA 3-Point Shootout Champion (1993, 1994)
50–40–90 club (1989)
No. 25 retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Consensus second-team All-American (1985)
Second-team All-American – NABC (1986)
2× Third-team All-American – UPI (1984, 1986)
Third-team All-American – AP (1986)
3× First-team All-ACC (1984–1986)
No. 25 retired by Georgia Tech
Career NBA statistics
Points 10,989 (15.2 ppg)
Assists 4,863 (6.7 apg)
Rebounds 1,848 (2.6 rpg)

Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1983 Caracas Team competition
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1994 Canada Team competition

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