Rodney Dion Carney (born April 5, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Fighting Eagles Nagoya of the B.League. He played college basketball for the University of Memphis.
In 2005–06, Carney was on the preseason and mid-season lists for the John R. Wooden Award All-American team. Carney improved his stats again, becoming one of the top players in Conference USA. Carney, the only starting senior on the team, helped lead Memphis as one of the top-ranked teams in the country and was named the Conference USA player of the year. Memphis won the 2006 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships, and entered the NCAA Tournament with a 30–3 record and the number one seed in the Oakland region.
Carney was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick in the 2006 NBA draft. The Bulls then traded Carney and a 2007 second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for their 13th pick, Thabo Sefolosha.
During the beginning of his rookie year in 2006–07, Carney was averaging only a little over 3 points per game and less than 1 rebound per game. But in February 2007, Carney became a starter due to the departure of Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, two of the Sixers’ star players. When these events occurred, Carney was allotted more playing time, lifting his averages to over 9 points and 3 rebounds per game. Carney continued to make himself a key player on the Sixers. With a little under 20 minutes of playing time a night, Carney was a tough defender while also being a third scoring option in the starting lineup.
On July 9, 2008, Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth and a future first-round pick were traded by the Sixers to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a future conditional second round pick. In return, Minnesota sent Philadelphia a future conditional second-round draft pick.
On September 15, 2009, Carney signed a deal to return to the Philadelphia 76ers.
On September 8, 2010, Carney signed with the Golden State Warriors. On January 4, 2011, he was waived by the Warriors.
On September 27, 2012, Carney signed with the Miami Heat. However, he was waived on October 26, 2012.
In January 2013, he signed with Antalya BSB of Turkey.
On October 1, 2013, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he was waived on October 7.
In March 2014, he signed with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut of the Lebanese Basketball League.
On May 28, 2014, he was played for Tropang TNT as an import replacement for Othyus Jeffers who had a problem on his NBA contract. Carney first game as an import for the texters was not easy due to not enough rest for almost 24 hours He scored 13 points . But On his Second Game Against San Miguel Beermen (Philippines) He Scored 28 points and 9 rebounds . And They Win Over the San Miguel Beermen (Philippines)
In November 2014, he signed with Cocodrilos de Caracas of Venezuela.
On May 5, 2015, he signed with Reales de La Vega of the Dominican Republic’s Liga Nacional de Baloncesto.
On October 31, 2015, Carney was selected by the Oklahoma City Blue with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft, only to be traded to the Delaware 87ers on draft night. On November 29, he made his debut for the 87ers in a 125–109 win over Raptors 905, recording nine points and one rebound in 19 minutes off the bench.
On April 7, 2016, Carney signed with Indios de Mayagüez of the Puerto Rican League. The next day, he made his debut in a 82–75 loss to the Cangrejeros de Santurce, recording nine points, three rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.
On August 19, 2016, Carney signed with the Japanese team Fighting Eagles Nagoya
Career highlights and awards
Consensus second-team All-American (2006)
Conference USA Player of the Year (2006)