July 12, 2010
ATLANTA – Former Georgia Tech All-ACC forward Chris Bosh, a five-time NBA All-Star, signed a six-year free agent contract with the Miami Heat last week, and will play next season with Heat star Dwayne Wade and former Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who had agreed to sign a contract with the team.
His move to the Heat is just one of many great accomplishments by Tech alumni in their professional careers this summer.
Bosh, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference choice at Tech in 2002-03, has appeared in 509 regular season games (497 starts) in his NBA career, and averaged 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.18 blocks and 37.0 minutes while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 79.6 percent from the foul line. The seven-year NBA veteran is the only player in Toronto Raptor history to surpass the 10,000-point mark and is also the team’s franchise leader in points (10,275), rebounds (4,776), free throws made (2,997), blocks (600), minutes (19,813) games started (497) and double-doubles (239). He finished as the only player to finish in the Top 10 in both points and rebounds during the 2009-10 season.
Morrow Accepts Offers Sheet from New Jersey Nets
Restricted free agent guard Anthony Morrow has accepted a three-year, $12 million offer sheet with the New Jersey Nets, according to news reports.
Morrow, a 6-6 guard from Charlotte, N.C., scored 1,400 points in four seasons at Tech (2005-08), 19th on the school’s career list, and holds the Tech career record for free throw percentage.
Morrow, who will be entering his third season in the league, averaged 13 points a game in two seasons with the Warriors, who signed him as a free agent in 2008. He joins Derrick Favors, the third overall pick from Georgia Tech this year, on the Nets team.
Lawal Off to Strong Start in NBA Summer League
Gani Lawal is off to a fast start with the Phoenix Suns’ summer league team, averaging 16.0 points in the first two games. Currently, Lawal ranks No. 4 on the NBA.com Rookie Ladder for his early performances.
“Lawal, the Suns’ 46th pick, had his second straight double-digit scoring game Saturday, earning a spot in the ladder. After putting up 14 and five rebounds on Friday, Lawal had 18 and six on Satuday. The bad news is he’s struggled from the line, going 10-for-22 in the two games.”
Lawal was a second-round choice (46th overall) by the Suns following a three-year Tech career in which he averaged 11.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. He ranks 31st in career points and 12th in career rebounds.
Georgia Tech Players in the NBA Summer League
Alade Aminu, Atlanta Hawks
D’Andre Bell, Miami Heat
Derrick Favors, New Jersey Nets
Gani Lawal, Phoenix Suns
Zachery Peacock, Miami Heat
Luke Schenscher, Portland Trail Blazers