A.J. Price BIO:
Transactions: Signed as a free agent by Washington (7/23/12).
Professionally: Has averaged 6.0 points and 2.0 assists in 150 games (three starts). Scored a career-high 23 points at Oklahoma City (1/23/11). Had a career-high eight assists at Denver (1/23/11).
Personally: Full name is Anthony Jordan Price. Father Tony Price was a star basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania, who helped lead the Quakers to the 1979 Final Four and was named to the East Regional All-Tournament Team. Has one sister, Raven. Actively participated in the Pacers' reading outreach and the Read to Achieve program. Through his community ticket block, "Price is Right," donated tickets to children across Indiana. One of the top high school guards as a senior, finishing his three-year career at Amityville H.S. with 130 career 3-pt FG and 1,394 career points. Led Amityville to three straight Long Island Championships and state titles in his sophomore and junior seasons.Missed the 2004-05 season at UConn after a life-threatening battle beginning October 4, 2004, caused by an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) which led to bleeding in his brain. Underwent radiosurgery treatment in 2005 and received full medical clearance in May of 2006.
2011-12: Played in 23 straight games from 2/1 to 3/17, averaging 5.3 points, 2.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 16.3 minutes per game. In that 23 game-span, he scored in double figures six times with a high of 14 points on 4-8 FG (including 3-5 3-pt FG) at New York (3/16). Had 10+ points five times in a seven-game span from 2/11 to 2/22, when he averaged 10.1 ppg and shot 23-45 FG (.511), including 11-24 3FG (.458)...Had a season-best six assists on three occasions. Led the Pacers in assists in all three of those games and tied for the team lead with his four assists vs. Toronto (4/9). Had an assists-to-turnover ratio of 2.69-to-1 and committed more than one turnover just nine times in 44 games. Made his first start since his rookie season in the Pacers’ game vs. Detroit (4/23. Missed two games with strep throat.
2010-11: In his first three games, he had an assists to turnover ratio of 3:1 and his nine assists included a team-high six vs. the Clippers (11/18). Including ties, he led the Pacers in assists eight times and dealt a career-high eight assists at Denver (1/23). Capped the regular season with seven assists and no turnovers in 18+ minutes at Orlando (4/13). After Frank Vogel took over as interim head coach, he played in all but one of the remaining 38 games, averaging 16.9 minutes, 6.6 points and 2.2 apg. Prior to the coaching change, he averaged 6.0 points, 13.1 minutes and 2.1 apg in 13 appearances in the team's first 44 games. Scored at least four points in 35 of his last 43 games and had 10+ points six times in that span. Exploded for a season-high 18 points in the Pacers' overtime loss to Phoenix (2/27), recording all 18 points after halftime. Connected on a season-high four 3FG in six attempts in that game.
2009-10: In his last 48 appearances, he more than doubled his scoring average of the first eight, registering 8.0 ppg. In those remaining 48 games, he averaged 2.1 apg and 1.6 rpg, while collecting 34 steals. Made the first two starts of his NBA career vs. Detroit (2/5) and at Milwaukee (2/6), scoring 17 points with eight assists and six rebounds in a total of 47 minutes. Including his four assists in each of those two starts, he had at least four assists in 10 games and dealt a season-high seven assists at Minnesota (1/8). The next night at Oklahoma City, he scored a career-high 23 points on 9-15 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG and 2-2 FT. For the season, he shot 60-174 (.345) from three-point range, ranking 12th among the league's rookies in both three-point field goals made and percentage.
Playoffs: Made two appearances in both the first round series with Orlando and the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Miami in 2012, scoring two points with two rebounds and an assist in a total of seven minutes. In Game Five at Miami, he had two points on 1-1 FG and one assist with one offensive rebound. Made his first career appearance in the 2011 Playoffs, leading the Indiana bench with eight points in 14 minutes of Game 1 at Chicago. In that game, he was 2-3 from three-point range and he was second on the team with seven 3FG in the series with the Bulls (shot 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, best on the team among those that attempted at least five shots). Scored a postseason career-high 13 points in Game 2. Also scored in double figures with 10 points in Game 4.
Collegiately: A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard, after averaging 14.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as a senior. Was named to the All-Big East Second Team, USBWA All-District 1 First Team and Big East All-Tournament teams. Scored 33 points and totaled ten assists in UConn's Big East quarterfinal loss to Syracuse. Had a career-best 36 points, including 8-13 shooting from three-point range, in the Huskies' win at Marquette. Had 24 points and a career-best ten assists in the win over Gonzaga, hitting the game-tying three-point FG with 8.5 seconds left in regulation. Averaged 14.5 points per game overall (second on the team) and 16.1 in Big East play as a junior. Also led the team in assists, tallying five or more on 24 occasions and averaging 6.0 apg. Started all 33 games and was named to the USBWA All-America Team. Unanimous selection to the First Team All-Big East squad, and also won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the USBWA district player of the year...Played nine minutes against San Diego in the first round of the NCAA tournament before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament. Appeared in all 31 games as a sophomore, starting 23 contests, and averaged 9.4 points per game with 113 assists and 37 steals to his credit in 23.9 minutes per game. Earned a spot on the Hispanic College Fund Classic All-Tournament team after tallying a season-high 23 points against Mississippi.