The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed veteran centre Jamaal Magloire. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
Magloire was born in Toronto and attended high school at Eastern School of Commerce. He is the first Canadian-born player to join the Raptors in the club’s 16-year history.
Magloire is a veteran of 11 NBA seasons and owns career averages of 7.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 22.1 minutes in 646 regular season outings. He has appeared in 46 postseason contests, averaging 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.
Magloire, 6-foot-11, 265 pounds comes to the Raptors after spending the past three seasons with the Miami Heat. His best statistical campaign came in 2003-04 when he averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 33.9 minutes in 82 games with the New Orleans Hornets. He was one of only 11 players that season to average a double-double. Magloire set single-season career highs in minutes, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, offensive, defensive and total rebounds, rebound average, points and scoring average. He set his career highs with 15 free throws made in 20 attempts in Toronto on March 21, 2004.
Magloire captured Eastern Conference Player of the Month honours in April 2004, averaging 21.7 points and 12.1 rebounds. He was named to the Eastern Conference squad for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game held in Los Angeles. He totaled 19 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes for the East All-Stars.
Nicknamed “Big Cat,” Magloire scored a career-best 27 points on two occasions (last: at Golden State, 11/23/04) and grabbed a personal-best 22 rebounds versus Charlotte on January 21, 2006. He’s totaled double figures in scoring on 221 occasions, including 27 games with at least 20 points. He has posted double-figure rebound totals 155 times, with three games of at least 20 rebounds. His lone 20-point/20-rebound effort came against the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on March 7, 2004.
Magloire was selected in the first round (19th overall) by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2000 NBA Draft. He has seen action with the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Magloire appeared in 145 games during his four-year collegiate career at Kentucky, averaging 7.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.85 blocks and 19.3 minutes. He finished his career as the school’s all-time shot blocker (268). As a senior, he averaged 13.2 points, second on the team, and a team-best 9.1 rebounds in 33 games. He also earned first-team All-SEC honours and became the first Wildcat and only the third SEC player to be named SEC Player of the Week three times in a season.