Philadelphia 76ers President Billy King announced today that the Sixers have signed free-agent center Calvin Booth. Per team policy, terms of the contract are not disclosed.
Approaching his ninth NBA season, the 6-foot-11 Booth has averaged 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.03 blocks in 327 games played with 83 starts. For his career, he has shot 45.3% (458-1,110) from the floor and 75.3% (232-308) from the foul line while also averaging 3.85 blocks per 48 minutes played. In 2000-01, he led the NBA with 5.71 blocks per 48 minutes played.
Booth was originally selected by Washington with the 35th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He has also spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Supersonics and the Milwaukee Bucks before re-joining the Wizards in 2005-06. Last season, Booth appeared in 44 games with one start, averaging 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.
One of the most successful players in Penn State basketball history, Booth was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1997-98. He finished his collegiate career as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in blocked shots and was the first player in conference history to lead a statistical category for four straight seasons.