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19 Epic Facts You Did Not Know About Marreese Speights

1. The Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the 16th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

2. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Speights was listed as the No. 13 power forward and the No. 51 player in the nation in 2006.

3. Speights began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged approximately four points and two rebounds in six minutes per game as a freshman for the national champion Gators.

4. He saw few minutes behind big men Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard.

5. Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

6. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft.

7. Speights was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 16th pick of the first round in the 2008 NBA Draft.

8. He signed with Philadelphia on July 18, 2008. In his rookie season, Speights had a field-goal percentage of .502 from the field, playing 79 games, shooting .773 from the free throw line, and notching two starts.

9. An MRI revealed a partial tear of the Medial collateral ligament .

10. He missed 14 games and came back December 16, to play 22 minutes in a losing effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

11. After he returned from the injury, his playing time became limited, mostly because of the increased production from Elton Brand.

12. The 76ers hired Doug Collins as their new head coach for the 2010-11 season.

13. Known for his defensive-minded coaching philosophy, this shift in team focus adversely affected Speights, who is known more for his offensive capabilities.

14. He did, however, get one start against the New Orleans Hornets on January 3, 2011 and notched 12 points and six rebounds.

15. For the season, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds, both career lows.

16. On January 4, 2012, Speights was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of a three-team trade that sent Xavier Henry to the New Orleans Hornets and two future second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers.

17. On June 29, 2012, the Grizzlies extended a qualifying offer to Speights, making him a restricted free agent.

18. On July 13, 2012, Speights re-signed with the Grizzlies to a two-year, $8 million contract.

19. On January 22, 2013, Speights was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick, in exchange for Jon Leuer. In his half a season with the Cavaliers, Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 39 games.

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