Stephon Marbury was selected fourth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA draft, and on the same night traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the draft rights to Ray Allen and a future first-round pick. In his first NBA season, Marbury had an average of 15.8 points and 7.8 assists per game. His performances were awarded the selection to the 1997 NBA All-Rookie Team. Stephon and his teammate Kevin Garnett led the Wolves to the NBA Playoffs in 1997 and 1998. He simply could not reconcile himself with the role of the ‘second violin’ next to Kevin Garnett. In the season 1998/99 he asked for a trade and went to New Jersey, and later also played for Phoenix, New York, and Boston.
In February 2001, Stephon Marbury scored a career-high 50 points, what made him the first Nets player to score 50 since Ray Williams (52 points against the Detroit Pistons in 1982). Marbury added 12 assists in an overtime loss to the defending champions Lakers.
Kobe Bryant scored 38, and it was kind of “revenge,” the game took place just a few days after Marbury scored big threes for the East Team in one of the best and most competitive All-Star games ever.
“Starbury” played his last NBA game for the Boston Celtics in 2009. After that, he moved to China, where he became a great star and ambassador of this sport. In China, which became his second home, he played for four clubs, longest period for Beijing Ducks, where he played from 2011 to 2017. Marbury came to China in January 2010 and is still considered as the best player in the history of Chinese basketball. Although a bit on veteran days, Marbury had regular average of 20 points per season in the local league, in 2012/13 he scored 28.3 points on average.
However, all those who are maybe doubting basketball in China should know that Marbury finished the 13-year NBA career with an average of 19.3 points, 7.6 assists and 3 rebounds per game.
It’s a blessing to see how basketball is growing and progressing in this country. I hope that my spirit and the way I play will influence the younger generation. In the future, I will try to give as much as possible to the younger generations in China. It’s my duty.
Marbury was born in New York and made his first basketball steps on Brooklyn’s street grounds. He brought street basketball to the NBA, and he is considered one of the best playmakers who crafted the craft on New York’s asphalt.