Mike Taylor (basketball)

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Mike Taylor
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Taylor playing for Turów Zgorzelec in 2014
Free agent
PositionPoint guard
Personal information
Born (1986-01-21) January 21, 1986 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High schoolJohn Marshall
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2008Idaho Stampede
2008–2009Los Angeles Clippers
2009–2010Crvena zvezda
2011Iowa Energy
2011Tezenis Verona
2013Los Angeles D-Fenders
2014Turów Zgorzelec
2014Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2015Rosa Radom
2015–2016Al Mouttahed Tripoli
2017Anyang KGC
2019Zhuhai Wolf Warriors
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Rene Taylor (born January 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). He played college basketball for Chipola College and Iowa State.

College basketball[edit]

Collegiately, Taylor played three seasons for Chipola College (NJCAA-FCCAA, 2004-05 to 2005-06) and Iowa State University (2006–07), leading the latter team in scoring with 16.0 points per game. However, he was dismissed from the team in July 2007 after a series of brushes with the law.[1]

Professional career[edit]


During 2007–08, he played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.5 points per game in 39 games.[2] Taylor was drafted 55th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, becoming the first player in NBA history to be drafted out of the D-League. Portland acquired the 55th pick, used to select Taylor, from the Phoenix Suns trade via the Indiana Pacers. However, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, and signed with the team on July 15.[3] On March 25, 2009, he scored an NBA career high 35 points at Madison Square Garden versus the New York Knicks. The Los Angeles Clippers waived Taylor on July 31, 2009.


Taylor signed a contract until the end of the 2009-10 season with Serbian Crvena zvezda on November 20, 2009.[4] He was brought to serve as a replacement for Maurice Bailey, who was released. Following the injury in the last team's Eurocup game of the season, on March 13, 2012, Taylor and Red Star Belgrade reached an agreement to part ways, mainly due to the financial problems the club was facing.[5]

After playing with the Iowa Energy, he signed with the Italian team Tezenis Verona.[6] He averaged 7,3 points and 4 rebounds over 4 games in the Italian League. In September 2011, he signed a one-year contract with Kavala.[7] He averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2 assists over 22 games in the Greek championship for them.

On July 9, 2012, Taylor signed with Nymburk for one season. Nymburk's head coach was very excited with the new arrival and he said: "Mike is a young, talented player.. an excellent point guard, but can also play shooting guard.. a great defender and a very good athlete."[8][9] He left Nymburk in January 2013.

Return to America[edit]

On January 30, 2013, Taylor was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 L.A. Clippers 51 5 15.1 .412 .325 .691 1.7 2.1 .7 .0 5.7
Career 51 5 15.1 .412 .325 .691 1.7 2.1 .7 .0 5.7


  1. ^ Arrests lead Iowa State to dismiss top scorer Taylor
  2. ^ DraftExpress NBA Draft prospect profile
  3. ^ Clippers sign DeAndre Jordan, Mike Taylor
  4. ^ Red Star sign Mike Taylor (in Serbian) Archived 2009-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Mike Taylor leaves Crvena Zvezda". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Mike Taylor moves to Tezenis Verona". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Kavala tabs Mike Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  8. ^ Carchia, Emiliano. "CEZ Nymburk signs Michael Taylor". Sportando. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  9. ^ "CEZ Nymburk tabs playmaker Taylor". Euroleague. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  10. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Morris Almond and Mike Taylor

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