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Shawn Marion

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Biography:

Shawn Marion is a Sports Speaker and professional basketball player. He is widely regarded as the Dallas Mavericks most versatile player because of his abilities to defend multiple positions.

In 1999, Shawn was a ninth overall pick and was drafted during the first round by the Phoenix Suns. Because of his double-digit rebounding ability and scoring potential, he was selected to be on the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in the 2002-03 season.

The following year, he was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team, chosen to play for the Western Conference All-Star Team for the second time, as well as named to play on the 2004-05 All-NBA Third Team. That same year, he became the first player to average in the top five for rebounding and steals since David Robinson.

Shawn’s 2005-06 NBA season was arguably the best season of his career. Not only was he the only player ranked in the top twenty for steals, blocks, rebounds, field goal percentage and minutes, but he finished the season leading the Suns in points per game, steals per game, rebounds per game and blocks per game. He teamed up with Suns legend Dan Majerle and WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi during the 2005 All-Star Weekend and their team took home the title. To top it off, he earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game for the third time.

In 2008, the Suns traded Shawn to the Miami Heat and the following year to the Toronto Raptors. In 2009, Shawn signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks, where he currently plays. During the 2011-12 season, he led Dallas in rebounds per game and was placed on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He made his 1,000 career regular season game in 2012 and passed Rod Strickland for twenty-fifth place on the NBA’s all-time steal list in 2013.

Shawn has also played basketball for the United States National Basketball Team, the 2004 Athens Olympics and FIBA World Championship. Altogether, he has won twenty-two international caps for the United States.

When Shawn isn’t playing ball, he loves getting involved with charity. He recently established the Shawn Marion Foundation at The Giving Back Fund in order to provide life-changing opportunities to single parent families. In 2008, he helped reveal the renovation of the Miami HEAT Learn and Play Center as well as build basketball courts and support the Jr. Suns and Jr. Mercury basketball programs. Shawn makes regular appearances for NBA charity games including Zo’s Summer Groove and the Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic. He was also one of several NBA players to visit the U.S. and coalition troops in Kuwait to support Project Salute 2003.