Joel Vincent Anthony (born August 9, 1982, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional basketball player in the NBA who is currently a member of the Miami Heat. He is also a key member of the Canadian national men's basketball team.
Anthony signed a one-year deal (with an option for a second) with Miami in July 2007. He made 24 appearances that season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. The following year Anthony made his NBA playoff debut during Miami's first round series with the Atlanta Hawks. Miami lost the series 4–3. He was re-signed by the Heat in July 2009.
With Miami's high profile free agent signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh in July 2010 much hype surrounded the team with its new self-proclaimed "Big Three". On July 16, 2010, Joel Anthony re-signed with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $18 million deal. Miami finished the 2010–11 NBA season second in the Eastern Conference behind the Chicago Bulls with a 58–24 record. The Heat cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs before losing to the Dallas Mavericks 4–2 during the 2011 NBA Finals. Anthony averaged 1.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes per game during the finals.
Anthony made his Canadian national men's basketball team debut in the summer of 2008. He made a tremendous impact on the court for the Canadians, by setting both scoring and shot blocking records for an individual game. Canada however failed to qualify for theBeijing Olympics.
The following summer Anthony participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. He helped lead Canada to a 4th place finish, losing in the 3rd place game to Argentina. Anthony had his best performance Canada's semi-final loss to Brazil in which Joel posted team highs with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
In the summer of 2010 Anthony once again competed for Canada in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Canada finished with 5 losses out of 5 games, Canada's worst ever performance in the international tournament.
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