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Full Name: Matthew Robert Bonner Current Team: San Antonio Spurs
Height/Weight: 6'10"/240 Number: 15
Birthdate: April 5, 1980 Entry Draft: 2nd round (43rd) in 2006
Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire Drafted By: Chicago Bulls
Position: PF College: University of Florida


Biography

Matthew Robert Bonner (born April 5 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire is a professional basketball player currently with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA.

Standing 6'10" at 237 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round of the 2003 NBA Draft and then traded to the Toronto Raptors. While playing for the Florida Gators, Bonner amassed 1,570 points 778 rebounds and 165 three pointers and finished his career ranked in the top 10 in six categories. Bonner graduated from Florida with a 3.96 GPA and was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003

Toronto recognized the future potential in Bonner but did not have a roster position available. Bonner was asked to spend a year in Europe honing his skills with a verbal promise to give him a shot at making the team in 2004.

Bonner signed with the Raptors during the 2004-05 NBA season, averaging 7.2 points per game whilst playing all 82 contests. Matt received the nickname "Red Rocket" during the same season in which he was constantly sighted on the public transit in Toronto, the Toronto Transit Commission(TTC), whose streetcars are red and slogan is 'Ride the Rocket'.

Matt Bonner's first prominent moment as a Raptor occurred on December 2004 during an exciting game at the Air Canada Centre. Extending for a rebound, he knocked all-star Kevin Garnett from behind, sending him sprawling to the ground prompting the two players to get into a heated exchange. The crowd chanted "Bonner, Bonner" as he was ejected from the game. This immediately established Matt as a fan favorite with Raptors fans rallying behind Bonner.

In the 2005-06 season Bonner played 78 games averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and shot 44.8% from the field. He ranked 14th in the NBA in three-point percentage, and was one of the first players the Raptors looked to for three-point shots.

On June 21, 2006, Bonner was traded with Eric Williams and a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft to the San Antonio Spurs for Radoslav Nesterović and cash considerations.

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Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2005 TOR 82 0 1553 247 463 .533 39 92 .424 56 71 .789 108 177 285 38 39 19 40 220 589
2006 TOR 78 6 1710 209 467 .448 102 243 .420 63 76 .829 86 198 284 56 49 31 32 216 583
2007 SAS 56 0 654 106 237 .447 36 94 .383 27 38 .711 64 92 156 22 17 11 25 67 275
2008 SAS 68 3 853 121 292 .414 46 137 .336 38 44 .864 53 139 192 32 14 17 39 111 326
Career 284 9 4770 683 1459 .468 223 566 .394 184 229 .803 311 606 917 158 119 78 136 614 1773

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2005 TOR 82 0 18.9 3.0 5.6 .533 0.5 1.1 .424 0.7 0.9 .789 1.3 2.2 3.5 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.5 2.7 7.2
2006 TOR 78 6 21.9 2.7 6.0 .448 1.3 3.1 .420 0.8 1.0 .829 1.1 2.5 3.6 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.4 2.8 7.5
2007 SAS 56 0 11.7 1.9 4.2 .447 0.6 1.7 .383 0.5 0.7 .711 1.1 1.6 2.8 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.4 1.2 4.9
2008 SAS 68 3 12.5 1.8 4.3 .414 0.7 2.0 .336 0.6 0.6 .864 0.8 2.0 2.8 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.6 1.6 4.8
Career 284 9 16.8 2.4 5.1 .468 0.8 2.0 .394 0.6 0.8 .803 1.1 2.1 3.2 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.5 2.2 6.2

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