Jermaine Taylor (basketball)

American basketball player

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Jermaine Taylor
Personal information
Born (1986-12-08) December 8, 1986 (age 34)
Tavares, Florida
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolTavares (Tavares, Florida)
CollegeUCF (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career2009–2018
PositionShooting guard
Career history
2009–2010Houston Rockets
2010Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2010–2011Sacramento Kings
2012Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2012–2013Lagun Aro GBC
2013Hapoel Tel Aviv
2013Shanxi Zhongyu
2013–2015Maine Red Claws
2015Idaho Stampede
2015Canterbury Rams
2015Centro Juvenil Don Bosco
2016–2018Salt Lake City Stars
Career highlights and awards
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Jermaine Taylor (born December 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. Taylor was a starting guard for the University of Central Florida basketball team before being selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, and soon after traded to the Houston Rockets.[1]

High school career

Taylor attended Tavares High School in Tavares, Florida. As a senior at Tavares High School, Taylor averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He finished his senior year second in the Florida Class 3A Player of the Year voting and was named to the Florida Class 3A All-State First Team.

Taylor also excelled on the gridiron as a wide receiver for Tavares, gaining 481 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior. He turned down offers from Florida and South Florida to play basketball instead.

In addition to football and basketball, finished second in the Florida Class 2A Track and Field Championships in both the triple jump and high jump. He currently owns his high school's record for the long jump, high jump, and triple jump.

After completing his high school career, Taylor signed a national letter of intent with UCF choosing the Knights over Pittsburgh, Alabama, and Penn State.

Collegiate career

Taylor began his career at the University of Central Florida in 2005 during their first season in Conference USA. Taylor played in 15 games averaging 11 minutes and 4.3 points. In only his fourth collegiate game he scored 15 points in a winning effort against in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman. His best game as a freshman came during a home contest when he scored 16 points in 25 minutes of action in a 77-71 home loss.

In his sophomore campaign, he emerged as one UCF second leading scorer averaging 12.7 points, good for 16th in Conference USA. Taylor's prowess as a 3-point shooter was also evident during his second year for the Knights, draining 63 3s, averaging 41.4% behind the arc. Jermaine scored 26 points twice during his second year helping UCF to a 22-9 record and a 2-seed in the Conference USA tournament.

Taylor first career start for the Knights came during his junior season, scoring 8 points in UCF's 63-60 win over University of Nevada in the inaugural game at the new UCF Arena.

Taylor is a member of the Epsilon Eta chapter of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.

College statistics

Season Averages (as of 1/11/2009)
2005–06 UCF Knights 29 4.3 2.2 0.6 0.4 0.2 .395 .304 .440 11.7
2006–07 UCF Knights 31 12.7 3.2 1.5 0.9 0.3 .474 .414 .711 25.2
2007–08 UCF Knights 31 20.8 1.6 1.1 1.0 0.2 .461 .367 .795 33.5
2008–09 UCF Knights 31 26.2 5.2 1.9 1.3 0.8 .480 .376 .812 31.9

Professional career

Taylor declared for the 2009 NBA draft and was drafted 32nd overall by the Washington Wizards. He was later traded to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.

On January 29, 2010, Taylor was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[2] On February 4, 2010, he was recalled by the Houston Rockets after scoring 32 and 30 in two games with the Vipers. He was sent back to the Vipers on February 19, 2010,[3] but recalled four days later,[4] and then returned to the Vipers on March 17, 2010.[5] Taylor was recalled by the Rockets once again on March 24, 2010. He then had his first career start in a game versus the Los Angeles Lakers on March 27, 2010, in which he scored 15 points.[6]

On December 15, 2010, Taylor was traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a protected second-round pick.[7] He was waived by the Kings at the end of the season.[8]

In September 2012, Taylor signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9] However, he did not make the team's final roster.[10]

On November 8, 2012, Taylor signed with the Spanish League team San Sebastián Gipuzkoa BC.[11] In January 2013, he joined Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C.. Later that month, he joined Shanxi Zhongyu of China.[12]

On March 15, 2013, Taylor was acquired by the Maine Red Claws.[13] In September 2013, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp.[14] He was later waived on October 25.[15] On October 31, 2013, he was reacquired by the Maine Red Claws.[16] On November 29, 2013, he was waived by the Red Claws due to a season-ending knee injury just two games into the season.[17]

On October 31, 2014, Taylor was again reacquired by the Maine Red Claws.[18] On January 22, 2015, he was traded to the Idaho Stampede in exchange for the returning player rights to Dallas Lauderdale.[19] On April 28, 2015, he signed with the Canterbury Rams for the rest of the 2015 New Zealand NBL season.[20][21] He made his debut for the Rams four days later and recorded 7 points and 3 assists off the bench in a loss to the Super City Rangers.[22][23] In 11 games for Canterbury, he averaged 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.[24]

On August 15, 2015, Taylor signed with Dominican club Centro Juvenil Don Bosco.[25] However, his stint lasted just three days after falling to score in his debut game on August 17.[26][27] On October 31, he was acquired by the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League.[28]

NBA career statistics

  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

2009–10 Houston 31 4 9.8 .378 .227 .717 1.5 .5 .3 .1 4.1
2010–11 Houston 8 0 9.6 .500 .400 .833 1.1 .3 .3 .3 4.9
2010–11 Sacramento 26 8 15.6 .476 .300 .727 2.0 1.2 .5 .1 7.1
Career 65 12 12.1 .441 .284 .730 1.7 .7 .4 .1 5.4


  1. ^ "2009 NBA Draft Results Round 2". ESPN. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. ^ Rockets notes: Conroy promoted from D-League
  3. ^ "Rockets Assign Taylor To D-League". Archived from the original on 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  4. ^ "Rockets recall Jermaine Taylor from D-League". Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
  5. ^ Rockets assign Taylor to Vipers, Anderson returns Archived 2012-09-13 at
  6. ^ Gasol's 30 points lift Lakers over Rockets in Houston
  7. ^ "Kings Acquire Jermaine Taylor". 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  9. ^ Wolves Announce 2012-13 Training Camp Roster
  10. ^ Timberwolves release guard Jermaine Taylor
  11. ^ El Lagun Aro GBC ficha al escolta Jermaine Taylor (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Jermaine Taylor departs Hapoel Tel Aviv
  14. ^ Cavaliers Announce 2013-14 Training Camp Roster
  15. ^ "Cavs waive DeSagana Diop, Kenny Kadji, Jermaine Taylor, Elliot Williams". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  16. ^ Maine Red Claws Announce First 11 Players Invited to Training Camp Archived 2015-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Maine Red Claws Activate Kammron Taylor, Waive Jermaine Taylor Due to Injury
  18. ^ Red Claws Announce Affiliate Players, Returning Player Invitees Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Jermaine Taylor Acquired by Stampede
  20. ^ Kyle Coston cut by Canterbury Rams, shooting guard Jermaine Taylor signs on
  21. ^ "RAMS MAKE ROSTER CHANGES". April 28, 2015. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015.
  22. ^ Rams vs Rangers
  23. ^ Coach Mark Dickel backs Canterbury Rams' American import Jermaine Taylor to shine
  24. ^ "Player statistics for Jermaine Taylor". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  25. ^ Jermaine Taylor ex NBA nuevo refuerzo del Don Bosco (in Spanish)
  26. ^ José Horacio pierde invicto y la cancha se mete a clasificación en Moca (in Spanish)
  27. ^ Terrence Shannon reforzará al Don Bosco (in Spanish)
  28. ^ "Salt Lake City Stars roster and info after D-League Draft". SB-Nation. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2016.

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