Team: Sacramento Kings, #10
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 195 lbs.
Date of Birth: November 3, 1987
Place of Birth: Clinton, Maryland
College: University of North Carolina
Drafted: 2009 – 1st round, 18th overall by Minnesota Timberwolves
Ty Lawson is an American basketball player for the Sacramento Kings. A former college standout and national champion at North Carolina, Lawson has established himself as one of the NBA’s premiere backcourt talents, averaging 13.1 points and 6.1 assists throughout his seven seasons in the league.
Born in Clinton, Maryland, Lawson attended basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. During his senior season, Lawson led Oak Hill to a 42-1 record and was named a First-Team USA Today and Parade All-American. Lawson also participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Classic. A Rivals.com five-star recruit, Lawson committed to play under Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina.
Lawson earned the reputation of a floor general during his freshman and sophomore season, leading the team in assists as the Tar Heels tallied a 68-10 record over the two-year span. Lawson burst onto the national scene during his junior campaign, averaging 16.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while spearheading North Carolina’s NCAA championship run. In 2009, Lawson was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team, a First-Team All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and the 2009 Bob Cousy Award winner. He finished his collegiate career with 608 assists, the seventh-most in North Carolina school history. Following his junior season, Lawson announced he would forgo his senior year to join the 2009 NBA draft class. Lawson was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 18th overall pick, and was subsequently traded to the Denver Nuggets.
Lawson saw significant action throughout his rookie season, and was one of only five NBA rookies to average more than 20 minutes per game for a team with a winning record throughout the 2009-10 season. On April 9th, 2011, Lawson made history, becoming the first NBA player to convert his first 10 three-point attempts in a game. Lawson finished the game with a career-high 37 points. Lawson recorded a team-high 16.7 points and 6.9 assists per game during the 2012-13 season while leading the Nuggets to 57 wins, the most in franchise history since joining the NBA. Lawson recorded a career-high 17.2 points per game in 2013-14, and scored thirty or more points three different times in 2014-15 while tallying 720 assists, breaking the Nuggets single-season franchise record. Following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Lawson was traded to the Houston Rockets. On March 1st, the Rockets waived Lawson in a buyout agreement, and he subsequently signed with the Indiana Pacers on March 7th. Preceding the 2016-17 NBA season, Lawson signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
Lawson’s athletic interests have extended beyond the hardwood and into the classroom. During his time at North Carolina, he pursued a degree in exercise and sports science.
Lawson signed with Roc Nation Sports in December of 2016.