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Ryan Gomes

Ryan Gomes

Team Number: 8
Birth Date: 09/01/1982
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 250lbs.
Position: Forward
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Ryan Gomes was born September 1, 1982 in Waterbury, Connecticut. He played high school basketball at Wilby High School and moved on to play at Providence College. At 6’7”, Gomes may be considered small for a power forward, but he managed to put points on the board and was named All-American while at Providence. He was drafted in 2005 by the NBA Boston Celtics in the second round or 50th overall. His size and abilities did not fit other scouts' prototypical image of either a power forward or a small forward, but Celtics' director of basketball operations Danny Ainge felt that Gomes' track record and work ethic were enough to take a chance on the star basketball player.

As a rookie with the Boston Celtics, Ryan Gomes was expected to play off the bench, but his playing time was limited early in the season. However, on January 26, 2006, the Celtics executed a multiplayer trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that freed up roster space for Gomes to play. Soon after that, fellow Celtic Kendrick Perkins was injured and Gomes was inserted in the starting line-up. After becoming a Celtics starter, Ryan Gomes excelled, and kept his job even after Perkins returned. Gomes scored at least 10 points in 21 of the 29 games he started in 2006 making the second half of his NBA rookie season a definite success. Gomes was even named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Ryan Gomes continued to make a significant impact for the Boston Celtics when he started in 60 games during the 2006-07 season. He averaged more than 30 minutes per game and scored an average of 12.1 points per game. On November 8, 2006 Gomes recorded his first career triple-double collecting 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats in the Celtics' first win of the 2006-07 season after an 0-3 start. On January 20, Gomes scored a career high 31 points in an overtime loss to the Washington Wizards and coming off the bench on March 4, 2007, Gomes tied his career high of 17 rebounds and scored 21 points while playing a total of 51 minutes in a double overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 7, Gomes sprained his left foot and sat out the following 7 games until he returned to the Celtics' roster playing limited minutes beginning on March 21. Near the end of the season, Gomes began regularly shooting three point shots, making 14 of 34 in April, after shooting only 5 for 17 in his career to that point.

Ryan Gomes attracted the attention of the national media for comments he made following a Celtics' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on April 13. Neither Gomes nor starting point guard Rajon Rondo played in the game's final, decisive minutes. After, Gomes said, "I probably (would have played), but since we were in the hunt for a high draft pick, of course things are different." This was the first public comment by a Celtic in 2007 implying that the team was losing games purposely, to enhance their status for the 2007 NBA Draft. NBA Commissioner David Stern reportedly sought to speak with Gomes regarding his comments.

On July 31, 2007 it was made official that Ryan Gomes was to be traded along with Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett. The Timberwolves are excited to pump up their roster with some new faces and hopes that Ryan Gomes constant hustle and his ability to positions himself well on the court to rebound will help the Minnesota Timberwolves bring fans into the Target Center in Minneapolis. Gomes is an excellent mid range shooter and often gets the ball kicked out to him when other players are being double teamed. Timberwolves fans will want to buy Timberwolves tickets early so they can see the new boys in blue work their Timberwolves magic on the Target Center floor.

Ryan Gomes has proved to be a solid addition to the Minnesota Timberwolves roster in 2007-08. He has had no injury issues as he's played every night through 31 games. He averages 10 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25.4 minutes a game. Some of his most solid contributions this season have been on the road. Gomes scored 20 points and snatched nine rebounds at the New Orleans Hornets on Decemeber 22. He also notched a double-double on December 31 2007 at the Los Angeles Clippers when he scored 17 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. Gomes has been playing well at the end of December as he has seen his minutes increase. Look for Ryan Gomes to step it up in the new year.

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