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Sebastian Telfair

Sebastian Telfair

Team Number: 3
Birth Date: 06/09/1985
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160lbs.
Position: Guard
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Sebastian Telfair was born June 9, 1985 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School where he was a basketball star and even had the opportunity to be featured in a documentary film by Jonathan Hock called Through the Fire. The film followed Telfair through his last year in high school and his decision to choose the NBA over college. Originally, Telfair committed to the University of Louisville and coach Rick Pitino, but decided to turn professional instead. At 6 feet even, Telfair is the shortest high school player ever to be drafted and was the 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

No stranger to the world of professional basketball, Sebastian Telfair is the cousin of New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury, and the half-brother of former NBA player Jamel Thomas. Even with his high school success and NBA genetics, Sebastian Telfair saw limited time on the Portland Trailblazers starting lineup. However, with an ailing team interim coach Kevin Pritchard promoted Telfair to the starting lineup in February of 2005. Although Telfair put up decent numbers, the Trail Blazers lost 23 of their final 28 games and finished with the team's worst record since 1975. Under new head coach Nate McMillan, Telfair began the 2005-06 season as the starting point guard. Telfair's production was an improvement over his 2004-05 numbers, but it was still considered below par for an NBA starting point guard. As a result, he experienced increasing pressure from the Portland media and after an injury he was replaced in the starting lineup by Steve Blake.

On June 28, 2006 the Portland Trailblazers traded Sebastian Telfair along with center Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for guard Dan Dickau, center-forward Raef LaFrentz, and the 7th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Randy Foye, who was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 6th overall pick, Brandon Roy. On April 24, 2007 Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck announced that Telfair's nameplate on his Celtics locker had been removed and did not expect him back for the 2007-08 season.

On July 31, 2007 the Associated Press reported that Telfair had been traded along with Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Theo Ratliff, and two first-round draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Timberwolves star player Kevin Garnett.

The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to give Sebastian Telfair a fresh start in Minnesota. Telfair is known as a bit of a trouble maker out east having several run-ins with the law including being present at the same night club where rapper Fabolous was shot. The Timberwovles hope that Telfair can keep his nose clean in Minnesota and show a Target Center filled with screaming Minnesota Timberwolves fans that he has what it takes to play in the NBA.

Sebastian Telfair has been devouring minutes for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season because of the injury to Randy Foye. He is averaging 32.4 minutes and is leading the team in assists with 5.8. His 9.9 points per game isn't being helped by his 39.9 percent shooting from the field and 24.5 percent shooting from three-point range. Sebastian Telfair also averages 1.1 steals a game. The three-year pro's best performance through 31 games in 2007-08 came on December 21 in the win against the Indiana Pacers, when he scored 27 points on 11-18 shooting with 11 assists. Telfair has seen an increase in his minutes at the end of December. Telfair turnover numbers are down and he should continue to get big minutes if he controls the ball and continues to learn Randy Wittman's system.

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