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Maurice Taylor - PF, 6'9, 255
Retired - Retired after 2011 season
       Date of birth: 10/30/1976
       Country: USA/Italy
     Drafted (NBA): 14th pick, 1997
     Out of: Michigan
  NBA Experience: 10 years
  Hand: Right

1997 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 14th overall by L.A. Clippers.
15th July, 1997 NBA Signed three year, $3,628,800 rookie scale contract with L.A. Clippers.
25th August, 2000 NBA Signed a two year, $4,725,000 contract with Houston. Included player option for 2001/02.
30th June, 2001 NBA Declined 2001/02 player option.
7th August, 2001 NBA Re-signed by Houston to a six year, $48.75 million contract. Included early termination option after 2005/06 season.
24th February, 2005 NBA Traded by Houston to New York in exchange for Moochie Norris, Vin Baker and a 2006 second round pick (#32, Steve Novak).
30th June, 2006 NBA Declined early termination option.
29th September, 2006 NBA Waived by New York.
3rd October, 2006 NBA Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Sacramento.
23rd January, 2007 NBA Waived by Sacramento.
26th January, 2009 Italy Signed for the remainder of the season with Olimpia Milano.
3rd November, 2009 China Signed a one year contract with Shanxi Zhongyu.
15th March, 2010 Italy Signed for the remainder of the season with Benetton Treviso.
10th February, 2011 Italy Signed for the remainder of the season with Enel Brindisi.
22nd April, 2011 Italy Left Enel Brindisi.
When: Where:
1994 - 1997 Michigan (NCAA)
June 1997 - June 2000 L.A. Clippers (NBA)
August 2000 - February 2005 Houston Rockets (NBA)
February 2005 - September 2006 New York Knicks (NBA)
October 2006 - January 2007 Sacramento Kings (NBA)
January 2009 - June 2009 Milano (Italy)
November 2009 - March 2010 Shanxi Zhongyu (China)
March 2010 - June 2010 Benetton Treviso (Italy)
February 2011 - April 2011 Enel Brindisi (Italy)
From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 65

- Maurice Taylor

Maurice Taylor was out of basketball for over two years. He signed with the Sacramento Kings in October 2006, who waived Justin Williams to open up a spot for him, but was waived a couple of months later, replaced by Justin Williams. Between January 2007 and January 2009, Taylor was unsigned, and presumed retired. But then out of nowhere came the news that Taylor had acquired an Italian passport and signed with Armani Jeans Milano, to a deal that was potentially three years long.

It didn't last three years, of course. Taylor averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.3 minutes of 17 Serie A games for Milano, but they did not invoke his option for this season, so Taylor moved to China. He played 29 games this year for Shanxi Zhongyu as Stephon Marbury's teammate, and averaged 18.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game. Unusually, the man who had shot only 5-33 from three point range in 537 NBA games and 13,324 NBA minutes had now become a three point shooter, shooting 43-100 from there in CBA play, including going 10-16 in one game.

When the CBA season ended, with Shanxi missing the playoffs, Taylor returned to Italy to play for Benetton Treviso. As a half of Benetton's bench big men tandem alongside Donatas Bumpyjunas, Taylor has totalled 27 points and 8 rebounds in 83 minutes. With one game to play, Benetton are one game back of Air Avellino for the eighth and final Serie A playoff spot. Unfortunately, Benetton's last game is against Taylor's former team, AJ Milano, who are second in the league, and Air Avellino are matched up against Vanoli Cremona, who are ina three way tie for last. The saving grace for Benetton is that Vanoli have more to play for. If they win, they might play Serie A ball again next season.

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   Chinese Basketball Association Statistics, 2010

- Maurice Taylor: 30.2mpg, 19.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg, 3.5fpg, 0.8spg, 0.6bpg, 51% FG, 41% 3PT, 66% FT

As you can tell from the sheer number of them, Shanxi have had a lot of trouble with their imports this year. They tried out about ten in the offseason, eventually settling upon three; Smith, Taylor and Michael Sweetney. The team had wanted to bring back Lee Benson, who was a star for them last year, but they refused to yield to his contract demands. Taylor has been with the team the whole season, but the rest has been a juggling act. Even though he played well, Smith was replaced after seven games by Adeleke, who got injured in his second game and was replaced for a short time by Benson, seemingly having yielded some on his contract demands. Benson was then replaced after five games by Marbury, which you probably already knew. (Sweetney never played a game for them, by the way.)

[E]ven though he's not been rebounding, Maurice Taylor went 10-16 from three point range in Shanxi's last game. That's the same Maurice Taylor as before, the one who hit 5 three pointers in his whole NBA career.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition

Steven Barber and Maurice Taylor - The former Knick team mates, only one of whom you've heard of, started a personal training business together named "Premier Skills and Performance Training LLC," the website for which no longer exists. Taylor is also the CEO of Maurice Taylor Enterprises LLC, which, per his LinkedIn page, seems to involve investments of some sort.

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