Torrey Craig
Craig with the Denver Nuggets in 2018
No. 13 – Indiana Pacers
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1990-12-19) December 19, 1990 (age 30)
Columbia, South Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolGreat Falls
(Great Falls, South Carolina)
CollegeUSC Upstate (2010–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2016Cairns Taipans
2015–2016Wellington Saints
2016–2017Brisbane Bullets
2017Gold Coast Rollers
20172020Denver Nuggets
2017–2018Sioux Falls Skyforce
2020–2021Milwaukee Bucks
2021Phoenix Suns
2021–presentIndiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Torrey Craig (born December 19, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Upstate Spartans, where he was named an honorable mention All-American and Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2012. After graduating from USC Upstate in 2014, Craig spent his first three professional seasons in Australia and New Zealand. He was named New Zealand NBL MVP and won a New Zealand NBL championship with the Wellington Saints, and earned NBL Best Defensive Player honors with the Brisbane Bullets. In 2017, he returned home and began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets.

College career

Craig went to the University of South Carolina Upstate from Great Falls High School in Great Falls, South Carolina, after winning 1A state Player of the Year honors in his senior season.[1] As a freshman, Craig entered the starting lineup and quickly made an impact, averaging 14.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game en route to winning Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year honors.[2]

In his sophomore season, Craig led the A-Sun in scoring at 16.4 points per game and helped the Spartans win 21 games. Craig was named the conference Player of the Year[3] and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[4] As a junior, Craig once again led the A-Sun in scoring at 17.2 points per game. He was named first team All-Atlantic Sun.[1]

Prior to the start of his senior season, Craig was named preseason Player of the Year in the Atlantic Sun.[5] On February 10, 2014, Craig reached the 2,000 career point milestone with a 22-point game against East Tennessee State.[6]

Professional career

Cairns Taipans and Wellington Saints (2014–2016)

On August 6, 2014, Craig signed with the Cairns Taipans in Australia for the 2014–15 NBL season.[7] He was named NBL Player of the Week for Round 9 after recording 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Adelaide 36ers on December 6.[8] On December 19, he scored a season-high 28 points in a 90–86 loss to the 36ers.[9] He helped the Taipans finish the season in first place with a 21–7 record before going on to reach the grand final series, where they lost 2–0 to the New Zealand Breakers.[10] In 32 games, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.[11][12]

Following the 2014–15 NBL season, Craig joined the Wellington Saints for the 2015 New Zealand NBL season.[13] On April 17, he scored 41 points against the Taranaki Mountainairs, ending the game one point shy of the all-time Saints scoring record, held by Mike Efevberha with 42.[14] He was named Player of the Week for Round 3 after also recording 25 points and 14 rebounds against the Southland Sharks on April 18.[15] He was again named Player of the Week for Round 11.[16] He missed the end of the regular season with a knee injury.[17] He helped the Saints reach the grand final,[18] where they lost to the Sharks 72–68.[19] For the season, he was named the NZNBL MVP and was named to the NZNBL All-Star Five.[20] In 17 games, he averaged 20.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.[21]

On August 7, 2015, Craig re-signed with the Taipans for the 2015–16 NBL season.[22][23] On October 24, 2015, he recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Melbourne United.[24] On January 13, 2016, in another loss to United, Craig became the first Taipans player to have at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game since Nathan Jawai did so in 2008.[25][26] The Taipans missed the playoffs in 2015–16 with a 12–16 record. Craig appeared in all 28 games, averaging 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

Following the 2015–16 NBL season, Craig re-joined the Saints for the 2016 New Zealand NBL season.[27] He was twice named Player of the Week.[28][29] He helped the Saints reach the grand final, where they defeated the Super City Rangers 94–82 to win the championship, with Craig scoring 15 points.[30][31] He appeared in all 20 games for the Saints in 2016, averaging 20.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He subsequently earned NZNBL All-Star Five honors for the second straight year.[32]

Brisbane Bullets and Gold Coast Rollers (2016–2017)

On May 9, 2016, Craig signed a two-year deal with the Brisbane Bullets, a team re-joining the NBL for the 2016–17 season after an eight-year hiatus.[33][34] He made his debut for the Bullets in their season opener on October 6, scoring a team-high 16 points in a 72–65 win over the Perth Wildcats.[35] Two days later, he had 17 rebounds in a 77–73 win over the Sydney Kings.[36] On November 19, he scored a career-high 34 points in a 105–87 win over the Adelaide 36ers.[37] In the Bullets' season finale on February 11, 2017, Craig had 30 points and 18 rebounds in a 106–79 loss to the Illawarra Hawks.[38] He became just the second player in eight years to have 30 points and 18 rebounds in a game.[39] The Bullets finished the season at the bottom of the ladder with a 10–18 record. For the season, Craig was named the NBL Best Defensive Player and earned All-NBL Second Team honors.[40][41] Craig appeared in all 28 games for the Bullets in 2016–17, averaging 15.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Following the 2016–17 NBL season, Craig joined the Gold Coast Rollers of the Queensland Basketball League.[42][43] He scored 30 points or more five times, including two 40-point games.[44] He was named Player of the Week for Round 3.[45] In 10 games for the Rollers, he averaged 28.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.[44]

Denver Nuggets (2017–2020)

In June 2017, Craig returned to the United States to join the Denver Nuggets for NBA Summer League.[46] On July 19, 2017, he signed a two-way contract with the Nuggets.[47][48] On the two-way deal, Craig spent most of the season in the NBA G League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce due to the 45-day limit he could spend with the Nuggets.[49] Craig made his NBA debut on November 28, 2017, in the Nuggets' 106–77 loss to the Utah Jazz,[50][51] joining Mike Gibson as the only players in Upstate history to play in an NBA game.[52] Craig made his first career start on December 15, 2017, against the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring six points in a 117–111 overtime win.[53] Three days later, he scored a season-high 14 points in a 95–94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[54] On April 1, 2018, he recorded seven points and a season-high eight rebounds in a 128–125 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[55]

On July 10, 2018, Craig signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Nuggets.[56][57] On February 1, 2019, he scored a then career-high 22 points in a 136–122 win over the Houston Rockets.[58] In game four of the Nuggets' first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Craig scored 18 points with five 3-pointers in a 117–103 win.[59]

On March 1, 2020, Craig scored a season-high 17 points against the Toronto Raptors.[60] In the COVID affected 2019–20 NBA season, Craig averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds during the regular season and once again proved his worth while checking some of the NBA's best wings during the postseason.[61]

On November 17, 2020, the Nuggets extended Craig a $2.5 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.[61] They withdrew the qualifying offer four days later, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.[62]

Milwaukee Bucks (2020–2021)

On November 26, 2020, Craig signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[63]

Phoenix Suns (2021)

On March 18, 2021, Craig was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for cash considerations.[64] On April 25, 2021, he had 20 points and 14 rebounds off the bench against the Brooklyn Nets.[65] In the 2021 NBA Finals against his former team the Milwaukee Bucks, he averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds across the six games.[65] The Suns lost the series 4–2.[66]

Indiana Pacers (2021–present)

On August 20, 2021, Craig signed with the Indiana Pacers.[67] On October 29, 2021, he scored a career-high 28 points, to go with 11 rebounds, in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets.[68]

Personal life

Craig's son, Braylon, was born on June 4, 2014.[69]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Denver 39 5 16.1 .453 .293 .629 3.3 .6 .3 .4 4.2
2018–19 Denver 75 37 20.0 .442 .324 .700 3.5 1.0 .5 .6 5.7
2019–20 Denver 58 27 18.5 .461 .326 .611 3.3 .8 .4 .6 5.4
2020–21 Milwaukee 18 0 11.2 .391 .364 .500 2.4 .9 .5 .4 2.5
2020–21 Phoenix 32 8 18.8 .503 .369 .800 4.8 1.0 .6 .6 7.2
Career 222 77 18.0 .457 .331 .675 3.5 .9 .5 .6 5.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019 Denver 14 11 23.6 .478 .472 .563 5.1 .9 .5 .4 6.6
2020 Denver 19 3 19.7 .423 .262 .692 3.3 .7 .4 .4 4.5
2021 Phoenix 22 0 12.1 .427 .405 .615 2.9 .4 .0 .4 4.0
Career 55 14 17.7 .441 .374 .619 4.1 .8 .4 .4 5.4

References

  1. ^ a b "Torry Craig USC Upstate bio". USC Upstate Spartans. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "ETSU's Smith Headlines All-Conference Teams". Atlantic Sun Conference. March 1, 2011. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. ^ McCormick, Bret (November 12, 2013). "Great Falls helped make USC Upstate's Craig into unassuming star". The Herald. Archived from the original on November 17, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Torrey Craig Named Honorable Mention AP All-American". USC Upstate Spartans. March 26, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Shanesy, Todd (October 10, 2013). "USC Upstate's Craig named player of the year in preseason poll". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Second Half Surge Leads Upstate Past ETSU". USC Upstate Spartans. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Wenzel, Murray (August 6, 2014). "South Carolina forward Torrey Craig is Cairns Taipans' latest recruit". CairnsPost.com.au. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Wenzel, Murray (December 11, 2014). "Gifted Cairns Taipans import Torrey Craig has eye on the big picture". CairnsPost.com.au. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  9. ^ Chalmers, Steve (December 19, 2014). "NBL 2014/15 Round 11: Sixers spur to victory over stung Snakes". PickAndRoll.com.au. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  10. ^ "Grand Final Report: Ibekwe jumper wins Breakers the Championship". NBL.com.au. March 8, 2015. Archived from the original on March 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Player statistics for Torrey Craig – ANBL". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "PJ Saints add Craig to their roster, ex Taipans". Australiabasket.com. March 17, 2015. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Worthington, Sam (March 17, 2015). "Cameron puts a Snake among Wellington Saints". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Anderson, Niall (April 17, 2015). "Craig Has Monster Game As Saints Beat Airs". NZhoops.co.nz. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  15. ^ "SAINTS CRAIG IS R3 PLAYER OF THE WEEK". Basketball.org.nz. April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  16. ^ "CRAIG AND WESLEY WIN WEEKLY AWARD". Basketball.org.nz. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  17. ^ Hyslop, Liam (June 19, 2015). "Wellington Saints swingman Torrey Craig in doubt for rest of NBL season". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
  18. ^ Hyslop, Liam (July 4, 2015). "Lindsay Tait stars as Wellington Saints beat Nelson Giants in NBL semi". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  19. ^ Hyslop, Liam (July 5, 2015). "Southland Sharks beat Wellington Saints in tense NBL final". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  20. ^ "CRAIG WINS MVP". Basketball.org.nz. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  21. ^ "Player statistics for Torrey Craig – NZNBL". FoxSportsPulse.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "TAIPANS RETAIN TORREY CRAIG". Taipans.com. NBL.com.au. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  23. ^ Wenzel, Murray (August 7, 2015). "Import Torrey Craig returns for second season at Cairns Taipans". CairnsPost.com.au. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  24. ^ "UNITED TOP SNAKES, REMAIN UNBEATEN". Taipans.com. NBL.com.au. October 24, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  25. ^ "Taipans vs United". NBL.com.au. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  26. ^ "Last night was the first time a..." Twitter. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  27. ^ Hyslop, Liam (January 26, 2016). "National Basketball League MVP Torrey Craig returns to Wellington Saints for 2016". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  28. ^ "HENRY, CRAIG AND STRONG ARE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK". Basketball.org.nz. March 16, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  29. ^ "ROBERTS AND CRAIG SHARE PLAYER OF THE WEEK". Basketball.org.nz. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  30. ^ "SAINTS CLAIM 9TH NBL TITLE". Basketball.org.nz. June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  31. ^ "Rangers vs Saints". FIBALiveStats.com. June 4, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  32. ^ "MOORE TAKES OUT NBL MVP". Basketball.org.nz. June 8, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  33. ^ "TORREY CRAIG JOINS BRISBANE BULLETS". NBL.com.au. May 9, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  34. ^ Davis, Greg (May 8, 2016). "Brisbane Bullets sign American import and former Taipans forward Torrey Craig". CourierMail.com.au. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  35. ^ "Beal blasts Bullets to house-warming win". NBL.com.au. October 6, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  36. ^ "BULLETS OUTMUSCLE KINGS IN SYDNEY OPENER". NBL.com.au. October 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  37. ^ "CRAIG, PETRIE STAR IN BLOWOUT ROAD WIN". NBL.com.au. November 19, 2016. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  38. ^ "Hawks vs Bullets". FIBALiveStats.com. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  39. ^ "Torrey Craig becomes 2nd player in last 8 years..." Twitter. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  40. ^ "BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: TORREY CRAIG". NBL.com.au. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  41. ^ "ALL NBL FIRST & SECOND TEAMS 2016/17". NBL.com.au. February 13, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  42. ^ Wilson, Terry (January 18, 2017). "Gold Coast Rollers sign Brisbane Bullets star Torrey Craig for their QBL campaign". GoldCoastBulletin.com.au. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  43. ^ Royce, James (January 18, 2017). "NBL star signs on with Gold Coast Rollers". Hit.com.au. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  44. ^ a b "Player statistics for Torrey Craig". SportsTG.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  45. ^ "Player of the Week – Round 3". qbl.basketballqld.com.au. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  46. ^ Wilson, Terry (June 28, 2017). "Gold Coast Rollers resigned to losing star American import Torrey Craig to the NBA". GoldCoastBulletin.com.au. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  47. ^ "Nuggets Sign Rookie Torrey Craig to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  48. ^ "DENVER NUGGETS STRIKE GOLD WITH TORREY CRAIG". NBL.com.au. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  49. ^ Crouse, Chris (July 19, 2017). "Nuggets Sign Torrey Craig To Two-Way Contract". HoopsRumors.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  50. ^ Dempsey, Christopher (November 29, 2017). "Torrey Craig Making Most of Opportunity in G-League and With Nuggets". NBA.com. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  51. ^ "Nuggets vs. Jazz – Box Score". ESPN.com. November 28, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  52. ^ "Torrey Craig Earns Contract with Denver Nuggets". upstatespartans.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  53. ^ "Barton leads Nuggets past Pelicans 117-111 in OT". ESPN.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  54. ^ "Westbrook's season-high 38 lead Thunder past Nuggets, 95-94". ESPN.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  55. ^ "Torrey Craig 2017-18 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  56. ^ "Denver Nuggets Sign Free Agent Torrey Craig". NBA.com. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  57. ^ Mizell, Gina (July 9, 2018). "Torrey Craig signs 2-year, $4 million contract with Denver Nuggets". DenverPost.com. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  58. ^ "Beasley, Craig Put Up Career Highs, Nuggets Down Rockets". NBA.com. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  59. ^ "Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie series at 2-2". ESPN.com. April 20, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  60. ^ "Torrey Craig 2019-20 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  61. ^ a b Singer, Mike (November 17, 2020). "Nuggets issue Torrey Craig qualifying offer ahead of free agency, source confirms". denverpost.com. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  62. ^ Adams, Luke (November 21, 2020). "Nuggets Withdraw QO For Torrey Craig, Making Him UFA". hoopsrumors.com. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  63. ^ "Bucks Sign Torrey Craig, Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis". NBA.com. November 26, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  64. ^ "SUNS ACQUIRE TORREY CRAIG FROM MILWAUKEE". NBA.com. March 18, 2021. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  65. ^ a b "Torrey Craig 2020-21 Game Log". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  66. ^ "WHAT A RIDE". NBA.com. July 21, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  67. ^ "Pacers Sign Torrey Craig". NBA.com. August 20, 2021. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  68. ^ "Game Rewind: Pacers 98, Nets 105". NBA.com. October 29, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  69. ^ Hyslop, Liam (May 29, 2015). "From South Carolina to Wellington: Torrey Craig's journey to the Saints". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved May 30, 2015.