A professional football player, Marcus D. Camby, graduated from Conrad High School, in West Hartford, but he finished his High school education in Hartford Public School. Camby went on to play three years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he garnered several records, including second all-time total blocked shots, at 336, the fourth ever player to have a minimum of 300 career blocked shots, and as an NCAA freshman, he also held a record 105 total rejections in his first year at UMass.
In the 1995-96 season, Camby bagged the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, as well as the John R. Wooden Award. Instrumental in the many UMass #1 rankings, Camby was also crucial in the 1996 NCAA Final Four placement. During the NCAA tournament, Camby set another record, with 43 total blocked shots, in 11 games. Later, UMass was removed from the NCAA Final Four, after it was revealed that Camby had accepted money from two sports agent. Camby did not complete his final year at UMass, and went on to join the NBA draft instead.
In the 1996 NBA Draft, Camby managed a spot n the Toronto Raptors, when was selected in the second overall, in the first round. He remained with the Raptors till 1998, after which he was traded to the New York Knicks, who traded in Charles Oakley instead. This exchange was heavily criticized by Knicks fans, with Oakley being a long time favorite. But they later praised the move, as Camby proved instrumental in the Knicks reaching the NBA Finals, in the 1998-99 season.
Camby remained with the Knicks till 2000, after which he was traded to the Denver Nuggets, who exchanged Antonio McDyess in return. Being the winner in terms of blocked shots for several season, Camby suffered from numerous injuries, which lessened the impact of his performance. Camby managed the career high 12.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 steals per game and 9.6 defensive rebounds per game, in the 2005-06 season with the Nuggets. Camby was also crucial to the Northwest Division win by the Nuggest, which earned them a playoff berth. He averaged 12.8 points per game, and also led the league in terms of blocks per game.
In December, 2006, Camby was a part of the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl, which resulted in his eviction from the team, though he did not receive a suspension. He redeemed himself by winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 2006-07 season, which was the first award of his career. In the 2006-07 season, Camby had averaged 3.3 blocks per game, which placed at the top of the league, 9.3 defensive rebounds per game, which placed in second in the league, 1.24 steals per game, once again second among centers and finally 11.7 rebounds per game, for which he was fifth in the league.