John Rashalld Salmons is a professional American basketball player who plays as a guard. Salmons, a product of the Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, was named to the Pennsylvania High School State Championship team in 1997 after he hit 1,000 points in his high school career. He graduated to go on and attend the University of Miami where he played until 2002. Salmons appeared for the 2002 NBA Draft upon graduation and was picked at 26th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. Traded out to the Philadelphia 76ers on that very day,
Salmons made his NBA debut for the 76ers and played 64 games in his rookie year at an average of 2.1 points per game. Salmons played another three seasons with the 76ers however, he barely made many starts, starting on the bench for most of the season. In 2005-06, his final season with the 76ers, Salmons played all 82 games for the season and started 24 with a shooting average of 7.5 points per game.
The 76ers decided to include him in a multi-player deal that would see him go to Toronto to play with the Raptors. Salmons, however, decided against moving to Toronto and decided to sign with the Sacramento Kings instead.
With an increase in playing time, Salmons began averaging almost 38 minutes per game and raised his scoring from 8.5 points per game in his first year with the Kings, to 18.3 points per game in the 2008-09 season, his final year with the Kings. His 4.3 rebounds per game stat, the highest of his career until 2007-08, was matched along with the 2008-09 scoring performance, when Salmons moved to the Chicago Bulls midway through the 2008-09 season.
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