Birth date 15 Apr 1984 (35 years)
Nationality United States United States
Team history
Minnesota Timberwolves 2008 - present
Minnesota Timberwolves 2008 - present
Philadelphia 76ers 2006 - 2008

Rodney Dion Carney is a professional basketball player from the USA who plays as a small forward. Born to DeAndra Ware, a world record holder of the indoor 60 and 50 meter sprints, Carney went to the Northwest High School where he was named as the Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star along with being named to the All-Indiana first team. Aside from basketball, Carney was also interested in track and field events, especially high jump, and was the Indiana State champion in the sport in his senior year.

Carney joined the University of Memphis in 2002-03 and was part of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team as he helped the team make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. Although seeded 7th, the Tigers lost in the very first round against Arizona State University.

The following year, there was a marked change in Carney’s stats however a cracked bone under the eye required surgery and kept him out for a couple of games. This year, at the NCAA tournament, Carney’s efforts got them past the first round although that is as far as they managed.

The 2004-05 season saw Carney get named to the All-Conference USA Second Team as he led the team with his 16 points per game and 73.3% free throw shooting. The team failed to make it to the NCAA tournament after losing out in the finals of the qualifying Conference USA tournament.

In his senior year, Carney was in the running for the John R. Wooden award after stellar pre- and mid-season performances. His game improved drastically to make him one of the topmost players in Conference USA.

Carney was the only starting senior in the team at the time and took Memphis to the Conference USA title in 2006 as well as the Tournament Championships. With a 30-3 record, the University of Memphis was seeded first in the Oakland region.

Carney’s last game for the Tigers was a disappointing 50-45 loss at the hands of UCLA in the Elite Eight stage of the NCAA tournament. With just 3 rebounds and 1 steal while scoring 5 points only, the game became one of the worst in Carney’s otherwise illustrious college career.

Moving into the pros with the 2006 NBA Draft, Carney was the 16th pick of the draft and went to the Chicago Bulls. Immediately afterwards, Carney would move to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Thabo Sefolosha.

In 2006-07, Carney began slowly as he barely got any playing time whatsoever. However, with the departure of Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, the star quotient in the team dropped and Carney began getting on court more often, and for longer even. Carney was averaging 6.6 points per game by the end of the season, raising his average from the barely 3s to the 9s by the end of things.

Carney was making himself indispensible for the Sixers after putting in strong defensive shows as well as opening up another scoring option.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Carney out to the Minnesota Timberwolves where Carney played 67 games at an average of 7.2 points per game in the 2008-09 season.

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