|No. 8 - Phoenix Suns|
|Date of birth||May 17, 1983|
|Place of birth||White Plains, New York|
|High school|| St. Mary's Prep|
|Listed height||6 ft 11|
|Listed weight||245 lbs|
|NBA Draft||2005; Round: 1 / Pick: 8th|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
| New York Knicks (2005–07)|
Portland Trail Blazers (2007-09)
Phoenix Suns (2009-present)
|Career highlights and awards|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)|
|Channing Frye at NBA.com|
Channing Thomas Frye (born May 17, 1983, in White Plains, New York) is an American professional basketball player with the NBA's Phoenix Suns. His positions are center and power forward. He attended the University of Arizona. Standing at 6 ft 11 in and 248 lb, Frye was expected to be a high pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was selected 8th overall by the New York Knicks, and was the first college senior to be selected in that draft. Channing Frye was named the Rookie of the Month for November 2005 along with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets' Chris Paul.
Frye attended Hendrix Jr. High School and later St. Mary's Prep School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was an all-state and all-metro area player. Frye then spent a full four seasons at the University of Arizona beginning in 2001 and ending in 2005. Frye was an integral part of the Arizona team that went to the Elite Eight in the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship but was defeated by Illinois.
New York Knicks
Frye scored his career high of 30 points (14-18 FG, 2-2 FT), along with 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist in his first matchup with the number-one pick from the 2005 NBA Draft, Andrew Bogut. He matched his career high on January 6, against the Washington Wizards, shooting 11-13 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line. He is considered to be one of the best rookies from the 2005 NBA Draft and was consistently ranked high in the NBA Rookie Rankings. On March 21, 2006, Channing sprained his left knee ligament in a game against the Toronto Raptors when Raptors guard Andre Barrett lost his balance and smashed his shoulder into Frye's knee. Channing missed the rest of the 2005-2006 NBA season.
There was much controversy in New York over whether fellow sophomore David Lee should be starting. blog discussion Lee, also a power forward, led the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, and was statistically superior to Frye in almost every category, but Isiah Thomas, until February 3, 2007, kept Frye in the starting lineup. Thomas' rationale was that Frye is a superior perimeter shooter, and his perimeter shooting would make it harder for teams to double team Knicks leading scorer Eddy Curry. On February 3, in a game against the Orlando Magic, Thomas took Frye out of the starting lineup and replaced him with little-used center, Jerome James. James had only appeared in 19 of the Knicks' 48 games, and averaged 2.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in those games. Thomas explained the change, saying, "I think Jerome is one of the best defensive big men in the game in terms of the center position."
Channing Frye was selected to the 2005-06 T-Mobile NBA All-Rookie First Team, and finished fifth in points (45) behind Chris Paul (58), Charlie Villanueva (56), Andrew Bogut (55), and Deron Williams (46).
Portland Trail Blazers
On June 28, the night of the 2007 NBA Draft, Frye, along with Knicks guard Steve Francis, was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Zach Randolph, Fred Jones and Dan Dickau. Frye is wearing jersey #44 after wearing #7 with the Knicks, as guard Brandon Roy already wore #7 for the Trail Blazers.
On July 14, 2009, Frye signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns which is reportedly 2 year, $3.8 million deal with an option on the second year. In the 09-10 season, he flourished in the Suns' uptempo style. It allowed him to do what he did, and that was to shoot 3 pointers. In that first year, he averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, in addition to making 172 of 392 3-pointers, good for a very impressive 44% shooting. He aided in getting the Suns 54 wins in the regular season, and to the Western Conference Finals in the playoffs, where they put up a 6 game fight against the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
- Frye's profile on baloncestistas (in Spanish)