Carney playing with the Sixers.
|Date of birth: April 5, 1984|
|Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Height 6 ft 7 in||Weight: 205 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2006; Round: 1 / Pick: 16th|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
Rodney Carney (born April 15, 1984 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American professional basketball player who plays at Small forward, he is currently as a Free agent. He played college basketball at the University of Memphis and was selected in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and shortly afterwards traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
While at Northwest High School, The Indianapolis Star named Carney as Player of the Year. He also made the Indiana all-star team. Outside of basketball, Carney was the Indiana state high jump champion in his senior year, with a personal best of 6'11".
Carney made the Conference USA all-freshman team in 2002–2003, his first season at the University of Memphis. In the same season, the Tigers made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, but the seventh-seeded Tigers lost in the opening round to Arizona State.
In 2003–2004, Carney showed improvement in his stats. He needed surgery after suffering from a cracked bone above his eye, but he missed only two games. The Tigers again made it to the NCAA Tournament as a seven seed and won their opening round game against South Carolina before losing in the second round against Oklahoma State.
Carney made all-Conference USA second team in 2004–2005. He led the Tigers in scoring (16 points per game) and free throw percentage (73.3%). This season, the Tigers could not reach the NCAA Tournament unless they won the Conference USA Tournament. The Tigers reached the final game against Louisville. They trailed 75-73 when freshman Memphis point guard Darius Washington Jr. was fouled on a 3-point shot with no time left. However, Washington made only the first free throw, and so Memphis lost. Carney had only 5 points and 3 rebounds in the game. In the 2005 National Invitation Tournament, Memphis defeated Northeastern, Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt before losing in the semifinals to Saint Joseph's.
In 2005–2006, Carney was on the preseason and mid-season lists for the John R. Wooden Award All-American team. Carney improved his stats again, becoming one of the top players in Conference USA. Carney, the only starting senior on the team, helped lead Memphis as one of the top-ranked teams in the country and was named the Conference USA player of the year. Memphis won the 2006 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships, and entered the NCAA Tournament with a 30-3 record and the number one seed in the Oakland region.
In the opening round against Oral Roberts, Carney led Memphis with 19 points and added 5 rebounds when Memphis won 94-78. In the next round, Carney scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds to help Memphis beat Bucknell 72-56. Against Bradley in the Sweet Sixteen, Carney scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and added 3 steals to help Memphis win 80-64. In the Elite Eight, Memphis was defeated by UCLA 50-45 in one of the lowest scoring games in tournament history. Carney's last game of his collegiate career was his worst of the season, managing only 3 rebounds and 1 steal and connecting on only 2 out of 12 shots for 5 points in 26 minutes of play.
Carney was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Bulls then traded Carney and a second-round draft pick in 2007 to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for 13th pick Thabo Sefolosha.
During the beginning of his rookie year in 2006-07, Carney was averaging only a little over 3 points per game and less than 1 rebound per game. But in February 2007, Carney became a starter due to the departure of Allen Iverson and Chris Webber, two of the Sixers' star players. When these events occurred, Carney was allotted more playing time, lifting his averages to over 9 points and 3 rebounds per game.
Carney continued to make himself a key player on the Sixers. With a little under 20 minutes of playing time a night, Carney is a tough defender while also being a third scoring option in the starting lineup.
- Among rookie qualifiers in 2006-07, ranked 14th in scoring (6.6 ppg) and fifth in field goal percentage (46.4%)… also had the second highest 3-point percentage (34.7%) of any Sixer this past season.
- At GSW (12/26/06), posted career-highs of 25 points and 8 rebounds, becoming the first Sixer rookie to have at least 25 points and 8 boards in the same game since Allen Iverson (4/9/97).
- Scored in double-figures 13 times over his final 28 games played in 2006-07 after doing so just five times in his first 39 games played… averaged 8.8 points on 53.7% shooting in his final eight games played.
- Committted just 43 turnovers in 67 games played in 2006-07 and almost had as many steals (38) as turnovers.
- Acquired by the 76ers in a draft-night trade (6/28/06) along with a 2007 second round draft pick and cash considerations from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to Thabo Sefolosha, the 13th overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft
- At the 2006 Rocky Mountain Revue, averaged 16.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 25.7 minutes and led the Revue in 3-point field goal percentage (.714, 5-7 3FG).
- Holds the University of Memphis career record for 3-pointers made (287), which ranks in Conference USA history, and single-season record for three-pointers made (102, 2005-06).
- Finished four-year college career ranked third in school history career points (1,901) and second for games playes (133).
- Averaged 17.2 points as a senior (2005-06) and was named Conference USA Player of the Year and selected to the conference’s All-Tournament Team selection.
Carney’s mother, DeAndra Ware, was a world class sprinter holding the World Indoor Record in the 60 yard & 55 meter dash and would have competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics if not for the U.S. boycott. The fact that she could not compete in the Olympics motivated Rodney to play in the NBA. DeAndra was also the Indiana state champion in the 100m and 200m dash. His brother, Ron Slay, was a basketball star at the University of Tennessee.