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Tywon Ronell “Ty” Lawson was born in Clinton, Maryland on November 3, 1987. He initially attended high school at the Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. However, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. At Oak Hill, he was named a Parade and USA Today All-American in basketball. Ty Lawson participated in the Jordan Classic, Nike Hoop Summit, and the McDonald’s All-American Game. As a senior, he averaged 23.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 5 steals per game.
Ty Lawson opted to play for the University of North Carolina for the 2006-2007 season. He played 38 games and led the Tar heels with 5.6 assists per game. He also placed fourth on the team with 10.2 points per game. During his freshman year, the Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference season title and the ACC Tournament.
During his sophomore year, Ty Lawson averaged 12.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. However, he played less due to an ankle sprain that kept him sidelined for a majority of the season. Again, the Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference season title, the ACC Tournament, and went to the Final Four.
During the offseason between his sophomore and junior year, Ty Lawson was charged with driving after drinking in June 2008. He received several misdemeanor charges due to North Carolina’s prohibition on anyone drinking under the age of 21. After these issues, Ty Lawson decided to return to North Carolina to play his junior season instead of entering the NBA Draft.
In his junior year, Ty Lawson was named the ACC Player of the Year and voted to the All-ACC first team. He was also a consensus All-American second team and won the Bob Cousey Award for the best collegiate point guard. In the 2009 NCAA championship game, Ty Lawson set a record with 8 steals against Michigan State and helped the Tar Heels to a national title.
In April 2009, Ty Lawson announced his decision to enter the 2009 NBA Draft and forego his senior year at North Carolina. However, due to concerns over his reoccurring ankle injuries and his height, he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the 18th overall pick. Due to the fact that Minnesota drafted 2 point guards, the Denver Nuggets acquired him in a trade over a future draft pick.
In his rookie year, Ty Lawson played as a backup to Chauncey Billups for one and a half seasons until the New York Knicks acquired Billups in a trade in February 2011. In April 2011, Ty Lawson became the first NBA player in history to make 10 three-point attempts to start a game.
In August 2011, Ty Lawson signed with BC Zalgiris for a one-year contract that allowed him to resume playing for Denver after the 2011 NBA lockout ended. He played 7 Euroleague games and averaged 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists.
In the 2013-2014 season, Ty Lawson led the Nuggets in points, steals, and assists after Danilo Gallnari was placed on the injury list with a torn ACL. The 2014-2015 season was met with turmoil as the Nuggets changed coaches during the mid-season and had their 9th worst record in franchise history. However, Ty Lawson had a solid season with 15.2 points and 9.6 assists per game.
In July 2015, Denver traded Ty Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Joey Dorsey, Pablo Prigioni, cash consideration, and a 2016 first round draft pick.
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