Garrett Bartholomew Temple (born May 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Louisiana State University from 2005 until 2009.
High school career
Temple attended LSU Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a senior, he averaged 13.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in leading University High to the 2004 Class 2A state championship.
At University High, Temple also competed in track and field, where he was a long jump and triple jump specialist.
After redshirting the 2004–05 season to work on his game, Temple earned a reputation as a defensive stopper as a freshman in 2005–06. In 36 games (35 starts), he averaged 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.3 minutes per game.
In his sophomore season, he finished the year with 138 assists and 83 turnovers, a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio, which was 10th best in the SEC. In May 2007, he was part of the Reach USA Tour of China, an all-star team of players that went 6-2 against two Chinese league teams. In 32 games (all starts), he averaged 8.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
In his junior season, he played a team high 1,066 minutes and ranked 11th in the league in assist average. In 31 games, he averaged 6.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
In his senior season, he became LSU's all-time leader in minutes played (4,432), breaking a record set by Howard Carter in 1983. He earned All-SEC Defensive team honors, as well as being named to the coaches' All-SEC second team. In 35 games, he averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Early years (2009–2012)
After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Temple joined the Houston Rockets for the 2009 NBA Summer League. In September 2009, he signed with the Rockets. However, he was later waived by the Rockets on October 21, 2009. In November 2009, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as an affiliate player.
On March 3, 2010, he signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings. On March 13, 2010, he signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs. On March 23, 2010, he signed with the Spurs for the rest of the season.
In July 2010, Temple joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On November 11, 2010, he was waived by the Spurs. On November 30, 2010, he was re-acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On December 30, 2010, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks in exchange for Jeff Adrien.
On January 25, 2011, Temple signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 5, 2011, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Bucks. On February 17, 2011, he returned to the BayHawks.
On March 7, 2011, Temple signed a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Bobcats. On March 17, 2011, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Bobcats. On March 28, 2011, he signed with the Bobcats for the rest of the season.
On July 27, 2011, Temple signed a one-year deal with Novipiù Casale Monferrato of Italy. In 28 games, he averaged 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game as Casale finished last on the ladder in 2011–12 with an 8-24 record.
In July 2012, Temple joined the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Orlando Summer League and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Las Vegas Summer League.
On September 13, 2012, Temple signed with the Miami Heat. He was later waived by the Heat on October 27, 2012. On November 1, 2012, he was re-acquired by the Erie BayHawks. Four days later, he was traded to the Reno Bighorns.
Washington Wizards (2012–2016)
On July 10, 2013, Temple re-signed with the Wizards. On July 18, 2014, he again re-signed with the Wizards to a two-year, $2 million deal. On November 1, 2014, he scored a then career-high 18 points in a 108–97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
On June 15, 2015, Temple exercised his player option with the Wizards for the 2015–16 season. On November 14, he matched his career-high of 18 points in a 108–99 win over the Orlando Magic. On December 19, he set a new career-high with 21 points in a 109–101 win over the Charlotte Hornets. On December 21, he topped that mark with 23 points in a 113–99 win over the Sacramento Kings. Two days later, he had another strong performance for the Wizards with 20 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the first NBA player to score at least 20 in three straight games after not reaching that level for his first 250 contests.
Sacramento Kings (2016–present)
On July 9, 2016, Temple signed with the Sacramento Kings. He made his debut for the Kings in their season opener on October 26, 2016, scoring 12 points in just under 18 minutes off the bench in a 113–94 win over the Phoenix Suns. On November 5, 2016, he scored a team-high 19 points off the bench and tied his career high with five three-pointers in a 117–91 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. On February 1, 2017, he was ruled out for two to three weeks after an MRI revealed a partial tear of his left biceps femoris muscle.
NBA career statistics
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Temple is the son of Collis Temple and Soundra Johnson Temple. Collis was the first African-American to play basketball at LSU (1971–74). He has a younger sister, Colleen Noelle, and two older brothers, Collis III (who played at LSU, 1999–03) and Elliott.