Anthony Tolliver

Everything you need to know about new Trail Blazer Anthony Tolliver… Off the court

Everything you need to know about new Trail Blazer Anthony Tolliver… Off the court

BIRTH NAME: Anthony Lamar Tolliver

BIRTHDAY: June 1st, 1985

AGE: 34

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Gemini

Before Fame

Tolliver played 4 years of college basketball at Creighton. He was one of four players from his Kickapoo High School team to play Division I basketball.

Fun Facts

Tolliver grew up with six sisters. Yep, Anthony is the only boy of the family. 

Tolliver’s mother was a teacher for 31 years.

While with the Pistons, Tolliver discussed how he spent his NBA money as a rookie:

"I put my first pro paycheck in the bank and let it sit there. During my rookie season the only thing I bought was a Chrysler 300."

Not All About Basketball Nets

For the past few years, Tolliver has pledged to support and help send nets to save lives.

‘Nothing But Nets’ is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria.

Both Tolliver and Steve Blake joined the ‘Nothing But Nets’ campaign earlier this year and hope to raise awareness and funds, as well as encourage fans, to help protect refugees and their families from malaria.

Tolliver pledged to donate and help out the ‘Nothing But Nets’ organization back in 2016. He wrote:

“To me, it is inexcusable to accept that depending on the zip code you were born in, or the country you live in, your destiny is already pre-determined by the level of access you have to health care. I serve as a Nothing But Nets ambassador because it shouldn’t matter where you are born — no child should die from a mosquito bite. I know that even with just a little help, I can help kids across the globe with an opportunity to live another day and have another birthday just by sending a bed net and protecting them from malaria.

Imagine that — something as simple as sending a bed net can protect a child from a deadly, but preventable disease.”

All The Love For Portland

Tolliver is happy to be in Rip City:

“Free agency was a bit of a whirlwind. I was really looking for an opportunity to go to a team where I was valued and wanted. They made that very clear. I haven’t had free agency go this quickly in my entire career. But I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to play for a contender and play with guys like Dame and CJ and there are a lot of great players on this team.

“And also, kind of watching the playoffs last year, how they got double-teamed a lot and that’s literally how guys like myself can excel.”

^^^ Tolliver told the media at his introductory press conference.

Wedding Date

In 2011, Tolliver married Jessica Svoboda. They met at Creighton University, during their freshman orientation. The couple has two kids together.

The Proposal

Jonah Ballow, a reporter of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011, sat down with Tolliver for the ‘Wolves Hot Seat.’  Tolliver answered 10 rapid-fire questions, including the biggest change in his life since his proposal to his longtime girlfriend:

“I spent a lot of money,” Tolliver said with a big smile.

Watch the throwback video to hear more from a younger Tolliver:

Anthony Tolliver is convinced he can help the Trail Blazers

Anthony Tolliver is convinced he can help the Trail Blazers

Anthony Tolliver, a self-confessed basketball junkie, was sitting in front of his television watching the Trail Blazers in the playoffs and got an idea. As an 11-year veteran of the league, he knows himself and he knows what he can bring to a team.

“I was watching the playoffs the last few months and I thought, wow, I can really help them out,” Tolliver said Wednesday during his media availability.at the team’s practice facility. “I jumped on it.

“Free agency was a bit of a whirlwind. I was really looking for an opportunity to go to a team where I was valued and wanted. They made that very clear. I haven’t had free agency go this quickly in my entire career. But I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to play for a contender and play with guys like Dame and CJ and there are a lot of great players on this team.

“And also, kind of watching the playoffs last year, how they got double-teamed a lot and that’s literally how guys like myself can excel.”

Tolliver has long been known as a professional shooter and one of the NBA’s first 3-and-D stretch fours. Most players have a lot of adjustments to make during their careers. Tolliver has done that but has also seen the league move more toward his skillset – a big man who can defend and then step out and hit a three-point field goal.

“It’s going to extend me out for a little while longer,’ he said with a chuckle. “It’s something – I can’t say that I’m a genius and foresaw the future, that it was going to be to this extent – but a while back, back in high school and college, even though I was playing the five, I knew the future for me, if I was going to make the NBA, was going to be on the perimeter. Being able to shoot really well I kind of made the assumption that, hey, no team is going to turn down a player who can play defense and knock down threes. That’s kind of been the case the last 12 years.”

Indeed, Tolliver has modeled a lot of NBA uniforms. He’s played for nine teams, including the Trail Blazers for 12 days in 2009-10, been waived four times and traded once. Through it all, he’s persevered, working hard and doing the things that made a player valuable to a team in whatever role he’s asked to fill.

“I’ve been in survival mode since Day One,” he said. “Never been handed anything. Had to earn every single second I’ve had in this league. I think that’s why I’ve stuck around. There’s no let up. It’s just continuous work and continuous fight just to stay relevant, really.  Being a role player in the NBA, I call it the hardest job in the world because you never know when your number is going to be called, but you have to work like you’re going to play 30 minutes a game. And that’s a really tough balance to have. I’ve been able to find that niche and take advantage of it.”

Along the way he’s become popular with teammates and fans for how hard he’s played. In a stint with the Pistons in Detroit, his leadership and hustle was called it the “Tolliver Effect.”

Here’s what Coach Stan Van Gundy said about him at the time:

“He’s one of highest-character guys in the NBA,” Van Gundy said of Tolliver, “and what he will do in terms of leadership I think is important to our team, but it’s important that he’s a guy that can go out and play. It’s tough to be a leader who’s not playing and A.T. still plays at a high level.”

Tolliver, asked about that, said: “I think a lot of people like my energy and a lot of people call it infectious, especially on the court. On the court I don’t say much – I just work. Sometimes as a player if you have a teammate like that, it can affect your game as well. That would probably be the ‘Tolliver Effect.’”

But the locker room attitude is important, too, and Tolliver confesses he’s more talkative there than on the court.

“Off the court I’m consistent,” he said. “I try to pride myself on being consistent on and off the court. And so just helping guys out -- the young guys – I don’t look at young guys as threats. I see something they’re doing wrong and I help them out. I tell them what to do. I tell them,'Why don’t you try this?'

“Self-preservation says don’t tell them your tricks. Guess what, they’ll use it and take your spot. For me, it’s about the team.”

As a career 37.6 percent three-point shooter, Tolliver is known for his outside shooting, but don’t overlook his defense.

“The defense has been there before the three-point shot,” he said. “The three-point shot has kind of been an evolution. I saw the way the NBA was going and I worked on it for years. The defense has been my base, especially after going to Creighton and (playing for) Dana Altman. I’m not this crazy, spectacular athlete a lot of people are in this league, so I know I have to be smarter and be in the right place.

“I take a lot of pride in being in the right place, taking charges and doing the things that other people don’t want to do.”

And perhaps now, after all those seasons and teams, he’s in the right place as a Trail Blazer.

OFFICIAL: Trail Blazers sign Anthony Tolliver

OFFICIAL: Trail Blazers sign Anthony Tolliver

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent forward Anthony Tolliver, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

 

Tolliver, 34, spent the 2018-19 season with Minnesota, posting averages of 5.0 points (38.2% FG, 37.7% 3-PT, 78.3% FT), 2.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 16.6 minutes in 65 games. He previously played two games for the Trail Blazers during the 2009-10 season.

 

“Anthony is a consummate professional with an elite skill that will translate immediately into our system while providing leadership in our locker room,” said Olshey.

 

An 11-year NBA veteran, Tolliver (6-8, 250) holds career averages of 6.4 points (41.8% FG, 37.6% 3-PT, 77.2% FT), 3.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 19.9 minutes in 664 games (92 starts). In addition to Minnesota and Portland, he has played for Detroit, Sacramento, Phoenix, Charlotte, Atlanta, Golden State and San Antonio

 

He will wear No. 43 for the Trail Blazers.

Stay cool, Blazer fans, and get ready for a very interesting season

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Stay cool, Blazer fans, and get ready for a very interesting season

Stay cool, Trail Blazer fans.

You aren’t going to be hearing a lot of people picking your team to do well in the upcoming season. The “experts” will be downplaying the changes made this summer and talking negatively about a group that went to the conference finals last season and will return only two starters from that team.

They will question the Hassan Whiteside addition and wonder how a team could move away from both its starting forwards. They’ll wonder who the backup point guard will be and forget how far your team went without its starting center last year. Most of them will even forget how well the playoffs went.

All of that will happen. But you should be used to it by now. You hear it every year.

Just stay cool and don’t start crying about it. Don’t get mad. You realize it doesn't matter, right?

Those people don’t know a whole lot about your team.

They don’t know that Anfernee Simons has a great chance to become an outstanding NBA player and that Zach Collins is very likely going to be a very good two-way player – a force at both ends of the floor. They don’t know how good Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood and Mario Herzonja are going to shoot from the three-point line in the Portland system.

And most of all, they don’t understand the Trail Blazer culture and how Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum run a tight locker room and create a family atmosphere. Oh, the coaching staff has a role in that too, and players normally play better here than they do anywhere else. Development and improvement are expected, not wished for, in Portland. We see it every season.

I think the doubters will see a different Hassan Whiteside, too. He will be playing for his next contract, will be getting his touches and his playing time. Damian Lillard will make him look better on offense than he’s ever looked and I’d almost guaranteed that. Just wait. It’s what happens here. Whiteside is going to have more fun playing basketball here than he's had anywhere else.

Jusuf Nurkic came to Portland with a lot of the same raps Whiteside brings and that turned around fast.

The Blazers will play hard and they will play better than last season’s team. Whiteside will bring a defensive improvement and with Collins on the floor at the same time, Portland will play better defense than it has in years. Terry Stotts will find outside shooting among that corps of small forwards. Simons and Gary Trent Jr. will find ways to make the bench potent and this team will win.

And the starting guards, well, you know what they can do. And now, with better shooting up front, they should be more free to do their thing.

At least that's the way it's all being mapped out.

There are still questions about the bench, even with the welcome addition of Anthony Tolliver. The bench is probably going to have to play a lot of small ball because, overall, this isn't a big team. Shotmakers will be necessary.

And a lot is riding on the youngsters. Simons, Trent and Collins need to produce. They will probably be heavily counted-on rotation players.

This has a chance to be a very, very good team. A chance. And certainly there’s no need to worry about predictions, forecasts or preseason criticism.

Just wait. Just stay cool. It should be a extremely interesting season. It's a grand experiment with the team's culture and development and nobody knows what the ceiling is.

Most of all, it should be a lot of fun.

Report: Anthony Tolliver agrees to one-year deal with Portland

Report: Anthony Tolliver agrees to one-year deal with Portland

It has been a busy first few days of free agency for the Portland Trail Blazers, and the moves didn't stop after the sun went down on Monday. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the free agent Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a one-year deal with Portland.

The Blazers didn't have any cap space, and previously used their $5.7 taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Rodney Hood, but under the CBA they were still allowed to signs players to veteran's minimum deals.

For Tolliver, a player with 11 years of experience, that veteran's minimum was worth $2.6 million.

Tolliver played in 65 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 38% from three-point range. 

This is a reunion of sorts for the Blazers and Tolliver. Tolliver played two games for the Blazers in 2009. He was signed on December 17th, but was waived twelve days later.  

Now he returns as a grizzled vet ready to fill a rotation role for the Blazers. With Jusuf Nurkic sidelined due to injury, and Al-Farouq Aminu signing with the Orlando Magic, the Blazers depth among big men had taken a hit. 

Zach Collins will likely be slotted in as the Blazers new starting power forward, and Tolliver should be expected to be right behind him on the depth chart.

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