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Norris Cole

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New Orleans Pelicans

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Background

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Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. Acquired by Miami on draft night in a three-way trade between the Bulls, Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves…Traded to New Orleans from Miami along with Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, and cash considerations on February 19, 2015…Re-signed with New Orleans September 17, 2015.

2015-16 Season:
Averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 26.6 minutes in 45 games (23 starts) for New Orleans…Shot 40.5% (196-of-484) from the field, 32.4% (33-of-102) from 3-point range and 80.0% (52-of-65) from the foul line…Recorded 25 games of 10+ points and Tallied 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in a season-high 40 minutes 3/7 vs. SAC…Tallied 21 points, six rebounds, and eight assists 2/25 vs. OKC…Notched a career-high 26 points on 10-19 shooting 2/6 vs. CLE…Scored 23 points to go along with 6 assists 2/1 vs. MEM…Scored 17 points and dished out a career-high 10 assists 1/28 vs. SAC, marking his first career point/assist double-double…Flirted with a triple-double 1/21 vs. DET, amassing 12 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists …Scored 18 points on 8-16 from the field 1/13 at SAC…Made his first start of the season 1/2 at DAL, scoring 16 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds… Made his 2015-16 debut after sustaining a high ankle sprain in training camp, scoring 11 points in a loss 12/1 vs. MEM.

PROFESSIONAL:
Holds averages of 7.1 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 347 career games (60 starts)…Holds playoff career averages on 4.2 points and 1.5 assists over 64 games…Appeared in NBA Finals first three professional seasons, capturing NBA Championships in first two (2012, 2013)…

2014-15 Season (Miami/New Orleans):
Averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 24.4 minutes in 75 games (25 starts) for New Orleans and Miami…Shot 41.2% (230-of-558 FGs) from the field, 31.3% (55-of-176 3FGs) from 3-point range and 71.6% (58-of-81 FTs) from the line…Appeared in all four post-season games for New Orleans, averaging 8.8 points and 1.8 assists…Scored in double figures twice during playoff series vs. GSW…Tallied seven assists in a win 4/7 vs. GSW…Scored 17 points off the bench in a win 4/1 at LAL…Started in place of an injured Tyreke Evans and scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field 3/10 at BKN…Led all Pelicans scorers with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field 3/2 at DAL…Scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in a comeback win 2/23 vs. TOR…Made his Pelicans debut 2/21 at MIA, scoring 12 points and grabbing six boards…Traded to New Orleans on 2/19…Averaged 6.3 points and 3.5 assists in 47 games with Miami…Scored a career-high 23 points on opening night 10/29 vs. WAS…

2013-14 (Miami):
Was the only member of the HEAT to appear in all 82 games (six starts) and averaged 6.4 points (.414 FG%, .779 FT%), 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 24.6 minutes…Set single-season career highs in games played, starts, minutes played, points scored, field goals made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, free throw percentage, defensive and total rebounds, assists and steals…Topped the HEAT in steals 15 times, in assists on 10 occasions and in minutes three times…Was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench on 17 occasions and also topped the HEAT reserves in assists a team-high 53 times, in steals 35 times, in minutes on 25 occasions and in rebounds nine times…Scored in double figures 21 times… Had at least one steal in a career-high eight consecutive games from 1/29-2/18…Scored his 1,000th career point vs. DET 12/3…Appeared in his 200th career game vs. NYK 2/27…Recorded season highs in points (18), field goals made (8) and field goals attempted (14) in a career-high 52:09 minutes at BKN 1/10…

2012-13 (Miami):
Appeared in a team-high 80 games (four starts) for the HEAT and averaged 5.6 points (.421 FG%, .650 FT%), 2.1 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 19.9 minutes…Sat out 12/4 at WAS due to a strained right groin and was a DNP-CD once (11/3 vs. DEN)…Topped the HEAT in steals 11 times, in minutes in four contests, in assists twice and rebounds once…Was Miami’s top scorer off the bench on 12 occasions and also led the Miami reserves in assists 37 times, in steals 29 times, and in rebounds and minutes six times each…Scored in double-figures 13 times…Grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…Recorded his first career double-double at CLE 4/15 and just missed a triple-double by a single assist finishing with season highs in points (16), rebounds (career-high 11) and assists (career-high tying nine)…

2011-12 (Miami):
Appeared in 65 games (two starts) for the HEAT and averaged 6.8 points (.393 FG%, .776 FT%), 2.0 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 19.4 minutes…Did not miss any games due to injury, but was a DNP-CD once (4/12)…Ranked among the NBA rookie leaders in free throw percentage (8th), assists (12th) and scoring average (17th)…Tied for the HEAT lead in games played with Shane Battier…Topped the HEAT in scoring, assists and minutes one time each and in steals six times…Was the HEAT’s leading scorer off the bench a team-high 21 times and also led the HEAT reserves in assists a team-high 38 times and in minutes in six games… Scored in double-figures 21 times, including a pair of 20-point games…Scored 20 points (14 in Q4) off the bench in just his second pro game on 12/27 in the HEAT’s home opener vs. BOS…His 24 consecutive free throws made from 1/27-2/23 was the second longest streak on the HEAT in 2011-12…Made his first NBA start at ORL 2/8…Made his NBA debut at DAL 12/25…Participated in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Orlando and had 18 points, six assists and four steals in 24:35 minutes.



COLLEGE:

Played four seasons at Cleveland State University appearing in 140 career games (106 starts) and averaged 14.1 points (.435 FG%, .826 FT%), 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.48 steals and 29.4 minutes…Ranked first alltime in CSU history at the conclusion of his collegiate career in games played (140), consecutive starts (105) and minutes played (4,114), second in wins (90) and third in points scored (1,978)…Scored in double-figures 94 times, including 39 games with at least 20 points, three 30-point efforts and one 40-point game…Served as team captain his final two seasons…Captured both Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2010-11…As a senior, he set career highs and led the Vikings in scoring (21.7 ppg), assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.22 spg)…Had career-highs in points (41) and rebounds (20) and tallied nine assists vs. Youngstown State on Feb. 12, 2011…Led CSU in scoring and assists and ranked second in steals as a junior in 2009-10…Earned team Most Improved Player honors as a sophomore in 2008-09 after finishing second on the team and sixth in the Horizon League in scoring…Helped lead CSU to the 2009 NCAA Tournament…Was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team as a sophomore.



PERSONAL:
Full name is Norris G. Cole II…Born in Dayton, Ohio…Twitter account is @PG30_Cole…His cousin, Trent Cole, is a defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts…Graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in health science…Had his #30 jersey retired by Cleveland State University on February 6, 2016, becoming just the third player in program history to receive the honor…Has his own website (www.coleworld30.com)…Served as the Salutatorian of his senior class at Dunbar H.S. and was a member of the National Honor Society…In addition to playing basketball at Dunbar H.S. he was a two-time all-league choice as a quarterback on the football team and also lettered once each in baseball and track (long jump).

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Height: 6'2''/ 1.88m
Weight: 175 lbs./ 79.4 kg
Born: October 13, 1988
From: Cleveland State University
Draft: 1st Round (28th pick) 2011 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2011
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  New Orleans Pelicans 2015 - 2015
  Miami Heat 2014 - 2014
  New Orleans Pelicans 2014 - 2014
  Miami Heat 2011 - 2013
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Prior to NBA/Country: Cleveland State/USA

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