As expected, Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Shawn Marion will call it quits:
Shawn Marion just told ESPN via text he indeed plans to retire now to stay in line with what he announced earlier this season to @paulcoro
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 18, 2015
Marion’s career didn’t come to the best end, as he was buried on the bench with the Cavaliers despite the team’s injuries in the playoffs. The 37-year-old didn’t play a single minute in the NBA Finals and only played 25 minutes the entire postseason.
Still, that certainly doesn’t diminish the brilliant 16-year career Marion had. One of the more unique players of this generation because of his versatility on both ends of the floor, the 6’7 Marion spent his first eight-plus seasons with the Phoenix Suns and was a key member of Mike D’Antoni’s Seven Seconds or Less teams. He put up over 20 points per game twice, averaging a career-high 21.8 points in the 2005-06 season.
After brief stints with the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, he went to the Dallas Mavericks and played an important role in the Mavericks’ 2011 title run, his only championship.
Marion went to the All-Star Game four times and made the All-NBA Third Team twice. He finished his career with averages of 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 48.4 percent from the field.