Stephon Marbury Xavier ( born February 20, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York ) is an American professional basketball player who played for many years in the professional league NBA, but now plays in the Chinese basketball league CBA. Marbury is 1,88 m tall and plays at the position of the point guards.
Marbury in 1996 in just one year study at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the NBA. In fourth place in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks chose him to then send him in exchange for Ray Allen to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 1997 Marbury was nominated for his performance in the first game year in the NBA All - Rookie First Team. The Wolves Marbury played only two and a half years; because of differences with the management regarding the amount of his contract extension he demanded a change to the New Jersey Nets. For the Nets, he played until 2001 with limited success, which is why the management took a player exchange offer the Phoenix Suns and Marbury traded for Jason Kidd. When the Suns Marbury played particularly successful in the 2002/03 season, when the team with him, Shawn Marion and Amar'e Stoudemire barely in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual champions, the San Antonio Spurs defeated. After an injury of Stoudemire at the beginning of the 2003/04 season the Suns played unexpectedly poor, and Marbury again had to change the team and was sent to the New York Knicks. There he played with only moderate success. He was able to help his team in about four years only once for playoff participation.
Marbury was in 2004 a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won the bronze medal in Athens. Furthermore, Marbury has been invited twice to the NBA All-Star Game. Marburys younger cousin Sebastian Telfair also played in the NBA.
In 2006, Marbury partnered with " Steve & Barry's " one to market footwear and apparel bearing his nickname " Starbury ". Marbury would thus compete with established companies such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas. His shoes cost only 15 USD and are just as good as the 200 -USD - copies of the competition, as they all would each produced in China and the same material will be used. With these cheap shoes Marbury seeks to ensure that children and young people mainly from the poorer backgrounds from which even he himself comes, it no longer necessary to have to buy the overpriced models, just to be cool. Marbury himself wearing his shoes during his NBA games.
2009, after he left the New York Knicks as a free agent, he was taken as a gain from the reigning champion Boston Celtics under contract.
On 10 September 2009 there were rumors that Marbury no longer wanted to play in the NBA. But this he immediately denied via Twitter.
On 18 January 2010, the Chinese club Shanxi was the obligation Marburys known until the end of the current season. Marbury is the highest-paid foreign basketball players of all time in China. Marbury wants in China thus also continue to market its brand of shoe and so open up new markets. After this season he transferred within the first Chinese league to Foshan Dralions.
2011 Marbury joined the Beijing Ducks. With these, he won in 2012, the Chinese Basketball Championship.