Caleb Swanigan


July 1, 2022

Caleb Sylvester Swanigan (Indianapolis, Indiana, April 18, 1997-Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 20, 2022)[2] was an American basketball player who played three seasons in the NBA. At 2.08 meters tall, he played at the power forward position.

Sports career

Early Years

In the fall of 2011, he attended a basketball campus run by former NBA player and coach John Lucas, after his older brother's coach convinced him to invite him to it, in the city of Louisville.[3] Al At the end of it, he began his high school studies at the Homestead High School in Indiana. In his senior year he was elected Indiana Mr. Basketball and led his team to its first state title. He was included among the top 20 high school players in the country, [4] and was selected to play in the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game.[5] In that last season he averaged 22.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per game.[ 6]


He received many offers from top-tier universities to continue his studies, including Arizona, Kentucky, California, and Duke.[7] He made a verbal commitment to Michigan State, but in May 2015 he finally backed out.[8] He finally made up his mind. not move from the state of Indiana, and in May 2015 he committed to the Purdue University Boilermakers.[9] There he played two seasons, in which he averaged 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.[10] In his last season he was included in the best quintet of the Big Ten Conference and was also chosen Player of the Year by both the coaches and the specialized press.[11] He also won the Pete Newell Big Man Award for the best inside game player of the season,[12] and the Lute Olson Award.[13] Finally, he was named to the consensus All-American first team.[14]




He was chosen in the twenty-sixth position of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers,[15] a team with whom he signed a contract on July 3.[16] He played eight games in the NBA Summer Leagues. , in which he averaged 16.1 points and 10.6 rebounds,[17] being chosen in the best quintet of the tournament. He debuted in the NBA, in the first game of the season against the Phoenix Suns, scoring 8 points. His first start came on November 13 against the Denver Nuggets, where he played 20 minutes and scored 6 points. But on December 22 he is assigned to the NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge.[18] He would end the season with 27 games played (3 of them as a starter) and a playoff game, played on April 19, 2018 against the New Orleans Pelicans, where he scored 3 points in almost 8 minutes of play.


At the beginning of his second year, on October 29, 2018 against the Indiana Pacers, he scored 11 points, his personal record and captured 10 rebounds, achieving a double-double.[19] On December 30, he was assigned to the Texas Legends. [20] After a season and a half in Portland, on February 7, 2019, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Skal Labissière.[21] He was then assigned to the G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings on February 16. December.[22] In total he played 3 games with the first team that season.


The following year he began playing 7 games before being traded again to the Portland Trail Blazers. The transfer, made on January 20, 2020, also sent Trevor Ariza and Wenyen Gabriel to Portland, in exchange for Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver.[23] He played 20 games with the Blazers, before deciding not to play in the " Orlando bubble" for personal reasons, in the resumption of the 19-20 season, in July 2020.[24]

Statistics of his career in the NBA

Regular Season


Personal Life

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