Maurice De Shawn Taylor (born October 30 1976 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional Basketball player at the Power forward (basketball) position. He was most recently with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, released on January 23, 2007.
Taylor attended the University of Michigan. The athletic forward, from Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan, burst onto the national scene during the 1994 Maui Invitational with fellow freshman Maceo Baston. He won Big Ten Freshman of the Year for the 1994-1995 season, averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds and playing in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. As a sophomore he averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds and was picked 2nd Team All-Big Ten. Off the court that year, Taylor was involved in a traffic accident while out with potential recruit Mateen Cleaves that left teammate Robert Traylor with a broken arm and that led to the University of Michigan. After considering entering the NBA Draft, Taylor returned to help lead a talented (if underachieving) Michigan team to the 1997 NIT Championship while averaging 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.
In 1997, he was NBA Drafted 14th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. When he became a free agent in 2000, Taylor announced his intention of hoping to sign with the Orlando Magic to join newly acquired players Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady. No contract offer from Orlando ever came. He then signed with the Houston Rockets instead. He was then traded to the New York Knicks in 2005, before joining the Sacramento Kings in 2006.
Taylor is a big, semi-athletic and has a good mid-range shooting touch. After starting his NBA career in a promising fashion, his numbers have slipped, due to injury. He averaged 17 points per game and 6.5 rebounds in the 1999-2000 NBA season, but now he is averaging about 6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds.
Years after the completion of his college career, Taylor, along with several other Michigan stars, was accused of taking money from booster Ed Martin which somewhat tarnished his college achievements. Due to concerns that Taylor's amateur status had been compromised, Michigan forfeited every game in which Taylor played, and scrubbed his records from its record books. The school was also forced to disassociate itself from Taylor until 2012.
However, he was in the stands in New York with another former Wolverine, Jalen Rose, to support the team during the 2006 NIT Final Four.
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