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Vernon Macklin
C - 6'10, 227lbs - 37 years old - 1 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2022 season
  • Birthdate: 09/25/1986
  • Drafted (NBA): 52nd pick, 2011
  • Pre-draft team: Florida
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2011 NBA DraftNBADrafted 52nd overall by Detroit.
9th December, 2011NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Detroit.
11th March, 2012D-LeagueAssigned by Detroit to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
9th April, 2012D-LeagueRecalled by Detroit from Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League.
19th August, 2012TurkeySigned a one year contract with Gaziantepspor.
22nd November, 2012TurkeyReleased by Gaziantepspor.
18th December, 2012D-LeagueAcquired by Reno Bighorns and immediately traded to Rio Grande Valley Vipers, along with a 2013 second round pick, in exchange for Jerome Jordan.
15th February, 2013D-LeagueLeft Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
18th February, 2013PhilippinesSigned for the duration of the Commissioner's Cup with Barangay Ginebra Kings.
2nd December, 2013ChinaSigned a one year contract with Liaoning.
7th January, 2014ChinaReleased by Liaoning.
10th September, 2014NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
9th October, 2014NBAWaived by New Orleans.
22nd November, 2014QatarSigned for the remainder of the season with Al Jaysh.
9th June, 2015QatarRe-signed by Al Jaysh to a one year contract.
14th July, 2016PhilippinesSigned for the duration of the 2016 William Jones Cup with Mighty Sports.
30th September, 2016QatarSigned a one year contract with Al Jaysh.
Career Moves
2006 - 2008Georgetown (NCAA)
2008 - 2011Florida (NCAA)
June 2011 - June 2012Detroit Pistons (NBA)
August 2012 - November 2012Gaziantepspor (Turkey)
December 2012 - February 2013Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
February 2013 - June 2013Ginebra (Philippines)
July 2013L.A. Clippers (Summer League)
December 2013 - January 2014Liaoning (China)
July 2014Orlando Magic (Summer League)
September 2014 - October 2014New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
November 2014 - June 2016Al Jaysh (Qatar)
July 2016 - August 2016Mighty Sports (Philippines)
September 2016 - presentAl Jaysh (Qatar)
Articles about Vernon Macklin

July 4, 2014

Vernon Macklin - Macklin is two years removed from the NBA, and has been on a tour. He has played in Turkey, the D-League, the Philippines and China's secondary league, and does the same thing in all of them. He pushes, he bruises, he drops righty hooks from the post, he never leaves the paint, and he fouls. Macklin is 27 years old and slightly undersized for the centre spot that his groundedness and reliance on the post demand he play. Lacking finesse, skill, a foul stroke, rim protection despite his long wingspan, and three inches of height, he is not likely to make it back to the big leagues. But old school post bruisers are always needed somewhere else.

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June 25, 2011

Accompanied by the visual image of an ecstatic and possibly drunk Knicks fan dancing like a grandparent at a wedding, Vernon Macklin from Florida is announced as a surprise pick at #52 by Detroit, a surprise because there's no one thing he does to an NBA standard. Macklin is strong, aggressive, a solid shot blocker and rebounder, and who has a fairly consistent right handed hook on offense, but he's a rather undersized centre with no great physical tool such as wingspan, leaping ability, secondjumpability or foot size to overcome this. He is a solid future Polish league centre, but not an NBA player, and he's also about to turn 25.

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March 17, 2011

The Gators try play defense at every position. Erving Walker may be small for a point guard, but he's quick, works hard, and is disruptive; Kenny Boynton may be small for a shooting guard, but he's quick, works hard, and is disruptive. Chandler Parsons is big for a small forward, and yet he's quick, works hard and is disruptive. Alex Tyus bounds about with great energy, even he doesn't have the cliched energy player dreads any more. Vernon Macklin is an immovable object in the middle. And Patric Young, the freshman off the bench, is a future SEC DPOY. He really is, and you can quote me. Florida have always landed good big men, and with Young in the mix, they're right back at it.

Speaking of big men, Macklin has had a good season, showing the offensive game he never previously did. The fifth year senior now has precisely one move in the post - the right handed hook shot. It works, too. And very very occasionally, he'll counter it with a lefty one, too. He also provides strong post defense, some shot blocking and good rebounding numbers, alongside God awful free throw shooting, no jumpshot, and absolutely nothing outside of 10 feet on either end. So even with his one move, he's limited. Tyus is also limited - his threats to transfer to a program that would let him play small forward never amounted to anything. Maybe he realised that it wouldn't make much sense, given that he could neither dribble nor shoot. As it happens, Tyus takes a few jumpers these days, using an unnecessarily high release with about four redundant movements in it, and they do not go in much. Nevertheless, he is still a capable finisher in the paint, brings his energetic roaming defense, does a valiant job on the interior despite being overmatched physically, and grabs some rebounds.

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