Former NBA player Robert Archibald has died at 39

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former NBA player Robert Archibald has died. He was 39.

An official cause of death has not been announced at this time. The University of Illinois posted about his death on Friday.

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The 6-foot-11 power forward/center was born in Scotland. After attending Queen Anne High School in Scotland and Lafayette High School in Missouri, he chose to attend the University of Illinois.

He played for the Fighting Illini from 1998 through 2002. The big man had such success at Illinois that he garnered attention from the NBA.

Archibald was drafted in the second-round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was the 32nd overall pick in the draft.

He signed a two-year deal with the Grizzlies. However, after just one season with the team — he played just 12 games in the 2002-03 season — he was traded to the Phoenix Suns.

He was traded with Brevin Knight and Cezary Trybański to the Suns. In exchange, the Grizzlies received big men Bo Outlaw and Jake Tsakalidis.

This was one of three times he was traded during the 2002-03 season. Then on December 26, 2003, he was traded to the Orlando Magic.

The Grizzlies received a future second-round draft pick in the deal.

Also, one week later, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors. He was traded to Toronto with a 2005 second-round draft pick.

In exchange, the Magic received Mengke
Bateer, Remon Van der Hare and a 2005 2nd round draft pick.

As an NBA player, he averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 7.5 minutes per game.

After the NBA, he played overseas with Valencia, Scavolini Pesaro, Joventut Badalona, Azovmash Madiupol, Unicaja Málaga, and CAI Zaragoza. He had much more success with these teams.

In 2006, he was part of the Joventut Badalona team that won the FIBA EuroCup championship. The very next season with Azovmash Mariupol, he won the Ukrainian SuperLeague championship.

Also, during that Championship Series, he is aaa named the Ukrainian SuperLeague Finals MVP. He was also part of the team that won the Ukrainian Cup winner in 2008.

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