Eric Maynor

American basketball player
Eric Maynor
Maynor with the Wizards
Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 36)
Raeford, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school
  • Hoke County
    (Raeford, North Carolina)
  • Westover
    (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
CollegeVCU (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009: 1st round, 20th overall pick
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2009–2018
PositionPoint guard
Number3, 6, 11
Coaching career2019–present
Career history
As player:
2009Utah Jazz
2009–2013Oklahoma City Thunder
2013Portland Trail Blazers
2013–2014Washington Wizards
2014Philadelphia 76ers
2015–2016Nizhny Novgorod
As coach:
2019–2021Oklahoma City Blue (assistant)
2021–presentOklahoma City Thunder (player development)
Career highlights and awards
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Eric Demarqua Maynor (born June 11, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Virginia Commonwealth University. As a senior, he averaged 22.4 points, 6.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in the 2008–09 season.

Maynor was drafted by the Utah Jazz of the NBA in 2009. He has also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.

Early years

Eric Demarqua Maynor was born June 11, 1987, in Raeford, North Carolina, the third of four children of George Maynor and Barbara Robinson.[1] Maynor's father was a former collegiate basketball player at East Carolina University and was a fourth-round selection of the Chicago Bulls in the 1979 NBA draft.[1]

High school career

Maynor began at Hoke County High School in Raeford, then transferred to Westover High School in neighboring Fayetteville for his senior year to play alongside his friend and AAU teammate De'shaune Griffin.[2] Maynor led the team to the North Carolina state championship game, scoring 25 points in a loss to North Mecklenburg High School on March 14, 2005.[3] For his outstanding performance during the season Maynor was named to the 2004/05 North Carolina All State Basketball team by the sports website[4]

College career

Eric Maynor was a four-year player in the men's basketball program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He graduated from VCU with a degree in Sports Management.[1]

Freshman season (2005–06)

Maynor played in 29 games as a freshman at VCU, cracking the team's starting lineup by the end of the season.[1] Maynor averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 assists in an average of 15.7 minutes per game during this first collegiate campaign.[1]

Sophomore season (2006–07)

On March 15, 2007, Maynor scored 22 points, including the game-winning shot, in VCU's victory over Duke in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. Maynor's last-minute heroics are also what helped VCU to overcome George Mason in the 2007 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship game.

Over the summer of 2007, Maynor was selected to represent the United States in the Pan American Games, alongside D. J. White and Michael Beasley.[1] Maynor was only able to play two games for the American Pan-Am team, however, before he was forced from further action by a hip injury.[1] Maynor was also named one of the 50 pre-season candidates for the men's 2007–08 John R. Wooden Award, the nation's most prestigious college basketball honor.[1]

Junior season (2007–08)

Maynor helped VCU win the CAA regular-season title, though the team fell in the semi-finals of the conference tournament to William & Mary. He was selected as the CAA Player of the Year and selected to the All-CAA first team.[5] The Rams failed to reach the NCAA Tournament and went on to play in the NIT, where they lost in the first round against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Senior season (2008–09)

During the 2008–09 season, Eric Maynor became VCU's all-time leader in assists[6] and in made free throws.[6] On February 28, 2009, Maynor became the leading scorer in VCU history with a floater against Georgia State. As of March 10, 2009, he had scored a school record 1,929 points. Maynor also led VCU to a second CAA title during his career, scoring 25 points in a 71–50 victory over George Mason on March 9, 2009, at the Richmond Coliseum. The Rams went on to the 2009 NCAA Tournament but lost to UCLA when Maynor missed a buzzer-beater to win the game.

Professional career


Utah Jazz (2009)

Maynor was drafted 20th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2009 NBA draft.[7] He became the first VCU player ever selected in the first round of the NBA draft.[1]

Maynor signed a two-year contract with the Jazz on July 1, 2009, and made $1.3 million in his rookie season.[8] Although he was to back up Deron Williams, Maynor had a positive outlook on the situation. When asked in an interview with what he thought about coming off the bench in Utah, Maynor replied, "Feel real good about it... I'm getting a chance to learn from some of the best".[9]

Oklahoma City Thunder (2009–2013)

On December 22, 2009, Maynor, along with Matt Harpring, was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rights to Peter Fehse.[10] According to a statement made by Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor at the time of the deal, the trade of Maynor along with the $6.5 million contract of the injured power forward Harpring was made for financial reasons, in an effort to reduce the team's liability under the NBA's punitive "luxury tax" on teams with excessive salaries.[11]

"Trading Eric was a difficult decision," O'Connor acknowledged, while noting that the team remained strong at the point guard position with star Deron Williams and Ronnie Price as a capable and proven reserve player.[11]

Maynor wound up as the backup point guard on the young Thunder team behind the emerging superstar Russell Westbrook, drafted by the franchise as the #4 overall pick one year prior to Maynor coming into the NBA.

On January 7, 2012, the Thunder reported that Maynor had torn his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the fourth quarter of Oklahoma City's 98–95 win over the Houston Rockets and would miss the remainder of the season. Without Maynor the Thunder reached the 2012 NBA Finals, but lost in five games to the Miami Heat.

Portland Trail Blazers (2013)

In a deal concluded just 30 minutes before the noon trade deadline on February 21, 2013, Maynor was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the NBA rights to Georgios Printezis.[12] Maynor was averaging just 2.8 points and 2.0 assists in an average of about 10.6 minutes per game playing for the Thunder and had fallen to number three on the team's depth chart for point guards, with second-year player Reggie Jackson emerging to capture most of the team's backup PG minutes.[13] The Blazers were forced to waive reserve point guard Ronnie Price to make room on the team's 15-man roster for Maynor.[13]

Portland general manager Neil Olshey was effusive about Maynor's style of play and his fit for the club, calling Maynor "a great guy to run our second unit while being able to play with our starters."[12] Olshey noted that Maynor was known for making excellent decisions with the basketball while playing at a steady and reliable pace and offered the possibility that Maynor might potentially share time in the backcourt with Blazer rookie star Damian Lillard.[12]

Olshey expressed hope that Maynor would mesh well with the team and make a solid long-term addition to the roster, declaring:

"You don't make moves just for 28 games, but clearly there's going to be an evaluation curve for us where we're going to have to evaluate Eric, see how he fits in with our team, our style of play, our culture.... We'll see what kind of opportunities present themselves."[12]

Washington Wizards (2013–2014)

On July 10, 2013, Maynor signed with the Washington Wizards.[14]

Philadelphia 76ers (2014)

On February 20, 2014, Maynor was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade involving the Nuggets and the Wizards.[15] On March 17, 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.[16]


On January 14, 2015, Maynor signed a contract with Pallacanestro Varese of Italy for the rest of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A season.[17]

On July 23, 2015, he signed a one-year contract with the Russian club Nizhny Novgorod.[18]

On July 27, 2016, Maynor returned to Pallacanestro Varese, signing a contract for the 2016–17 season.[19]

On November 20, 2017, Maynor signed with Italian club Orlandina Basket for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[20]

The Basketball Tournament

In 2017, Maynor participated in The Basketball Tournament for Ram Nation, a team of VCU alumni. Maynor averaged 13.5 PPG, 7.3 APG, and 5.5 RPG to help Ram Nation reach the Elite 8. In the Elite 8, Ram Nation lost a close game to the eventual tournament champs, Overseas Elite. The Basketball Tournament is an annual $2 million winner-take-all tournament broadcast on ESPN.[21]

Coaching career

In September 2019, Maynor was named assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Blue.[22]

In August 2021, Maynor was moved from the Blue staff to the Thunder as a player development coach.[23]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2009–10 Utah 26 2 14.0 .391 .208 .758 1.5 3.1 .5 .1 5.2
2009–10 Oklahoma City 55 0 16.5 .434 .362 .692 1.7 3.4 .5 .1 4.5
2010–11 Oklahoma City 82 0 14.6 .402 .385 .729 1.5 2.9 .4 .1 4.2
2011–12 Oklahoma City 9 0 15.2 .359 .353 1.000 1.4 2.4 .6 .0 4.2
2012–13 Oklahoma City 37 0 10.6 .313 .326 .810 .5 2.0 .3 .0 2.8
2012–13 Portland 27 0 21.2 .422 .380 .683 1.0 4.0 .4 .0 6.9
2013–14 Washington 23 0 9.3 .292 .320 .667 1.0 1.7 .2 .0 2.3
2013–14 Philadelphia 8 0 14.0 .379 .333 .500 1.9 1.5 .5 .3 3.8
Career 267 2 14.6 .392 .350 .721 1.3 2.8 .4 .1 4.3


2010 Oklahoma City 6 0 12.7 .300 .167 .818 1.5 1.5 .2 .2 3.7
2011 Oklahoma City 17 0 12.9 .377 .360 .789 1.3 2.2 .5 .0 4.8
Career 23 0 12.9 .361 .323 .800 1.3 2.0 .4 .0 4.5


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Eric Maynor,", Retrieved Feb. 22, 2013.
  2. ^ This assertion as to the reason for the change of schools is unsourced but appears to be accurate, as De'shaune Griffin's father was an assistant boys' basketball coach at Westover High. See: "#3 De'shaune Griffin," Iona College Gaels,
  3. ^ Bob Gibbons, "State Champions Crowned in North Carolina,", March 14, 2005.
  4. ^ Don Hines, "The 2004-05 North Carolina All State Basketball Team," April 27, 2005.
  5. ^ VCU’S Maynor Headlines 2007-08: All-CAA Men's Basketball Team," CAA Hoop Scoop, March 6, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Regular Season Crown, Scoring Title on the Line Saturday at 4 pm," Archived 2011-09-01 at the Wayback Machine VCU Rams Basketball, Feb. 28, 2009.
  7. ^ "Eric Demarqua Maynor". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rookie Maynor signs two-year deal with Jazz". Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  9. ^ "'s Interview With Eric Maynor". Archived from the original on 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  10. ^ "Thunder Acquires Maynor From Utah Jazz,", Dec. 22, 2009.
  11. ^ a b Associated Press, "Maynor Headed to Thunder," via Dec. 23, 2009.
  12. ^ a b c d Mike Tokito, "Late Trade Lands Backup Point Guard: Eric Maynor Moves from Thunder Bench to Playing time with Blazers," The Oregonian, Feb. 22, 2013; pp. D1, 5.
  13. ^ a b Ben Golliver, "Blazers Trade For Thunder G Eric Maynor; Waive Ronnie Price," Blazers Edge, Feb. 21, 2013.
  14. ^ "Wizards Sign Eric Maynor". Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  15. ^ Sixers Acquire Two Future Second-Round Picks as Part of Three Team Trade
  16. ^ Sixers Sign Forward James Nunnally to 10-day Contract
  17. ^ "La Pallacanestro OpenJobMetis Varese ingaggia Eric Maynor". (in Italian). Pallacanestro Varese. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod signs playmaker Maynor". July 23, 2015. Archived from the original on July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  19. ^ "IL RITORNO DI ERIC MAYNOR". (in Italian). July 27, 2016. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  20. ^ "Eric Maynor signs with Orlandina Basket". November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Eric Maynor | The Basketball Tournament". Archived from the original on 2017-05-27.
  22. ^ "Thunder hires former OKC guard Eric Maynor as Blue assistant". THE OKLAHOMAN. 26 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Anthony Morrow and Eric Maynor Join Thunder Staff". Sports Illustrated. 10 August 2021.

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