Matthew Robert “Matt” Bonner was born on April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire.
He is an American professional basketball player. Bonner is currently playing with the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association at Center/Power forward position. He wears No.15 shirt and his listed height and weight are 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 249 lb (113 kg) respectively.
Matt Bonner studied at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire, and helped the school to win three state championships. One of Matt’s brothers, Luke Bonner, also played basketball at the University of Massachusetts, currently he is playing for Klaipeda Neptunas in Lithuania. Matt’s sister is the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Louisville women’s basketball program.
Chicago Bulls drafted Bonner out of the University of Florida, in the 2nd round of the 2003 NBA Draft. Latter he was traded to the Toronto Raptors. Bonner ranked in the top 10 in six categories. Graduated with a 3.96 GPA Bonner and was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003.
In 2003, Bonner was signed by Sicilia Messina of the Italian league based in Messina, Sicily. before the 2004–05 NBA season Bonner signed with the Raptors, averaging 7.2 points per game. Bonner played 78 games in the 2005–06 season averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and shot 44.8% from the field. in three-point field goal percentage he ranked 14th in the NBA.
Bonner was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, On June, 2006. , Bonner played in 56 games there, averaging 4.9 points per game in 11.7 minutes per game. Bonner made career high 25 points and 17 rebounds on December, 2007.
List of awards won by Bonner during his career are, he was 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-American, 2002–03 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year, 2002–03 All-SEC First Team by Associated Press, 2002–03 All-SEC First Team by Coaches, 2002–03 SEC Leader In Three-Point Shooting Percentage(.474), 2002–03 All-SEC Academic pick, 2001–02 Honorable Mention All-American, 2001–02 Verizon Academic All-American of the Year, 2001–02 All-SEC Second Team, 2001–02 All-SEC Academic pick, 2000–01 All-SEC Third Team, 2000–01 All-SEC Academic pick, 1998–99 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS, 1997–98 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS and also 1996–97 NHIAA Champions – Concord HS.
A brief Career history of Bonner showed he played for Sicilia Messina (Italy) (2003–2004), Toronto Raptors (2004–2006) and also for San Antonio Spurs (2006–present). Bonner’s wife is from Toronto, so he had applied for Canadian citizenship in February 2009 and has expressed interest in playing for the Canadian national team.