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Raja Bell Bio

Raja Bell is an active NBA player that currently plays for the Utah Jazz.

He was born on September 19, 1976 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He is listed 6-foot 5-inches tall and plays the shooting guard position.

He was born in the US Virgin Islands but he grew up in Miami, Florida. He went to Ponce de Leon Junior High, Gulliver Academy and Miami Killian Senior School. He started his college basketball career in Boston University and he won the America East Conference Freshman of the year.

But because of issues with him and his head coach Dennis Wolff, he moved to Florida International University in Miami or FIU. In his senior year, he led FIU basketball team to the Sun Belt Conference tounament title and a bid in the NCAA tournament. He was undrafted out of the university.

He started his NBA professional career with the Philadelphia 76ers though he signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs but never played a game. He was released then the 76ers signed him on April 16, 2001. As a sixer, he played 74 games in the 2001-2002 NBA Season and he averaged 3.4 points per game.

On October 1, 2002, the Dallas Mavericks signed the free agent Raja Bell. In 2002-2003 NBA season, Bell averaged 3.1 points per game and 15.6 minutes per game.

In this season, Bell had many experience to be in the starting lineup, playing 32 games with him starting out of 75 of the games he had played. In the postseason, he averaged 5.7 points and 3 rebounds per game as the Dallas Mavericks had reached the Western Conference finals.

In 2003, Bell signed with the Utah Jazz and had his career season since he started in the NBA. He never missed a game of the season and he averaged his career highs 11.2 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game and 24.6 minutes per game. The next season with the Jazz, Bell improved his stats as he averaged 12.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg adn 1.4 apg but he only played 63 games. Bell played from 2003 to 2005 with the Jazz.

On 2005, he signed with the Phoenix Suns along with the great point guard Steve Nash. Bell had been a solid contributor for the Phoenix Suns which he started for all the 79 games he played. Finishing the season, he averaged 14.7 ppg in 37.5 minutes per game.

He also had his career high 44.2% 3-point shooting percentage which earned him to join in the 2006 NBA Footlocker Three-Point Shootout.

On 2008, Bell was traded to the Bobcats along with his teammates Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudly and 2010 second-round draft pick.
In the year 2009, Bell was traded again and now with the Golden State Warriors with teammate Vladimir Radmanovic in exchange of Stephen Jackson and Acie Law.

He then returned to Utah Jazz on July 14,2010 up until the present. He signed a three-year, 10 million dollar contract.


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