Former UNC standout Ty Lawson joining Big3 league

Despite being out the the NBA for nearly five years, former UNC basketball standout guard Ty Lawson is back playing in the United States.

No, it’s not in the NBA, but he’ll be joining the Big3 League. Announced this week, Lawson will join the ‘Ball Hogs’ for this weeks game.

The 34-year-old has played in China, Greece and Tunisia since his last stint in the NBA.

Prior to his time overseas, Lawson played in 2018 for the Washington Wizards in the playoffs. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 assists in 19.2 minutes per game.

In eight NBA seasons, Lawson has career averages of 12.7 points and 6.0 assists per game. He has played with the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Sacremento Kings and the Indiana Pacers.

Lawson was a former first-round draft pick by the Denver Nuggets, selected No. 18 overall in 2009.

His best season came in the 2013-14 season when he averaged a career-best 17.6 points per game to go along with 8.8 assists per game. He also averaged a career-high 1.6 steals.

Lawson was part of the NCAA Champion 2009 UNC basketball team. In his three years at North Carolina, he played in 105 games and averaged 13.1 points and 5.8 assists per game.

He was a consensus Second-Team All-American in 2009 to go along with First-Team All-ACC, ACC Player of the Year and the Bob Cousy Award winner.

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