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Bryon Russell's Realm








Vital Information
Years with Jazz: 6 years  NBA Experience: 6 years
1999 Salary: $3,428,000
Height: 6-7 Weight: 225  Birthdate: 12/31/70
Position: Small Forward 
College: Long Beach State.
Injury Notes: Has not suffered a serious injury in his NBA career.
High School: Attended San Bernadino High School - As a senior averaged 37.5 points and 16 rebounds per game. This earned him Class A All State Honors.
College: A high school All-American in San Bernardino, Cal., Russell later played three seasons at Long Beach State after sitting out his freshman year in order to become academically eligible. In his junior and senior seasons he averaged a combined 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and posted field goal marks better than .500 in both campaigns. As a senior he led the 49ers in both rebounding and blocked shots and ranked second on the squad in steals. He was named to the 1993 Big West All-Tournament Team after scoring 48 points in three games.
Career Transactions: Selected by the Utah Jazz with the 45th pick of the 1993 NBA Draft.
Playoff Experience: Has played in the playoffs in each of his seasons with Utah.

BACKGROUND
A standout at Long Beach State, Bryon Russell was a second-round NBA draft pick who hustled his way into a contributing role with the Utah Jazz. In his fourth year he had his best season as a pro, starting at small forward and averaging 10.8 ppg as the Jazz went 64-18 and won the Western Conference Championship. He was Utah's fourth-leading scorer at 9.0 ppg in 1997-98 when the Jazz again topped the West. A high school All-American in San Bernardino, Cal., Russell later played three seasons at Long Beach State after sitting out his freshman year in order to become academically eligible. In his junior and senior seasons he averaged a combined 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and posted field goal marks better than .500 in both campaigns. As a senior he led the 49ers in both rebounding and blocked shots and ranked second on the squad in steals. He was named to the 1993 Big West All-Tournament Team after scoring 48 points in three games. Utah selected Russell with the 45th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. Not only did he make the team, but with injuries hobbling David Benoit, Russell actually started 48 games at small forward as a rookie. With Benoit healthy for most of the 1994-95 campaign, and with new acquisition Adam Keefe logging time at small forward, Russell's role diminished in his second and third years with the Jazz. But he started 81 games in 1996-97 and emerged as one of the NBA's most exciting young players, posting career-highs in virtually every category and helping the Jazz to the best season in franchise history. He followed that up with another solid season in 1997-98, appearing in all 82 games although he only started seven, with Keefe replacing him as the team's primary starter at small forward.

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