Norman Powell

Norman Powell: Guard

Fun Fact:

While Norman Powell was at UCLA, he was pursuing a degree in history.

Bio:

Norman Powell, born on May 25th, 1993, in San Diego, California, was first introduced to basketball by his uncle, Raymond Edwards, who was like a father figure to Powell. During his teenage years, the basketball player attended Lincoln High, where he helped rebuild their basketball program and led their team to two consecutive San Diego 2A Championships in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, the team also achieved the CIF Division II Boys’ State Championship, where Powell scored 24 points. In his junior year, Norman Powell averaged 19.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.7 steals, where he earned first-team all-state as well as Western League Most Valuable Player honours. During his senior year, Powell received first-team all state and league MVP honours once again, and beat his previous average point record and 20.4, and recorded an average of 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 steals. At the end of his high school career Powell won the San Diego All Star Game Dunk Contest, after which he went on to play for the University of California, Los Angeles. As a freshman, the California born player averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds, and began to transform into his role as a driving guard. In the 2012-13 season of his college career, Powell went on the record an average of 6.1 points per game. In his third year, the player went on to become third on the team in scoring, with the average of 11.4 points. Under a new coach, Powell began to improve his offensive game, as he became more aggressive on the court, becoming one of the team’s best on-ball defenders. During the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Powell led his team to the Sweet 17, where he average 13 points and 2.7 rebound in the three tournament contests. Normal Powell decided to complete all four years of college, and became the top returning player and scorer in his senior year. He went on to average 16.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, and scored a career high of 28 points in a winning game against Washington State. At the end of the season, Powell was voted first-team All-Pac-12, and again received honorable mention for the All-Defensive Team. On June 25th, 2015, Normal Powell was selected by the Milwaukee Buck in the NBA Draft, but was subsequently traded to the Toronto Raptors, where he first played with the team in the 2015 Summer League. He was the only rookie to be named to the All-NBA Summer League team. The rookie made his first NBA appearance on February 2, 2016, where he only made 2 steals in 15 minutes. Then in March, in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Powell scored a then season high of 17 points, and topped that season high only a few days later in a game against Oklahoma City Thunder where he recorded 18 points. In the Raptors’ regular season finale, Powell scored 30 points in a win against the Brooklyn Nets. As the team went on to the Eastern Conference, Norman Powell was named the conference’s NBA Rookie of the Month, and had a lead of 15.3 points per game in April. As the years have gone on, Powell has continuously become an asset to the Raptors. On April 24, 2017, in Game 5 of the Raptors’ first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Powell scored a playoff career-high 25 points to help the Raptors take a 3–2 series lead with a 118–93 win. On March 22, he had a career-high 11 rebounds in a 116–109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the 2019 NBA Finals, Norman Powell helped the team win their first ever championship. On November 29, 2019, he scored 19 of his career-high 33 points in the third quarter in a 90–83 win over the Orlando Magic. Norman Powell says that he wishes to follow the steps of former Raptors member, Demar DeRozan, and Powell’s skills definitely have him on the same road as his mentor.