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Swede drafted by Michael Jordan’s NBA team

29 Jun 2012, 10:01

Published: 29 Jun 2012 10:01 GMT+02:00

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Taylor, a 23-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköpping in eastern Sweden, and follows in the footsteps of his American father who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1982.

Taylor was drafted in the second round, the 31st overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft by the Bobcats, a team owned by basketball legend and hall-of-famer Michael Jordan.

The 23-year-old small forward lived in Sweden until the age of 17, when he moved to the US to play college basketball for four seasons with Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

Taylor is the only player in the college’s history to rank in the Top 10 in career scoring (1,897), rebounding (752) and steals (146).

The Bobcats, a new and struggling team in the NBA, was founded in 2004 and purchased by Jordan in 2010. The team, which snapped up college sensation Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the second overall draft pick, finished the 2011-12 season with a 7-59 record.

After being picked by the Bobcats, Taylor is set to join Jonas Jrebko as the second Swede to play in the NBA

Jrebko has enjoyed success with the Detroit Pistons since 2010, averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Jrebko recently announced he would be playing for Sweden in the summer league during the NBA’s off season.

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Oliver Gee

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Your comments about this article

20:46 June 29, 2012 by Rod Munch
Good player. Helped me win a ton of money betting on Vandy this season. I hope he does well.
20:58 June 29, 2012 by ledax
So is his mom swedish? Because it seems the basketball genes are from his basketball playing dad.. who is an american living in Sweden ?
13:31 June 30, 2012 by prince T
This is what has made America great even in the midst of money crises. They do not judge by colour of skin but by strength of character. xracter. They boy is good that is what is most important. Whether he is swedish american, swedish pakistani or swedish unektistan is irrelevant.
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