Hailing from Waukegan, Illinois, NBA All-Star and Olympian Shawn Dwayne Marion who currently plays for The Dallas Mavericks is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league. Thanks to his athleticism and ability to play and defend many positions, Shawn was nicknamed THE MATRIX by TNT analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year for his seemingly bionic athleticism.
As a child, Shawn grew up in a single parent home with his three sisters, (twin sister Shawnette, Traimane and Quinnisha). His mother Elaine is the person that he admires most because of how strong she was raising him and his three sisters in a single parent household. Shawn never thought in a million years that he would ever make it to the NBA. The 11-year NBA veteran knows how it feels to spend day’s hungry and go without the best clothes while his mother, Elaine, worked her fingers to the bone . He knows how it feels to have sneakers so old and worn that he had to avoid puddles so that the socks protruding through the soles of his shoes would not get soaked because his mother could not afford new sneakers.
It is that same memory that led to the formation of the Shawn Marion Foundation, which assists single-parent families through vocational training and adult scholarships, in an effort to help and inspire people who are experiencing similar situations.
After high school Shawn played collegiate basketball at Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana, before transferring to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he majored in Communications and was drafted in the first round and ninth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns out of College. Showing explosive scoring potential and double-digit rebounding ability by his sophomore season, he was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time in 2002–03 season. In 2004 he was selected to the US Olympic men's basketball team.
In 2005, Marion was named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star Team and selected to the 2004–05 All-NBA Third Team. That year he became the first player since David Robinson in 1991–92 to average in the top five in rebounding and steals since the league began tracking steals in 1973, a feat he repeated in 2005–06. During the 2005 All-Star Weekend, Marion teamed up with WNBA Rookie of the Year Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, and Suns legend Dan Majerle in the RadioShack Shooting Stars to run away with the title. Marion was also selected as a Western Conference reserve on the 2006 All-Star team, and the 2007 All-Star team.
The 2005–06 NBA season was perhaps the best season of his career. He was the only player in the NBA ranked in the top 20 in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, field goal percentage and minutes. He finished the season leading the Suns in points per game (21.8), rebounds per game (11.8), blocks per game (1.7), and steals per game (2.0). Marion also ranked 3rd in efficiency. He helped fill in the void left by star Amar'e Stoudemire, who missed nearly the entire season due to injury. Marion also earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game for the third time.
2004 Athens National team
During the 2006–07 season, only Marion and superstar Kevin Garnett) ranked in the top 40 in points per game, rebounds per game, field goal percentage, blocks per game, steals per game, and minutes per game. He was named to his fourth NBA All-Star Team and collected 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes in his hometown of Las Vegas at the 2007 contest.
Following a summer filled with rumors and trade speculation involving possible deals with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Utah Jazz, Marion requested a move. Citing the rumors and a refusal on the part of Phoenix management to negotiate a contract extension, Marion called his relationship with the Suns a "bad marriage", and stated in September 2007 it was time for him to leave Phoenix. By the start of the season, though, Marion continued to play well for the Suns.
On February 6, 2008, the Phoenix Suns traded Shawn Marion and teammate, Marcus Banks, to the Miami Heat for center Shaquille O'Neal.
On February 13, 2009, Marion was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Marcus Banks and cash considerations for Jermaine O'Neal, Jamario Moon and a future conditional draft pick. His last basket with the Heat was a game-winning dunk against the Chicago Bulls.
On July 9, 2009, Marion signed a five-year $39 million contract and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team swap among Raptors, Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic. He is wearing the number 0 on his jersey.
Marion played for the senior United States National Basketball Team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was named to the 2006 USA men's senior national team but he was forced to withdraw before the tournament began due to a knee injury. The squad finished third in the 2006 FIBA World Championship without him. He has earned 22 total international caps for the United States.
Shawn pledged $1 million to the Valley of the Sun United Way which has gone for cancer research, building basketball courts and supporting the Jr. Suns and Jr. Mercury basketball programs. He helped unveil the renovation of the City of Hialeah’s Miami HEAT Learn and Play Center at Bucky Dent Gymnasium in March of 2008 and regularly participates in NBA charity games, including several appearances in Zo’s Summer Groove and in the inaugural Steve Nash Foundation Charity Classic. Marion was one of several NBA players and Hollywood celebrities to visit U.S. and coalition troops in Kuwait as part of Project Salute 2003. He also had a basketball court named and dedicated in his honor at the Carl Hayden Community Center in Phoenix in September of 2003.
After basketball, Shawn would like to travel around the world, coach high school basketball and start his own business. One thing that most people don’t know about Shawn is that he loves to watch cartoons…in addition to watching cartoons, in his free time he likes to watch movies, play poker and go shopping. His DVD collection is his most prized possession.