20 Facts About Matt Bonner


Matt Bonner accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 1999 to 2003.


Matt Bonner graduated with a bachelor's degree, with high honors, in business administration and a 3.96 grade point average.


Matt Bonner won Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003.


Matt Bonner was selected with the 45th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls but was then traded to the Toronto Raptors.


Matt Bonner signed with Sicilia Messina of the Italian league in Messina, Sicily.


Many players left the team but Matt Bonner continued to play and finished the year averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.


In September 2004, Matt Bonner signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.


On December 15,2004, Matt Bonner was ejected during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves after attempting to block a Kevin Garnett shot attempt, with Raptors fans giving him a standing ovation, chanting his name and high-fiving him on his way out.


Matt Bonner remains the only Raptors rookie to play all 82 games in a season.


On June 21,2006, Matt Bonner was traded with Eric Williams and a second round draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs for Rasho Nesterovic and cash considerations.


In July 2007, Matt Bonner re-signed with the Spurs on a three-year deal.


On December 11,2007, in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Matt Bonner recorded season-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds.


In July 2010, Matt Bonner again re-signed with the Spurs on a multi-year deal.


In 2011, Matt Bonner starred in Fundamentals of the Game with Coach B, a comedy web series hosted on the Spurs' official website.


On July 15,2015, Matt Bonner again re-signed with the Spurs.


Matt Bonner has a younger brother, Luke, who was a professional basketball player.


Matt Bonner applied for Canadian citizenship in February 2009, but did not qualify, due to the amount of time he spent outside the country.


Matt Bonner was well known for being the lone NBA player wearing New Balance shoes, even if he did not have a proper sponsorship deal with the brand.


Matt Bonner told in an interview that a friend, who was a New Balance representative, was one who provide him few dozens of shoes.


In March 2016, Matt Bonner was featured on the season-premiere episode of FYI's Tiny House Nation, where he and his wife Nadia had a 276-sq.