- Did not play organized basketball until the age of 14 and was ineligible as a high-school junior due to his numerous transfers (attended six schools).
- Named Florida's Mr. Basketball in 2002, when he also played in the McDonald's All-American Game at Madison Square Garden.
- Planned to attend University of Memphis on a scholarship before deciding to skip college and enter the NBA Draft, in which he was selected ninth overall by the Phoenix Suns.
- Won the 2003 Rookie of the Year award.
- Named to five All-Star Teams in eight seasons with Phoenix before joining the New York Knicks in July of 2010.
- Won Wheel of Fortune NBA Week in 2003, donating his winnings to the Boys & Girls Club.
- Nicknamed STAT (Standing Tall and Talented), which is tattooed on his right arm and referenced on YouTube under "statTV," a channel providing access to his life off the court.
- Spent a week in Israel in the summer of 2010 exploring what he calls his "Hebrew roots," stemming from his mother's studies of the Old Testament.