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BACKGROUND

  • Draft Class: 2005
  • College: None
  • High School: St. Joseph’s HS (Metuchen, NJ)
  • Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1987 (Plainsboro, NJ)

DRAFTED:

Selected in the first round (10th overall pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

HOW ACQUIRED:

Signed as a free agent on July 19, 2013.

2012-13 SEASON:

Missed the entire 2012-13 season while recovering from bilateral bone bruises and a weakened cartilage state in both of his knees...underwent bilateral arthroscopic knee surgery on March 19, 2013.

NOTABLE:

Voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game...named Second Team All-NBA in 2011-12...won back-to-back titles with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010...member of the sophomore team in the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge...named Western Conference Player of the Week three times (1/25/09, 3/18/12, 4/15/12).

PERSONAL:

Youngest player ever selected in the NBA Draft...entered the NBA straight from high school after originally committing to play at Connecticut...as a senior at St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ), averaged 22.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks and was named a McDonald’s All-American...has a brother, Corey...enjoys reading, computers and listening to music...played the piano for two years...enjoys playing tennis and golf...wears size 18 shoes.