- HEAT Video
Oct 22 2008 7:42PM
CAREER TRANSACTIONS:Selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics…was waived by Seattle on Oct. 7, 1997…was selected in the fifth round (52nd overall) of the 1997 CBA Draft by the Sioux Falls Sky Force…played with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continential Basketball Association in the 1997-98 season…signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the United States Basketball League in the summer of 1998…signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 22, 1999…waived by the L.A. Clippers on Jan. 31, 1999…signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the USBL in the summer of 1999…played with the Baltimore Bay Runners of the International Basketball League during the 1999-2000 season…signed with the New Jersey ShoreCats of the USBL in the summer of 2000…signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics on Aug. 1, 2000…the Celtics exercised the option on the second year of his contract on June 25, 2001…signed as a free agent by the Denver Nuggets on Aug. 8, 2002…traded by Denver along with Mark Bryant to the Boston Celtics for Shammond Williams, a 2003 second-round draft choice and cash on Feb. 20, 2003…signed a multi-year contract extension on July 16, 2003…signed a multi-year contract on July 14, 2004…traded by Boston along with Ricky Davis, Marcus Banks, Justin Reed and two second-round draft choices to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi, Dwayne Jones and a future first-round draft choice on Jan. 26, 2006…traded by Minnesota along with Ricky Davis to the HEAT for Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien and a conditional first-round draft choice on Oct. 24, 2007.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER:Has appeared in 585 regular season games (393 starts) in his eight-year NBA career and has averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.86 blocks and 23.5 minutes while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor, 34.2 percent from three-point range and 72.4 percent from the foul line…has missed 15 games due to injury and has been a DNP-CD on 58 occasions…has not missed a game due to injury since Dec. 26, 2000 at Detroit…has scored in double figures on 234 occasions, including 28 games with at least 20 points…his longest stretch of consecutive games scoring in double figures is 10 and occurred from Jan. 24, 2008-Feb. 12, 2008…has grabbed double-figure rebounds on 46 occasions and has recorded 35 double-doubles…enters the 2008-09 season needing just 138 points for 5,000 in his career…has hit at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts for a season five times in his career, including four of the last five years…his career high for most field goals made in a game without a miss is six and has occurred on three occasions…his career high for free throws made in a game without a miss is seven and occurred against New York on Nov. 2, 2005…his career high for consecutive games with a steal is 11 and occurred from Feb. 29, 2004-Mar. 20, 2004…his career high for consecutive games with a blocked shot is 17 and occurred from Jan. 2, 2001-Feb. 4, 2001…has recorded 72 multi-steal games and 132 multi-block games…has appeared in 22 NBA postseason games (four starts) and has averaged 4.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.86 steals, 0.82 blocks, 0.4 assists and 16.9 minutes while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 69.7 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures three times in postseason play with one 20-point performance…has grabbed double-figure rebounds twice in postseason play and has posted two double-doubles…his longest streak of consecutive games with at least one block in postseason play is 10 games and occurred from Apr. 29, 2003-Apr. 25, 2004…has appeared in five Continental Basketball Association games (no starts) and averaged 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 12.8 minutes while connecting on 36.4 percent of his field goal attempts and 100 percent of his free throw attempts…has appeared in 54 International Basketball League games (18 starts) and averaged 8.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 19.9 minutes while shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 64.5 percent from the foul line…has appeared in 59 United States Basketball League games (35 starts) and averaged 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.20 blocks, 0.8 assists, 0.64 steals and 26.3 minutes while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 64.8 percent from the foul line.
2007-08 SEASON:Started 46 of the 69 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 8.4 points (.462 FG%, .638 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 22.3 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on 13 occasions…established career highs in three-point field goals made (17) and attempted (44) and in three-point field goal percentage (.386)…ranked second on the team in games played and charges drawn (16), third in dunks (37) and fourth in offensive (69), defensive (194) and total (263) rebounds…led the HEAT in scoring on four occasions and also topped Miami in blocks 14 times, in steals on six occasions, in rebounds four times and in minutes once…was Miami’s top scorer off the bench twice and also led the Miami reserves in rebounds six times, in steals and blocks three times each and in assists once…in his 46 starts he averaged 11.0 points (.481 FG%, .639 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 27.7 minutes…in his 23 games off the bench he averaged 3.2 points (.361 FG%, .625 FT%), 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 11.7 minutes…scored in double figures 28 times (26 times as a starter), including four 20-point outings…scored in double figures a career-high 10 consecutive games from Jan. 24-Feb. 12…grabbed double-figure rebounds on three occasions and posted three double-doubles…recorded at least one steal in six consecutive games from Mar. 18-26, the second longest streak of his career…scored a season-high 27 points at New Orleans on Jan. 11 and matched his career high in field goals made (13)…connected on a career-high four three-point field goals against Atlanta on Apr. 16 and matched his career high in three-point attempts (6)…had five double-digit scoring quarters…had seven multi-steal and nine multi-block games…Season Highs: 27 points (at New Orleans, Jan. 11), 13 rebounds (vs. Denver, Feb. 12), four assists (vs. Chicago, Apr. 8), three steals (at Charlotte, Mar. 22), three blocks (vs. Milwaukee, Mar. 24) and 45:23 minutes (vs. Denver, Feb. 12).
2006-07 SEASON:Appeared in 54 games (31 starts) for the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 9.3 points (.463 FG%, .707 FT%), 5.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 1.09 steals and 29.8 minutes while garnering a 2.54 assist-to-turnover ratio…missed a total of 28 games due to injury…sat out a pair of games from Jan. 17-20 with a right ankle sprain and missed the final 26 games (Feb. 28-Apr. 18) with a dislocated left knee…suffered tears to the ACL, PCL, MCL and lateral meniscus in his left knee at the 8:10 mark of the first quarter against Charlotte on Feb. 26 and also suffered a patella dislocation and a tibia/femoral dislocation…had reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Mar. 13, 2007 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL…the surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and was assisted by Dr. Bill Clancy and Clippers team physician Dr. Tony Daly…was re-examined on Apr. 7 and the exam revealed there was some tendinitis in the knee but it was showing improvement…set single-season career highs in starts, minutes played (1,611), field goals made (208) and attempted (449), field goal percentage, three-point field goals made (5) and attempted (16), three-point field goal percentage (.313), free throws made (82) and attempted (116), offensive rebounds (56), total rebounds (184), rebound average, assists (274), assist average, steals (59), steals average, points (503) and scoring average…led the Clippers in total assists and assists per game…topped the team in scoring three times, in assists a team-high 27 times, in steals on 15 occasions and in blocks five times…scored in double figures a career-high 26 times, including a pair of 20-point performances…handed out double-figure assists three times and registered a pair of double-doubles…registered career highs in points (21) and rebounds (9) against Houston on Dec. 17…recorded his first career 20-point game against Sacramento on Nov. 28 and hit a career-high 10 field goals…handed out a career-high 14 assists against Golden State on Feb. 24…grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds against Toronto on Dec. 20…scored his 1,000th career point at New York on Feb. 6…tallied a career high in field goal attempts (17) at Cleveland on Feb. 7…had 14 multi-steal and six multi-block games…Season Highs: 21 points (vs. Houston, Dec. 17), 14 assists (vs. Golden State, Feb. 24), nine rebounds (vs. Houston, Dec. 17), five steals (twice), three blocks (vs. Denver, Nov. 2) and 42:47 minutes (vs. Houston, Dec. 17).
2005-06 SEASON:Split the season between the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 11.3 points (.508 FG%, .757 FT%), 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.94 blocks and 27.7 minutes in 81 games (55 starts)…was a DNP-CD on three occasions (all with Boston)…ranked 19th in the NBA in field goal percentage and 34th in blocks per game…recorded single-season career highs in free throws made (168) and attempted (222)…scored in double figures 49 times, including five games with 20-or-more points…grabbed double-figure rebounds on three occasions and recorded three double-doubles…saw action in 39 games (25 starts) for the Celtics and averaged 12.4 points (.511 FG%, .764 FT%), 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.92 blocks and 27.8 minutes…led the Celtics in rebounds four times and in assists once…handed out a career-high eight assists at Golden State on Dec. 28…his season-high 27-point performance at Philadelphia on Jan. 13 marked the highest scoring output of his career in a game he did not start…appeared in all 42 games (30 starts) after being acquired by Minnesota and averaged 10.2 points (.506 FG%, .747 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 0.95 blocks, 0.8 assists and 27.5 minutes…led the Wolves in scoring twice and in rebounds twice…scored his 3,000th career point against Houston on Mar. 7…registered a team-high 23 points at Seattle on Mar. 10, his first 20-point performance as a Timberwolf, and at one point in the contest hit 10 consecutive field goal attempts…had eight multi-steal and 22 multi-block games…Season Highs: 27 points (at Philadelphia, Jan. 13), 12 rebounds (twice), eight assists (at Golden State, Dec. 28), four blocks (vs. Boston, Jan. 30), three steals (vs. Golden State, Apr. 2) and 47 minutes (at Philadelphia, Jan. 13).
2004-05 SEASON:Appeared in all 82 games (57 starts) for the Boston Celtics and averaged 9.4 points (.529 FG%, .713 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.78 blocks and 26.0 minutes…recorded a single-season career high in assists (129)…was one of three Celtics to play in all 82 games…led the Celtics in field goal percentage and ranked second in blocks (64) and third in offensive rebounds (143)…topped the Celtics in scoring five times and in rebounds on 16 occasions…scored in double figures 35 times, including three games with 20-or-more points…scored in double figures a season-high nine consecutive games from Dec. 1-17, the second longest streak of his career…grabbed double-figure rebounds twice and posted one double-double…matched his career high with eight offensive rebounds against Milwaukee on Dec. 1…had seven multi-steal and 16 multi-block games…Season Highs: 22 points (three times), 16 rebounds (vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 1), four assists (seven times), three steals (at Chicago, Jan. 29), three blocks (four times) and 41 minutes (at Washington, Nov. 17).
2003-04 SEASON:Saw action in all 82 games (73 starts) for the Boston Celtics and averaged 10.3 points (.566 FG%, .719 FT%), 7.2 rebounds, 1.29 blocks, 0.98 steals, 0.9 assists and 29.3 minutes…recorded single-season career highs in field goal percentage, offensive rebounds (207), defensive rebounds (382), total rebounds (589), steals (80) and blocked shots (106)…ranked second in the NBA in field goal percentage behind Shaquille O’Neal…led the Celtics in field goal percentage, offensive rebounds, total rebounds and blocks…topped the Celtics in scoring four times, in assists once and in rebounds a team-high 33 times…scored in double figures 44 times, including six games with at least 20 points…grabbed double-figure rebounds a career-high 25 times and posted a career-high 19 double-doubles, which tied for the team lead…recorded a double-double in a career-high five consecutive games from Feb. 22-Mar. 1…recorded at least one steal in a career-high 11 consecutive games from Feb. 29-Mar. 20…scored a career-high 29 points at Dallas on Mar. 19…scored 28 points and set career highs in field goals made (13), defensive rebounds (14) and total rebounds (21) against Orlando on Mar. 1 in recording the lone 20-point/20-rebound game of his career…made a career-high nine free throws against Atlanta on Apr. 14…matched his career-high in steals with four at Denver on Dec. 7…matched his career high in blocks (5) against Indiana on Jan. 2…played a career-high 48 minutes against the Clippers on Feb. 4…had 22 multi-steal and 34 multi-block games…Season Highs: 29 points (at Dallas, Mar. 19), 21 rebounds (vs. Orlando, Mar. 1), five assists (vs. Miami, Oct. 29), five blocks (vs. Indiana, Jan. 2), four steals (at Denver, Dec. 7) and 48 minutes (vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 4).
2002-03 SEASON:Split the season between the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics and saw action in 81 games (31 starts) while averaging 5.0 points (.432 FG%, .727 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 0.84 blocks, 0.7 assists and 17.3 minutes…sat out one game (Jan. 25 at Milwaukee) as a DNP-CD…scored in double figures 12 times…grabbed double-figure rebounds twice and registered one double-double…in 54 games (24 starts) with the Nuggets he averaged 5.2 points (.393 FG%, .717 FT%), 3.4 rebounds, 0.94 blocks, 0.6 assists and 16.4 minutes…ranked third on the Nuggets in blocks (51)…led the Nuggets in rebounds twice…in 27 games (seven starts) with the Celtics he averaged 4.4 points (.563 FG%, .750 FT%), 4.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.74 steals, 0.63 blocks and 19.2 minutes…led the Celtics in rebounds five times…grabbed a career-high eight offensive rebounds against San Antonio on Mar. 9…matched his career high in blocks with five against Indiana on Dec. 7…had 10 multi-steal and 14 multi-block games…Season Highs: 15 points (at Cleveland, Dec. 14), 11 rebounds (vs. San Antonio, Mar. 9), five blocks (vs. Indiana, Dec. 7), four assists (vs. Cleveland, Mar. 28), three steals (vs. Indiana, Dec. 7) and 35 minutes (vs. Indiana, Dec. 7).
2001-02 SEASON:Came off the bench in all 44 games in which he appeared for the Boston Celtics and averaged 2.1 points (.421 FG%, .811 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 9.4 minutes…was a DNP-CD on 38 occasions…scored in double figures once…recorded a career-high four steals against Chicago on Nov. 2…had four multi-steal and three multi-block games…Season Highs: 11 points (vs. Orlando, Mar. 6), six rebounds (vs. Washington, Nov. 7), four steals (vs. Chicago, Nov. 2), three assists (vs. Atlanta, Nov. 21), three blocks (vs. Atlanta, Nov. 21) and 21 minutes (vs. Atlanta, Nov. 21).
2000-01 SEASON:Appeared in 64 games (50 starts) for the Boston Celtics and averaged 3.9 points (.505 FG%, .697 FT%), 3.6 rebounds, 1.19 blocks, 0.61 steals, 0.5 assists and 17.2 minutes…was a DNP-CD on three occasions and missed 15 games (Nov. 28-Dec. 26) while on the injured list from Nov. 28-Dec. 28 due to a sprained right ankle…ranked third among all NBA rookies in blocks per game…led the team in blocks with 76, the most by a Celtics rookie since Kevin McHale (151) in 1980-81…ranked fourth on the team in offensive rebounds (97)…topped the team in rebounds on three occasions…scored in double figures on eight occasions and grabbed double-figure rebounds twice…recorded at least one blocked shot in a career-high 17 consecutive games from Jan. 2-Feb. 4 and in 10 consecutive games (the third longest streak of his career) from Feb. 19-Mar. 9…made his NBA debut against Detroit on Nov. 1 and totaled two points in three minutes…made his first career start against New York on Jan. 3 and tallied two points, three rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes…recorded a career-high five blocks at Utah on Feb. 19…had seven multi-steal and 20 multi-blocks games…Season Highs: 12 points (at Orlando, Apr. 4), 11 rebounds (vs. Charlotte, Apr. 18), five blocks (at Utah, Feb. 19), three assists (vs. Phoenix, Jan. 26), three steals (three times) and 33 minutes (at Minnesota, Jan. 15).
1999-00 SEASON:Split the year with the Baltimore Bay Runners of the International Basketball Association and the New Jersey ShoreCats of the United States Basketball League…in 54 games (18 starts) with the Bay Runners he averaged 8.7 points (.537 FG%, .645 FT%), 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 19.9 minutes…missed seven games from Mar. 24-Apr. 4 with a sore knee…led the team and was eighth in the league in blocks (52)…scored in double figures on 19 occasions…recorded six double-doubles…set a team single-game record for field goals made (13)…led the team in rebounds on 16 occasions…appeared in 22 games (16 starts) in the summer of 2000 for the ShoreCats and averaged 17.8 points (.581 FG%, .674 FT%), 8.8 rebounds, 2.68 blocks, 1.1 assists, 0.73 steals and 32.5 minutes…led the team in points scored (391), field goals made (147), defensive rebounds (145), total rebounds (193), rebound average and blocks (59)…topped the 20-point plateau 10 times…grabbed double-figure rebounds on 10 occasions.
1998-99 SEASON:Was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 22, 1999 and did not see action in a regular season game before being waived on Jan. 31, 1999, prior to the start of the 50-game shortened season…appeared in 12 games (two starts) with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the United States Basketball League in the summer of 1999 and averaged 3.8 points (.447 FG%, .600 FT%), 4.5 rebounds, 1.67 blocks, 0.6 assists. 0.50 steals and 22.5 minutes…ranked second on the team in blocks (20).
1997-98 SEASON:Split the year with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association and the Atlantic City Seagulls of the USBL…in five games with the Sun Kings he averaged 3.6 points (.364 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 12.8 minutes…in 25 games (17 starts) with the Seagulls in the summer of 1998 he averaged 4.8 points (.517 FG%, .592 FT%), 4.6 rebounds, 2.04 blocks, 0.64 steals, 0.5 assists and 22.5 minutes…recorded a team-high 51 blocked shots and ranked second in defensive rebounds (89).
NBA PLAYOFFS:2005: Came off the bench for Boston in all four games against the Pacers in which he saw action and averaged 2.0 points (.286 FG%, .000 FT%), 1.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 10.8 minutes…2004: Started all four games for the Celtics in their Opening Round series loss to Indiana and averaged 12.0 points (.486 FG%, .737 FT%), 9.3 rebounds, 2.00 blocks, 1.50 steals, 1.0 assists and 36.3 minutes…scored in double figures three times, including one 20-point performance…grabbed double-figure rebounds twice and posted a pair of double-doubles…recorded postseason career highs in points (21), field goals made (7) and attempted (12), free throws made (7) and attempted (7), defensive (9) and total (13) rebounds and minutes played (43) and matched his career high in offensive rebounds (4) in Game 4 against Indiana on Apr. 25…the seven free throws he made in Game 4 are the most he has made in a postseason game during his career without a miss…recorded a postseason career-high three steals in Game 2 on Apr. 20 and matched the total in Game 3 on Apr. 23…made his first career postseason start in Game 1 at Indiana on Apr. 17 and totaled six points, six rebounds and one block in 26 minutes…2003: Came off the bench in all 10 postseason games for the Celtics and averaged 3.1 points (.545 FG%, .700 FT%), 3.6 rebounds, 1.10 steals, 0.80 blocks, 0.2 assists and 14.4 minutes…appeared in all six Opening Round games against the Indiana Pacers and averaged 2.7 points (.600 FG%, .800 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.17 steals, 0.67 blocks, 0.3 assists and 12.5 minutes…grabbed a postseason career-high four offensive rebounds in Game 4 against Indiana on Apr. 27…saw action in all four games in New Jersey’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series sweep of the Celtics and averaged 3.8 points (.500 FG%, .600 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 1.00 steals, 1.00 blocks and 17.3 minutes…2002: Came off the bench in all four postseason games in which he appeared for the Celtics and averaged 1.5 points (.500 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 1.8 rebounds, 0.50 steals, 0.50 blocks, 0.3 assists and 9.8 minutes…saw action in two games in Boston’s Opening Round series against Philadelphia and averaged 2.0 points (.500 FG%, .000 FT%), 3.5 rebounds, 1.00 steals, 0.50 blocks and 12.5 minutes…appeared in two games in Boston’s Eastern Conference Semifinal series against New Jersey and averaged 1.0 points (.000 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 0.5 assists. 0.50 blocks and 7.0 minutes…made his NBA postseason debut in Game 4 of Boston’s Opening Round series at Philadelphia on May 1 and was scoreless with one rebound and one steal in eight minutes.
HONORS:2004-05: Was named the Western Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month for April.
COLLEGE:Played two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh and averaged 6.4 points (.466 FG%, .518 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 1.88 blocks, 0.7 assists and 20.5 minutes in 56 games before opting for early entry into the 1997 NBA Draft…finished his collegiate career ranked sixth on Pitt’s all-time blocked shots list with 105 blocks…started 28 of the 29 games in which he appeared as a sophomore in 1996-97 and averaged 9.1 points (.488 FG%, .508 FT%), 6.8 rebounds, 2.69 blocks, 1.0 assists and 26.2 minutes….recorded 78 blocks, ranking him second in the Big East and 20th in the nation…led Pittsburgh in blocks and rebounding and was fourth in scoring…tied a Pitt single-game record with seven blocks against Connecticut…scored in double figures on 12 occasions…scored a career-high 20 points against Providence on Feb. 15 and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against Mt. St. Mary’s on Dec. 23…as a freshman in 1995-96, he started seven of the 27 games in which he appeared and averaged 3.6 points (.419 FG%, .542 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 0.93 blocks, 0.3 assists and 26.2 minutes…led the Panthers in blocks with 27…scored in double figures three times.
PERSONAL:Full name is Mark D. Blount…was nicknamed “Bang Bang” by teammates…is the son of Aundreta James…he and his wife Sifika have a son, Mark, Jr…has four brothers (Derek, Jason, Johnathan and Kyle)…names his mother as the person he most admires…majored in communications at the University of Pittsburgh…chose his major because he initially thought about getting into broadcasting after his basketball career was over…would now like to coach in the NBA or get involved in real estate when his playing days are done…chose Oscar Robertson as the player he most admired and Michael Jordan as the NBA legend he would most like to play one-on-one against…picked Bill Gates as the person he would most like to have dinner with…lists golf and baseball as his favorite sports other than basketball and chose the Florida Marlins as his favorite team…started the Mark Blount Foundation in 2001 to promote physical fitness for youths…helped built a house in Miami for Habitat for Humanity in January of 2008…likes to be involved with charities geared toward sick and less fortunate children…hosts a number of basketball clinics for kids and loves visiting children in hospitals especially during the holidays…participated in the Timberwolves Read to Achieve program…his favorite television show is CNN Headline News…his favorite movies are films that star Jim Carrey and Denzel Washington…likes to listen to all types of music, especially jazz…likes almost every type of food and claims the thing he knows how to cook real well is grilled steaks…picked Mr. Chow’s as his favorite restaurant…chose Lake Como in Italy as his dream vacation destination and picked Geneva, Switzerland as the best place he has visited so far because it’s a beautiful elegant city on the water…averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as a senior at Dobbs Ferry High School during his senior year and was named Gannett Suburban Newspapers Player of the Year and Mr. Westchester County…was named a Parade All-American…was a member of the two-time national champion Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) team before transferring to Sacred Heart High School and then Dobbs Ferry High School…has no set pre-game routines or superstitions…has a couple of tattoos, including one that reads Dretta’s Boy (his Mother’s name) and one of a lion flexing with his foot on a basketball with the number 30 in the ball…wears size 18 sneakers.