HEAT Bio: Dexter Pittman

HEAT Trade Dexter Pittman

MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have traded center Dexter Pittman, a 2013 second round draft choice and cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to forward Ricky Sanchez. "I want to thank Dexter for his hard work and professional attitude," said HEAT President Pat Riley. "Unfortunately, in order to gain roster flexibility we had to trade someone. We wish him nothing but the best." Read the full press release.

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Position: Center
Height: 6'11.5"
Weight: 285
Years Pro: 2
Birthdate: 3/2/88 (Rosenberg, TX)
High School: Terry (Rosenberg, TX)
College: Texas

Drafted by the HEAT in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft…signed by the HEAT on July 15, 2010.

Has appeared in 37 NBA regular season games during his two-year career and has made six starts…has averaged 2.9 points (.464 FG%, .643 FT%), 2.0 rebounds and 8.4 minutes…has missed 25 games due to injury, 24 as a DNP-CD, 31 as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and 31 while on assignment to the NBA Development League…has scored in double figures on four occasions…has two multi-block and one multi-steal games…has appeared in three NBA postseason games (one start) and is scoreless with one assist and one block in eight minutes…has yet to miss a postseason game due to injury but has missed 12 as a DNP-CD, 26 as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and three due to an NBA-imposed suspension…has appeared in 22 games in the NBA D-League and averaged 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.73 blocks, 1.2 assists and 27.7 minutes.

2011-12 SEASON:
Started six of the 35 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 3.0 points (.468 FG%, .643 FT%), 2.0 rebounds and 8.6 minutes…missed four games due to injury/illness, three games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and was a DNP-CD on 24 occasions…sat out one game (Jan. 17) with flu-like symptoms and three games (Feb. 13-17) with a sprained left shoulder…topped the HEAT in scoring and steals once each and blocks twice…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench once and also led the HEAT reserves in steals four times, in blocks on three occasions and in assists twice…scored in double figures on four occasions…made his first NBA start vs. Phoenix on Mar. 20…Season Highs: 16 points (vs. Charlotte, Apr. 13), seven rebounds (vs. Chicago, Apr. 19), three assists (at Boston, Apr. 24), two steals (vs. Phoenix, Mar. 20), two blocks (twice) and 25:50 minutes (at Boston, Apr. 24).

2010-11 SEASON:
Split the season between the Miami HEAT of the NBA and the Sioux Falls SkyForce of the NBA Development League…came off the bench in both games he appeared for the HEAT and totaled two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of action…missed 31 NBA games while on assignment to the SkyForce, 28 more as a healthy scratch on the HEAT’s inactive list and another 21 games after injuring his knee on Feb. 12 in Sioux Falls’ game vs. Idaho…had right knee debridement surgery on Feb. 15…made his NBA debut at Minnesota on Apr. 1 and was scoreless with two rebounds in 2:15 minutes of action…had two assignments to the SkyForce (Nov. 26-Dec. 20 and Jan. 6-Feb. 12)…started all 22 games in which he appeared for Sioux Falls and averaged 14.5 points (.536 FG%, .548 FT%), 8.2 rebounds, 1.73 blocks, 1.2 assists and 27.7 minutes…was named to the 2011 NBA Development League All-Star Team but missed the game during NBA All-Star Weekend after suffering the knee injury on Feb. 12…NBA Season Highs: two points (at Toronto, Apr. 13), two rebounds (at Minnesota, Apr. 1) and 8:59 minutes (at Toronto, Apr. 13).

2012: Appeared in three games (one start) for the NBA Champion HEAT and was scoreless but recorded one assist and one block in eight minutes of action…missed 12 games as a DNP-CD, five as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and three due to an NBA-imposed suspension…did not appear in the Opening Round vs. New York or the Finals vs. Oklahoma City…appeared in two games (one start) in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Indiana and drew a starting assignment in his NBA postseason debut in Game 3 at Indiana on May 17…was suspended for the final game of the Indiana series and the first two of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston for a flagrant foul late in Game 5 vs. Indiana…appeared in one game in the Boston series…2011: Was a healthy scratch on the inactive list for all 21 postseason games for the HEAT.

Played four seasons at the University of Texas appearing in 134 career games (59 starts) and averaged 6.6 points (.623 FG%, .601 FT%), 4.0 rebounds and 12.2 minutes…set the UT record for career field goal percentage and owns two of the top three single-season marks in school history…finished his career ranked eighth on the Longhorns’ all-time blocked shots list…was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection (first team in 2007-08 and second team in 2008-09)…earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award as a freshman and shared it in his junior season…as a senior in 2009-10, started all 34 games and averaged 10.4 points (.654 FG%, .556 FT%), 5.9 rebounds, 1.85 blocks and 19.1 minutes…set the UT single-season record for field goal percentage his senior year…also led the team in blocks…as a junior in 2008-09, appeared in all 35 games (24 starts) and averaged 10.1 points (.616 FG%, .691 FT%), 8.0 rebounds and 16.6 minutes…led the Longhorns in field goal percentage…as a sophomore in 2007-08, appeared in 36 games (one start) and averaged 2.8 points (.559 FG%, .561 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 6.8 minutes…as a freshman in 2006-07, appeared in 29 games and averaged 2.6 points (.604 FG%, .471 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 5.3 minutes.

Full name is Dexter Jerome Pittman…son of Johnny Pittman and Selma Harris…his father, Johnny, played basketball at Oklahoma State (1989-91)…has two brothers, Damon and the late Darius Johnson, and one sister, Germanie…majored in kinesiology at Texas…has his own website (www.dexterpittman.org)...would like to become a basketball coach at his high school when his playing career is over…is President of Success Achieved In Future Environments (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization that provides positive solutions and support through the sponsorship of educational and humanitarian programs and events with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances…is a part of the Get Fit with Big Pitt Challenge, a national health initiative that encourages people to come together and fight youth obesity…has lost close to 100 pounds since leaving high school…his favorite sport other than basketball is football, which he played in high school…wears size 18 sneakers.

MINS:                                    25:50, at Boston (4-24-12)
FGM:                                     7, vs. Charlotte (4-13-12)
FGA:                                      11, vs. Charlotte (4-13-12)
3-PT FGM:                           0
3-PT FGA:                            0
FTM:                                      4, vs. Washington (4-21-12)
FTA:                                      4, vs. Washington (4-21-12)
OR:                                        4, vs. Houston (4-22-12)
DR:                                         5, vs. New Jersey (3-6-12)
TOT:                                      7, vs. Chicago (4-19-12)
AST:                                      3, at Boston (4-24-12)
STL:                                       2, vs. Phoenix (3-20-12)
TO:                                         5, at Boston (4-24-12)
BLK:                                      2, two times (last: at Boston, 4-24-12)
PTS:                                       16, vs. Charlotte (4-13-12)

MINS:                                    3:29, at Indiana (5-17-12)
FGM:                                     0
FGA:                                      2, at Indiana (5-17-12)
3-PT FGM:                           0
3-PT FGA:                            0
FTM:                                      0
FTA:                                      0
OR:                                        0
DR:                                         0
TOT:                                      0
AST:                                      1, vs. Indiana (5-22-12)
STL:                                       0
TO:                                         0
BLK:                                      1, vs. Indiana (5-22-12)
PTS:                                       0