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.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Has career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks 26.0 minutes in 392 regular-season games (300 starts) over seven seasons with the Lakers…has shot at least .550 from the floor in each of his past six seasons played and is shooting .566 for his career…has 119 career double-doubles…appeared in 60 games (all starts) with the Lakers in 2011-12…averaged career-highs of 18.7 points on .558 shooting, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 35.2 minutes per game…voted as a starter for the Western Conference in his first All-Star appearance and was named Second Team All-NBA…ranked 20th in the NBA in scoring, third in rebounds, sixth in blocks and fourth in field goal percentage…named Western Conference Player of the Week twice (3/18/12 and 4/15/12)…joined Dwight Howard as the only players to average at least 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks during the season…joined Bob McAdoo, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to ever average at least 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game at the age of 24 or younger in a single season…recorded 37 double-doubles, including two 20-point, 20-rebound games…missed the first four games due to a league suspension resulting from a foul committed during the 2011 playoffs…missed one game (4/3/12) with a left ankle sprain and the final game of the season (4/26/12) for rest…appeared in 54 games (47 starts) for the Lakers during the 2010-11 season…averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game while shooting .574 from the floor…ranked sixth in the league in blocks…recorded 17 double-doubles…missed 24 games from 10/26-12/12/10 due to offseason right knee surgery, one game on 2/1/11 with a left knee bruise, two games from 3/20-3/22/11 due to an NBA suspension and one game on 4/13/11 with a right knee bone bruise…in 65 games (all starts) with the Lakers during the 2009-10 season, averaged 15.0 points on .570 shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game…also shot .739 from the line…recorded 21 double-doubles…scored 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting vs. Dallas on 1/3/10…missed two games from 11/6-11/8/09 with a straight right elbow, two games from 2/8-2/10/10 with a bruised right hip and 13 games from 3/21-4/14/10 with a left Achilles strain…in 50 games (all starts) with the Lakers during the 2008-09 season, averaged 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game while shooting .560 from the floor and .707 from the line…recorded 16 double-doubles…scored a career-high 42 points (17-24 FGs) to go along with 15 rebounds at the L.A. Clippers on 1/21/09…named Western Conference Player of the Week on 1/25/09…suffered a torn MCL in his right knee at Memphis on 1/31/09 and missed 32 games from 2/2-4/7/09 with that injury…during the 2007-08 season, appeared in 35 games (all starts) with the Lakers…averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 28.8 minutes per game while shooting .636 from the floor…recorded 18 double-doubles…missed one game on 12/4/07 due to gastroenteritis and 46 games from 1/14-4/15/08 with a subluxated patella in his left knee…appeared in all 82 games (53 starts) in the 2006-07 season…averaged 7.8 points on .558 shooting, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 21.9 minutes per game…recorded 10 double-doubles…during his rookie season in 2005-06, appeared in 46 games with the Lakers…averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game…became the youngest player to appear in an NBA regular season game at 18 years and six days at Denver on 11/2/05.
PLAYOFF CAREER: In 74 postseason games (63 starts), averaging 9.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.49 blocks in 24.2 minutes per game while shooting .502 from the floor and .720 from the line…in the 2012 Playoffs, started all 12 games of the Lakers run to the Western Conference Semifinals, averaging 16.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 3.1 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game while shooting .477 from the floor and .783 from the line…had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in Game 1 of the First Round series vs. Denver on 4/29/12, tying the NBA-playoff record for blocks in a single game...during the 2011 Playoffs, started all 10 games of the Lakers run to the Western Conference Semifinals, averaging 14.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.40 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game while shooting .543 from the floor and .833 from the line…in the 2010 Playoffs, started all 23 games for the Lakers during their championship run, averaging 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 24.4 minutes per game while shooting .537 from the floor…had 21 points and 7 blocks in Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. Boston on 6/6/10…During the 2009 Playoffs, appeared in all 23 games, with 18 starts, of the Lakers championship run, averaging 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 17.4 minutes per game…during the 2008 Playoffs, did not appear in any games for the Lakers during their run to the NBA Finals due to a subluxated patella in his left knee…in the 2007 Playoffs, appeared in all five games of the Lakers First Round series vs. Phoenix, averaging 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game while shooting .533 from the floor…during the 2006 Playoffs, appeared in one game of the Lakers First Round series vs. Phoenix.
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.