2013-14 SEASON: Appeared in 67 games (66 starts) for the New Orleans Pelicans in his second NBA season, averaged 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.8 blocks in 35.2 minutes... Led New Orleans in rebounding 45 times and scoring 27 times. Played 11 minutes before leaving the game with back spasms 4/2 at DEN. Left after four minutes of action with a left ankle injury 3/28 vs. UTA. Led the Pelicans to a home victory over the defending champion Miami Heat with a 30 point, 11 rebound performance 3/22. In a career high 48 minutes, set a career high with 40 points and grabbed 21 total rebounds, including 16 defensive rebounds (both career highs) 3.16 vs. BOS. Scored a career high 36 points on 15-27 from the field (both career highs) in a loss 3/14 vs. POR. Scored 29 points and grabbed 10 boards 3/12 vs. MEM. Put on a clinic by tying a career high with 32 points, grabbing 17 boards, and blocking six shots in a career-high 45 minutes in an overtime win 3/9 vs. DEN. Registered a career high five assists 3/7 vs. MIL. Scored in double figures for the 50th time this season with a 28-point effort in a win 3/4 at LAL. Tied a career high in points with 32 while converting on a career high 14 field goals 2/28 at PHX. Grabbed nine boards in just 13 minutes of action before leaving the game with a shoulder injury 2/26 at DAL. Tallied a career high in both FTA (13) and FTM (12) 2/24 vs. LAC. Tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds before being disqualified with six fouls for the first time in his career 2/21 at CHA. Set a career high in defensive rebounds with 15 vs. SAS on 2/3, playing a career-high 44 minutes. Scored 30 points on 12-18 from the field 1/28 at CLE while also registering eight blocks. Notched a career high 19 rebounds, while also scoring 22 points and recording seven blocks 1/26 vs. ORL. Scored 31 points and tied a season high in rebounds (17) while attempting the most foul shots (12) and playing the most minutes of his career (43) 1/18 vs. GSW. Made the first three pointer of his career 1/8 vs. WAS. Scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds 12/18 at LAC in his return from a fractured hand. Scored seven points and grabbed four boards before injuring his hand 12/1 at NYK. Gathered a career high nine offensive rebounds 11/22 vs. CLE. Tied career/season high in assists (4) and recorded 8 blocks on 11/20 vs. UTA. Set a career high in blocked shots (9) 11/16 vs. PHI. Set career high in points (32) and field goals made (12) 11/8 vs. LAL. Grabbed ten defensive rebounds 11/5 vs. PHX. Set career high in blocks and steals with six of each 11/2 vs. CHA, while also tying his career high in assists (4). Notched 22nd dbl-dbl and 8th 20/10 performance of his career against ORL on 11/1 including career-highs for FGA (23), O-Reb (8). Seventh 20/10 game of career on season opener vs. IND on 10/30 with 20 pts and 12 rebs. Inactive 7 times- Fractured Hand. DNP-CD – 3 times. Did not dress due to back spasms – 5 times.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012-13 Season: Averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists in 64 contests (60 starts)...Led the team (or tied for the lead) in scoring 10 times, and in rebounds 20 times...led all rookies in rebounds per game (8.2), blocks per game (1.8), steals per game (1.2) and double-doubles (20)...ranked fourth in points per game (13.5) among all rookies... recorded six performances of 20-plus points/10-plus rebounds...recorded 20-plus points 10 times, and double digit points in 44 contests...recorded double-digit rebounds on 23 occasions and five-plus blocks twice...totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds and four steals 4/9 at LAL...recorded 18th double-double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds 4/5 at UTA...recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks in win vs. CLE on 3/31 including season high 11 FTA...notched 4th 15+ pts/15+ rebs performance in W vs. MEM on 3/22 with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks...hit the game-winning shot with 0.6 seconds left 3/20 vs. BOS, as he tipped in an Eric Gordon missed layup...recorded third consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and tied a season-high with five blocked shots 3/12 at BKN...tallied 20 points and career-high 18 rebounds in loss at MEM on 3/9... poured in monster 17 point, 15 rebound, four block performance in L vs. ORL on 3/4....led team with 20 points while also grabbing eight rebounds 2/24 in W vs. SAC...tallied a second consecutive double-double on 2/19 vs. CHI, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds...On 2/13 vs. POR, led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds...scored a team-high 18 points in the loss at MIN on 2/2...registered eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds on 2/1 at DEN... finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and one steal 12/28 vs. TOR...made his first start since returning from injury on 12/18 at GSW, collecting a then career-high 16 rebounds and four steals...recorded his career-high in points (28) as part of second career double-double...recorded first double-double of NBA career with 23 points and 11 rebounds 11/9 vs. CHA...led the team with 21 points while adding seven rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot 10/31 vs. SAS in season opener
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 1st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
COLLEGE: Left Kentucky for the NBA after leading Wildcats to a national championship in his freshman season...won six of the seven major National Player of the Year awards, getting the nod from the AP, USBWA and Basketball Times, and capturing the Wooden, Adolph Rupp and Naismith awards...named Final Four Most Outstanding Player as UK won a national title...led the nation in blocks (4.65 bpg), while leading the team in scoring (14.2 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg) and field goal percentage (.623)...broke school and SEC records as well as an NCAA freshman record for blocks in a season (186)...finished the season with 20 double-doubles, tops in the SEC and tied for the UK freshman record...named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team and SEC All-Defensive Team...averaged 13.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.8 blocks in NCAA Tournament...tied NCAA Championship game record for blocks (6)...also grabbed 16 rebounds in that contest, vs. Kansas...in the Final Four vs. Louisville, posted 18 points (7-of-8 FGs), 14 rebounds and five blocks...contributed 18 points (6-9 FGs), 11 rebounds, six blocks and two steals vs. Baylor in the Elite Eight...notched 15 points with 12 rebounds and five assists in a win over Iowa St.... during the regular season, tallied a career-high 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting, 11 rebounds, five blocks and two steals vs. Vanderbilt...had a career-high 18 rebounds, along with 14 points and five blocks vs. Chattanooga.
PERSONAL: Member of the 2012 U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball team that captured the gold medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics...averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game while shooting 64.7% from the floor for Team USA at the London Olympics...winner of the 2011-12 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male Athlete of the Year...averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and seven blocked shots as a senior at Perspectives Charter High School in Chicago...named Co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks...registered 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks in the McDonald’s All-American Game...posted 16 points with 10 rebounds for the USA team in the Nike Hoops Summit...one of four finalists for the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year Award and five finalists for the Naismith Award...a Parade first team All-American...named all-conference three consecutive years while in high school...stood just 6-3 at the start of his junior year of high school before a growth spurt took him to 6-10...sister, Iesha, was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters in their sixth annual player draft.