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Selected 33rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009 NBA Draft…Traded by Portland with Sean Marks and Joel Pryzbilla, along with two future first-round draft picks, to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Gerald Wallace on Feb. 24, 2011…Signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 23, 2011…Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves on July 24, 2012 in exchange for Wayne Ellington… Signed with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent December 4, 2014...Re-signed to multi-year contract by New Orleans on July 9, 2015.

2014-15 Season:
Averaged 5.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 25.0 minutes over 66 games (27 starts)…Appeared in all four playoff games, averaging 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds…Had 10 games of 10-plus points… Finished one rebound short of his second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine boards 4/10 vs. PHX…Grabbed double-digit rebounds for the third time this season with 10 boards (season-high five offensive) 4/8 at MEM…Played a season-high 41 minutes 3/15 vs. DEN…Attempted a season-high 15 field goals, connecting on six of them for 12 points 3/2 at DAL…Scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting 3/1 at DEN…Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds 2/27 vs. MIA…Recorded a career high five blocks 2/9 vs. UTA…Grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards that tied a career-high 1/30 vs. LAC…Scored 14 points on a season-high 7-of-12 from the floor 1/23 at MIN…Inserted into the starting lineup for the first time this season, registered season highs in blocks (3) and rebounds (7) 1/9 vs. MEM…Scored a season-high 15 points off the bench, including the second three-pointer of his career in a win 12/18 at HOU…Scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in an overtime loss 12/14 vs. GSW.

Holds averages of 6.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 432 career games (68 starts) with Portland, Charlotte, Memphis, Minnesota, and New Orleans…Has appeared in 16 career playoff games for Portland, Memphis and New Orleans, averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds…

2013-14 (Minnesota):
Averaged 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.2 minutes in 81 games (seven starts)…

2012-13 (Minnesota):
Played in 80 games (nine starts), logging 25.1 mpg…Recorded career-highs across the board – 8.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 0.8 apg – while shooting 46.8% from the floor and 65.0% from the FT line…Swiped 84 steals (1.05 spg) and ranked 4th in the NBA in steal/turnover ratio (1.50-to-one)…Reached double-figures on 32 occasions, including 10 times in his final 16 outings…Hauled in his 1000th career rebound 3/17 vs. New Orleans…

2011-12 (Memphis):
Averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds on 51.6% shooting in 17.6 minutes in 64 games (five starts)…Scored in double-figured 10 times, including 13 points 3/27 vs. MIN and 4/3 vs. GSW…After playing one minute in the previous game, moved into the starting lineup and posted his first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-best 14 rebounds 3/27 vs. MIN…Made the game-winning tip in with 0.2 seconds left to give MEM a one-point victory over DEN on 2/17…

2010-11 (Portland/Charlotte):
Averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks on .462 shooting in 21.0 minutes in 78 games (18 starts) in his second NBA season for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats … Averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on .508 shooting in 24.0 minutes in 22 games (nine starts) after being acquired by Charlotte…Scored 21 points on 4/1 vs. ORL and 4/11 vs. NJN…

(Portland): Averaged 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 11.2 minutes in 63 games in his first NBA season…Scored 10-plus points five times…Registered his first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds on 4/14 vs. GSW.

Appeared in a school-record 139 career games, with 104 starts while playing for Villanova…In his senior year, led the team in scoring and rebounding the entire season… Averaged 14.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in seven games combined between the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament...Led Villanova in scoring his senior year, earning the Big East’s Most Improved Player Award and helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four for the first time since 1985.

Full name is Dante Lamar Cunningham…Son of Searcy Blakenship and Ron Cunningham…Native of Silver Spring, Md....After averaging 13 rebounds, 20 points and four blocked shots per game as a senior at Potomac High School, he was honored as the Washington Post Metropolitan Player of the Year…His older sister, Davalyn, played college basketball at Rutgers and professionally in the WNBA (Orlando Miracle) as well as overseas.
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Height: 6'8''/ 2.03m
Weight: 230 lbs./ 104.3 kg
Born: April 22, 1987
From: Villanova University
Draft: 2nd Round (33rd pick) 2009 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 - 2014
  Memphis Grizzlies 2012 - 2012
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2012 - 2012
  Charlotte Bobcats 2011 - 2011
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Villanova/USA

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