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Background

How Acquired/Draft Background:
Selected by Portland in the second round (33rd pick overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft....Traded by Portland to the Charlotte bobcats on Feb. 24, 2011...Signed as a free anget with the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 23, 2011...Traded to the Timberwolves on July 24, 2012 in exchange for Wayne Ellington...The 3-year pro has career averages of 5.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 16.7 minutes in 141 games.

2011-12 SEASON: Gave the Grizzlies energy off the bench in his first season in Memphis, averaging 5.1 poitns and 3.8 rebounds on a career-high .516 shooting in 17.6 minutes in 64 games (5 starts)...Scored 10-plus points in 10 times...Has a season-high 13 points on March 27 vs. Minnesota and April 3 vs. Golden State...After playing one minute in the previous game, moved into the starting lineup and posted his first double-double of the season against Minnesota on March 27.

2010-11 SEASON: Averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks on .462 shooting in 21.0 minutes in 78 games (18 starts)...Traded to Charlotte with Sean Marks and Joel Przybilla on Feb. 24 and avraged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds on .508 shooting in 24.0 minutes in 22 games (9 starts) for the Bobcats...Scored a career-high 21 points on April 1 vs. Orlando and on April 11 vs. New Jersey.

2009-10 SEASON: 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 April 14, 2010 against Golden State.

College:
Appeared in a school-record 139 career games, with 104 starts … Posted career averages of 9.6 points (52.4% FG) and 5.9 rebounds, raising his averages in both categories in every season … One of six players in Villanova history to reach 1,300 points and 800 rebounds …

2008-09:
Led the Wildcats and posted career highs in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (7.5) … Named the Big East Most Improved Player … Garnered All-Big East Second Team honors ... Named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy ... Led the team in blocks with 47 and was fourth in steals with 47 ... Named to the NCAA Tournament All-East Regional Team ... Notched his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Duke in the Sweet Sixteen …

2007-08:
Led the Wildcats in rebounding (6.5), and finished second in scoring (10.4) and minutes (30.0) … Shot a career-best 54.4 percent from the field … Was the lone Wildcat to start every game ... Named Second Team All-Philadelphia Big Five … Produced five double-doubles on the season ... Reached double figures in scoring 19 times and in rebounding eight times ...

2006-07:
Averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds ... Started 27 of 33 games ... Led Villanova in field goal percentage (51.3%) …

2005-06:
Played in all 33 games, averaging 2.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 19.1 minutes … Named Philadelphia Big Five Rookie of the Year.

2003-04:
Averaged 5.9 points (38.6% FG, 37.1% 3-PT, 82.1% FT), 1.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 75 games (14 starts) as a rookie with the Wizards.

High School:
Averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots per game in leading Potomac to a perfect (27-0) season as a senior ... Named Washington Post Metropolitan Player of the Year ... Previously played at St. John’s H.S. in Washington, D.C. ... Averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

Personal:
Led Portland’s 2009 NBA Summer League squad with 18.3 points to go with a team second- best 5.8 rebounds in four games (all starts) … Chose Villanova over Georgetown and Maryland … Mother is Searcy Blakenship and father is Ron Cunningham ... Parents were both chief master sergeants, the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force … His older sister, Davalyn Cunningham, played professionally in Portugal and in the WNBA.

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Height: 6'8''/ 2.03m
Weight: 221 lbs./ 100.2 kg
Born: April 22, 1987
From: Villanova University
Draft: 2nd Round (33rd pick) 2009 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2013 - 2013
  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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