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DeSagana Diop

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Acquired by the Bobcats on Jan. 16, 2009, in exchange for Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins… Has played in 536 career games for Cleveland, Dallas, New Jersey and Charlotte, with career averages of 2.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks… In 28 playoff games, has averaged 2.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game… Initially selected by Cleveland with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft… Signed by Dallas as a free agent in August 2005… Traded by Dallas to New Jersey on Feb. 19, 2008, with Devin Harris, Trenton Hassell, Keith Van Horn, Maurice Ager and two first-round draft picks in exchange for Jason Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright… Re-signed with the Mavericks as a free agent in July 2008.

2009-10:
Appeared in 27 games, averaging 1.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 0.2 assists and 0.2 steals in 9.7 minutes… Shot .517 from the field (15-29)… Led the team in blocks five times… Scored a season-high eight points in a season-high 27 minutes on Jan. 3 at Cleveland… Recorded a season-high three blocked shots against Phoenix on Jan. 16.

2008-09:
Acquired by the Bobcats on Jan. 16, 2009, in exchange for Matt Carroll and Ryan Hollins…Averaged 2.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.4 assists and 0.4 steals in 13.8 minutes played in 75 total games… In 41 games with the Bobcats, averaged 2.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.5 assists and 0.4 steals in 13.8 minutes... Led or tied for the team lead in blocks nine times, in rebounds three times and in steals three times… Tallied season highs of eight points on four occasions and nine rebounds twice.

2007-08:
Averaged 2.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 16.5 minutes in 79 games (23 starts) with Dallas and New Jersey… Averaged 3.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.4 minutes, while shooting .580 from the field (67-115) in 50 games with 18 starts for Dallas before being traded to New Jersey on Feb. 19… Averaged 2.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14.9 minutes in 27 games with five starts for New Jersey… Recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a career-high 40 minutes played on Nov. 5 vs. Houston… Scored in double figures twice and grabbed double-figure rebounds eight times.

2006-07:
Averaged 2.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and a team-high 1.4 blocks in 18.3 minutes per game in 81 games (9 starts) for Dallas… Shot .470 from the field (71-151) and .558 from the line (48-86)… Recorded his first career double-double with a career-high-tying 10 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes on April 11 at Minnesota… Grabbed double-figure rebounds 10 times… Tallied 3+ blocks 17 times, including a season-high five blocks on Nov. 15 vs. Chicago and on March 23 at Boston… In six first-round playoff games vs. Golden State, averaged 3.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 23.3 minutes… Shot .600 from the field (9-15)… Set playoff career highs of 11 points in Game 5 on May 1 and 13 rebounds in Game 4 on April 29.

2005-06:
Averaged 2.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 18.6 minutes in 81 games (45 starts) for Dallas… Shot .487 from the field (75-154) and .542 from the free-throw line (39-72)… Ranked 14th in the NBA in blocks per game… Blocked 3+ shots 24 times, including a career-high tying six blocks on Nov. 15 vs. Denver and on Dec. 9 at Memphis… Also tallied a career-high 16 rebounds on Nov. 15 vs. Denver… Scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds, had a career-high five steals and blocked three shots, while making the lone three-point field goal of his NBA career, on April 18 vs. the Clippers… Appeared in 22 playoff games with 18 starts during the Mavericks run to the NBA Finals, averaging 2.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18.5 minutes… Shot .615 from the field (24-39) and .611 from the free-throw line (11-18).

2004-05:
Averaged 1.0 point, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 7.8 minutes in 39 games for Cleveland… Recorded 2+ blocks 7 times… Led or tied team-high in blocks on 10 occasions…Recorded season highs of eight rebounds and four blocks on Feb. 16 vs. Atlanta… Was on the injured list with a sprained right long finger from Nov. 3-10 and a left elbow contusion from Jan. 8-18, missing a total of 10 games… Recorded 33 DNP-CDs.

2003-04:
Averaged 2.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game in 56 games (3 starts) with Cleveland… Led or tied team-high in blocks 12 times and in steals on 7 occasions… Recorded a season-high eight points with five blocks on Nov. 7 at Indiana)… Grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds on Feb. 3 at Detroit… Missed 16 games (Dec. 8-Jan. 6) after having surgery to repair a torn right meniscus… Missed two games (Feb. 18-20) with a right ankle sprain…Recorded eight DNP-CDs.

2002-03:
Averaged 1.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in 11.8 minutes in 80 games (1 start) for Cleveland… Finished third on the team in blocks… Led the team in blocks 23 times… Scored a career-high 10 points in 21 minutes on Nov. 23 vs. New Orleans… Handed out a career-high four assists on March 2 vs. Orlando… Had four blocks in 9 minutes on Nov. 8 at Philadelphia… Recorded eight rebounds and four blocks in 17 minutes on March 16 vs. Utah.

2001-02:
Averaged 1.4 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 6.1 minutes in 18 games (1 start) as a rookie with Cleveland per game…Became the youngest player in team history to appear in a game on Oct. 30 vs. Boston and the youngest player in team history to start a game on Feb. 28 vs. Seattle… Missed 15 games (Oct. 31-Nov. 29) due to a mild sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee, which was injured on opening night … Was placed on the injured list on Feb. 28 with a right plantar fascia strain and missed the last 26 games of the season. Player Profile >