After four games with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers…after being released by the Lakers in training camp, he signed with the L.A. D-Fenders of the NBADL…a D-League All-Star, he averaged 19.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.1 spg in 22 appearances…he helped lead the East All-Stars to a 135-132 win with a game-high 28 points on 10-17 FG, 3-8 3-pt FG and 5-5 FT and was named the game’s MVP…just two days after his NBADL All-Star Game appearance, he was called up by the Brooklyn Nets, where he made 31 appearances and averaged 12.9 ppg…for the Nets, he shot a career-best 48.1 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent from 3-pt range and 75.4 percent from the foul line…among Nets players with at least 100 field goals made, his percentage from the floor was second best on the team and he was second in accuracy from beyond the 3-pt line…he also had career-highs of 3.5 rpg, 1.1 apg and 0.9 spg…he made two starts and scored a total of 25 points with eight rebounds and five assists in those outings…in his first two appearances of the season he scored 10 and 11 points, respectively at Dallas, 2/28, and at Boston, 3/2…but, he scored a total of 15 points in the ensuing four games on 7-21 FG and 1-8 3-pt FG…he followed that with five straight games in double figures, including games with 26 points vs. Houston, 3/10, and vs. Toronto, 3/14…in those five games, he averaged 18.6 ppg and shot 35-61 FG (.574) with 8-22 3-pt FG (.364)…he also had a string of five straight games with 10+ points in April (4/13-21) and in that stretch he shot 10-24 from 3-pt range (.417)…following a six-point effort at Sacramento, 3/31, he scored at least eight points in all of the Nets’ final 12 games, hitting double digits in nine and 20+ points in three...including 5-7 from 3-pt range, he shot 11-18 FG and totaled a season-high 32 points vs. Cleveland, 4/8…that was one point shy of his career-best set in 2007 while playing for the Celtics...on that night against the Cavs, he and teammate Anthony Morrow combined for 56 points, the third most by a pair of teammates off the bench in NBA history…for the season, he averaged 3.5 rpg and he had at least five boards on 10 occasions…he pulled down a season-high seven rebounds three times and had two offensive boards three times…he totaled 11 assists in his first 18 games and had more than one on just one occasion…in the final 13 games he averaged 1.8 apg and dealt multiple assists eight times, including four of the last five games…he passed out a season-high four assists vs. Philadelphia, 4/10…he claimed a career-high tying three steals three times, including the Nets’ win over the Pacers, 3/28, and he had multiple thefts eight times…at Charlotte, 3/9, he blocked a season-high three shots and he had 17 rejections on the season…he blocked multiple shots five times.
He spent the entire season in Samara, Russia, playing for Krasnie Krilya, where he was a teammate of former Pacers center Primoz Brezec…in a total of 36 games, he averaged 12.0 ppg with 3.4 rpg, 0.9 apg and 1.0 spg…he shot 52-135 from 3-pt range (.385) and was 153-357 from the field overall (.429)…while going 5-8 from the line in five Eurocup games, he hit 69-81 FT (.852) in his 31 domestic league games…he was a PBL All-Star and won that league’s Slam Dunk competition…he scored in double figures 23 times and hit the 20-poin mark seven times…he scored a season-high 23 points vs. Sparktak SP, 6/11, on 9-15 FG, 2-3 3-pt FG and 3-3 FT…he connected on multiple 3-pt FG 15 times with a high of four on three occasions…in consecutive Eurocup games against Anwil, he was a combined 8-14 from beyond the 3-pt arc…he registered double-doubles vs. Anwil (21 points, 10 rebounds), 11/30, and vs. Unics (20 points, 10 rebounds), 1/29.
Playing for Locomotiv Kuban in Russia’s SuperLeague, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 20 appearances (SuperLeague and EuroChallenge combined)…he opened his Russian experience with 29 points on 8-15, 5-9 3-pt FG and 8-9 FT vs. Unics, 12/12…that was one of six games in which he scored 20+ points…he scored a season-best 36 points vs. Triumph on 13-18 FG, 4-7 3-pt FG and 6-6 FT…he hauled in a season-high six rebounds four times and had four or more boards 14 times.
He signed in July 2008 with the Dallas Mavericks and played in 38 games, averaging 5.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 10 minutes per game…in 12 starts for the Mavs, he averaged 5.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 13.7 minutes per game…including a season-high 17 points in a loss to the Lakers, 11/11, he scored in double figures in four of Dallas’s first six games and averaged 10.7 ppg in that span…he would score 10+ points just two more times the rest of the season and topped seven points just four times in his last 32 outings…in a win over the Warriors, 3/25, he scored 14 points on 6-10 FG and 2-2 FT…he tallied 13 points on 6-8 FG and 1-1 3-pt FG in a loss at Phoenix, 1/9…including his 4-4 FT against the Lakers, 11/11, he was 11-12 from the foul line in the first eight games of the season, but then hit 16-20 FT the rest of the season…after that game, he attempted more than two free throws twice—going 3-3 vs. Milwaukee, 2/25, and 2-3 at Cleveland, 3/29
Acquired from Boston as part of the trade for Kevin Garnett, he played 29 games for the Timberwolves before being dealt in February to Houston for Kirk Snyder…in his appearances for Minnesota (all off the bench), he averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game…he scored 10+ points four times, including a run of three straight in December (12/19-22), in which he shot 8-16 from 3-pt range and 7-8 FT…in the first of those three straight games in double figures, he scored a season-high 18 points on 6-13 FG, 4-8 3-pt FG and 2-2 FT vs. Golden State, 12/19…he followed that up by scoring 12 points on 3-5 FG, 2-4 3-pt FG and 4-4 FT in a win over the Pacers, 12/21…he also had a season-high five assists against the Pacers…he played in just one game for the Rockets, scoring six points (3-3 FG) with two offensive rebounds in four minutes vs. the Washington Wizards, 2/28…he was waived by the Rockets on March 8.
Playing in all but one of the Celtics’ 82 games, he doubled both his scoring and rebounding averages of his rookie season with 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game…he scored no more than nine points in any of the first 15 games and averaged 4.8 ppg in that span…then he exploded for 21 points off the bench in a two-point loss to Minnesota, 12/6…against the Timberwolves, he shot 7-10 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG and 4-4…he scored 16 of those points in the second half…he then totaled 32 point over the next seven games, before tallying 20 points vs. Philadelphia, 12/22…beginning with that game against the 76ers, he scored in double figures 33 times in his last 58 appearances…in the middle game of a five-game stretch in double figures, he tallied a career-best 33 points at Atlanta, 4/10…he scored 20+ points in four of those five games and averaged 21.8 ppg…he scored 20 or more points 15 times…dethroning the defending champion (Nate Robinson) in the final, he won the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend in Las Vegas, receiving the only perfect score of 50 of the entire competition for his final dunk.
Drafted directly out of high school, he averaged 5.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 32 appearances for the Boston Celtics.
2008-09: He made six appearances for the Mavericks during the 2009 Western Conference playoffs, totaling 11 points, two rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes…in his postseason debut, he scored four points on 2-2 FG vs. San Antonio, 4/20…in just one minute at Denver, 5/5, he scored a postseason career-high five points that included the first 3-pt FG (1-2) and free throws (2-2) of his playoff career.
Named a McDonald’s All-American after his senior season at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, TX, he averaged 33.0 ppg, 12.0 rebounds and 7.0 apg…he was the leading scorer in the 2005 McDonald’s game in South Bend, IN, with 24 points…he also won the McDonald’s All-America Game Slam Dunk competition, beating out former Pacers’ forward Josh McRoberts…as a junior, he led Gulf Shores Academy to a 39-2 record with averages of 28.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game…didn’t play basketball his freshman and sophomore years at Dobie High School in Houston…he played his junior season at Dobie, then transferred to Gulf Shores Academy, where he repeated his junior year and played his senior year…rated the top high school prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, he originally committed to attend Oklahoma State, before deciding to enter the NBA draft.