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HOW ACQUIRED/DRAFT BACKGROUND: Selected by Portland in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

2012-13: In his first season in the NBA, posted averages of 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.53 steals and 16.6 minutes in 49 games (16 starts) … In games which he started, averaged 4.9 points, 0.88 steals and 23.8 minutes … Scored a career-high 12 points to go along with five rebounds April 1 at Utah … Grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds Feb. 24 vs. Boston … Started the final eight games of the season, as he averaged 6.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game … Missed nine games due to a right elbow contusion (Nov. 23-Dec. 8), and also missed nine contests because of a left ankle sprain (March 10-24) … Scored 11 points and recorded six rebounds Feb. 13 at New Orleans … Made a career-best three 3-pointers en route to finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists at the L.A. Clippers on April 16 … Played in four games (all starts) with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League during the month of December, where he averaged 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.00 steals and 33.8 minutes per game.

PRO CAREER: Served as Valencia’s team captain for three seasons from 2009-20012, the most successful three-year span in club history in which the team finished in the Spanish ACB League’s top four every season under his captaincy … Named the 2010 EuroCup Rising Star, an honor given to the most outstanding player in the competition under the age of 22 … 2011-12: Helped lead Valencia to the Spanish ACB League semifinals for the first time since 2003 and a top four regular season finish for the third consecutive season … Averaged 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 10 EuroCup games and helped Valencia reach the finals, where they fell to Khimky (Russia) by a score of 77-68 … Finished the regular season with averages of 8.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 27 ACB League games … 2010-11: Named to the Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Domestic Players Team … Named to the Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Third Team … Helped Valencia reach the Copa Del Rey semifinals, the team’s best finish in the Spanish Cup since Claver’s first season with Valencia, when they reached the finals … Ranked second on the team in points per game (11.5) and 3-point percentage (36-89, 40.9%) … Averaged 10.9 points in 14 EuroCup games as Valencia reached the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by Real Madrid … 2009-10: Averaged 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 16 EuroCup games en route to Valencia becoming EuroCup champions for the first time in club history … Awarded the EuroCup Rising Star Award for his performance in the tournament … Posted averages of 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds and appeared in every regular season game … Recorded a career high with 279 total points in his 34 games … 2008-09: Suffered a broken leg in December 2008 and missed five months of action, limiting him to 16 regular season appearances, where he posted averages of 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game … 2007-08: Won the Spanish All-Star Game Slam Dunk Championship … Played a full regular season for the first time with Valencia and posted averages of 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game … 2006-07: Made his professional debut for Valencia’s first team and played in 19 Spanish ACB League games, averaging 2.3 points per contest.

SPANISH NATIONAL TEAM: A member of the Spanish National Team that earned the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Claver averaged 0.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 4.8 minutes in five appearances … Appeared in seven games for the Spanish National Team and won a second gold medal at the 2011 European Championships in Lithuania (2.0 ppg) … Made his first appearance for the Spanish National Team’s first team in 2009 and made seven appearances during the team’s gold medal run at the European Championships in Poland (2.0 ppg) … Averaged 15.6 points in eight games for the Spanish U-20 National Team en route to a bronze medal at the U-20 European Championships in Latvia in 2008 … Won a bronze medal at the 2007 U-18 European World Championships in Greece, averaging 14.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in eight games.
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Height: 6'9''/ 2.06m
Weight: 224 lbs./ 101.6 kg
Born: August 30, 1988
From: Valencia, Spain
Draft: 1st Round (22nd pick) 2009 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 2
Previous Teams:
  Portland Trail Blazers 2009 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Valencia, Spain

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