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Sacramento Kings | #25 | Forward-Center

Chimezie

Metu

PPG

6.3

RPG

3.1

APG

0.8

PIE

8.3

6'9" | 225lb | 24 years

Player Bio

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

TRANSACTIONS/CAREER NOTES: Selected by the Spurs in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft (49th overall) … signed multi-year with the Spurs (9/4/18) ... played with San Antonio in the 2018 NBA Summer League, averaging 11.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 1.4 apg in 21.4 minutes in five appearances ... played three seasons at the University of Southern California … in 104 career games, averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.62 blocks, finishing his career third in school history with 168 blocks … went to Lawndale High School in Lawndale, California ... played at the 2014 NIKE Global Challenge for Nigeria and was an All-Tournament selection ... originally from Nigeria ... selected as a member of the Nigerian National Team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup ... helped Nigeria qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.20 blocks in 18.5 minutes over five games NBAHONORS/AWARDS: Named to the 2016-17 All-Rookie Second Team ... Earned Rookie of the Month honors for February 2017. NBA CAREER: Averaging 8.6 ppg (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .834 FT%), 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 0.7 spg and 22.8 mpg in 199 games (53 starts) over three seasons with three teams: Brooklyn (2016-17), Dallas (2016-18) and Sacramento (2018-19). NBA G LEAGUE: Averaged 18.7 ppg (.422 FG%, .398 3pt%, .903 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.6 and 35.7 mpg in 18 career G League games (18 starts) with one team: Long Island Nets (2016-17) ... Initially selected as a then 2017 D-League Eastern Conference All-Star ... Earned a GATORADE Call Up from Long Island to the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9, 2016 ... Received a second GATORADE Call Up on Jan. 28, 2017 after signing a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. 2018-19 (Sacramento): Averaged 5.9 ppg (.435 FG, .362 3pt%, .896 FT%), 1.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.5 spg and 15.0 mpg in 71 games (3 starts) ... As a starter, totaled 29 points (9-23 FG, 5-10 3pt, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 90 minutes in three games ... As a reserve, averaged 5.8 ppg (.438 FG%, .353 3pt%, .885 FT%), 1.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.5 spg and 14.4 mpg in 68 games ... Set single season career-highs in field goal and free throw percentage ... Led the Kings in assists two times ... Scored in double figures in 13 games ... Missed 11 games ... Did not play in 11 games due to coach’s decision (10/30/18, 11/7/18, 11/10-11/16/18, 11/19-11/24/19, 12/1/18, 12/10/18, 3/14/19) ... Top Single-Game Performances: Tallied 17 points, six assists, two rebounds and one steal in a win vs. Minnesota as he shot 5-of-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from 3-point distance (12/12/18) ... Made six of his nine field goal attempts totaling 16 points, three boards, three assists and one block at Minnesota (12/17/18) ... Recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals at Toronto (1/22/19) ... Scored a season-high 19 points as went 7-for-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point range in a win vs. San Antonio (2/4/19) as he is just one of 25 players since the 1983-84 season to go perfect from the field on seven or more field goals and make every shot from 3-point range on four or more attempts; one of 13 players to complete the feat while coming off the bench as he was one of three players this season to go perfect from the field and from beyond the arc on seven-plus field goal tries and four-plus 3-point attempts (Dante Cunningham, Norman Powell). 2017-18 (Dallas): Averaged 10.2 ppg (.426 FG%, 373 3pt%, .796 FT%), 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.8 spg and 27.8 mpg in 82 games (21 starts) ... As a starter, averaged 12.0 ppg (.443 FG%, .421 3pt%, .909 FT%), 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.8 spg and 33.3 mpg in 21 games ... As a reserve, averaged 9.6 ppg (.419 FG%, .353 3pt%, .765 FT%), 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.8 spg and 25.9 mpg in 61 games ... Set single season career-highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game ... Scored in double-figures in 40 games, including 20 or more points in five contests ... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in two games ... Dished out 10+ assists once ... Collected three double-doubles ... Top Single-Game Performances: Set new career-highs going 7-for-8 from the free throw line as he finished with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal vs. Sacramento (10/20/17) ... Posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for his first double-double of the season at San Antonio (12/16/17) ... Recorded 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, including a career-best three offensive rebounds in a win vs. Orlando (1/9/18) ... Took all of his shots from 3-point range going 7-of-10 for 22 points at Charlotte (1/10/18) ... Totaled 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with five boards and three steals at Houston (2/11/18) ... Notched 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and a career-high tying four steals at Los Angeles (2/23/18) ... Scored a season-high 24 points as he shot 9-of-11 from the field and 6-for-7 from 3-point range in a win at Denver (3/6/18) ... Dished out a career-high 12 assists while adding 12 points and five rebounds at Brooklyn (3/17/18). 2016-17 (Brooklyn/Dallas): Averaged 10.0 ppg (.406 FG%, .386 3pt%, .831 FT%), 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 0.9 spg and 26.0 mpg in 46 games (29 starts) ... As a starter, averaged 11.7 ppg (.400 FG%, .379 3pt%, .884 FT%), 2.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg and 30.6 mpg in 29 games ... As a reserve, averaged 7.2 ppg (.423 FG%, .404 3pt%, 13-20 FT), 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.5 spg and 18.3 mpg in 17 games ... Averaged 5.4 ppg (.367 FG%, .296 3pt%, .625 FT%), 1.2 rpg, 1.7 apg and 15.1 mpg in 10 games (0 starts) with the Nets ... Averaged 11.3 ppg (.412 FG%, .403 3pt%, .877 FT%), 2.8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.1 spg and 29.0 mpg in 36 games (29 starts) ... As a reserve for Dallas, averaged 9.7 ppg (.473 FG%, .520 3pt%, 3-4 FT), 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg and 22.8 mpg in seven games ... Among rookies, ranked fifth in points per game, second in assists per game, third in steals per game, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage and fifth in free throw percentage ... Missed four games ... Did not play in three games due to a coach’s decision (11/29/16, 12/3/16, 12/7/16) ... Inactive in one game due to G League assignment (12/5/16) ... Top Single-Game Performances: Tallied careerhighs with 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including a career-best nine treys just four games into his 10-day contract in a win at Portland (2/3/17) ... Posted 11 points and nine assists at Atlanta (3/1/17) ... Posted 16 points and seven assists in a win vs. Los Angeles (3/7/17) ... Notched 21 points, four rebounds and four assists as he went 8-of-16 from the field at Phoenix (4/9/17).

BEFORE NBA

Chimezie Metu moved to Nigeria at the age of six ... selected as a member of the Nigerian National Team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup ... helped Nigeria qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by averaging 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.20 blocks in 18.5 minutes over five games... played at the 2014 NIKE GlobalChallenge for Nigeria and was an All-Tournament selection ... spentthree seasons at the University of Southern California ... in 104 career games, averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.62 blocks, finishing his career third in school historywith 168 blocks ...was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player and earned All-Pac-12 Second Team honors as a sophomore.