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New Orleans Pelicans | #12 | Center











6'11" | 265lb | 27 years

Player Bio


Averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and field goals (6.0). Held the sixth-highest field goal percentage in the league while ranking second in the NBA in offensive rebounds (4.9) and box outs (9.0). Among centers, ranked second in total steals (117) and third in +/- (389). On 12/19 at Sacramento, registered 20 points and a career-best 23 rebounds, marking just the third time a Thunder player recorded a 20/20 points/rebounds game (Kanter 4/6/16, Ibaka 2/19/18). On the same night, the Thunder became the first NBA team since 1995 to have a player with over 40 points (Paul George), a different player with over 20 rebounds (Steven Adams) and a different player with a triple-double (Russell Westbrook) (Mavericks, 4/11/95: Jamal Mashburn, Popeye Jones, Jason Kidd). From 12/7 to 12/14, produced a four-game streak in which he scored 20+ points, the longest such streak of his career. On 11/5 vs. New Orleans, scored his 3,500th career point, making him one of five players in NBA history with as many points and 2,700+ rebounds in his first 400 games while shooting 58 percent or better (Charles Barkley, Artis Gilmore, Cedric Maxwell, Shaquille O’Neal). On 4/5 vs. Detroit, went 7-for-9 to register 14 points and 14 rebounds while blocking two shots. On 4/2 vs. L.A. Lakers, recorded 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a game-best five blocks. On 3/31 vs. Dallas, produced a double-double of 20 points and a gamebest 15 rebounds along with two assists and two blocks. On 3/27 vs. Indiana, went 11-for-14 en route to a 25-point and 12-rebound double-double. On 3/5 at Minnesota, missed just one shot (5-6 FG) to register 13 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks. On 3/3 vs. Memphis, finished one board shy of his career high as he finished with a double-double of 13 points and 22 rebounds. On 2/22 vs. Utah, logged 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a game-leading five steals. On 1/24 vs. New Orleans, shot 9-for-12 to produce 20 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. On 1/17 vs. L.A. Lakers, went 6-for-9 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line to tally 17 points, 15 rebounds and four steals. On 1/8 vs. Minnesota, went 8-for-9 en route to 20 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. On 12/14 at Denver, registered 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. On 11/17 at Phoenix, went 11-of-15 to finish with 26 points and 10 rebounds. On 10/19 at LA Clippers, recorded 17 points on 8-for-11 shooting and 18 rebounds. Logged 28 doubledoubles. Scored in double figures 61 times and at least 20 points 13 times. Grabbed double-digit rebounds 34 times. Led the team in scoring twice, rebounding 28 times and assists once. Missed one game with left calf tightness. Missed one game with a right ankle sprain.


2012-13 (Freshman): Named to the Big East All-Rookie Team as well as Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year. Started in all 32 of his career games played. Ranked first all-time at Pitt in field goal percentage (57.1 percent), second in blocked shots (63), and sixth in rebounds for freshman seasons (192). Ranked first on team in rebounds per game (6.3) and blocks per game (2.0). Ranked fifth on team in scoring with 7.2 points per game. Scored in double figures on six occasions. Scored a careerhigh 16 points along with 10 rebounds against Bethune Cookman. Grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds along with eight points against Duquesne. Scored 13 points along with 11 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game against Wichita State. Blocked a career-high five shots against South Florida.


First lottery pick and first-round pick to come out of New Zealand in NBA Draft history. The self-proclaimed unicorn is one of 18 siblings, six of whom played basketball for New Zealand. All of his brothers stand around 6-10 to 6-11 and his sisters 6-5 to 6-6. His half-sister, Dame Valerie, is a 2008 and 2016 Olympic champion and four-time world champion in the shot put. Favorite movie is “Nacho Libre” and favorite song is “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Plays guitar in his free time. Lists Meatloaf as his favorite music artist and Wesley Snipes as his celebrity look-alike.