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CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted second overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Draft…Re-signed with the Charlotte Bobcats on July 31, 2008...Acquired by the New Orleans Hornets from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Tyson Chandler on July 28, 2009…Acquired with Trevor Ariza from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Rashard Lewis and 2012 second-round draft pick (46th overall) on June 20, 2012.

PROFESSIONALLY: Has played in 511 games (507 starts) over eight seasons for the Bobcats and Hornets, averaging 12.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 32.6 minutes per game…One of only three players in the NBA to average a double-double in each season from 2004-05 to 2008-09 (Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard)…Has averaged at least 10 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks in seven of his eight NBA seasons and has shot at least 53 percent from the field in the last six consecutive seasons…Has 234 career double-doubles, including one 30 point/10 rebound performance, three 20 point/20 rebound games and three 10 point/20 rebound games…Has recorded 10-plus rebounds in 280 games and 20-plus rebounds in six games…Recorded 20 or more points in 66 games and has one career 30-point game… Posted eight blocked shots in the first half at NYK on January 12, 2007, tying him with Tim Duncan for the NBA record for blocks in a half…Named NBA got milk? Rookie of the Year in 2004-05, becoming only the third player from an expansion team to win Rookie of the Year honors…Was also a three-time winner of the Eastern Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month award (November, December, April).

2011-12: Averaged 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting .533 from the field in 27 games with the Hornets…Missed 39 games with a season-ending knee injury sustained in mid-February…Had 16 points and added a season-high 17 rebounds vs. Dallas (1/21)…Totaled 11 points, six rebounds and tied a career-high with five assists vs. PHX (2/1)…Had a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds vs. SAC (2/6). 2010-11 Season: Averaged 10.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 31.8 minutes over 72 games (all starts)…had 42 games with 10 or more points, two games with 20 or more points, 23 double-doubles and two 20-10 games…led the team in rebounds 43 times and tied for the team lead nine times and has led the team in scoring three times…ranked 3rd in the NBA in field goal percentage (.573), 10th in rebounds and 13th in blocks per game…collected 17 rebounds. and scored 14 points 4/3 vs. IND…grabbed a franchise-best tying 12 offensive rebounds and had 16 rebounds with 17 points 1/17 vs. TOR…had 17 points and 15 rebounds 1/12 at HOU…scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds 12/26 vs. ATL…scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and had 10 rebounds 12/22 vs. NJN…had 19 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals (only the fourth Hornet ever to do so) 12/20 at IND…had 14 points and 13 rebounds 12/1 vs. CHA…had 11 rebounds, 13 points and four blocks 11/29 at OKC…led the team with 26 points and 13 rebounds on 12-of-13 shooting 11/5 vs. MIA… inactive 10 times this season (left oblique strain).

Professional: Has played in 412 games (408 starts) over six seasons for the Bobcats and Hornets, averaging 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots in 33.0 minutes per game… one of only three players in the NBA to average a double-double in each season from 2004-05 to 2008-09 (Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard are the others)…named NBA got milk? Rookie of the Year in 2004-05, becoming only the third player from an expansion team to win Rookie of the Year honors… Was also a three-time winner of the Eastern Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month award (November, December, April).

2009-10 Season: Averaged 10.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29.0 minutes over 82 games (82 starts)…had 39 games with 10+ points, seven games with 20+ points, 40 games with 10+ rebounds, 27 double-doubles, five 20/10 games...ranked 16th in the NBA in rebounds/game (9.0), 15th in blocks/game (1.55) and 13th in field-goal percentage (.530)…had 23 points (11-14 FG) vs. MIN 4/11… had 22 points, 11 rebounds vs. GSW 3/8… notched 8 points, season-high 17 rebounds, career-high tying 5 steals and 3 blocks at DAL 2/28…totaled 4 points, 11 rebounds and season-high 6 blocks (5 in first quarter) vs. HOU 2/21…had 21 points, 10 rebounds and made last 10 field goals, one short of tying a Hornets franchise record… had 5 blocks (4 in 3rd quarter) vs. DEN 12/18…scored 21 points (7-8 FG, 7-9 FT) vs. LAC 1/13… 20 points, 11 rebounds at PHI 1/11…had 14 points and season-high 16 reobunds vs. HOU 1/2…had nine points, 12 rebounds and season-high five blocks (four in third quarter) vs. DEN 12/18…24 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks at NYK 11/2…had 11 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks (two in final eight seconds) vs. SAC 10/30…had 18 points, 10 rebounds at SAS 10/28 in season debut.

2008-09: Played in all 82 games for the second-straight season, extending his franchise-record streak to 175 consecutive games played…started 81 games before coming off the bench in the season finale, snapping his consecutive games started streak at 173…averaged 13.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 0.6 assists and 0.6 steals in 32.8 minutes…ranked fifth in the NBA in rebounds, sixth in field goal percentage (.561) and 12th in blocked shots…one of eight players in the NBA to average a double-double for the season and one of only three players to average a double-double in each of the last five seasons (Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard are the others)…set a career high and franchise record for field goal percentage, shooting .561 from the field (433-773)… scored in double figures 57 times, including 11 games with 20 points or more…grabbed double-figure rebounds 42 times, tallying 39 double-doubles… led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 57 times, in blocked shots 50 times and in scoring nine times…pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds on 11/28 at IND, marking a season-high for a Bobcats player…tallied season highs of 29 points and four assists, along with 18 rebounds, on 12/23 vs. WAS.

2007-08: Played in all 82 games, starting all 82 and joining Jason Richardson as the first Bobcats players ever to play 82 games in a season…averaged 13.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocked shots, 0.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 33.1 minutes per game…one of 13 players in the NBA to average a double-double for the season…led the Bobcats in rebounding 57 times and in blocks 51 times…scored in double figures 62 times, including 15 games of 20 points or more, and posted 44 double-figure rebounding games…tallied 39 double-doubles, leading the team and tying for 10th in the NBA…ranked sixth in the league in rebounding and tied for 10th in blocks…posted two 20-20 games, 11/9 vs. IND (25 points and 23 rebounds) and 2/13 vs. ATL (20 points and 21 rebounds)… set a careerhigh by shooting .535 from the field, ranking 12th in the league… received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the month of September.

2006-07: Averaged 14.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.57 blocked shots and 34.3 minutes in 67 games, with 65 starts… was the only player to rank among the NBA’s top 10 in rebounds, blocked shots and double-doubles…led the team in scoring 11 times and in rebounds 39 times…posted 53 double-figure scoring games, including 13 of 20 points or more, along with 43 double-figure rebounding games…had a team-high 38 double-doubles, including 11 games of 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds…one of 11 players in the NBA to average a double-double for the season…blocked 10 shots at NYK on 1/12, setting a career high, franchise record and Madison Square Garden record…his eight blocked shots in the first half tied him with Tim Duncan for the NBA record for blocks in a half… added 20 points and nine rebounds in the game, barely missing the first triple-double in Bobcats history…posted career highs of 19 defensive rebounds and 25 total rebounds vs. LAL on 12/29…also set career highs of five assists at MIL on 4/14 and five steals at SAS on 11/15…averaged 20.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.1 blocks over the season’s first 10 games, joining Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to do so since the league began tracking blocked shots in 1973-74… missed 15 games from Feb. 26 to March 24 with a left calf strain.

2005-06: Averaged 12.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 33.2 minutes in 26 games, starting 25… reached double-figure scoring 20 times and double-figure rebounds 17 times… ranked second on the team with 16 double-doubles despite missing 56 games with a right ankle injury… ranked second in the NBA with 3.6 offensive rebounds per game prior to injury… one of 10 players in the NBA to average a double-double for the season… posted two 20-plus points and 10-plus rebound games on 11/4 at PHI (24 points, 11 rebounds) and on 11/ 16 vs. IND (20 points, 12 rebounds)… led the Bobcats in rebounding 17 times, in blocked shots 16 times and in scoring four times… recorded a season-high 17 rebounds on 11/ 26 vs. WAS… tied his then-career high of six blocked shots at GSW on 12/ 2 and at NJN on 12/14… had four straight double-doubles before injuring his right ankle on 12/19 vs. SAC… missed eight games with a right ankle sprain from Dec. 20-Jan. 7… returned to action vs. HOU in his lone game as a reserve on 1/10, and scored 21 points with eight rebounds before re-injuring his right ankle and missing the rest of the season.

2004-05: Selected by Charlotte with the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft to become the first draft pick in Bobcats history… earned NBA got milk? Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie First Team honors… became only the third player from an expansion team to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors… led all NBA rookies with averages of 15.1 points and 10.9 rebounds in 35.6 minutes… ranked third in the NBA with 3.8 offensive rebounds, fourth with 10.9 rebounds and 47 double-doubles and 14th with 1.7 blocks… one of 11 NBA players to average a double-double… posted 19 consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, the longest such streak by any NBA player during the 2004-05 season and the longest streak for a rookie since 12-time NBA All-Star Elvin Hayes posted 60 straight from Oct. 30, 1968 to Feb. 22, 1969… averaged the most rebounds in a season by a rookie since 1997-98 when Tim Duncan averaged 11.9 rebounds… recorded 16 games with 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds… reached double-figure scoring 59 times and double-figure rebounding 53 times, notching 47 double-doubles… posted a season-high 30 points vs. LAL on 3/12 and his season-high 19 rebounds vs. DET on 4/20 and PHI 1/19… three-time winner of the Eastern Conference got milk? Rookie of the Month (November, December, April)… led the Bobcats in rebounding 55 times, in blocks 38 times and in scoring 26 times… became the fourth rookie in NBA history to start for an expansion franchise on opening night, joining Kevin Edwards (Miami, 1988), Nick Anderson (Orlando, 1989) and Damon Stoudamire (Toronto, 1995).

PLAYOFFS: Averaged 7.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while shooting .645 from the field in six career playoff games with the New Orleans Hornets (2010-11). College: Named 2004 Co-National Player of the Year (along with Orlando’s Jameer Nelson at St. Joseph’s) by the NABC… was one of only two players unanimously named (Jameer Nelson) First Team All-America by the Associated Press… earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2004 NCAA Final Four after leading the Huskies to the National Championship… received National Defensive Player of the Year honors from the NABC in 2003 and 2004… finished his career as the seventh all-time leading shot-blocker in NCAA history with 441, and holds three of Connecticut’s top four single-season blocked shot totals… ranks as Connecticut’s all-time career leader in field goal percentage (.590)… finished his collegiate career with 1,402 points (13.7 ppg), 1,076 rebounds (10.5 rpg) and 441 blocked shots (4.3 bpg)… became only the fourth UConn player to surpass 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds… named Big East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior… averaged 17.6 points, 11.5 rebounds (third nationally) and 4.1 blocks (tied for first)… posted his first career triple-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks against Army… averaged 15.9 points and 11.2 rebounds (seventh nationally) and led the country with 4.7 blocks as a sophomore… earned Third Team All-America honors from the NABC…as a freshman, averaged 7.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and led the nation with 4.1 blocks… named 2001-02 Freshman All-American First Team by The Sporting News, Basketball News and Basketball Times… named First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA his sophomore and junior seasons… selected as the Academic All-American of the Year for the University Division in 2003-04.

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Height: 6'10''/ 2.08m
Weight: 255 lbs./ 115.7 kg
Born: September 28, 1982
From: University of Connecticut
Draft: 1st Round (2nd pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 9
Previous Teams:
  Washington Wizards 2013 - 2013
  Phoenix Suns 2013 - 2013
  Washington Wizards 2012 - 2012
  New Orleans Hornets 2010 - 2011
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Prior to NBA/Country: Connecticut/USA

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