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David Emil Andersen (born June 23, 1980 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian professional basketball player. He also holds a Danish passport. He is listed by the NBA at 6 ft 11 (2.11m) tall. He is currently with the Houston Rockets.
Andersen played in the Euroleague for 9 seasons, where he was a part of three Euroleague championship teams: Virtus Bologna 2001, CSKA Moscow 2006, 2008. He did not play during the 2006 Euroleague playoffs, as he was injured, but he still was on CSKA's team that season that won the championship.
He is a power forward-center. While he can play at the center position, his natural position is power forward, and he mainly played that position during his Euroleague career. In Europe he was not known for being a defensive player and rebounder for his size, but for being a good offensive power forward that could both spread the floor and score in the low post.
Andersen started playing basketball at the Australian Institute of Sport. He signed his first professional contract with the Wollongong Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League in 1998. After just one year, he moved to the Italian A League and signed a multi-year contract with Virtus Bologna, with whom he won numerous titles in his four-year span with the team. After the team went into bankruptcy in the summer of 2003, he moved to the Italian club Montepaschi Siena, with whom he won another Italian Championship.
The following season he moved again, this time to the Russian Superleague A club CSKA Moscow. Andersen earned an All-Euroleague First Team selection in the 2004-05 Euroleague season, when CSKA made it to the Euroleague Final Four. Before the 2008-09 season, he transferred to the Spanish ACB League club FC Barcelona. With Barcelona he won the Spanish Championship.
Andersen was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 37th draft pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. On July 14, 2009, his NBA draft rights were traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Houston Rockets for $2 million cash and a future second round draft pick. The Rockets then paid a $500,000 contract buyout to Andersen's Spanish club FC Barcelona. Andersen then signed a 3 year contract with the Rockets worth $7.5 million, with the third year of the contract being a team option.
Australian national team
Andersen is a member of the senior Australian national basketball team. He won the gold medal at the FIBA Oceania Championship 2003, the FIBA Oceania Championship 2005, and the FIBA Oceania Championship 2007. He also represented Australia at both the 2004 Olympics Basketball Tournament and the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament..
Awards and accomplishments
- Australian Junior Player of the Year (1998)
- Won 2 Italian Cups (2001, 2002)
- Won 3 Euroleague Championships (2001, 2006, 2008)
- Won 2 Italian Championships (2001, 2004)
- Won 2 Triple Crowns (2001, 2006)
- Italian League All Star Game (2003)
- Italian League Finals MVP (2004)
- Won 3 Russian Cups (2005, 2006, 2007)
- All-Euroleague First Team (2005)
- Won 4 Russian Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Won 1 Spanish Championship (2009)
Australian national team