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Erick Dampier
Erick Dampier.jpg
Dallas Mavericks  – No. 25
Center
Born July 14, 1975 (1975-07-14) (age 34)
Jackson, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
League NBA
Salary $12,115,500
High school Lawrence County High School
Monticello, Mississippi
College Mississippi State
Draft 10th overall, 1996
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Indiana Pacers (1996–97)
Golden State Warriors (1997–04)
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Erick Travez[1] Dampier (born July 14, 1975, in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 6 ft 11 in / 265 lb. center.

Erick played competitively at Lawrence County High School in Monticello, Mississippi, where he led the rural county to two state championships. Dampier played college basketball at Mississippi State University. While there he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He was an early entry to the 1996 NBA draft after his junior season, in which he led MSU to the 1996 Southeastern Conference tournament championship, and the NCAA Final Four before being drafted as the tenth pick in the first round by the Indiana Pacers.

He played 72 games in his rookie year with the Pacers, starting 21 of them and finishing with averages of 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. On August 12, 1997 he and Duane Ferrell were traded to the Golden State Warriors for Chris Mullin.

He spent the next seven years, primarily as the starting center, for the Warriors, hitting his peak production in 2003-04 with averages of 12.3 points, 12 rebounds and 1.85 blocks per game. However, some critics claimed that he stepped up his production because he was in a contract year, and indeed he was considered a top free-agent commodity in the 2004 off-season.

Eventually he signed with the Mavericks, and in his first season in Dallas he played in 59 games (starting 56), averaging 9.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.85 blocks per game. However, in the 2005 Playoffs, he played against elite centers Yao Ming and Amar'e Stoudemire and was criticized as inconsistent and foul-prone.

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Dampier plays the center position. He is a good rebounder (7.4 boards as a career average), especially on the offensive end (3.0 offensive boards per game), combines good footwork with physical toughness and sheer aggression. Dampier's offensive input is limited (8.5 points per game career average). He is also rarely injured, having played 311 of 328 possible regular season games in his last four years.

The main weakness of Dampier is arguably his inconsistency. During his contract year in Golden State, he was a steady double-double player (12.0 rpg, 12.3 ppg), but has dropped to single digits in both points and rebounds since then. He even lost his starting spot to DeSagana Diop in the next season, but seems more efficient coming off the bench.

Talk emerged in the summer of 2009 about the Dallas Mavericks trading Dampier with teammate Jerry Stackhouse to the Phoenix Suns for All-Star Center Shaquille O'Neal - who has insulted Dampier's play in the past, saying "Dampier is soft. Quote it, underline it, tape it and send it to him".

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Indiana 72 21 14.6 .390 1.000 .637 4.1 .6 .3 1.0 5.1
1997–98 Golden State 82 82 32.4 .445 .000 .669 8.7 1.1 .5 1.7 11.8
1998–99 Golden State 50 50 28.3 .389 .000 .588 7.6 1.1 .5 1.2 8.8
1999–00 Golden State 21 12 23.6 .405 .000 .529 6.4 .9 .4 .7 8.0
2000–01 Golden State 43 26 24.1 .401 .000 .532 5.8 1.4 .4 1.4 7.4
2001–02 Golden State 73 46 23.8 .435 .000 .645 5.3 1.2 .2 2.3 7.6
2002–03 Golden State 82 82 24.1 .496 .000 .698 6.6 .7 .3 1.9 8.2
2003–04 Golden State 74 74 32.5 .535 .000 .654 12.0 .8 .4 1.9 12.3
2004–05 Dallas 59 56 27.3 .550 .000 .605 8.5 .9 .2 1.4 9.2
2005–06 Dallas 82 36 23.6 .493 .000 .591 7.8 .6 .3 1.3 5.7
2006–07 Dallas 76 73 25.2 .626 .000 .623 7.4 .6 .3 1.1 7.1
2007–08 Dallas 72 64 24.4 .643 .000 .575 7.5 .9 .3 1.5 6.1
2008–09 Dallas 80 80 23.0 .650 .000 .638 7.1 1.0 .3 1.2 5.7
Career 866 702 25.2 .492 .083 .628 7.4 .9 .3 1.4 7.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Dallas 13 13 23.7 .597 .000 .393 7.5 .5 .5 1.4 7.0
2005–06 Dallas 19 2 23.9 .540 .000 .614 6.7 .3 .6 1.3 5.0
2006–07 Dallas 5 2 7.6 .667 .000 .500 3.4 .2 .0 .0 1.0
2007–08 Dallas 5 5 19.0 .412 .000 .400 4.2 .0 .2 .6 3.6
2008–09 Dallas 10 10 25.5 .611 .000 .619 6.1 .7 .4 .9 5.7
Career 52 32 22.1 .565 .000 .533 6.2 .4 .4 1.0 5.1

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