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Hamed Haddadi
حامد حدادی
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Memphis Grizzlies  – No. 15
Center
Born May 19, 1985 (1985-05-19) (age 24)
Ahvaz, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,627,779
Draft Undrafted
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams Shahin Ahvaz (1999–02)
Paykan (2002–07)
Al-Nasr (2003)
→ Sanam (2004)
Saba Battery (2007–08)
Memphis Grizzlies (2008–)
Dakota Wizards (2008)
Awards FIBA Asia Championship 2007 MVP
FIBA Asia Championship 2009 MVP
Profile Info Page

Hamed Haddadi (Persian: حامد حدادی, born May 19, 1985 in Ahvaz) is an Iranian professional basketball player with the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). [1] He plays at the center position and is 2.18 m (7'2") tall and weighs 280 lbs.[2] Haddadi is the first Iranian to play in the NBA.

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Pro career

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Career in Iran

Haddadi played in the Iranian Basketball Super League with Paykan and Saba Battery. In August 2007, while still playing in Iran, he rejected a contract offer from the Serbian League team Partizan Belgrade. [3] In 2008, he won the Asian Club Championship.

NBA career

Haddadi received offers from NBA teams prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics and stated he would sign with a team after the games. [4] Complications existed because of legal restrictions regarding business dealings between U.S. companies and Iranian citizens. [5][6] On August 28, 2008, Haddadi signed with the NBA club the Memphis Grizzlies as a free-agent. Haddadi scored four points in 17 minutes of action in his first NBA preseason game, an October 7, 2008 loss at the Houston Rockets. [7][8]

Haddadi averaged 1.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes in six preseason games with the Grizzlies, and made his regular season debut on December 30, when he played 4 minutes in a loss against the Phoenix Suns, hitting both of his free throws and grabbing one rebound. [9][10] He was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League (D-League) between November and December 2008. [11]

On November 25, 2008, Memphis assigned Haddadi to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. On Tuesday, December 23, Haddadi was recalled by the Grizzlies. [11] Haddadi scored a career-high 10 points, with 8 rebounds and a block in less than 10 minutes to key a 12–0 run in the 4th quarter, sparking the Grizzlies to a come-from-behind victory at the Golden State Warriors on March 30, 2009. [12]

Despite receiving offers from European teams such as the Spanish League club FC Barcelona, it is likely that Haddadi will extend his contract until 2013 with the Grizzlies.[13]

In a game against the Sacramento Kings, he symbolically shook hands with Omri Casspi, the first Israeli basketball player in the NBA.

Iranian national team

Medal record
Men's basketball
Competitor for  Iran
Asian Games
Bronze 2006 Doha Team
Asian Championship
Gold 2007 Tokushima Team
Gold 2009 Tianjin Team

Haddadi won the silver medal at the 2002 Asian U18 Championship and the gold medal at the 2004 Asian U20 Championship while playing on Iran's junior national teams. He won the gold medals at the 2004 and 2005 West Asian Championships with the senior Iranian national basketball team.

Haddadi also won the bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games and the gold medal at both the 2007 FIBA Asian Championship and the 2009 FIBA Asian Championship. He was also named the MVP of both tournaments.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he led the tournament with the highest average blocked shots per game and rebounds per game, the latter by a wide margin.

Haddadi was involved in a brawl in the 2009 William Jones cup against team Jordan which was a vital game in the cup. It later led to the outcome of the championship where Iran won despite having a 6-2 standing whilst Jordan had a 7-1 record.

Hamed Haddadi led team Iran to back to back FIBA Asia championships, where they beat Jordan in the semis 77-75, and wallopped tournament favorite and host, team China, 70-52.

Off the court

In September 2009, Haddadi hosted a weekend basketball camp for kids on the campus of California State University, Northridge. The camp was aimed mainly at the Iranian-American community, and coaches included Haddadi himself, his manager, Mayar Zokaei, new Los Angeles Lakers Forward Ron Artest, and Iranian professional basketball players Behdad Sami and Benny Koochoie, amongst others. The camp was attended by over 100 children and was the first sports camp ever by an Iranian athlete.

Haddadi also recently spearheaded the Hamed Haddadi Javanan Foundation, a charity organization formed with the intention of awarding college scholarships to student athletes across the nation. [14]

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
2008–09 Memphis 19 0 6.3 .484 .000 .600 2.5 .4 .1 .6 2.5
Career 19 0 6.3 .484 .000 .600 2.5 .4 .1 .6 2.5

Honours

National team

  • West Asian Championship
    • Gold medal: 2004, 2005

Club

Individual

References

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