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Nazr Mohammed
Charlotte Bobcats  – No. 13
Center/power forward
Born September 5, 1977 (1977-09-05) (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality  United States
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
Salary $6,466,600
College Kentucky
Draft 1st round, 29th overall, 1998
Utah Jazz
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Philadelphia 76ers (1998–2001)
Atlanta Hawks (2001–2004)
New York Knicks (2004–2005)
San Antonio Spurs (2005–2006)
Detroit Pistons (2006–2007)
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Nazr Tahiru Mohammed [NAW-zee] (born September 5, 1977, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. He plays both center and power forward positions. He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 250 lb (113.4 kg). He is aggressive in offensive rebounding and putbacks.

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Early life

The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy. Mohammed entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1995 at a hefty 315 pounds, and saw little playing time during their NCAA Championship season. After slimming down for his sophomore year, Mohammed shared the starting center spot with Jamaal Magloire and was a key contributor in 1997, when the Cats were runners-up to Arizona. Mohammed would once again share the starting post position with Magloire in 1998, and once again they would bring the NCAA Championship home to Kentucky for the second time in three years.

NBA career

After his junior year, Mohammed was faced with a decision on whether to come back to school or enter the draft, and ultimately decided to enter the 1998 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round, as the 29th pick overall. Utah traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first round pick, which would turn out to be Quincy Lewis in the 1999 NBA Draft. He would spend two and a half seasons in Philadelphia. He then played for the Atlanta Hawks through the middle of the 2004 season, at which point he went to the New York Knicks. Mohammed split the 2004–05 season between the Knicks and the Spurs (who acquired him in a trade for Malik Rose). In a combined 77 games for both teams, he averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He won the 2005 NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs as a member of their starting lineup.

During Mohammed's second season in San Antonio he shared the starting center position with Rasho Nesterovič, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season. He was a key contributor to the team's first round series victory over Sacramento, averaging 7.0 points per game and nailing his second career three-point basket late in Game 1.[1] Mohammed, however, played sparingly in the team's second round series loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, he turned down a four-year contract extension and did not return to the Spurs. On July 4th, 2006, it was announced that he had come to terms on an agreement with the Detroit Pistons to become their starting center. After beginning the season in the starting five, the arrival of Chris Webber on January 16, 2007 made him gradually fall out of the team's rotation, the culmination being his 5 minutes in two postseason contests. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 51 games (33 starts), with about 15 minutes of action per game.

Mohammed was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats on December 14th, 2007, in exchange for Primož Brezec and Wálter Herrmann. He had a season-high 20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and a season-high 4 blocks against the Knicks on December 21st.[2]

On February 11th, 2008, Nazr scored a season high 22 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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
1998–99 Philadelphia 26 0 4.7 .357 .000 .571 1.4 .1 .2 .2 1.6
1999–00 Philadelphia 28 3 6.8 .389 .000 .545 1.8 .1 .1 .4 1.9
2000–01 Philadelphia 30 3 6.5 .466 .000 .500 1.8 .1 .2 .2 3.2
2000–01 Atlanta 28 19 25.6 .480 .000 .765 9.0 .6 .8 1.0 12.3
2001–02 Atlanta 82 73 26.4 .461 .000 .617 7.9 .4 .8 .7 9.7
2002–03 Atlanta 35 0 12.7 .421 .000 .634 3.7 .2 .5 .6 4.6
2003–04 Atlanta 53 1 17.7 .493 .000 .627 5.0 .4 .4 .5 6.5
2003–04 New York 27 23 24.9 .563 .000 .525 7.7 .6 1.2 .9 9.1
2004–05 New York 54 54 28.1 .509 .000 .708 8.1 .5 1.0 1.0 10.9
2004–05 San Antonio 23 5 18.0 .387 .000 .571 6.4 .3 .2 1.4 6.2
2005–06 San Antonio 80 30 17.4 .504 .000 .785 5.2 .5 .3 .6 6.2
2006–07 Detroit 51 33 15.2 .532 .000 .610 4.5 .2 .5 .8 5.6
2007–08 Detroit 21 0 10.9 .475 .000 .433 3.5 .3 .3 .4 3.3
2007–08 Charlotte 61 29 23.3 .520 .000 .617 6.9 1.1 .6 .9 9.3
2008–09 Charlotte 39 1 8.7 .406 .000 .550 2.0 .2 .1 .4 2.7
Career 638 274 18.1 .485 .000 .644 5.4 .4 .5 .6 6.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Philadelphia 3 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2003–04 New York 4 4 24.3 .500 .000 .688 5.8 .3 1.5 .8 10.3
2004–05 San Antonio 23 23 23.0 .528 1.000 .638 6.7 .3 .6 1.0 7.1
2005–06 San Antonio 8 3 11.8 .733 1.000 .722 3.9 .1 .4 .8 4.5
2006–07 Detroit 2 0 3.0 .500 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 2.5
Career 40 30 18.2 .541 1.000 .679 5.3 .3 .6 .8 6.1

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