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Nenê
Nene boxing out.jpg
Denver Nuggets  – No. 31
Power forward-Center
Born September 13, 1982 (1982-09-13) (age 27)
São Carlos, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
Salary $10,520,000
Draft 7th overall, 2002
New York Knicks
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams Vasco/Barueri (Brazil) (2001–2002)
Vasco da Gama (Brazil) (2001–2002)
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Nenê (/nuh-NAY/) (born on September 13, 1982 in São Carlos, Brazil) is a Brazilian professional basketball player who plays for the NBA's Denver Nuggets. His name at birth was Maybyner Rodney Hilário, but it was legally changed to Nenê in 2003.[1]

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Early life

He received his nickname Nenê (Brazilian Portuguese for baby) because he was the youngest in both his family and his group of childhood friends. Like most Brazilian children, he started out playing soccer, and was good enough to receive some interest from professional clubs. He did not play basketball until he was 14.[citation needed]

Professional career

He first came to international attention at the 2001 Goodwill Games as a member of the Brazilian national team. He also played in the Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. Afterward, he excelled at the NBA's predraft camp in Chicago in 2002; the New York Knicks picked him seventh overall in the 2002 NBA Draft and immediately traded him to the Denver Nuggets.

He began the 2002-03 season on the bench, but ended it as a starter, averaging 10.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.6 steals, and finishing in the league's top ten in shooting percentage (.519).[2] After the season, he was selected to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

On November 1, 2005, against the San Antonio Spurs, Nenê suffered a serious knee injury on an awkward fall consisting of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a sprained medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his right knee during Denver's first game of the NBA season.[3] He had played just 3 minutes.

Personal

Nenê married Lauren Prothe on February 14, 2009 (Valentine's Day).[4][5]

Cancer scare

On January 11, 2008, Nenê released a statement saying that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team to take care of a personal medical issue.[6] On January 14, he had a testicular tumor removed at a Denver hospital.[7] He returned to action on March 27, 2008, in a 118-105 Nuggets home win over the Dallas Mavericks.[8] Nenê entered the game with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter to a standing ovation.[8]

During the 2008–09 season, Nenê posted some of his strongest numbers in his career, taking the starting role of center for the Denver Nuggets.

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
2002–03 Denver 80 53 28.2 .519 .000 .578 6.1 1.9 1.6 .8 10.5
2003–04 Denver 77 77 32.5 .530 .000 .682 6.5 2.2 1.5 .5 11.8
2004–05 Denver 55 18 23.9 .503 .000 .660 5.9 1.5 .9 .9 9.6
2005–06 Denver 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2006–07 Denver 64 42 26.8 .570 .000 .689 7.0 1.2 1.0 .9 12.2
2007–08 Denver 16 1 16.6 .408 .000 .551 5.4 .9 .6 .9 5.3
2008–09 Denver 77 76 32.6 .604 .200 .723 7.8 1.4 1.2 1.3 14.6
Career 370 267 28.6 .546 .071 .664 6.6 1.6 1.2 .8 11.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Denver 5 5 26.4 .444 .000 .538 5.0 3.0 1.0 .6 7.8
2004–05 Denver 5 0 20.2 .429 .000 .652 5.0 .4 .4 .4 6.6
2006–07 Denver 5 5 35.8 .585 .000 .778 7.8 2.4 .6 .6 15.2
2007–08 Denver 3 0 10.0 .556 .000 1.000 2.3 .3 .7 .3 4.3
2008–09 Denver 16 16 32.8 .548 .000 .657 7.5 2.6 1.3 .6 11.5
Career 34 26 28.4 .521 .000 .686 6.4 2.2 1.0 .6 10.1

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Nene may refer to:

People
  • Nenê, Brazilian basketball player
  • Nenê, the nickname of Brazilian football (soccer) player Anderson Luiz de Carvalho
  • Nenê, the nickname of Brazilian football (soccer) player Ânderson Miguel da Silva
  • Nené, former Portuguese footballer
  • Néné, Cape Verde footballer
  • Nene, wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • Nene, sister of Takeda Shingen
  • Nene (musician), Mozambican marrabenta singer
  • Nene Tamayo, contestant on Pinoy Big Brother
  • Tāmati Wāka Nene (c. 1785–1871), Māori chief
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