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Qyntel Woods
Woods with Olympiacos, in 2008.
Woods with Olympiacos, in 2008.
Position Small Forward
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League Dominet Bank Ekstraliga
Team Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Born February 16, 1981 (1981-02-16) (age 28)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
High school Carver
College Moberly Junior College, Northeast Mississippi Community College
Draft 21st overall, 2002
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams Portland Trail Blazers (2002–2005)
Miami Heat (2005)
New York Knicks (2005–2006)
Bakersfield Jam (2007)
Olympiacos (2007–2008)
Asseco Prokom Sopot (2009–)
Awards 2008 Greek League All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Champion

Qyntel Deon Woods (born February 16, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland. Mainly a small forward, he can play as a shooting guard on occasion.

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College career

After attending Carver High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and having one season each at Moberly Area Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College, Woods was selected by the NBA team the Portland Trail Blazers with the 21st pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. Coming out of college, Woods was known to pro scouts as a player with exceptional potential (sometimes compared to Tracy McGrady), but with a history of off-court problems.

He was an early entry candidate in the 2002 Draft, and committed to the University of Memphis before making himself available for selection.

Professional career

NBA

In his first two seasons with the Trail Blazers, Woods played in 115 games (53 and 62 respectively), averaging 2.4 and 3.6 points per game and appearing sparingly in the 2003 postseason. The 2004-05 season was packed with off-court trouble for Woods, as he was charged with animal cruelty following an investigation. He plead guilty to first-degree animal abuse for staging dog fights in his house, some involving his pit bull named Hollywood. Both Hollywood and Woods' other pit bull, Sugar, were confiscated, and Woods was given 80 hours of community service and also agreed to donate $10,000 to the Oregon Humane Society.[1]

In response to these events, the Trail Blazers suspended and eventually released Woods, in a settlement that involved pay withheld from Woods in 2004-05, when he was supposed to be paid $1.1 million for the third year of a three-year contract. The Trail Blazers kept about $500,000, said spokesman Art Sasse.

Upon finally leaving Portland in January 2005, Woods subsequently joined the Miami Heat, playing in three regular season games (with averages of 3.3 points and 2 rebounds per game), but he was not used in the playoffs. He was part of a 13-player mega deal that sent him to the Boston Celtics on August 2, 2006, being waived after having played in only three exhibition games, and he was subsequently signed by the New York Knicks on December 6, 2005.

He played more under then Knicks head coach Larry Brown, starting sixteen games and averaging career highs in minutes per game, field goal percentage, points per game, rebounds and assists. However, he was not kept for the following season, and he would end up playing a month (from February to March) in the NBA Development League with the Bakersfield Jam.

Europe

Woods signed a two-year contract with Greek league team Olympiacos on July 16, 2007.[2] In 10 appearances in the regular season, he averaged 12.5 points per game in 26.3 minutes per game.[3] In 2007-08's playoffs, his numbers went down (8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, in 20.7 minutes per game).[4]

Woods was caught using marijuana during the Greek finals, and thus committed a breach of his contract, which led to Olympiacos terminating the final year of his deal. Subsequently, he signed with the Italian league's Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna after being released by Olympiacos.[5]

He is now playing with Asseco Prokom Sopot in Poland, where he contributed to his team's sixth straight national championship and was named Finals MVP.[6]

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