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Samaki Walker
Seoul SK Knights
Power forward
Born February 25, 1976 (1976-02-25) (age 33)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
College Louisville
Draft 9th overall, 1996
Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Dallas Mavericks (1996–1999)
San Antonio Spurs (1999–2001)
Los Angeles Lakers (2001–2003)
Miami Heat (2003–2004)
Washington Wizards (2004–2005)
Indiana Pacers (2005–2006)
UNICS Kazan (2006)
Jalaa Aleppo (2007)
Shandong Lions (2009)

Samaki Ijuma Walker (born February 25, 1976 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American professional basketball player.


Basketball career

The 6' 9" power forward was selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Louisville.[1]On draft night, he was noticed for wearing an all-white suit with matching fedora.[2]Walker became the youngest-ever Maverick to appear in a regular season game.[1]

Walker went on to play for the Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers from 1996-2006, having had very limited playing time in his final three years in the league. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds during his 10-year tenure, including 7 points/rebounds in 2001-02, as the Lakers eventually won the championship.

In 2008, Walker joined Syria's Jalaa Club, in Aleppo.

In 2009, Walker signed with Chinese league's Shandong Lions.

Walker currently plays with the Korean Basketball League's Seoul SK Knights.[3]


In Swahili, "Samaki" means "fish" and "ljuma" means "beautiful river".[1][4]


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