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Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem.jpg
Miami Heat  – No. 40
Power forward
Born June 9, 1980 (1980-06-09) (age 29)
Miami, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
League NBA
Salary $7,100,000
High school Miami
College Florida
Draft Undrafted, 2002
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams ÉS Chalon-sur-Saône (France)
(2002–2003)
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Udonis Johneal Haslem (born June 9, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. He is listed as a 6 ft 8 in and 235 lb power forward.

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High school and college career

Udonis Haslem attended Wolfson Senior High School in Jacksonville, Florida, then Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida[1].

Haslem then attended the University of Florida, majoring in leisure service management. A starting center for four years, he was part of the Billy Donovan recruiting class that put Florida Gators basketball on the map, coming in with another NBA player, Mike Miller. Fans would yell the letter "U" in unison after his big plays. His sophomore season saw the team advance in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game. The team made the NCAA tournament all four years he was with the team, the first time in the institution's history. Haslem ranks third in school history in points scored (1,782) and tenth in rebounds (831).

NBA career

After leaving Florida in 2002, his weight ballooned in excess of 300 pounds and he became a late-preseason roster cut with the Atlanta Hawks. Haslem then signed with Chalon-Sur-Saone, a professional team in France. While averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Haslem also managed to lose 70 pounds over the course of that year, which resulted in him getting a spot in the NBA summer leagues.

He was signed by the Miami Heat as an undrafted rookie in 2003. As a rookie, he backed up Brian Grant and provided rebounding and defense. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, and played in the rookie challenge during All-Star weekend. He assumed the starting power forward position in 2004 after teammate Lamar Odom was traded as part of a package that was shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that brought superstar center Shaquille O'Neal back to Florida. He was helpful yet again, being a tough rebounder and developing an effective 15 foot jump-shot. He has been called a perfect complement to O'Neal's style of play, and was critical in the Heat's playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. Following the season his two-year contract was renewed after upping his rookie averages of 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to 10.9 and 9.1 in his second season. In 2005–2006, he again was the starting power forward. Despite increased pressure from O'Neal battling injuries and the acquisition of 3-time All-Star Antoine Walker, Haslem retained the starting spot.

Haslem won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006, scoring 17 points in the title-clinching game 6 against the Dallas Mavericks.

On Friday, November 10, 2006, Haslem scored a career-high 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in a 113–106 win over the Nets.

With the absence of Shaquille O'Neal (trade) and Alonzo Mourning (injury), Haslem played the center position during the 2007–08 season.

Mouthpiece controversy

On April 22, 2006, in a first-round playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, Haslem was ejected for throwing his mouthpiece at referee Joe Crawford. Haslem had been upset that a foul was not called on a play on the Bulls' end of the court. After the game, he claimed that he had not deliberately aimed at Crawford, and that the mouthpiece's trajectory was an accident. He apologized to fans and to his teammates, and stated that he would also apologize to Crawford when the opportunity arose. The NBA reviewed the incident, and they suspended Haslem for game 2 of the series against the Bulls on April 24, 2006.[2]

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
2003–04 Miami 75 24 23.9 .459 .000 .765 6.3 .7 .4 .3 7.3
2004–05 Miami 80 80 33.4 .540 .000 .791 9.1 1.4 .8 .5 10.9
2005–06 Miami 81 80 30.8 .508 .000 .789 7.8 1.2 .6 .2 9.3
2006–07 Miami 79 79 31.4 .492 .000 .680 8.3 1.2 .6 .3 10.7
2007–08 Miami 49 48 36.8 .467 .000 .810 9.0 1.4 .8 .4 12.0
2008–09 Miami 75 75 34.1 .518 .000 .753 8.2 1.1 .6 .3 10.6
Career 439 386 31.5 .500 .000 .763 8.1 1.1 .6 .3 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Miami 13 0 15.3 .394 .000 .677 3.4 .2 .4 .2 3.6
2004–05 Miami 15 15 36.2 .491 .000 .739 10.0 1.0 .5 .4 9.2
2005–06 Miami 22 22 29.5 .493 .000 .683 7.4 .8 .6 .3 8.6
2006–07 Miami 4 4 25.8 .480 .000 .750 5.3 1.0 .2 .5 7.5
2008–09 Miami 7 7 29.1 .543 .000 .900 8.7 .4 .4 .4 8.4
Career 61 48 27.9 .489 .000 .716 7.2 .7 .5 .3 7.6

References

  1. ^ "NBA Players - Udonis Haslem" Hoops Hype. Accessed October 5 2007.
  2. ^ ""What will happen to Udonis Haslem?", Linda Robertson, the San Jose Mercury News, published April 23, 2006, accessed April 23, 2006.

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