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Vakeaton Wafer
Shooting guard
Born July 21, 1985 (1985-07-21) (age 24)
Homer, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
High school Pineview, Lisbon, Louisiana
R.L. Paschal
Laurinburg Institute
Heritage Christian Academy, Cleveland, Texas
College Florida State
Draft 2nd round, 39th overall, 2005
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (2005–06)
Fort Worth Flyers (2006)
Colorado 14ers (2007)
Los Angeles Clippers (2007)
Denver Nuggets (2007–08)
Portland Trail Blazers (2008)
Houston Rockets (2008–09)
Olympiacos Piraeus (2009)

Vakeaton Quamar Wafer (born on July 21, 1985 in Homer, Louisiana), commonly referred to as Von Wafer, is an American professional basketball player. He has played in the NBA with the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets. He also played with the New York Knicks' 2008 Las Vegas Summer League team. He was the 39th overall selection (ninth pick of the second round) in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. His nickname is "The Dutch Cookie".[1]

Von Wafer was recently signed with the Dallas Mavericks but he was waived once his ten-day contract had expired.

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High school

Wafer attended Pineview High School in Lisbon, Louisiana during his freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school. He averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists during his junior season. Up to this point, Wafer was a virtual unknown on the national recruiting scene. Tim Loring, the coach of the Arkansas Wings AAU team, invited Wafer to play for them the summer before his senior year. This allowed Wafer to display his skills on a wider stage, and by the end of the summer, he was considered to be one of the top 10 seniors on many recruiting lists. He was also briefly at R.L. Paschal High School and Laurinburg Institute his senior year before deciding to attend and play at Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland, Texas, where he averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks per game.

Wafer is only the seventh McDonald's High School All-American to play at Florida State University. During the game, he scored 8 points and finished second to LeBron James in the McDonald's All-American slam-dunk contest.[2]

College

During his freshman year at Florida State University in the 2003–04 season, Wafer averaged 7.9 points in 17.5 minutes a game with the Seminoles. He ranked third among all ACC freshmen with 43 three-point field goals made and scored in double figures 12 times. As a sophomore during the 2004-05 season, he led the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and three-point field goals made (65). He made more than one three-point field goal in 14 games and surpassed the 20-point mark on six occasions. Despite some success that year, he was suspended for two games early in the season and benched frequently later. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that his family explained the suspensions were because of missed classes and study sessions.[3][4]

Professional career

Wafer declared himself as an early-entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft after his sophomore year at FSU despite many draft experts predicting he would not be drafted. There were several hurdles he had to overcome to become a viable option for an NBA team to select him. Wafer was not invited to the annual Chicago pre-draft camp, which provides players who are not viewed as first-round prospects a chance to display their abilities in front of NBA team personnel. During a workout with the Phoenix Suns, Wafer reportedly was frustrated by the physical play from Jan Jagla, and responded by laying an intentional elbow to Jagla's nose, then walked off the court and ended the workout at that point.[5][6] Los Angeles Lakers scout Irving Thomas, who played two seasons at FSU, saw three Seminoles games during the 2004-05 season and helped arrange a workout for Wafer with the Lakers.[7] Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak saw enough of Wafer's ability that they used the second of their two second-round picks to select Wafer in the draft.

Wafer was placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Lakers on October 26, 2006. He played in one pre-season game due to a bruised left heel.[8] Wafer then played for the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League during 2006-07, and was named Player of the Month in January 2007.[9] He was signed to a ten-day contract by the Los Angeles Clippers on February 21.[10] He played one minute[11] without scoring before being waived a week later.[12] On April 12, 2007, the Denver Nuggets signed Wafer for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.[11]

On February 21, 2008, the Denver Nuggets traded Wafer to the Portland Trail Blazers for Taurean Green. Wafer changed his number from 22 (which he wore with the Nuggets) to 24, as number 22 had been retired by the Trail Blazers to honor Clyde Drexler.[13]

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Houston Rockets

Wafer was signed by the Houston Rockets and managed to keep a spot on the team due to his hot shooting in the preseason. On January 13, 2009, Wafer scored a career-high 23 points on 10-14 shooting in 39 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. He found a regular place in the Rockets' starting lineup due to good performance as well as an injury to regular starter, Tracy McGrady. He continued to impress by scoring 21 points vs the Jazz and hitting the game-winning three at a game in Boston that the Rockets won 89–85. In that month he averaged 14.3 points per game.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Wafer joined the Greek Euroleague club Olympiacos Piraeus in August 2009, signing a two-year $10 million gross income contract.[14][15] He was then waived by Olympiacos in December of 2009.[16] Wafer shot 36.4% from the field and averaged 3.0 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per game in the Greek A1 League with Olympiacos.[17] In Euroleague play, he shot 50% from the field and averaged 7.7 points per game, 1.3 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assists per game.[18]

Career transactions

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
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 16 0 4.6 .158 .118 .750 .5 .3 .2 .0 1.3
2006–07 L.A. Clippers 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2007–08 Denver 21 0 4.3 .263 .067 .750 .5 .2 .1 .1 1.3
2007–08 Portland 8 0 8.0 .304 .273 .500 1.1 .3 .0 .2 2.4
2008–09 Houston 63 11 19.4 .447 .390 .752 1.8 1.1 .6 .1 9.7
Career 109 11 13.3 .412 .337 .745 1.3 .8 .4 .1 6.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Houston 13 0 13.9 .424 .409 .864 .9 .7 .2 .1 8.2
Career 13 0 13.9 .424 .409 .864 .9 .7 .2 .1 8.2

Notes

  1. ^ "Von Wafer: The Majesty". iNews. 2009-08-12. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=el&u=http://www.inews.gr/17/Von-Wafer-i-aftou-megaleiotis.htm&ei=7mShSpWfO4ecsgPsk4mNDw&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=5&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dvon%2Bwafer%2B%2522dutch%2Bcookie%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DRrJ%26sa%3DN%26start%3D10. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  2. ^ Landman, Brian (2003-11-19). "Buzz grows over renewed 'Noles". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.sptimes.com/2003/11/19/Sports/Buzz_grows_over_renew.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/sports/11993658.htm
  4. ^ http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2008/12/10/nba_20081209_botn.nba/index.html?player=top_plays
  5. ^ ESPN.com - NBA - Von Wafer Draft Bio
  6. ^ HoopsHype - Articles - The final recap
  7. ^ http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/sports/colleges/florida_state_university/12019110.htm
  8. ^ LAKERS: 2006-07 Waivers
  9. ^ Colorado Guard Von Wafer D-League Player of Month, February 2, 2007
  10. ^ Clippers sign Von Wafer
  11. ^ a b Nuggets add two guards
  12. ^ a b Clippers Sign Will Conroy to 10-Day Contract
  13. ^ "Trail Blazers acquire Von Wafer from Denver in exchange for Taurean Green". nba.com. http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/f-258910-1218.html. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  14. ^ a b ESPN.com Wafer says he's signed with Olympiakos.
  15. ^ Chron.com Wafer takes game overseas Ex-Rockets G gets big pay raise from Olympiakos; former team seals deal with Andersen.
  16. ^ Talkbasket.net Von Wafer history for Olympiacos, officially.
  17. ^ Galanissportsdata.com OLYMPIACOS (Total Stats Regular Season After day 6).
  18. ^ Euroleague.net WAFER, VON.
  19. ^ NBA Development League: 2005-2006 D-League Transactions
  20. ^ Lakers: 2006-07 Waivers
  21. ^ NBA Development League: D-League Draft Board
  22. ^ Clippers Sign Von Wafer to 10-Day Contract
  23. ^ NBA Development League: 2006-07 D-League Transactions
  24. ^ Nuggets Sign Carter, Wafer for Remainder of the Season
  25. ^ Trail Blazers acquire Von Wafer from Denver in exchange for Taurean Green
  26. ^ NBA.com - September 2008 Transactions
  27. ^ Chron.com Wafer takes game overseas Ex-Rockets G gets big pay raise from Olympiakos; former team seals deal with Andersen.
  28. ^ Talkbasket.net Von Wafer history for Olympiacos, officially.
  29. ^ MAVERICKS SIGN GUARD VON WAFER TO 10-DAY CONTRACT

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