Ime Udoka

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Ime Udoka
Udoka bench1.JPG
San Antonio Spurs
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1977-08-09) August 9, 1977 (age 36)
Portland, Oregon
NationalityAmerican / Nigerian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolJefferson (Portland, Oregon)
CollegeSan Francisco (1997–1998)
Portland State (1999–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Undrafted
Pro playing career2000–2012
PositionSmall forward
Number3, 5, 8
Career history
As player:
2000–2001Fargo-Moorhead Beez (IBA)
2001Independiente (Argentina)
2002–2003North Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2003Adirondack Wildcats (USBL)
2003–2004Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2004Los Angeles Lakers
2004Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2004Gran Canaria (Spain)
2005JA Vichy (France)
2005–2006Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
2006New York Knicks
2006–2007Portland Trail Blazers
20072009San Antonio Spurs
2009–2010Sacramento Kings
2010–2011San Antonio Spurs
2012UCAM Murcia (Spain)
As coach:
2012–presentSan Antonio Spurs (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League Joel Collier Sportsmanship Award (2006)[1]
 
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Ime Udoka
Udoka bench1.JPG
San Antonio Spurs
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1977-08-09) August 9, 1977 (age 36)
Portland, Oregon
NationalityAmerican / Nigerian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolJefferson (Portland, Oregon)
CollegeSan Francisco (1997–1998)
Portland State (1999–2000)
NBA draft2000 / Undrafted
Pro playing career2000–2012
PositionSmall forward
Number3, 5, 8
Career history
As player:
2000–2001Fargo-Moorhead Beez (IBA)
2001Independiente (Argentina)
2002–2003North Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2003Adirondack Wildcats (USBL)
2003–2004Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2004Los Angeles Lakers
2004Charleston Lowgators (D-League)
2004Gran Canaria (Spain)
2005JA Vichy (France)
2005–2006Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)
2006New York Knicks
2006–2007Portland Trail Blazers
20072009San Antonio Spurs
2009–2010Sacramento Kings
2010–2011San Antonio Spurs
2012UCAM Murcia (Spain)
As coach:
2012–presentSan Antonio Spurs (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League Joel Collier Sportsmanship Award (2006)[1]

Ime Sunday Udoka (/ˈm ˈdkə/ EE-may oo-DOH-kə; born August 9, 1977) is a Nigerian-American former professional basketball player. He played internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team.

Career[edit]

Udoka, a small forward, attended Portland's Jefferson High School, and the University of San Francisco, before transferring to Portland State University where he starred for the Vikings. He started his professional basketball career by playing in the NBDL with the Charleston Lowgators who drafted him with 39th overall pick in 2002 NBDL Draft.[2] He was called up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 14, 2004, but was later waived. After a stint in Europe, he returned to the states and once again drafted in NBDL. This time he was drafted 3rd overall by Fort Worth Flyers in 2005 NBDL Draft.[3] He averaged 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with the Flyers.[1] On April 6, 2006, Udoka was signed by the New York Knicks. Udoka was waived by the Knicks on September 11, 2006.

Udoka was the last player invited to his hometown Portland Trail Blazers training camp before the 2006–07 season, getting the invite only after Aaron Miles failed a physical. Despite the death of his father during the preseason,[4] Udoka impressed the coaching staff with his defense and professionalism, and improbably, made the team.[5] After having played in only 12 NBA games in his career, Udoka started in 75 games played in the 2006–07 season. He played 28.6 minutes per game while averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.

In 2007, Udoka signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.[1][6] He played in 73 games averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18 minutes. On his second season with the Spurs, Udoka played in 67 games, and started in three. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.4 minutes.[7]

Following the 2009 season, Udoka became a free agent, eventually re-signing with the Trail Blazers.[8] He was waived by the Blazers on October 22, 2009,[9] but signed with the Sacramento Kings on November 4, 2009.[10] He played 69 games with the Kings, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

On November 24, 2010, Udoka rejoined the San Antonio Spurs,[11] but he was waived on January 5, 2011 after playing only 20 games.[12]

On December 15, 2011, Udoka signed with the New Jersey Nets. However, he was waived on December 23, 2011.

In January 2012 he signed with UCAM Murcia, a team in the Spanish ACB League.[13]

In August 2012, Udoka joined the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Though American-born, Udoka's father of Akwa Ibom descent, was born in Nigeria,[4] which qualified him as a member of the Nigerian basketball squad, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. His older sister Mfon used to play in the WNBA. His mother, who died in late 2011, was an American from Illinois.[15]

In November 2011, Udoka's girlfriend (actress Nia Long) gave birth to his first child, Kez Sunday Udoka.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames 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[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2003–04L.A. Lakers407.0.333.000.5001.3.5.5.22.0
2005–06New York8014.3.375.333.5002.1.8.1.02.8
2006–07Portland757528.6.461.406.7423.71.5.9.28.4
2007–08San Antonio73018.0.424.370.7593.1.9.8.25.8
2008–09San Antonio67315.4.383.328.6092.8.8.5.24.3
2009–10Sacramento69213.7.378.286.7372.8.8.5.13.6
2010–11San Antonio2006.5.238.000.500.9.7.4.0.7
Career3168018.1.417.356.7052.91.0.7.25.2

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2008San Antonio16014.8.465.400.7142.91.1.7.15.4
2009San Antonio5020.8.350.125.4004.6.8.8.23.4
Career21016.2.440.354.5833.31.0.7.15.0

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