Dante Cunningham at the Palestra in Philadelphia PA in November of 2008
|No. 33 – Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
April 22, 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||221 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||St. John's (Washington D.C.)
Potomac (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|2009–2011||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Dante Cunningham (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Cunningham was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Cunningham, a forward, played college basketball with the Villanova Wildcats.
Cunningham began his prep career at St. John's High School in Washington, D.C. While a junior, he averaged 10 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. One of his teammates, Dwayne Anderson, would later play at Villanova with Cunningham.
As a senior, Cunningham transferred to Potomac High School, which he led to a 27–0 season under Head Coach Rico Reed. He averaged 13 rebounds, 20 points, and four blocked shots per game at Potomac. He was honored as the Washington Post Metropolitan Player of the Year.
In his Senior year, Cunningham would go on to lead the team in scoring and take home the Big East Most Improved Player award. He led the Wildcats to their first Final Four appearance since 1985.
Cunningham was drafted 33rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009 NBA Draft. Cunningham played for Portland's Vegas Summer League team where he averaged over 18 points and 5 rebounds per game in four contests. On August 21, 2009, the Portland Trail Blazers announced that Cunningham had signed a contract and was given a roster spot for the 2009–2010 season.
On December 20, 2011, Cunningham signed a three-year, $7 million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bobcats declined to match the offer. On July 24, 2012, Cunningham was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Wayne Ellington.
NBA career statistics
|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|
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