Dante Cunningham

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Dante Cunningham
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Cunningham (front) with the Timberwolves in January 2014
Free agent
Power forward / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 27)
Clinton, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school St. John's (Washington D.C.)
Potomac (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
College Villanova (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092011 Portland Trail Blazers
2011 Charlotte Bobcats
2011–2012 Memphis Grizzlies
20122014 Minnesota Timberwolves
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dante Lamar Cunningham (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who last played 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.

Early life[edit]

Cunningham was born in Clinton, Maryland, to Searcy Blankenship and Ron Cunningham. His older sister Davalyn played in the WNBA.[1]

High school career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

College career[edit]

Dante Cunningham at the Palestra in Philadelphia in November 2008

At Villanova University, Cunningham played in all 33 games and was a starter in four during his freshman year.[1]

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.

NBA career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers (2009–2011)[edit]

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.[2]

Charlotte Bobcats (2011)[edit]

On February 24, 2011, Cunningham was traded along with Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks and two future first-round draft picks to the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace.[3]

Memphis Grizzlies (2011–2012)[edit]

On December 20, 2011, Cunningham signed a three-year, $7 million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies.[4] The Bobcats declined to match the offer.[5]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2014)[edit]

On July 24, 2012, Cunningham was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for guard Wayne Ellington.[6]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Portland 63 2 11.2 .495 .000 .646 2.5 .2 .4 .4 3.9
2010–11 Portland 56 9 19.8 .433 .000 .711 3.4 .5 .7 .6 5.1
2010–11 Charlotte 22 9 24.0 .508 .111 .765 4.0 .6 .7 .5 9.0
2011–12 Memphis 64 5 17.6 .516 .000 .652 3.8 .6 .7 .5 5.2
2012–13 Minnesota 80 9 25.1 .468 .000 .650 5.1 .8 1.1 .5 8.7
2013–14 Minnesota 81 7 20.2 .464 .000 .567 4.1 1.0 .8 .7 6.3
Career 366 41 19.4 .475 .036 .648 3.9 .7 .7 .5 6.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Portland 5 0 8.4 .600 .000 .833 2.6 .0 1.0 .0 4.6
2012 Memphis 7 0 7.0 .364 .000 .000 1.6 .0 .1 .3 1.1
Career 12 0 7.6 .500 .000 .833 2.0 .0 .5 .2 2.6

International career[edit]

Cunningham was included on a preliminary list for Great Britain's Eurobasket 2009 qualifying matches in 2008.[7] Ultimately he was not able to obtain a British passport.[8]

Personal[edit]

On April 3, 2014, Cunningham was arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend with whom he lived with. Three days later, he was arrested on alleged domestic abuse charges.[9] By August 18, 2014, charges were dropped, due to evidence Cunningham's then girlfriend had fabricated her accusations.[10][11]

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