September 15, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Samuel Fels
Lutheran Christian Academy
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|2010||Hapoel Afula (Israel)|
|2011||ČEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic)|
|2012–2013||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|2013||Montepaschi Siena (Italy)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school career
Christmas attended Samuel Fels High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a junior in 2002–03, he averaged 17.7 points per game, earning honorable mention all-Public honors. As a senior in 2003–04, he averaged 26.5 points per game, earning first team all-Public League and third team all-City honors.
After completing his education at Samuel Fels, Christmas prepped for a year at Lutheran Christian Academy in 2004–05. He ranked among the Top 40 prep school players in the nation by Hoop Scoop's Clark Francis after averaging 18 points per game while leading his team to a 35-3 record. He was also an all-tournament selection at the 2005 National Prep Invitational held at the University of Rhode Island.
In his freshman season at Temple, Christmas played in all 32 games, making lone start in final game of season against Akron. He averaged 3.5 points per game, sixth best on squad and tops among reserves.
In his sophomore season, he played in all 30 games, starting 29, as he earned second team All-District and All-Atlantic 10 honors, and was named the Atlantic 10's Most Improved Player. He also earned first team All-Philadelphia Big 5, Big 5 Most Improved Player, and picked up Cy Kaselman and Palumbo awards as city-league's top free throw percentage leader and scoring champion, respectively. In 30 games, he averaged 20.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
In his junior season, he started all 34 games averaging 37.2 minutes per game. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and earned first team All-Atlantic 10 and first team Big 5 honors. He also earned USBWA first team All-District and NABC second team All-District honors. He became just the third person to win back to back A-10 scoring titles, averaging 19.7 points per game. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
In his senior season, he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team and the Atlantic 10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year. In 34 games, he averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Christmas finished his Temple career with 2,043 points, becoming only the fourth player in school history to eclipse the 2000-point mark. During his senior season, he set school records for most three-pointers in a season (107) and career (317). He ranks in Temple's all-time top ten in three-pointers attempted and three-point field goal percentage. He is also the first player to lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring for three consecutive seasons.
After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Christmas joined the Philadelphia 76ers/New Jersey Nets combined team for the Orlando Summer League and the Los Angeles Clippers for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 28, 2009, he signed with the 76ers. However, he was later waived by the 76ers on October 21, 2009.
In July 2010, Christmas joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On August 4, 2010, he signed with Mersin of Turkey for the 2010–11 season. On January 28, 2011, he parted ways with Mersin.
On February 15, 2011, he signed with ČEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic for the rest of the season. In April 2011, he left ČEZ Nymburk and joined P.A.O.K. B.C. of Greece for the rest of the season.
On October 18, 2011, Christmas signed with Rethymno Aegean B.C. of Greece for the 2011–12 season. In 26 games, he averaged 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
In July 2012, Christmas joined the Boston Celtics for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On July 31, 2012, he signed with the Celtics. However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 16, 2012.
On October 31, 2012, he signed with CSKA Moscow of Russia for the 2012–13 season. On February 21, 2013, he was waived by CSKA. On April 10, 2013, he signed with Montepaschi Siena of Italy for the rest of the season.
In July 2013, Christmas joined the Utah Jazz for the Orlando Summer League and the Phoenix Suns for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 13, 2013, he signed with the Suns. On November 1, 2013, he made his NBA debut, recording 9 points and 4 rebounds in an 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz.
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|
- "Dionte Christmas - 2008-09 Men's Basketball". OwlSports.com. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
- "Dionte Christmas Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
- Dionte Christmas Named Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-America Second Team
- Transactions: 2009-10 Season
- Dionte Christmas lands in Afula
- NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
- Dionte Christmas moves to Mersin
- Mersin and Dionte Christmas part ways
- Dionte Christmas moves to CEZ Nymburk
- Συμφωνία ΠΑΟΚ και Dionte Christmas(Greek)
- Celtics Sign Smith and Christmas
- Celtics Waive Christmas and Smith
- Dionte Christmas, Jamar Smith waived by Boston Celtics
- Dionte Christmas officially moves to CSKA Moscow
- CSKA Moscow waived Dionte Chrismtas, sign Papaloukas for the season
- "Mens Sana Siena officially signs Dionte Chrismtas". Sportando.com. April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Phoenix Suns sign guard Dionte Christmas
- Notebook: Suns 87, Jazz 84
- Suns Waive Dionte Christmas
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- ESPN.com Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- TBLStats.com Profile
- Temple Sports Information All-American Promotional Flyer