|No. 25 – Phoenix Suns|
September 15, 1986 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Lutheran Christian Academy
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|2010||Hapoel Afula (Israel)|
|2011||ČEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic)|
|2012–2013||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|2013||Montepaschi Siena (Italy)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dionte Lamont Christmas (born September 15, 1986) is an American professional basketball player.
High school career
Christmas attended Samuel Fels High School in Philadelphia. In his junior year (2002–03), he averaged 17.7 points per game and was named honorable mention All-Public. He followed this by leading the City of Philadelphia in scoring, averaging 26.5 points per game and gained first team All-Public honors, as well as being named third team all-City.
After completing his education at Samuel Fels, Christmas prepped for a year at Philadelphia's Lutheran Christian Academy. He averaged 18 points per game on a team that went 35-3 and ultimately placed nine players on Division I basketball rosters.
Christmas was a reserve as a freshman (2005–06) on a Temple team that went 17-15 and featured future NBA player Mardy Collins. The team went to the NIT, giving Christmas his first taste of post-season play.
Christmas broke out his sophomore year (2006–07), leading Temple and the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 20 points per game. He was named second team All-Conference and the league's Most Improved Player. He also garnered his first Philadelphia Big 5 recognition as he was named first team All Big 5. However, the year was disappointing from a team standpoint as Temple went 12-18 and missed the post-season.
Christmas picked up where he left off in his junior season (2007–08), again leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 19.7 ppg. In doing so, he became only the third player in the history of the conference to lead the league in scoring in consecutive seasons. At the end of the year, Christmas was named first team all-conference and Big 5. In the 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament, Temple defeated LaSalle, Charlotte and St. Joseph's to win the conference title and an automatic berth to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Christmas was named Most Outstanding Player of the event after scoring 57 points in the three games, including 22 in the final game.
Christmas entered his senior year with pre-season All-American buzz. He was tabbed an Atlantic 10 preseason All-Conference pick  and was on the candidate list for both the Wooden Award and the Lowe's Senior Class Award. On December 13, 2008, he scored a season-high 35 points in a nationally televised upset of #8 Tennessee. He was tabbed ESPN.com National Player of the Week for his efforts.
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.
Christmas was undrafted during the 2009 NBA Draft, but on June 28, he was invited to join the Philadelphia 76ers in the Orlando Summer League. He was also invited to play with the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 Las Vegas Summer League. On September 29, 2009, he was signed by the 76ers, but he was waived less than a month later, on October 21, 2009.
Christmas then played professionally with Hapoel Afula in the Israeli Basketball Super League during the 2009-2010 season. Christmas also played for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League in 2010. In February 2011, he signed with ČEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech National League.
In April 2011, he signed with PAOK of the Greek Basket League, until the end of the season. In October 2011, he signed with the Greek League club Rethymno. In April 2012, he agreed to play with the NBA's Houston Rockets, but he ultimately did not play in any games with them.
In July 2012, he played for the Boston Celtics in both the Orlando Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League. He signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Celtics on July 31, 2012. He participated in the Celtics training camp, but on October 16, 2012, Christmas was waived by the Boston Celtics.
In 2013, he joined the Utah Jazz for the Orlando Summer League and the Phoenix Suns for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 13, 2013, Christmas signed with the Suns. On November 1, 2013, he made his NBA debut recording 9 points and 4 rebounds in close to 15 minutes of action in a 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Awards and accomplishments
- 2007: All-Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team
- 2007: All-Philadelphia Big 5 First Team
- 2007: Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player
- 2008: All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team
- 2008: All-Philadelphia Big 5 First Team
- 2008: USBWA All-District First Team
- 2008: NABC All-District Second Team
- 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament: Most Outstanding Player
- 2009: All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team
- 2009: USBWA All-District First Team
- 2009: NABC All-District First Team
- 2009 Atlantic 10 Tournament: Most Outstanding Player
- 2009: All-Philadelphia Big 5 First Team
- 2012: Greek League Top Scorer
- Owls Soar To 2008 A-10 Men's Basketball Title.
- Xavier The Choice To Seize A-10 Men's Basketball Title.
- Lowe's Senior Class Award Candidates - Men's Basketball.
- Temple's Dionte Christmas Tabbed National Player Of The Week.
- Dionte Christmas Named Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-America Second Team.
- Sportando.net Dionte Christmas lands in Afula.
- NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas.
- NOVÁ POSILA (Czech).
- Ειδήσεις - Συμφωνία ΠΑΟΚ και Dionte Christmas (Greek).
- Celtics Waive Christmas and Smith
- CSKA Moscow sign Christmas
- "Dionte Christmas waived by CSKA Moscow". court-side.com. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- "Mens Sana Siena officially signs Dionte Chrismtas". Sportando.net. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
- Phoenix Suns sign guard Dionte Christmas
- Notebook: Suns 87, Jazz 84
- NBA.com Profile
- Basketball Reference Profile
- ESPN Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- Greek Basket League Profile
- Turkish League Stats
- Temple Sports Information All-American Promotional Flyer
- Dionte Christmas Arrested On Weapons Charge