Dionte Christmas

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Dionte Christmas
Free agent
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 27)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Samuel Fels
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Lutheran Christian Academy
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College Temple (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2009–present
Career history
2010 Hapoel Afula (Israel)
2010–2011 Mersin (Turkey)
2011 ČEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic)
2011 P.A.O.K. (Greece)
2011–2012 Rethymno (Greece)
2012–2013 CSKA Moscow (Russia)
2013 Montepaschi Siena (Italy)
2013–2014 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
  • Lega Basket Serie A champion (2013)
  • GBL Top Scorer (2012)
  • 2x All-Atlantic 10 1st Team (2008–2009)
  • Atlantic 10 All-Tournament MVP (2009)
  • All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year (2007)
  • All-Atlantic 10 Second Team (2007)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dionte Lamont Christmas (born September 15, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

High school career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Collegiate career[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN
2005–06 Temple Owls 32 3.5 1.6 0.5 0.5 0.2 .281 .250 .587 11.3
2006–07 Temple Owls 30 20.0 4.2 2.1 1.4 0.4 .466 .400 .871 34.3
2007–08 Temple Owls 34 19.7 5.9 2.5 1.4 0.2 .439 .369 .772 37.2
2008–09 Temple Owls 34 19.5 5.8 2.9 1.5 0.1 .414 .352 .753 35.0
Totals: 130 15.7 4.4 2.0 1.2 0.2 .425 .360 .777 29.6

Professional career[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

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.[4]

On January 4, 2010, he signed with Hapoel Afula of Israel for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[5]

2010–11 season[edit]

In July 2010, Christmas joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2010 NBA Summer League.[6] On August 4, 2010, he signed with Mersin of Turkey for the 2010–11 season.[7] On January 28, 2011, he parted ways with Mersin.[8]

On February 15, 2011, he signed with ČEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Czech Republic for the rest of the season.[9] In April 2011, he left ČEZ Nymburk and joined P.A.O.K. B.C. of Greece for the rest of the season.[10]

2011–12 season[edit]

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.

2012–13 season[edit]

In July 2012, Christmas joined the Boston Celtics for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On July 31, 2012, he signed with the Celtics.[11] However, he was later waived by the Celtics on October 16, 2012.[12][13]

On October 31, 2012, he signed with CSKA Moscow of Russia for the 2012–13 season.[14] On February 21, 2013, he was waived by CSKA.[15] On April 10, 2013, he signed with Montepaschi Siena of Italy for the rest of the season.[16]

2013–14 season[edit]

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.[17] On November 1, 2013, he made his NBA debut, recording 9 points and 4 rebounds in an 87-84 victory over the Utah Jazz.[18]

2014–15 season[edit]

In July 2014, Christmas re-joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On July 24, 2014, he was waived by the Suns.[19]

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
2013–14 Phoenix 31 0 6.4 .355 .290 .750 1.2 .3 .1 .1 2.3
Career 31 0 6.4 .355 .290 .750 1.2 .3 .1 .1 2.3

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