Ian Mahinmi

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Ian Mahimi
No. 28 – Indiana Pacers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-11-05) November 5, 1986 (age 28)
Rouen, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2006 STB Le Havre (France)
2006–2007 ÉB Pau-Orthez (France)
20072010 San Antonio Spurs
2007–2009 Austin Toros (D-League)
20102012 Dallas Mavericks
2011 STB Le Havre (France)
2012–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ian Mahinmi (born November 5, 1986) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. At 6'11" and 230 lbs, he plays the center position. He was drafted with the 28th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Early life[edit]

Mahinmi was born to a Beninese[1] father who helped other Africans immigrate to France and a Jamaican[1] mother who taught preschool. Mahinmi preferred playing soccer as a child along with his older brother, but eventually switched to playing basketball. He was 6 feet tall when he was 14 years old. He also played some volleyball.[citation needed]

French basketball career[edit]

Mahinmi made his impression on international scouts at the 2004 Under-18 European Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. It was there that he first caught the attention of international scouts, including San Antonio Spurs scout Sam Presti. After playing with the French national team he signed his first contract with the club STB Le Havre (France). He played three seasons with Le Havre, averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2005–06.[2]

In the summer of 2006, he signed a contract to play for Pau Orthez in France's top professional league. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in the 2006–07 season, helping the team win the French Cup.

NBA career[edit]

San Antonio Spurs (2007–2010)[edit]

Mahinmi was selected 28th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, which surprised many other teams and league officials because he wasn't among the 128 players listed in the league's draft guide. Mahinmi was considered a "project" that would be a couple of years from competing in the NBA. The Spurs' interest in Mahinmi related to their need for an athletic big man since David Robinson retired. Playing for the Spurs' 2006 summer-league team at Rocky Mountain Revue, Mahinmi demonstrated his athleticism, but had difficulty maintaining rebounding or post position without fouling. After Mahinmi moved to Pau Orthez, which had a more developed strength and nutrition program than the one at Le Havre, the Spurs also began to send a strength coach to monitor his progress.[3]

During the 2007 Summer League, Mahinmi tore his right pectoralis minor shortly after the start of play. Despite this setback, he was signed by the Spurs on August 23, 2007.[4] Mahinmi played for the Austin Toros, the Spurs' affiliate in the NBA Development League, by November.[5] Mahinmi averaged 17.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in the NBA Development League, leading the Austin Toros to the D-League Finals in which they lost.[6] On October 30, 2007, Mahinmi made his NBA debut with the Spurs against the Portland Trail Blazers, playing only 74 seconds and registering no statistics.[7]

Dallas Mavericks (2010–2012)[edit]

Mahinmi signed with the Dallas Mavericks on July 13, 2010.[8] On December 7, 2010, against the Golden State Warriors, Mahinmi recorded his first career double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes).[9] On January 15, 2011, Mahinmi scored a career high 17 points in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, going 6-6 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line while collecting 6 rebounds.

On June 12, 2011, in game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat with Dallas leading the series 3–2, Mahinmi collected a crucial offensive rebound in the closing seconds of the 3rd quarter before hitting a buzzer beater shot to further extend the Mavericks lead. Dallas went on to win the game 105–95 and Mahinmi won his first NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Mahinmi played four games for STB Le Havre. In December 2011, he returned to the Mavericks. He scored a career high 19 points on December 30, 2011 in a game against the Toronto Raptors as the Mavericks won their first game of the 2011–12 season. Mahinmi went 6-6 from the floor and 7-11 from the free throw line while collecting 5 rebounds.[10]

Mahinmi recorded his first career start in a 95-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[11]

Indiana Pacers (2012–present)[edit]

On July 12, 2012, Mahinmi was traded to the Indiana Pacers for Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones.[12]

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
2007–08 San Antonio 6 0 3.8 .500 .000 1.000 .8 .2 .0 .7 3.5
2009–10 San Antonio 26 0 6.3 .636 .000 .660 2.0 .1 .1 .3 3.9
2010–11 Dallas 56 0 8.7 .561 .000 .768 2.1 .1 .3 .3 3.1
2011–12 Dallas 61 12 18.7 .546 .000 .639 4.7 .2 .6 .5 5.8
2012–13 Indiana 80 2 16.5 .453 .000 .608 3.9 .3 .5 .8 5.0
2013–14 Indiana 77 1 16.2 .481 .000 .621 3.3 .3 .5 .9 3.5
Career 306 15 14.3 .506 .000 .651 3.4 .2 .4 .6 4.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 San Antonio 2 0 9.5 .500 .000 .750 1.0 .0 .0 .5 4.5
2011 Dallas 6 0 5.5 .600 .000 .556 1.0 .0 .2 .0 1.8
2012 Dallas 4 0 17.5 .643 .000 .846 4.5 .0 .8 .8 7.3
2013 Indiana 18 0 8.3 .448 .000 .300 2.3 .1 .0 .7 1.6
2014 Indiana 18 0 13.2 .481 .000 .611 2.5 .2 .3 .9 2.1
Career 48 0 10.6 .506 .000 .611 2.4 .1 .2 .7 2.4

Personal life[edit]

Ian Mahinmi is married.[13] He has a daughter, Camille, who was born in April 2012.[14]

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