|San Antonio Spurs|
August 9, 1977 |
|Nationality||American / Nigerian|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Jefferson (Portland, Oregon)|
|College||San Francisco (1997–1998)
Portland State (1999–2000)
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2000–2012|
|Number||3, 5, 8|
|2000–2001||Fargo-Moorhead Beez (IBA)|
|2002–2003||North Charleston Lowgators (D-League)|
|2003||Adirondack Wildcats (USBL)|
|2003–2004||Charleston Lowgators (D-League)|
|2004||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2004||Charleston Lowgators (D-League)|
|2004||Gran Canaria (Spain)|
|2005||JA Vichy (France)|
|2005–2006||Fort Worth Flyers (D-League)|
|2006||New York Knicks|
|2006–2007||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2007–2009||San Antonio Spurs|
|2010–2011||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012||UCAM Murcia (Spain)|
|2012–present||San Antonio Spurs (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Competitor for Nigeria|
Udoka, a small forward, attended Portland's Jefferson High School, and the University of San Francisco, before transferring to Portland State University where he starred for the Vikings. He started his professional basketball career by playing in the NBDL with the Charleston Lowgators who drafted him with 39th overall pick in 2002 NBDL Draft. He was called up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 14, 2004, but was later waived. After a stint in Europe, he returned to the states and once again drafted in NBDL. This time he was drafted 3rd overall by Fort Worth Flyers in 2005 NBDL Draft. He averaged 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with the Flyers. On April 6, 2006, Udoka was signed by the New York Knicks. Udoka was waived by the Knicks on September 11, 2006.
Udoka was the last player invited to his hometown Portland Trail Blazers training camp before the 2006–07 season, getting the invite only after Aaron Miles failed a physical. Despite the death of his father during the preseason, Udoka impressed the coaching staff with his defense and professionalism, and improbably, made the team. After having played in only 12 NBA games in his career, Udoka started in 75 games played in the 2006–07 season. He played 28.6 minutes per game while averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.
In 2007, Udoka signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. He played in 73 games averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18 minutes. On his second season with the Spurs, Udoka played in 67 games, and started in three. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.4 minutes.
Following the 2009 season, Udoka became a free agent, eventually re-signing with the Trail Blazers. He was waived by the Blazers on October 22, 2009, but signed with the Sacramento Kings on November 4, 2009. He played 69 games with the Kings, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.
On December 15, 2011, Udoka signed with the New Jersey Nets. However, he was waived on December 23, 2011.
In August 2012, Udoka joined the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.
Though American-born, Udoka's father of Akwa Ibom descent, was born in Nigeria, which qualified him as a member of the Nigerian basketball squad, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. His older sister Mfon used to play in the WNBA. His mother, who died in late 2011, was an American from Illinois.
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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ime Udoka.|
- http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA081407.Spurs.Udoka.en.35bc859.html Spurs: Udoka agrees to contract
- NBDL: 2003-03 NBDL Draft Board
- NBA Development League: 2005 NBA D-League Draft Board
- Former Viking Ime Udoka Makes His Way In The NBA, published Feb. 14, 2007
- Quick, Jason. "Blazers set roster, and Udoka is on team". The Oregonian, October 27, 2006. 
- Spurs add Blazers' sniper Udoka, August 16, 2007
- Ime Udoka Profile on NBA.com
- "Trail Blazers sign Ime Udoka" (Press release). Portland Trail Blazers. September 25, 2009.
- Portland Waives Udoka And Collins
- Kings sign Udoka. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
- "Spurs sign Ime Udoka". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). 24 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- "Spurs waive Ime Udoka". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
- UCAM Murcia signs Ime Udoka, release Matt Walsh
- Ime Udoka Joins Spurs Coaching Staff
- ESPN Nets Report, Dec. 15, 2011: "Udoka dealing with tragedy"
- Daily Mail, January 13, 2012: "My little man! Soul Food actress Nia Long beams as she shows off newborn son Kez Sunday for the first time"
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com