Nazr Mohammed

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Nazr Mohammed
Nazr Mohammed.jpg
Mohammed with the Oklahoma City Thunder
Free Agent
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1977-09-05) September 5, 1977 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Kenwood Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Kentucky (1995–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
19982001 Philadelphia 76ers
20012004 Atlanta Hawks
20042005 New York Knicks
20052006 San Antonio Spurs
20062007 Detroit Pistons
20072011 Charlotte Bobcats
20112012 Oklahoma City Thunder
20122014 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (pronounced NAH-zee; born September 5, 1977)[1] is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the center position. He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 250 lb (113.4 kg).

Early life[edit]

The son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy. Mohammed entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1995 at a hefty 315 pounds, and saw little playing time during their NCAA Championship season. After slimming down for his sophomore year, Mohammed shared the starting center spot with Jamaal Magloire and was a key contributor in 1997, when the Cats were runners-up to Arizona. Mohammed once again shared the starting post position with Magloire in 1998, and once again they brought the NCAA Championship home to Kentucky, for the second time in three years.

NBA career[edit]

After his junior year, Mohammed was faced with a decision on whether to come back to school or enter the draft, and ultimately decided to enter the 1998 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round, as the 29th pick overall. Utah traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first round pick, which turned out to be Quincy Lewis in the 1999 NBA Draft. He spent two and a half seasons in Philadelphia. He then played for the Atlanta Hawks through the middle of the 2004 season, at which point he went to the New York Knicks.

Mohammed split the 2004–05 season between the Knicks and the Spurs (who acquired him in a trade for Malik Rose). In a combined 77 games for both teams, he averaged 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He won the 2005 NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs as a member of their starting lineup.

During Mohammed's second season in San Antonio he shared the starting center position with Rasho Nesterovič, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season. He was a key contributor to the team's first round series victory over Sacramento, averaging 7.0 points per game and nailing his second career three-point basket late in Game 1.[2] Mohammed, however, played sparingly in the team's second round series loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, he turned down a four-year contract extension and did not return to the Spurs. On July 4, 2006, it was announced that he had come to terms on an agreement with the Detroit Pistons to become their starting center. After beginning the season in the starting five, the arrival of Chris Webber on January 16, 2007 made him gradually fall out of the team's rotation, the culmination being his 5 minutes in two postseason contests. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 51 games (33 starts), with about 15 minutes of action per game.

Mohammed was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats on December 14, 2007, in exchange for Primož Brezec and Wálter Herrmann. He had a season-high 20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and a season-high 4 blocks against the Knicks on December 21.[3]

On February 11, 2008, Nazr scored a season high 22 points, and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers.

On February 11, 2010, Nazr scored 21 points, and vacuumed a season high 20 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On February 24, 2011, Nazr Mohammed was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while forward D. J. White and guard Morris Peterson were sent to the Charlotte Bobcats. Mohammed reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat.[4]

On July 27, 2012, Mohammed signed a deal with the Chicago Bulls.

On May 10, 2013, Mohammed was involved in an altercation with LeBron James in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, in game three of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. James was called for a technical foul for tying up with Mohammed in transition. Mohammed retaliated by shoving James which followed with Mohammed being ejected.

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
1998–99 Philadelphia 26 0 4.7 .357 .000 .571 1.4 .1 .2 .2 1.6
1999–00 Philadelphia 28 3 6.8 .389 .000 .545 1.8 .1 .1 .4 1.9
2000–01 Philadelphia 30 3 6.5 .466 .000 .500 1.8 .1 .2 .2 3.2
2000–01 Atlanta 28 19 25.6 .480 .000 .765 9.0 .6 .8 1.0 12.3
2001–02 Atlanta 82 73 26.4 .461 .000 .617 7.9 .4 .8 .7 9.7
2002–03 Atlanta 35 0 12.7 .421 .000 .634 3.7 .2 .5 .6 4.6
2003–04 Atlanta 53 1 17.7 .493 .000 .627 5.0 .4 .4 .5 6.5
2003–04 New York 27 23 24.9 .563 .000 .525 7.7 .6 1.2 .9 9.1
2004–05 New York 54 54 28.1 .509 .000 .708 8.1 .5 1.0 1.0 10.9
2004–05 San Antonio 23 5 18.0 .387 .000 .571 6.4 .3 .2 1.4 6.2
2005–06 San Antonio 80 30 17.4 .504 .000 .785 5.2 .5 .3 .6 6.2
2006–07 Detroit 51 33 15.2 .532 .000 .610 4.5 .2 .5 .8 5.6
2007–08 Detroit 21 0 10.9 .475 .000 .433 3.5 .3 .3 .4 3.3
2007–08 Charlotte 61 29 23.3 .520 .000 .617 6.9 1.1 .6 .9 9.3
2008–09 Charlotte 39 1 8.7 .406 .000 .550 2.0 .2 .1 .4 2.7
2009–10 Charlotte 58 29 17.0 .553 .000 .648 5.2 .5 .3 .7 7.9
2010–11 Charlotte 51 30 16.7 .502 .000 .591 4.9 .3 .3 .9 7.3
2010–11 Oklahoma City 24 7 17.9 .573 .000 .625 4.8 .3 .7 .4 6.9
2011–12 Oklahoma City 63 1 11.0 .467 .000 .565 2.7 .2 .3 .6 2.7
2012–13 Chicago 63 12 11.0 .367 .000 .723 3.1 .4 .3 .5 2.6
2013–14 Chicago 80 1 7.0 .429 .000 .533 2.2 .3 .2 .4 1.6
Career 977 354 16.1 .487 .000 .640 4.8 .4 .4 .6 5.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 Philadelphia 3 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2004 New York 4 4 24.3 .500 .000 .688 5.8 .3 1.5 .8 10.3
2005 San Antonio 23 23 23.0 .528 1.000 .638 6.7 .3 .6 1.0 7.1
2006 San Antonio 8 3 11.8 .733 1.000 .722 3.9 .1 .4 .8 4.5
2007 Detroit 2 0 3.0 .500 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 2.5
2010 Charlotte 4 0 12.0 .579 .000 .667 2.0 .5 .3 .5 6.0
2011 Oklahoma City 14 0 10.6 .412 .000 .400 2.3 .0 .3 .4 2.3
2012 Oklahoma City 8 0 10.4 .500 .000 .500 2.0 .1 .0 .4 2.3
2013 Chicago 12 0 9.5 .512 .000 .571 2.7 .3 .2 .6 3.8
2014 Chicago 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 0.0
Career 80 30 14.1 .519 1.000 .639 3.8 .2 .4 .6 4.6

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 30 2 times
  • Rebounds: 20 3 times
  • Assists: 4 4 times
  • Steals: 5 @ L.A. Lakers 11/10/06
  • Blocks: 8 @ New Jersey 12/14/04

Personal life[edit]

Mohammed is a faithful Muslim who fasts for Ramadan. He had lost nearly ten pounds during 2004–05 season because of his fasting.[5]

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