Samardo Samuels

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Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels.jpg
Samuels with the Cavaliers
No. 24 – Emporio Armani Milano
Position Power forward / Center
League Lega Basket Serie A
Personal information
Born (1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 25)
Trelawny, Jamaica
Nationality Jamaican
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Benedict's Prep
(Newark, New Jersey)
College Louisville (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2012 Canton Charge (D-League)
2013 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2013 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
2013–present Emporio Armani Milano (Italy)

Samardo Samuels (born January 9, 1989) is a Jamaican professional basketball player for Emporio Armani Milano of the Lega Basket Serie A. He is a 6'9", 260 lb power forward/center who attended college at the University of Louisville.

High school career[edit]

Samuels attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Samuels was ranked 9th in the nation by[1] and 2nd in the nation by[2] He, alongside class of 2010 star Tristan Thompson led St. Benedicts's Prep to a 24–1 record in the 2007–2008 season. At seasons end St. Benedict's was ranked #2 in the nation by USA Today.[3] He played in the two top all-American games, the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

College career[edit]

Samuels decided to attend the University of Louisville for college. He chose the Cardinals over Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina. At Louisville, Samuels started every game that he played in and led the 2009–10 team in scoring and rebounding. After his sophomore year, he decided to skip his final two years of college eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA Draft.

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

Samuels went undrafted, but played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 NBA Summer League.[4] He averaged 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. On August 17, 2010, Samuels signed a 3-year, $2.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A portion of the deal is guaranteed.[5]

He debuted against the Toronto Raptors, on October 29, and scored 7 points. On December 27, 2010 he was sent to the Erie BayHawks, the Cavs' affiliate in the NBA Development League.[6] On January 1, after two games in the NBA D-League, he was recalled by the Cavs.

On March 2, 2011, Samuels made his first career start against the San Antonio Spurs in place of the injured Antawn Jamison and scored a career high 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.[7]

On December 28, 2012, Samuels was assigned to the Canton Charge of the D-League.[8] He was recalled on December 31, 2012.[9] On January 6, 2013, he was waived by the Cavaliers.[10] He was acquired by the D-League's Reno Bighorns on January 17, 2013.[11]


In April 2013, Samuels signed a two-month deal with Hapoel Jerusalem.[12] On July 25, 2013, Samuels signed a two-year deal with Emporio Armani Milano.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2010–11 Cleveland 37 10 18.9 .456 .000 .618 4.3 0.5 0.4 0.5 7.8
2011–12 Cleveland 54 0 15.3 .455 .000 .701 3.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 5.4
2012–13 Cleveland 18 1 10.9 .367 .000 .583 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.2 3.2
Career 109 11 15.8 .445 .000 .653 3.4 0.4 0.3 0.4 5.9

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 23 vs. San Antonio 03/02/11
  • Rebounds: 10 3 times
  • Assists: 3 vs. San Antonio 03/02/11
  • Steals: 3 @ L.A. Clippers 03/19/11
  • Blocks: 3 vs. New Orleans 03/06/11


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