|No. 23 – Beşiktaş|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
April 18, 1986 |
Queens, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Molloy
(Queens, New York)
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2011–2012||New Jersey Nets|
A 6'1" point guard, Gaines was signed by the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association on January 5, 2010. Before joining the Jazz, he had averaged 23.9 points and 6.9 assists in 14 games with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. He also played professionally in Italy.
On January 14, 2010, in just his fifth NBA game, and after just one practice with the Utah Jazz, Gaines hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Jazz a dramatic 97-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the first 3-pointer of his NBA career.
On November 11, 2010, Gaines signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was waived on January 4, 2011. On January 13, 2011, Gaines signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors. He was signed to a second 10-day contract on January 24, 2011, but was released by the Raptors on January 26, 2011 when they signed Trey Johnson to a 10-day contract.
On February 28, 2011, Gaines signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets.  After taking part in the London 2011 Nets vs. Raptors games, Sundiata Gaines signed a second 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets. On March 21, 2011, Gaines signed a multi-year contract with the Nets after having impressed the team with his play. On March 23, 2011, Gaines fractured his right hip, ending his season with the Nets.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, Gaines signed with BC Armia Tbilsi in Tbilisi,Georgia. He was a regular starter for BC Armia Tbilsi and guided his club to a 3-1 record in the EuroChallenge 2011–12. He later rejoined the Nets.
In September 2012, Gaines signed with the Indiana Pacers. On October 22, 2012 Gaines was waived by the Indiana Pacers. Later that fall, he signed with the Fujian Xunxing of the Chinese Basketball Association.
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|
International career statistics
|2011–12||Super Liga||BC Armia||6||6||26.15||.406||.270||.687||4.2||6.5||2.5||0||12|
- Jody Genessy. "Jazz finally fill empty roster spot with D-League's Gaines". Deseret News. January 5, 2010. Retrieved on January 6, 2010.
- "Jazz: Gaines reigns". The Salt Lake Tribune. January 15, 2010. Retrieved on January 15, 2010.
- "Rookie’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Jazz over Cavs"
- "Wolves Sign Sundiata Gaines". NBA.com. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- "Raptors Sign Gaines To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Nets Sign Gaines To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
- "Sundiata Gaines staying with Nets on 10-day contract". New York Post. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Gaines Contract Release". NBA.com. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- BC ARMIA TBILISI basketball team
- Pacers Sign Three Free Agents
- Pacers Exercise Option on George; Release Three Players
- Niubball.com - Teams
- "Besiktas sign Sundiata Gaines to a two-month deal". Sportando.net. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.