Sundiata Gaines

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Sundiata Gaines
Sundiata Gaines Wizards Summer League 2013.jpg
Sidigas Avellino
Position Point guard
League Lega Basket Serie A
Personal information
Born (1986-04-18) April 18, 1986 (age 28)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Archbishop Molloy
(Queens, New York)
College Georgia (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 NGC Cantù
2009–2010 Idaho Stampede
2010 Utah Jazz
2010–2011 Minnesota Timberwolves
2011 Toronto Raptors
20112012 New Jersey Nets
2011 BC Armia
2012–2013 Fujian Xunxing
2013–2014 Beşiktaş
2014 Reno Bighorns
2014 Guaiqueríes de Margarita
2014–present Sidigas Avellino
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League All-Star (2010)
  • SEC All-Defensive Team (2008)
  • 2x All-SEC Second Team (2007–2008)

Sundiata Kofi Gaines (born April 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Sidigas Avellino of the Lega Basket Serie A. He played college basketball at the University of Georgia.

High school career[edit]

Gaines attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, New York. As a senior, he averaged 28.2 points per game, finishing his career as the number 3 scorer in Stanners' history.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Georgia, Gaines had a very productive year as he led the team in minutes, assists, steals, free throw attempts and makes, as well as ranking second in rebounding. In 27 games, he averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.[1][2]

In his sophomore season, he ranked third among all SEC players in steals at 2.0 per game. In 30 games, he averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He was named the team’s MVP by the coaching staff at the season's end.[1][2]

In his junior season, he led Georgia in minutes, starts, rebounds, assists and steals. He was also named to the 2007 All-SEC second team. In 32 games, he averaged 10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds 4.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game.[1][2]

In his senior season, he was named to the 2008 All-SEC second team and All-Defensive team. In 34 games, he averaged 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2008–09 season[edit]

Gaines went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft. In July 2008, he signed with NGC Cantù of Italy for the 2008–09 season.[3]

2009–10 season[edit]

On November 5, 2009, Gaines was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Idaho Stampede in the 2009 NBA D-League draft.[4]

On January 5, 2010, he signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz. On January 14, 2010, in just his fifth NBA game, 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.[5][6]

On January 15, 2010, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Jazz. On January 25, 2010, he signed with the Jazz for the rest of the season.[7]

2010–11 season[edit]

Gaines joined the Utah Jazz for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On October 22, 2010, he was waived by the Jazz.[8]

On November 12, 2010, Gaines signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9] On January 4, 2011, he was waived by the Timberwolves.[10]

On January 13, 2011, Gaines signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors.[11] On January 24, 2011, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Raptors.[12] On January 26, 2011, he was waived by the Raptors.[13]

On February 28, 2011, Gaines signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets.[14] On March 10, 2011, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Nets.[15] On March 20, 2011, he signed a multi-year deal with the Nets.[16] On March 23, 2011, Gaines suffered a season-ending right hip injury.[17]

2011–12 season[edit]

On September 9, 2011, Gaines signed with BC Armia of Georgia for the duration of the NBA lockout.[18] In December 2011, he re-joined the Nets.

2012–13 season[edit]

On September 6, 2012, Gaines signed with the Indiana Pacers.[19] However, he was later waived by the Pacers on October 22, 2012.[20]

On November 13, 2012, he signed with the Fujian Xunxing of the Chinese Basketball Association for the 2012–13 season.[21]

2013–14 season[edit]

Gaines joined the Washington Wizards for the 2013 NBA Summer League.

On November 22, 2013, he signed a two-month deal with Beşiktaş of Turkey.[22] On January 15, 2014, he played his final game for Beşiktaş, recording 4 points, 7 assists and 2 steals in 15 minutes of play.

On January 29, 2014, he was acquired by the Austin Toros. On January 31, 2014, he was traded to the Springfield Armor.[23][24] On February 4, 2014, he was traded to the Reno Bighorns.[25]

On April 22, 2014, he signed with Guaiqueríes de Margarita of Venezuela for the rest of the 2014 LPB season.[26]

2014–15 season[edit]

On August 28, 2014, Gaines signed with Sidigas Avellino of Italy for the 2014–15 season.[27]

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
2009–10 Utah 32 0 6.8 .463 .269 .500 .9 1.2 .4 .0 3.3
2010–11 Minnesota 8 0 8.1 .318 .333 .500 .8 .8 .4 .0 2.6
2010–11 Toronto 6 0 15.0 .429 .200 .333 1.3 1.8 .7 .2 5.8
2010–11 New Jersey 10 0 14.6 .417 .235 .550 2.4 2.5 .9 .0 5.5
2011–12 New Jersey 57 12 13.9 .376 .341 .615 1.9 2.2 1.0 .0 5.1
Career 113 12 11.6 .397 .301 .562 1.5 1.8 .7 .0 4.5

International career statistics[edit]

SEASON LEAGUE TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Super Liga BC Armia 6 6 26.0 .406 .300 .688 4.2 6.5 2.5 .0 12.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sundiata Gaines Bio". nmnathletics.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sundiata Gaines Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Sundiata Gaines to Play in Italian League
  4. ^ Idaho Stampede make good in 2009 NBDL Draft
  5. ^ Gaines' 3-pointer at buzzer sinks Cavs' late comeback attempt
  6. ^ Gaines game-winning shot to beat the Cavs on YouTube
  7. ^ Jazz Sign Gaines For Remainder Of Season
  8. ^ "Jazz waive Sundiata Gaines, Othyus Jeffers, Demetris Nichols and Ryan Thompson". InsideHoops.com. October 22, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wolves Sign Sundiata Gaines". NBA.com. November 12, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Timberwolves waive Sundiata Gaines". InsideHoops.com. January 4, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Raptors Sign Gaines To 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Raptors Sign Gaines To A Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Raptors sign Trey Johnson and waive Sundiata Gaines". Sportando.net. January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "NETS Sign Sundiata Gaines to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "NETS Sign Sundiata Gaines to a Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "NETS Sign Sundiata Gaines to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. March 20, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  17. ^ Sundiata Gaines Out For Season With Fractured Hip
  18. ^ Sundiata Gaines signed in Georgia with BC Armia
  19. ^ Pacers Sign Three Free Agents
  20. ^ Pacers Exercise Option on George; Release Three Players
  21. ^ Sundiata Gaines signs in China with Fujian
  22. ^ "Besiktas sign Sundiata Gaines to a two-month deal". Sportando.com. November 22, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  23. ^ Springfield Armor acquire Sundiata Gaines in trade with Austin Toros
  24. ^ Armor Acquire Sundiata Gaines Via Trade with Austin
  25. ^ Source: Reno Bighorns Trade For Sundiata Gaines
  26. ^ "Gaiqueries de Margarita sign Sundiata Gaines, close to Antoine Wright". Sportando.com. April 22, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  27. ^ Avellino lands Marc Trasolini and Sundiata Gaines

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