Charlie Villanueva

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Charlie Villanueva
Charlie Villanueva of the Dallas Mavericks.jpg
Villanueva with the Dallas Mavericks
No. 3 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1984-08-24) August 24, 1984 (age 31)
Queens, New York
Nationality American / Dominican
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school Newtown (Queens, New York)
Blair Academy
(Blairstown, New Jersey)
College Connecticut (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Toronto Raptors
20062009 Milwaukee Bucks
20092014 Detroit Pistons
2014–present Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984) is a Dominican-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Villanueva was raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. He was drafted at the age of 20 with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. He also holds Dominican citizenship and has represented the Dominican Republic national basketball team in international competition.[1][2]

High school career[edit]

During his freshman year, Villanueva attended Newtown High School in Queens, New York, where he was a teammate of future NBA player Smush Parker. He spent his next three years at Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey, where he played with another future NBA player, Luol Deng. Villanueva received All-American honors as a senior and was named New Jersey Co-Player of the Year. He entered the 2003 NBA draft, but withdrew his eligibility so he could play college basketball for the University of Connecticut.[3]

Considered a five-star recruit by, Villanueva was listed as the No. 2 power forward and the No. 5 player in the nation in 2003.[4]

College career[edit]

Villanueva originally gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Illinois, but after Bill Self left the Illini for the University of Kansas, Villanueva withdrew his commitment. He considered following Self to the Jayhawks, but instead opted to play for the University of Connecticut.[5]

In his freshman year at UConn, Villanueva earned Big East All-Rookie Team honors and was a key reserve member of the 2004 NCAA National Championship team. As a sophomore at UConn, he averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds, leading the team in scoring and receiving team MVP and second-team All-Big East honors. Villanueva declared for the 2005 NBA draft following his sophomore season, thus forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[3]

NBA career[edit]

Toronto Raptors (2005–2006)[edit]

Villanueva was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. Despite being panned by critics as soon as his name was called in the draft,[6] Villanueva responded with a solid rookie campaign. He averaged 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 81 games. He finished second among rookies in points and rebounds, and third in minutes and blocked shots. He also tallied 12 double-doubles and set the Raptors' rookie records for points (48) and rebounds (18) in a game. He also appeared in the Rookie Challenge and was named to the All-NBA Rookie first team.[3]

Milwaukee Bucks (2006–2009)[edit]

On June 30, 2006, Villanueva was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for T. J. Ford.[7][8]

In March 2009, Villanueva was reprimanded by Bucks coach Scott Skiles for posting a message on his Twitter account during halftime of the Bucks–Celtics game.[9] Despite the mishap, Villanueva's 2008–09 season turned out to be a career-best season for him as he averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.[10]

Detroit Pistons (2009–2014)[edit]

On July 8, 2009, Villanueva signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.[11][12]

On January 2, 2013, Villanueva was fined $25,000 by the NBA for delivering a flagrant foul to Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas the previous night. Villanueva had been ejected from the game for elbowing Thomas as Thomas drove to the basket. The NBA league office added the fine after reviewing the play.[13]

Dallas Mavericks (2014–present)[edit]

On September 23, 2014, Villanueva signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[14] On February 9, 2015, he scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[15]

On August 6, 2015, Villanueva re-signed with the Mavericks to a one-year deal.[16]

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]

2005–06 Toronto 81 36 29.1 .463 .327 .706 6.4 1.1 .7 .8 13.0
2006–07 Milwaukee 39 17 25.2 .470 .337 .820 5.8 .9 .6 .3 11.8
2007–08 Milwaukee 76 31 24.1 .435 .297 .783 6.1 1.0 .4 .5 11.7
2008–09 Milwaukee 78 47 26.9 .447 .345 .838 6.7 1.8 .6 .7 16.2
2009–10 Detroit 78 16 23.7 .439 .351 .815 4.7 .7 .6 .7 11.9
2010–11 Detroit 76 11 21.9 .442 .387 .767 3.9 .6 .6 .6 11.1
2011–12 Detroit 13 0 13.8 .385 .333 .857 3.7 .5 .5 .4 7.0
2012–13 Detroit 69 0 15.8 .377 .347 .551 3.5 .8 .4 .6 6.8
2013–14 Detroit 20 0 9.0 .380 .250 .571 1.7 .3 .2 .3 4.6
2014–15 Dallas 64 1 10.6 .414 .376 .571 2.3 .3 .2 .3 6.3
Career 594 159 21.7 .438 .347 .768 4.8 .9 .5 .6 10.9


2015 Dallas 5 0 8.6 .440 .421 .000 2.6 .6 .2 .2 6.0
Career 5 0 8.6 .440 .421 .000 2.6 .6 .2 .2 6.0

International career[edit]

Villanueva represented the United States at youth levels but in 2009, he switch sports citizenship to the Dominican Republic.[17] He played for the Dominican Republic national basketball team in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.[1]


Villanueva has an autoimmune skin disease known as alopecia universalis, a variation of alopecia areata. This results in hair loss on the scalp and/or elsewhere on the body, but the disease is not otherwise life-threatening or harmful. Villanueva is a spokesman for the NAAF (National Alopecia Areata Foundation),[3] and received the February 2006 Community Assist Award from the NBA for his work with the organization.[18]

A first generation Dominican-American, Villanueva is fluent in Spanish, as it is the language he speaks with his family.[19]


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