Chukwudiebere Maduabum

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Chukwudiebere Maduabum
No. 14 – Tallinna Kalev
Position Center
League Korvpalli Meistriliiga
Baltic Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1991-03-19) March 19, 1991 (age 24)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Command Day Secondary School
(Ibadan, Nigeria)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2009 Dodan Warriors (Nigeria)
2010 Kano Pillars (Nigeria)
2011–2012 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2013 Al-Shamal (Qatar)
2013 Tallinna Kalev (Estonia)
2014 Khasiin Khuleguud (Mongolia)
2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2015–present Tallinna Kalev (Estonia)
Career highlights and awards
  • MNBA champion (2014)
  • MNBA All-Star (2014)

Chukwudiebere "Chu" Maduabum (born March 19, 1991) is a Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays for Tallinna Kalev of the Estonian Korvpalli Meistriliiga. He was drafted 56th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA draft before his rights were traded to the Denver Nuggets.[1]

Chukwudiebere, a 6'9" power forward, was the third player drafted straight from the D-League, following fellow second round picks Mike Taylor and Latavious Williams. He played for two teams while he was in Nigeria: the Dodan Warriors and the Kano Pillars. He also played in the FIBA Africa Club Championship.

Professional career[edit]

NBA and NBA D-League[edit]

On March 18, 2011, Chukwudiebere was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.[2] He went on to average 0.7 points and 1.0 blocks in three games during 2010–11.

On June 23, 2011, Chukwudiebere was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. His rights were later traded to the Denver Nuggets of draft night.[1]

On January 24, 2012, Chukwudiebere was reacquired by the Bakersfield Jam. However, he was later waived by the Jam on February 1, 2012 after just one game due to injury.[3]

In July 2012, Chukwudiebere joined the Denver Nuggets for the 2012 NBA Summer League where he averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games.[4]

On February 19, 2015 the draft rights to Chukwudiebere were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with JaVale McGee and a future first round pick via the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Denver Nuggets.


In January 2013, Chukwudiebere signed with Al-Shamal of Qatar's D1 league where he averaged 9.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 1.0 assists in eight games.


In November 2013, Chukwudiebere signed with Tallinna Kalev of Estonia for the 2013–14 season.[5] In December 2013, he left Tallinna after three Estonian League games and two Baltic League games.


In January 2014, Chukwudiebere signed with Khasiin Khuleguud of Mongolia for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[6] He went on earn league All-Star honors and helped them win the 2014 championship.

Return to D-League[edit]

On November 2, 2014, Chukwudiebere was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[7] On December 2, 2014, he was waived by the Mad Ants after appearing in four games.[8]

Return to Estonia[edit]

On January 9, 2015, Maduabum re-signed with Tallinna Kalev.[9] On February 19, 2015, the Denver Nuggets traded Maduabum's draft rights to the Philadelphia 76ers.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Lakers Trade Draft Rights To Chukwudiebere Maduabum". June 23, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010-11 Transactions". Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2011-12 Transactions". Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2012-2013 Denver Nuggets Summer League Rosters". Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tin Kalev Tallin sign former Lakers draftee Maduabum Chuckwudiebere". November 30, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nigerian professional basketball player M.Chukwudiebere to join SBL Khasyn Khuleguud". January 6, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mad Ants Finalize 2014-15 Training Camp Roster". November 2, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cohn, Justin (December 2, 2014). "More moves for Mad Ants". Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Meeskond
  10. ^ "Sixers Acquire Two First-round Picks, A 2015 Second-round Pick, Isaiah Canaan, And JaVale McGee". February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 

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