D. J. Stephens
|No. 30 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
December 19, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||188 lb (85 kg)|
|High school||Harker Heights
(Harker Heights, Texas)
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|2014–2015||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dalenta Jameral "D. J." Stephens (born December 19, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Memphis, where he played four years for the Tigers basketball team.
Stephens was not a highly regarded recruit out of Harker Heights High School when he was offered a scholarship by Memphis coach Josh Pastner. By his senior year at Memphis, however, he had become a crowd favorite for his spectacular dunking and blocking abilities. In 2011–12, he won the Intersport's Dunks of the Year title for a dunk against Xavier on February 4, 2012. In his senior year at Memphis, Stephens became a starter and earned the Conference USA defensive player of the year award. Stephens earned national attention in the 2013 NCAA tournament after demonstrating his leaping ability against St. Mary's and Michigan State.
In a four-year career at Memphis, Stephens played a total of 129 games while averaging 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game.
During the 2013 pre-draft workouts at the NBA Draft Combine, Stephens recorded the highest standing vertical leap (40 inches) and the highest running vertical leap (46 inches) ever recorded by the NBA. He also had the fastest time at the 2013 Combine in the three-quarter court sprint.
After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Stephens joined the Miami Heat for the Orlando Summer League and the Dallas Mavericks for the Las Vegas Summer League. On August 13, 2013, he signed with Ilysiakos B.C. of Greece for the 2013–14 season. In early March 2014, he left Greece and returned to the United States.
On March 26, 2014, Stephens signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. On March 29, 2014, he made his NBA debut. In just under 12 minutes of action, he recorded five points and four rebounds in a loss to the Miami Heat. On April 5, 2014, the Bucks did not offer him a second 10-day contract after his first 10-day contract expired. On April 10, 2014, he signed with Anadolu Efes of Turkey for the rest of the 2013–14 season.
On October 1, 2014, Stephens signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. However, he was later waived by the Pelicans on October 24, 2014. On December 2, 2014, he signed with Zenit Saint Petersburg of Russia for the rest of the season. In 21 league games for Zenit in 2014–15, Stephens averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Stephens is the son of Will Stephens and Dorothea Love. He and his partner, Stacie Payne, have a daughter.
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- D.J. Stephens Stats
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- "Bucks Won't Sign D.J. Stephens To 2nd 10-Day Contract". realgm.com. April 5, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "DJ Stephens lands in Istanbul to join Anadolu Efes". Sportando.com. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- "Pelicans Add D.J. Stephens to Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 1, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "Pelicans Request Waivers on Jones and Stephens". NBA.com. October 24, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "Zenit St. Petersburg announces DJ Stephens". Sportando.com. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "Cavaliers Announce 2015-16 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- 5 questions with University of Memphis forward D.J. Stephens
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- D. J. Stephens at draftexpress.com
- D. J. Stephens at eurobasket.com
- D. J. Stephens at gotigersgo.com
- D. J. Stephens at sports-reference.com
- D. J. Stephens on Twitter