Wilkins with the 76ers
|No. 21 – Guaros de Lara|
|Position||Small forward / Shooting guard|
|League||Liga Profesional de Baloncesto|
January 11, 1980 |
Washington, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Undrafted|
|2004–2009||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013–2014||Beijing Ducks (China)|
|2014||Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)|
|2014–2015||Iowa Energy (D-League)|
|2015||Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)|
|2015–present||Guaros de Lara (Venezuela)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Damien Lamont Wilkins (born January 11, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB). He is the son of retired 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins and nephew of nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins.
After graduating from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, Wilkins enrolled at North Carolina State University. Two years into a quick and promising start to his NCAA career at North Carolina State, Wilkins entered the 2001 NBA Draft but decided to withdraw and transfer to University of Georgia. There, he had two solid but unspectacular seasons and went undrafted in 2004.
Diligence in the weight room helped Wilkins have a big summer league and shine in preseason action for the Sonics, allowing him to make the team. After working after practice, Wilkins got his shot towards the end of his rookie season and scored 21 points at Portland on March 24, 2005. Wilkins would start seven games the rest of the way as the Sonics battled injuries. He proved himself in the 2005 Playoffs when injuries struck again, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and five steals in the Sonics' Game 4 win over San Antonio. A restricted free agent in the summer of 2005, Wilkins received an offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in August 2005, which the Sonics matched within 7 days.
In the 2007 season, the departure of Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen made Wilkins a starter. On November 16, 2007 he scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
On July 27, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Chucky Atkins for center Etan Thomas and two future second-round draft picks. In the Minnesota 2009 home opener, Damien made a game-winning shot that beat the New Jersey Nets.
On September 28, 2010, he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies, but he was waived at the end of training camp on October 21.
On November 1, 2014, he was selected by the Iowa Energy with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League draft. On February 4, 2015, he was named to the Futures All-Star team for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game. On April 20, he returned to Indios de Mayagüez.
After initially signing with a Venezuelan team for the 2015–16 season, Wilkins was suede into re-entering the NBA following the injury to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Hornets. He and his agent contacted the Hornets and the two parties came to an agreement on a non-guaranteed training camp contract on October 5, 2015. On October 16, he officially signed with the Hornets. However, he was waived by the Hornets a week later after appearing in three preseason games. Two days later, he signed with Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan League.
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|
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- "Georgia's Wilkins leads list of five best transfers". ESPN.com. October 31, 2002. Retrieved March 24, 2005.
- "Seattle withstands Blazers' final-period rally". ESPN.com. March 24, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2005.
- "With Lewis sidelined, Allen shoulders load with 32 points". ESPN.com. May 16, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2005.
- "Wilkins gets offer sheet from Wolves". ESPN.com. August 18, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2005.
- "Wilkins to stay with Sonics". ESPN.com. August 24, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
- "Wilkins scores 41, but Durant's 3-pointer clinches Sonics' double-OT win". ESPN.com. November 17, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
- "Minnesota Acquires Wilkins and Atkins from Thunder". NBA.com. July 27, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
- "HAWKS SIGN SWINGMAN DAMIEN WILKINS". NBA.com. December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
- "Hawks release backup Damien Wilkins". USAToday.com. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
- "HAWKS SIGN DAMIEN WILKINS TO 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
- "HAWKS SIGN DAMIEN WILKINS FOR REMAINDER OF THE SEASON". NBA.com. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- "Detroit Pistons announce Damien Wilkins". Sportando.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
- "Sixers Announce 2012 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
- "Atlanta Hawks fill up their training camp roster". InsideHoops.com. September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
- "Atlanta Hawks waive David Lighty, Adonis Thomas, Damien Wilkins". InsideHoops.com. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Damien Wilkins Signing With Beijing Ducks Of China". RealGM.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- "Damien Wilkins agreed to terms with Beijing". Sportando.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- "Regular Season Round 10: Liaoning H. - Beijing Ducks 99-106". Eurobasket.com. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
- "Damien Wilkins signs with Indios de Mayaguez". Sportando.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
- "IOWA ENERGY FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. November 1, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
- "Thirteen NBA Veterans Headline Rosters for NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented by Kumho Tire". NBA.com. February 15, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
- "Damien Wilkins back to Indios de Mayaguez". Sportando.com. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- "Damien Wilkins credits the luck of delayed flights for his new Hornets deal". Sports.Yahoo.com. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
- "Hornets Sign Damien Wilkins". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
- "Hornets Waive Four Players". NBA.com. October 23, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
- "Damien Wilkins signs with Guaros de Lara". Sportando.com. October 25, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.