Damien Wilkins

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Damien Wilkins
Damien Wilkins 76ers.jpg
Wilkins with the 76ers in March 2013
Free agent
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1980-01-11) January 11, 1980 (age 38)
Washington, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolDr. Phillips (Orlando, Florida)
College
NBA draft2004 / Undrafted
Playing career2004–present
Career history
20042009Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
2009–2010Minnesota Timberwolves
2011Atlanta Hawks
2011–2012Detroit Pistons
2012–2013Philadelphia 76ers
2013–2014Beijing Ducks
2014Indios de Mayagüez
2014–2015Iowa Energy
2015Indios de Mayagüez
2015–2016Guaros de Lara
2016–2017Greensboro Swarm
2017Brujos de Guayama
2017–2018Indiana Pacers
2018Greensboro Swarm
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 last played for the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League. He is the son of retired 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins and nephew of nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins.

College career[edit]

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.[1][2] There, he had two solid but unspectacular seasons and went undrafted in 2004.

Professional career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] A restricted free agent in the summer of 2005, Wilkins received an offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves in August 2005,[5] which the Sonics matched within 7 days.[6]

Wilkins playing for the Sonics.

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.[7]

On July 27, 2009, Wilkins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Chucky Atkins for center Etan Thomas and two future second-round draft picks.[8]

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 December 3, 2010, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks after Joe Johnson's injury.[9] The Hawks released him after one month.[10]

On January 8, 2011, the Atlanta Hawks signed Wilkins to a 10-day contract.[11] On January 28, 2011, the Hawks signed him for the remainder of the season.[12]

During the 2011–12 season, Wilkins played for the Detroit Pistons.[13] In September 2012, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[14]

On September 30, 2013, he rejoined the Atlanta Hawks.[15] On October 14, 2013, he was waived by the Hawks.[16]

In December 2013, he signed with the Beijing Ducks of China.[17][18] In his first game for the Ducks, he recorded 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist in a 106-99 victory over Liaoning.[19]

On May 1, 2014, he signed with Indios de Mayagüez for the rest of the 2014 BSN season.[20]

On November 1, 2014, he was selected by the Iowa Energy with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League draft.[21] On February 4, 2015, he was named to the Futures All-Star team for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[22] On April 20, he returned to Indios de Mayagüez.[23]

After initially signing with a Venezuelan team for the 2015–16 season, Wilkins was swayed 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.[24] On October 16, he officially signed with the Hornets.[25] However, he was waived by the Hornets a week later after appearing in three preseason games.[26] Two days later, he signed with Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan League.[27]

On October 31, 2016, Wilkins was acquired by the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA Development League.[28]

In April 2017, Wilkins joined Brujos de Guayama of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[29]

On August 15, 2017, Wilkins signed with the Indiana Pacers, returning to the NBA for the first time since 2013.[30] On January 7, 2018, Wilkins was waived by the Pacers.[31] On February 1, 2018, Wilkins returned to Greensboro Swarm.[32]

National team career[edit]

Wilkins represented the United States national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, where he won a bronze medal.

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
2004–05 Seattle 29 7 17.9 .435 .271 .618 2.3 .9 .8 .3 6.3
2005–06 Seattle 82 12 18.6 .444 .250 .840 2.3 1.3 .9 .1 6.5
2006–07 Seattle 82 31 24.8 .435 .410 .882 2.8 1.9 1.1 .2 8.8
2007–08 Seattle 76 31 24.3 .403 .323 .736 3.2 2.0 .8 .3 9.2
2008–09 Oklahoma City 41 14 15.5 .362 .375 .804 1.7 .9 .5 .2 5.3
2009–10 Minnesota 80 31 19.8 .433 .295 .798 3.1 1.7 .8 .3 5.6
2010–11 Atlanta 52 0 13.0 .504 .200 .714 1.7 .8 .5 .2 3.5
2011–12 Detroit 60 2 15.4 .394 .304 .630 1.7 .7 .5 .2 3.2
2012–13 Philadelphia 61 21 18.0 .459 .333 .743 1.7 1.5 .6 .3 6.4
2017–18 Indiana 19 1 8.0 .333 .222 .750 .8 .5 .1 .1 1.7
Career 582 150 18.9 .426 .327 .783 2.3 1.4 .7 .2 6.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Seattle 7 0 19.4 .444 .273 .444 2.6 .4 1.4 .1 5.6
2011 Atlanta 8 0 4.9 .538 .000 .000 1.0 .1 .3 .3 1.8
Career 15 0 11.7 .469 .231 .444 1.7 .3 .8 .2 3.5

Personal[edit]

Wilkins is the son of retired 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins and nephew of nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins. Isaiah Wilkins, the stepson of Dominique, [33] also plays basketball professionally since 2018.[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cole, Bill (June 17, 2001). "Wilkins is expected to make choice on Tuesday". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on July 2, 2001. Retrieved March 24, 2005.
  2. ^ "Georgia's Wilkins leads list of five best transfers". ESPN.com. October 31, 2002. Retrieved March 24, 2005.
  3. ^ "Seattle withstands Blazers' final-period rally". ESPN.com. March 24, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2005.
  4. ^ "With Lewis sidelined, Allen shoulders load with 32 points". ESPN.com. May 16, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2005.
  5. ^ "Wilkins gets offer sheet from Wolves". ESPN.com. August 18, 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2005.
  6. ^ "Wilkins to stay with Sonics". ESPN.com. August 24, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2005.
  7. ^ "Wilkins scores 41, but Durant's 3-pointer clinches Sonics' double-OT win". ESPN.com. November 17, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007.
  8. ^ "Minnesota Acquires Wilkins and Atkins from Thunder". NBA.com. July 27, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "HAWKS SIGN SWINGMAN DAMIEN WILKINS". NBA.com. December 3, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  10. ^ "Hawks release backup Damien Wilkins". USAToday.com. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "HAWKS SIGN DAMIEN WILKINS TO 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "HAWKS SIGN DAMIEN WILKINS FOR REMAINDER OF THE SEASON". NBA.com. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  13. ^ "Detroit Pistons announce Damien Wilkins". Sportando.com. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "Sixers Announce 2012 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "Atlanta Hawks fill up their training camp roster". InsideHoops.com. September 30, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  16. ^ "Atlanta Hawks waive David Lighty, Adonis Thomas, Damien Wilkins". InsideHoops.com. October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  17. ^ "Damien Wilkins Signing With Beijing Ducks Of China". RealGM.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "Damien Wilkins agreed to terms with Beijing". Sportando.com. December 1, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  19. ^ "Regular Season Round 10: Liaoning H. - Beijing Ducks 99-106". Eurobasket.com. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  20. ^ "Damien Wilkins signs with Indios de Mayaguez". Sportando.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  21. ^ "IOWA ENERGY FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. November 1, 2014. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Damien Wilkins back to Indios de Mayaguez". Sportando.com. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  24. ^ "Damien Wilkins credits the luck of delayed flights for his new Hornets deal". Sports.Yahoo.com. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  25. ^ "Hornets Sign Damien Wilkins". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  26. ^ "Hornets Waive Four Players". NBA.com. October 23, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  27. ^ "Damien Wilkins signs with Guaros de Lara". Sportando.com. October 25, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  28. ^ "Greensboro Swarm Announce 2016 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  29. ^ Damien Wilkins signs with Brujos de Guayama
  30. ^ Pacers Sign Damien Wilkins and Ben Moore
  31. ^ Pacers Request Waivers on Wilkins
  32. ^ "Damien Wilkins Returns To Swarm". NBA.com. February 1, 2018. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  33. ^ "Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins, stepson of NBA legend Dominique Wilkins, forges his own path". Daily Orange. July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  34. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Sign Jaylen Barford, Zach Smith and Isaiah Wilkins To Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.

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