Dante Exum

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Danté Exum
Dante Exum.JPG
No. 11 – Utah Jazz
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-07-13) 13 July 1995 (age 21)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Utah Jazz
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Danté Exum (born 13 July 1995) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was considered one of the best prospects for the 2014 NBA draft prior to graduating from high school in 2013.[1] He chose to bypass college and was ultimately selected by the Utah Jazz with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Early life and junior career[edit]

Exum was born in the Melbourne suburb of East Melbourne to American parents. He played for the Keilor Basketball Association as a junior[2] and attended Lake Ginninderra Secondary College in Canberra where, in conjunction with, also attended the Australian Institute of Sport. Along with basketball, he grew up playing Australian rules football but gave it up to focus on basketball.[3]

In April 2013, Exum participated in the Nike Hoop Summit for the World Select Team, where he recorded 16 points, three rebounds and two assists in a 112–98 win over the USA Junior Select Team.[4] In October 2013, he graduated from Lake Ginninderra and had the option to enroll in college and play college basketball during the 2013–14 season, but he decided against it.[5]

Exum competed for Lake Ginninderra in the Australian National High School Basketball Championships in December 2013,[6][7] and helped them win the eventual title.[8]

On 28 January 2014, it was announced that Exum signed with agents from Landmark Sports and that he would declare for the 2014 NBA draft.[9][10]

Professional career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2014–present)[edit]

On 26 June 2014, Exum was selected by the Utah Jazz with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.[11] On 11 July 2014, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Jazz.[12] The following day marked the start of the Utah Jazz Summer League, and over five games in the tournament, Exum averaged 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 26.7 minutes per game.[13] He made his NBA debut in the Jazz's season opener on 29 October 2014, recording five points, one assist and one steal in 9½ minutes of action in a 104–93 loss to the Houston Rockets.[14] Three days later, he scored 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc in a 118–91 win over the Phoenix Suns.[15] On 22 January 2015, he had a season-best game with 15 points and five assists in a 101–99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[16] On 1 April 2015, he had a career-high 12 assists in a 98–84 win over the Denver Nuggets.[17] He appeared in all 82 games (41 starts) as a rookie and averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.2 minutes. Exum became only the 10th rookie in Jazz history to play in all 82 games, scoring in double figures in 13 games and leading the team in assists 11 times. He helped the Jazz to a 24–17 record as a starter and was selected to compete in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge during the NBA's All-Star Weekend in New York.[18]

Exum appeared in one game for the Jazz during the 2015 NBA Summer League before departing the team in order to join the Australian national team for their European tour. On 4 August 2015, Exum sustained a severe knee injury while playing for Australia.[19] Two days later, an MRI determined Exum had sustained a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.[20] He underwent successful surgery to reconstruct the torn ligament on 3 September 2015, ruling him out of the entire 2015–16 season.[21]

Due to the injury, Exum sat out the 2016 NBA Summer League and the Australian national team's Rio Olympics campaign. After playing in six preseason games for the Jazz, Exum came off the bench in the team's 2016–17 regular season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers on 25 October 2016. In eight minutes of action, he recorded five points and two rebounds in a 113–104 loss.[22] On 17 November 2016, he scored a season-high 14 points in an 85–77 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[23] On 9 January 2017, he spent a day with Utah's D-League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.[24][25] On 1 March 2017, he set a new season high with 15 points in a 107–80 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[26] He surpassed that mark on 11 March 2017, scoring 22 points in a 112–104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[27]

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
2014–15 Utah 82 41 22.2 .349 .314 .625 1.6 2.4 .5 .2 4.8
2016–17 Utah 66 26 18.6 .427 .295 .795 2.0 1.7 .3 .2 6.2
Career 148 67 20.6 .385 .308 .743 1.8 2.1 .4 .2 5.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Utah 7 0 12.0 .407 .333 1.000 .9 1.3 .7 .0 4.6
Career 7 0 12.0 .407 .333 1.000 .9 1.3 .7 .0 4.6

National team career[edit]

Exum played for Australia in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.[28] Exum averaged 18.2 points and 3.8 assists over nine games at the 2013 FIBA U19 tournament, subsequently being named to the All-Tournament team. He was also selected by the Australian Boomers for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship, where he played sparingly in both games against New Zealand. In 2014, he competed for the Boomers in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he averaged 2.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in six games.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Exum has a twin sister, Tierra, who is an international elite gymnast.[30] His father, Cecil, played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and won an NCAA championship in 1982, a team which featured Michael Jordan and James Worthy. His mother also attended North Carolina. Cecil was drafted in 1984 by the Denver Nuggets, and later settled in Australia where he played in the National Basketball League for the North Melbourne Giants, Melbourne Tigers and Geelong Supercats.[31] Exum is a passionate supporter of the Essendon Football Club,[32] who compete in the Australian Football League. Exum wore Essendon-inspired shoes at the Rising Stars Challenge over the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mannix, Chris (26 September 2013). "2014 NBA Big Board: Wiggins leads deepest draft in years". SI.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  2. ^ D'Anello, Luke (19 November 2013). "Former Keilor Thunder basketballer Dante Exum is shooting for NBA selection". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "NBA Draft: Dante Exum happy with decision to play basketball over AFL". ABC.net.au. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Kamalsky, Matt (21 April 2013). "2013 Nike Hoop Summit Game Recap". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Goodman, Jeff (28 August 2013). "Dante Exum undecided on college". ESPN.com. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "EXUM HEADLINES 2013 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL C'SHIPS". Basketball.net.au. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Smart, Nick (2 December 2013). "Australian young gun Dante Exum focus of attention at Australian School Champs". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "ROWVILLE AND LAKE GINNINDERRA WIN ASC TITLES". Basketball.net.au. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Ford, Chad (28 January 2014). "Dante Exum declares for draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Australian teen Dante Exum set for NBA draft". HeraldSun.com.au. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jazz Selects Exum, Hood in 2014 NBA Draft". NBA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jazz Signs First-Round Picks Danté Exum and Rodney Hood". NBA.com. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "2014 Utah Jazz NBA Summer League Roster". RealGM.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  14. ^ "Rockets spoil Snyder's NBA coaching debut". NBA.com. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Utah Jazz's Dante Exum scores 10 in first NBA win". SMH.com.au. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Hayward scores 24, Jazz hold on for 101-99 win over Bucks". NBA.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Jazz roll Nuggets 98-84 after sluggish start". NBA.com. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Jazz Exercise Team Options on Four Players". NBA.com. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "NBA: Utah Jazz teammate Joe Ingles backs Dante Exum after reports of season-ending ACL injury". FoxSports.com.au. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Danté Exum Injury Update (August 6, 2015)". NBA.com. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Danté Exum Injury Update". NBA.com. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Jazz vs. Trail Blazers – Box Score". ESPN.com. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "Dante Exum 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "Jazz Assign Alec Burks, Danté Exum and Raul Neto to Salt Lake City Stars". NBA.com. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Jazz Recall Alec Burks, Danté Exum and Raul Neto from Salt Lake City Stars". NBA.com. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Towns helps Timberwolves coast to 107-80 win over Jazz". ESPN.com. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Westbrook has another triple-double, Thunder beat Jazz". ESPN.com. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  28. ^ Chau, Danny (10 July 2013). "Dante Exum, the FIBA U19 World Championships, and the Purest Form of NBA Draft Nerddom". Grantland.com. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup – Dante Exum". FIBA.com. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  30. ^ Creegan, Nick (26 June 2014). "NBA Draft Q&A: Who is Dante Exum?". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Rolfe, Peter (3 August 2013). "National Basketball Association scouts from US chasing local teenager Dante Exum". HeraldSun.com.au. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  32. ^ "Dante Exum kicks AFL footy through basketball hoop". HeraldSun.com.au. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  33. ^ "Utah Jazz NBA player Dante Exum shows his Essendon pride at NBA All-Star weekend in Rising Stars Challenge". FoxSports.com.au. 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 

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