|No. 14, 21|
|Power forward / Small forward|
July 11, 1976 |
Ciudad Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (203 cm)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Cornerstone Christian Academy
(San Antonio, Texas)
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||2000–2012|
|2004–2005||Golden State Warriors|
|2008–2010||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Eduardo Alonso Nájera Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [eðuˈarðo ˈnaxeɾa]) (born July 11, 1976) is a retired Mexican professional basketball player and current head coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.
Najera played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma, United States, from 1997–2000, becoming a major star there. He helped the team to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during his college career, as well as finishing in the school's all-time top ten in nine statistical categories. Before being drafted into the NBA in 2000, Najera received rave reviews from scouts, who boasted on Najera's quick first step and extraordinary rebounding ability. He is only the second Mexican-born player to join the NBA. He was the first Mexican player to be drafted into the NBA (Horacio Llamas being undrafted).
He saw significant action as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000–01 and 2001–02, but recurrent knee injuries limited his action in his last two years in Dallas.
He played at the first-ever Basketball Without Borders Americas tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 2004 NBA Summer of Goodwill.
On August 24, 2004, Najera was traded along with Luis Flores, Christian Laettner, Mladen Sekularac, cash, a 2007 first round draft pick, and another future first round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Erick Dampier, Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer, and Steve Logan. In Golden State Najera again put in modest minutes and was a solid contributor.
On February 24, 2005, he was then sent to the Denver Nuggets along with Luis Flores and a future first round pick in exchange for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White, where he would have some of his most productive seasons as an NBA player.
On April 27, 2006, Najera started his first playoff game for the Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round series facing the Los Angeles Clippers. He replaced Kenyon Martin who was suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team".
On July 11, 2008, he signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets for 4 years $12 million. He stated that he would make it a point to turn the Nets' young forwards Yi Jianlian and Ryan Anderson and center Brook Lopez into stronger, tougher players. Najera turned down more money and a chance to return to his college state, Oklahoma City Thunder. He also turned down an offer from the New Orleans Hornets in order to take a chance to lead a young and talented New Jersey team.
Off the court
In 2000, Eduardo Najera graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in sociology.
In 2001, Najera served as the United Nations Drug Control Programme Goodwill Ambassador for Sports Against Drugs. In 2004, he established the Eduardo Najera Foundation for Latino Achievement, which provides college scholarships for outstanding Latino students facing barriers to their educations, and in 2006, he received the Chopper Travaglini Award for demonstrating outstanding charity work in the Denver community.
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|
- Points: 19: 2 times
- Rebounds: 15: vs. Houston 04/11/02
- Assists: 7: @ Milwaukee 01/09/09
- Steals: 6: 2 times
- Blocks: 4: vs. Seattle 12/29/05
- Meet Eduardo Najera
- NBA.com: Eduardo Najera Bio Page
- Player Profiles by Interbasket, Eduardo Najera
- NBA.com, Eduardo Najera, Bio page
- "Warriors And Dallas Consummate Eight-Player Trade". NBA.com. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Nuggets Acquire Najera, Flores, First-Round Pick From Warriors". NBA.com. 2005-02-24. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Nets Reach Agreements With Eduardo Najera and Jarvis Hayes". NBA.com. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Nets reach agreements with Najera, Hayes - NBA - SI.com".[dead link]
- "MAVERICKS ACQUIRE FORWARD EDUARDO NAJERA". NBA.com. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- "Bobcats Acquire Carroll, Dampier and Najera from Mavericks". NBA.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
- D-League Texas Legends name Eduardo Najera head coach