Christmas with Syracuse in 2013
|No. 25 – Indiana Pacers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
December 1, 1991 |
Irvington, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Academy of the New Church
(Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania)
|NBA draft||2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2015–2017||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rakeem Maleek Christmas (born December 1, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange.
High school career
Christmas attended Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 2007 and 2009, before his junior year he transferred to Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. As a junior, he averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, during his senior season he averaged 11.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.
College career highs
- Blocks: 6 against Loyola (11/25/14)
- Rebounds: 16 against Hampton (11/16/14)
- Points: 35 against Wake Forest (01/13/15)
Indiana Pacers (2015–present)
On June 25, 2015, Christmas was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 36th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. His rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with those of Cedi Osman and a future second round pick in exchange for the rights of Tyus Jones. He later joined the Cavaliers for the 2015 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in four games. On July 23, his rights were traded again, this time to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick. Four days later, he signed with the Pacers. On November 14, he made his professional debut in the Mad Ants' 83–80 win over Raptors 905, recording 24 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes. On January 29, he was named in the East All-Star team for the 2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game. In the Pacers' 2015–16 regular season finale, Christmas made his NBA debut, scoring four points and making both his field-goal tries off the bench in a 97–92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
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|
Christmas and his mother Landra Hamid moved to St. Croix when he was 2 years old. While he lived in the Virgin Islands, his mother died due to renal failure at the age of 28. After his mother died, he remained in St. Croix and was raised there by his grandmother, Evelyn Hamid. When he was 13 years old he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to live with his aunt, Amira Hamid, who became his legal guardian.
Christmas was initiated as an honorary member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity during his sophomore year at Syracuse University. Christmas is thought to be the first player in Syracuse men's basketball history to finish his undergraduate degree in 3 years.
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