Salah Mejri

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Salah Mejri
Real Madrid-Obradoiro Santiago mayo 2013CCropedtunecino0911.jpg
Mejri while playing with Obradoiro in May 2013
No. 50 – Dallas Mavericks
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-06-15) June 15, 1986 (age 30)
Jendouba, Tunisia
Nationality Tunisian
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2010 Étoile Sportive du Sahel
2010–2012 Antwerp Giants
2012–2013 Obradoiro CAB
2013–2015 Real Madrid
2015–present Dallas Mavericks
2015–2016 Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Salah Al-Mejri (Arabic: صالح الماجري; born June 15, 1986) is a Tunisian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He represents the Tunisian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), he plays at the center position.

Professional career[edit]

Mejri started playing basketball at age of 20 for Étoile Sportive du Sahel in the Tunisian Basketball League.[1] In September 2010, he signed a two-year contract with the Antwerp Giants of the Belgian League, and in August 2012, he moved to the Spanish League to play with Obradoiro CAB.[2] In May 2013, he was named the Spanish League's Rising Star.[3]

On July 8, 2013, Mejri signed with the Spanish club Real Madrid.[4] He became the first Arabic and Tunisian player in the history of Real Madrid and the Euroleague. In 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the Euroleague, after defeating Olympiacos 78–59 in the final game.[5] Real Madrid eventually finished the season winning the Spanish League championship, defeating Barcelona 3–0 in the final series. With that trophy, they won the triple crown.[6]

On July 30, 2015, Mejri signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[7] On October 25, 2015, it was announced that Mejri had made the Mavericks' 2015–16 opening night roster.[8] Three days later, he made his debut for the Mavericks, becoming the first Tunisian to appear in an NBA game.[9] He played in five of the team's first eight games to begin the season, before not playing again until January 13, 2016. With the team's regular starters all rested for their match-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Mejri managed 25 minutes off the bench, and recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds in a 108–89 loss to the Thunder.[10] On January 24, with starting center Zaza Pachulia out injured, Mejri made just his eighth appearance for the Mavericks and started in place of Pachulia. In 29 minutes of action, he recorded 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 115–104 loss to the Houston Rockets.[11] On March 20, he recorded 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks in 32 minutes off the bench in a 132–120 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.[12] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' D-League affiliate.[13]

On June 30, 2016, Mejri underwent arthroscopic surgery for a right knee debridement.[14]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes seasons in which Mejri won the Euroleague

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Real Madrid 26 2 10.1 .603 .667 .545 2.9 .1 .4 1.1 3.5 5.6
2014–15 Real Madrid 9 0 9.6 .600 .000 .476 2.3 .1 .4 .8 4.4 4.8
Career 35 2 10.0 .602 .500 .512 2.8 .1 .4 1.0 3.7 5.4

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Dallas 34 6 11.7 .628 .000 .587 3.6 .3 .2 1.1 3.7
Career 34 6 11.7 .628 .000 .587 3.6 .3 .2 1.1 3.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Dallas 4 1 19.0 .700 .000 .417 3.3 .3 .8 1.3 4.8
Career 4 1 19.0 .700 .000 .417 3.3 .3 .8 1.3 4.8

Tunisian national team[edit]

Mejri is a member of the senior men's Tunisian national basketball team. He played center for the team in the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship, and helped the team to the bronze medal, and its first ever trip to the FIBA World Cup.[15]

In 2011, Mejri was named MVP, as Tunisia won the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship, and received an invitation to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. There, the team finished 0–5; however, Mejri led all competitors in blocked shots, with 17, despite only playing in 5 games (some teams played in as many as 8 games).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archive.FIBA.com Player Profile Salah MEJRI (TUN).". FIBA.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Obradoiro tabs big man Salah Mejri". Sportando.com. August 14, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Salah Mejri es el Jugador Revelación 2012-13". ACB.com (in Spanish). May 14, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Real Madrid announced Salah Mejri". Sportando.com. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mavs sign pick-and-roll threat Salah Mejri". Mavs.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Salah Mejri, the center who made the Mavericks roster out of nowhere". mavsmoneyball.com. October 25, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "8 Dallas players reach double figures, Mavs rout Suns 111-95". NBA.com. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Durant scores 29, Thunder beat Mavericks; Westbrook ejected". NBA.com. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Harden's triple-double leads Rockets over Mavericks 115-104". NBA.com. January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Nowitzki, Williams lead Mavericks past Trail Blazers 132-120". NBA.com. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  13. ^ "2015-16 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mavs center Salah Mejri undergoes knee surgery". InsideHoops.com. June 30, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archive.FIBA.com 2009 FIBA Africa Championship for Men.". FIBA.com. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 

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