Samardo Samuels

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Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels.jpg
Samuels with the Cavaliers
No. 23 – FC Barcelona Lassa
Position Power forward / Center
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 26)
Trelawny, Jamaica
Nationality Jamaican
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Benedict's Prep
(Newark, New Jersey)
College Louisville (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 Erie BayHawks
2012 Canton Charge
2013 Reno Bighorns
2013 Hapoel Jerusalem
2013–2015 Emporio Armani Milano
2015–present FC Barcelona Lassa
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Samardo Samuels (born January 9, 1989) is a Jamaican professional basketball player who plays for FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB. He is a 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall power forwardcenter who attended college at the University of Louisville.

High school career[edit]

Samuels attended Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Samuels was ranked 9th in the nation by Rivals.com[1] and 2nd in the nation by Scout.com.[2] He, alongside class of 2010 star Tristan Thompson led St. Benedicts's Prep to a 24–1 record in the 2007–2008 season. At season's end St. Benedict's was ranked #2 in the nation by USA Today.[3] He played in the two top all-American games, the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

College career[edit]

Samuels decided to attend the University of Louisville for college. He chose the Cardinals over Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown and North Carolina. At Louisville, Samuels started every game that he played in and led the 2009–10 team in scoring and rebounding. After his sophomore year, he decided to skip his final two years of college eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA Draft.

Professional career[edit]

NBA career[edit]

Samuels went undrafted, but played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 NBA Summer League.[4] He averaged 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. On August 17, 2010, Samuels signed a 3-year, $2.3 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A portion of the deal was guaranteed.[5]

He debuted against the Toronto Raptors, on October 29, and scored 7 points. On December 27, 2010 he was sent to the Erie BayHawks, the Cavs' affiliate in the NBA Development League.[6] On January 1, after two games in the NBA D-League, he was recalled by the Cavs.

On March 2, 2011, Samuels made his first career start against the San Antonio Spurs in place of the injured Antawn Jamison and scored a career high 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.[7]

On December 28, 2012, Samuels was assigned to the Canton Charge of the D-League.[8] He was recalled on December 31, 2012.[9] On January 6, 2013, he was waived by the Cavaliers.[10] He was acquired by the D-League's Reno Bighorns on January 17, 2013.[11]

Europe[edit]

On April 7, 2013, Samuels signed with the Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem for the rest of the season.[12] On July 25, 2013, he signed a two-year deal with Emporio Armani Milano.[13]

On July 22, 2015, Samuels signed a two-year deal with the Spanish club FC Barcelona Lassa.[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.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Cleveland 37 10 18.9 .456 .000 .618 4.3 .5 .4 .5 7.8
2011–12 Cleveland 54 0 15.3 .455 .000 .701 3.3 .4 .4 .4 5.4
2012–13 Cleveland 18 1 10.9 .367 .000 .583 1.6 .4 .2 .2 3.2
Career 109 11 15.8 .445 .000 .653 3.4 .4 .3 .4 5.9

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 23 vs. San Antonio 03/02/11
  • Rebounds: 10 3 times
  • Assists: 3 vs. San Antonio 03/02/11
  • Steals: 3 @ L.A. Clippers 03/19/11
  • Blocks: 3 vs. New Orleans 03/06/11

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Milano 25 23 22.2 .503 .444 .730 3.9 .2 .4 .3 9.5 8.5
2014–15 Milano 23 21 26.1 .548 .233 .692 5.4 .7 .4 .5 12.9 14.3
Career 48 44 24.1 .526 .282 .708 4.6 .5 .4 .4 11.1 11.3

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