Dalembert with the Mavericks in February 2014
|No. 1 – Shanxi Zhongyu|
|League||Chinese Basketball Association|
May 10, 1981 |
|Nationality||Haitian / Canadian|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||St. Patrick
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)
|College||Seton Hall (1999–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2014–2015||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981) is a Haitian-Canadian professional basketball player who last played for the Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for Seton Hall University. He is known for his excellent shot blocking ability, having averaged about two blocks per game over his NBA career.
High school and college career
Dalembert was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and lived there for fourteen years before moving to Montreal, where he attended Lucien-Pagé (High School). He attended high school at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He then went on to play college basketball at Seton Hall from 1999 to 2001.
Dalembert was selected with the 26th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA draft. After playing 8 seasons with the 76ers, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes on June 17, 2010.
On December 26, 2011, he signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets.
On June 27, 2012, Dalembert was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with the 14th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, for Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer, Shaun Livingston, and the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
On June 25, 2014, Dalembert, along with Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, José Calderón and two 2014 second-round picks, was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. On January 5, 2015, he was waived by the Knicks.
On August 6, 2015, Dalembert signed with the Dallas Mavericks, returning to the franchise for a second stint. However, he was later waived by the Mavericks on October 24 prior to the start of the regular season. He appeared in four preseason games for the team, but a left leg injury forced him to miss the final three games of the preseason schedule. On December 17, 2015, he signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association, but was released on December 14, 2016.
National team career
After much anticipation, Dalembert became a Canadian citizen on August 7, 2007 and joined the Canadian national team in hopes of qualifying for the Olympics. He was a part of Canada's pre-tournament training camp, taking part in games in both Toronto and Hamilton during the 2008 Jack Donohue International Classic, with wins over both Lebanon and New Zealand. However, Dalembert was later dismissed from the team during the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament due to a rift between him and coach Leo Rautins.
He won the 2009–10 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his contributions to Haitian people after the earthquake. Since the disaster, Dalembert has continued to be involved in the Haitian recovery.
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|
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of Canadians in the National Basketball Association
- "76ers send Dalembert to Kings". ESPN.com. June 17, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
- "Rockets sign C Samuel Dalembert". NBA.com. December 26, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- "Center Samuel Dalembert and 14th Draft Pick Highlight Trade with Rockets". NBA.com. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "Mavericks sign free-agent center Dalembert". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
- "Knicks Acquire Calderon, Three Others in Dallas Trade". NBA.com. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
- "Knicks Part of Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
- "Mavericks sign center Samuel Dalembert". mavs.com. August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
- "Mavericks waive Sam Dalembert, Brandon Ashley, Tu Holloway, Jamil Wilson". InsideHoops.com. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
- "NBA player Dalembert joins China's Shanxi Fenjiu". Ecns.cn. December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- "76ers' Dalembert to play for Canada after gaining citizenship". ESPN.com. August 7, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
- "DALEMBERT: 'I'LL PLAY FOR CANADA BUT NOT FOR RAUTINS'". TSN.ca. October 12, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
- "SIXERS CENTER SAMUEL DALEMBERT AND NBA'S ONLY HAITIAN-BORN PLAYER TO PERSONALLY DONATE $100,000 TO UNICEF IN SUPPORT OF HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS BEFORE GAME ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 15". NBA.com. January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
- "DALEMBERT WINS 2009-10 J. WALTER KENNEDY CITIZENSHIP AWARD - 4/19/2010". NBA.com. April 19, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2014.