Carl Víctor Herrera Alleyne[1] (born December 14, 1966) is a retired Trinidadian-born Venezuelan basketball player. A power forward, he was part of the Houston Rockets National Basketball Association championship teams of the mid-1990s. He was the first Venezuelan to ever play in the NBA.

Carl Herrera
Personal information
Born (1966-12-14) December 14, 1966 (age 57)
Canaan, Trinidad and Tobago
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1990: 2nd round, 30th overall pick
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career1990–2008
PositionPower forward
Number7, 11, 14, 21
Career history
1990–1991Real Madrid
19911995Houston Rockets
19951998San Antonio Spurs
1998–1999Vancouver Grizzlies
1999Denver Nuggets
1999–2001Bravos de Portuguesa
2001Trotamundos de Carabobo
2001Delfines de Miranda
2001Cocodrilos de Caracas
2002Trotamundos de Carabobo
2002–2004Guaiqueríes de Margarita
2004–2007Guaros de Lara
2007–2008Deportivo Tachira
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,481 (5.3 ppg)
Rebounds1,690 (3.6 rpg)
Blocks204 (0.4 bpg)
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Stats Edit this at Wikidata at
Men's basketball
Representing  Venezuela
South American Basketball Championship
Gold medal – first place 1991 Valencia Venezuela national team
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Bahia Blanca Venezuela national team
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Valdivia Venezuela national team

Basketball career


Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Herrera grew up playing basketball at colegio Simón Bolívar in San José, a suburb of Venezuela's capital Caracas.[2] From the age of 16 he played in Venezuela's top flight for the Bravos de Portuguesa.[3] In 1984, he was named Rookie of the Year in the LPB league.[2] At the age of 19, he set league records by pulling down 34 rebounds in a single game and blocking 13 shots in another.[3]

He attended Jacksonville Junior College in Texas and the University of Houston, before being selected by the Miami Heat with the 30th pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He spent his first professional season in Spain, with Real Madrid. Partnering with another future NBA player, Stanley Roberts, he helped the Liga ACB club to the Korać Cup final in his only season.

Herrera began his professional career in the United States in 1991 with the Houston Rockets, where he played until 1995, when the Rockets swept the Orlando Magic in four games to win their second straight NBA Championship. During the regular season of the two successful seasons combined, he averaged six points and four rebounds in roughly 20 minutes of play. While with the Rockets, Herrera was given the nickname "Amigo".[2]

Afterwards, Herrera spent three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, before splitting the final year of his NBA career, the lockout-shortened 1999 season, with the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets.

After wrapping up his NBA career, he rejoined the Venezuelan basketball league, where he began playing at the age of 16. Herrera was also a long-time member of the Venezuela national team.[4] He participated in the 1992 Olympic Games, as well as in the World Championships 1990 and 2002.[5] In 1991, he won the South America Championship with Venezuela.[1]

Herrera later became a coach with Estudiantes de Guárico and Gigantes de Guayana.[6]

In December 2014, he was wounded during a shooting at Margarita Island, which was described as an "apparent robbery attempt".[7] Herrera was taken into intensive care.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Carl Herrera". (in Spanish). Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Carl Herrera: El primer venezolano en la NBA". Periódico 365 (in Spanish). July 11, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "[Portrait] Carl Herrera, l'idole du Venezuela". Basket Retro (in French). January 3, 2023. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  4. ^ Venezuela stats at SportsReference
  5. ^ "Carl Allen Herrera profile". FIBA. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  6. ^ López, Eduardo (September 26, 2018). "¿Qué fue de Carl Herrera, el primer venezolano en la NBA?". Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  7. ^ "Ex-NBA player Herrera stable after shooting". December 21, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  8. ^ "Wounded ex-NBA player Carl Herrera improves in Venezuela". USA Today. December 22, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2023.