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Christian Eyenga Moenge (born June 22, 1989) is a Congolese professional basketball player for Montakit Fuenlabrada of the Liga ACB. In June 2009, Eyenga was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 30th pick in that year's NBA Draft. When drafted, he played for the Spanish Third Division club Prat, an affiliate of the ACB club DKV Joventut.

Christian Eyenga
PLK Waczyński Eyenga (cropped).jpg
Eyenga with Zielona Góra in 2014
No. 31 – Montakit Fuenlabrada
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueLiga ACB
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1989-06-22) June 22, 1989 (age 30)
Kinshasa, Zaire
NationalityCongolese
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2007Onatra Kinshasa
2007–2010Joventut
2007–2009Prat
20102012Cleveland Cavaliers
2010–2011Erie BayHawks
2012Canton Charge
2011Joventut
2012Los Angeles Lakers
2012Los Angeles D-Fenders
2012–2013Texas Legends
2013Shanxi Zhongyu
2013Texas Legends
2013–2014Zielona Góra
2014–2015Varese
2015–2016Dinamo Sassari
2016Auxilium Torino
2016–2017Varese
2017Unicaja
2017–presentFuenlabrada
Career highlights and awards
  • LBA All-Star Game MVP (2015)

Contents

Professional careerEdit

NBA careerEdit

Eyenga played the 2010 NBA Summer League for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After that, he officially signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers on July 23, 2010. He signed for $2 million over two years, with years three and four being options.[1] On November 18, Eyenga was sent to the Cavaliers' NBA Development League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks.[2] On January 2, he was recalled by the Cavs[3] and made his debut on the same day, against the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 4 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.

On March 15, 2012, Eyenga was traded along with Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers for a protected first round pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Jason Kapono and Luke Walton.[4]

On August 10, 2012, Eyenga was traded to the Orlando Magic.[5]

On October 23, 2012, Eyenga was waived by the Orlando Magic.[6] He was then drafted by the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.[7] On January 4, 2013, Eyenga was released by the Legends so he could sign in China.[8] In February 2013, he re-joined the Legends after a month in China.

Overseas careerEdit

In October 2011 he signed to play for Joventut Badalona in Spain during the 2011 NBA lockout.[9]

In January 2013, he signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of China.[10][11] He left the same month and returned to America.

On July 25, 2013, Eyenga moved to Poland and signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra.[12] On August 4, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with another Polish team Turów Zgorzelec.[13] In September 2014, Eyenga has been waived by the club.[14] On November 12, 2014, he signed a one-season contract with the Italian Serie A team Pallacanestro Varese.[15]

On July 10, 2015, he signed with champions of Italy, Dinamo Sassari for the 2015–16 season.[16][17] On February 5, 2016, he left Dinamo Sassari,[18] and signed with Auxilium CUS Torino for the rest of the season.[19]

On August 16, 2016, Eyenga signed with Pallacanestro Varese for the 2016–17 season.[20] On May 14, 2017, he signed with Spanish club Unicaja for the rest of the 2016–17 ACB season.[21]

On July 23, 2017, Eyenga signed with Fuenlabrada for the 2017–18 ACB season.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

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.

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Cleveland 44 18 21.5 .425 .275 .643 2.8 .8 .8 .6 6.9
2011–12 Cleveland 6 0 13.8 .158 .500 .333 2.0 .7 .5 .7 0.8
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 1 0 19.0 .500 .000 1.000 2.0 1.0 .0 1.0 8.0
Career 51 18 20.6 .411 .277 .611 2.7 .8 .7 .6 6.3

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 L.A. Lakers 3 0 3.0 .667 .000 .000 .7 .3 .3 .3 1.3
Career 3 0 3.0 .667 .000 .000 .7 .3 .3 .3 1.3

EuroleagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 DKV Joventut 4 0 4.5 .250 .000 .500 .0 .0 .0 .3 .8 -.3
2013–14 Zielona Góra 10 10 27.7 .459 .200 .650 4.7 1.5 .5 .9 9.2 10.1
Career 14 10 21.1 .449 .200 .667 3.4 1.1 .4 .7 6.8 7.1

DR Congo national teamEdit

Eyenga often represents the DR Congo national basketball team at international tournaments. At the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification, he averaged 14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  2. ^ Cavs send rookie swingman Eyenga to NBA D-League
  3. ^ Cavaliers Recall Eyenga from BayHawks
  4. ^ "Lakers Acquire Ramon Sessions & Christian Eyenga". NBA.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ "Denton: Magic Trade Howard in Four-Team Blockbuster". NBA.com. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  6. ^ Magic Waive Eyenga, A. Johnson
  7. ^ "2012 NBA D-League Draft". Archived from the original on 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  8. ^ Christian Eyenga Leaving D-League For China
  9. ^ Christian Eyenga inks with FIATC Joventut Badalona during NBA lockout
  10. ^ Eyenga replaces Williams in Shanxi; McCants on the way out in Foshan?
  11. ^ CBA Profile
  12. ^ "Stelmet Zielona Gora announced Brackins, Robinson and Eyenga". Sportando.net. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  13. ^ "PGE Turow tabs forward Eyenga". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  14. ^ "PGE Turow announces Mardy Collins". euroleague.net (26 September 2014). Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  15. ^ "CHRISTIAN EYENGA NUOVA FIRMA PER LA OPENJOBMETIS". pallacanestrovarese.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  16. ^ "In casa Dinamo arriva Christian Eyenga" (PDF). Dinamobasket.com (in Italian). 10 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Dinamo Sassari brings on high-flying Eyenga". Euroleague.net. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Christian Eyenga saluta Sassari". Dinamobasket.com (in Italian). 5 February 2016.
  19. ^ Manital Torino announces Christian Eyenga
  20. ^ CHRISTIAN EYENGA TORNA ALLA PALLACANESTRO VARESE (in Italian)
  21. ^ Unicaja Malaga signs Christian Eyenga
  22. ^ Fuenlabrada signs Christian Eyenga

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