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Dante Lamar Cunningham (born April 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Villanova before being selected with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Dante Cunningham
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Cunningham (front) with the Timberwolves in January 2014
No. 33 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionPower Forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1987-04-22) April 22, 1987 (age 32)
Clinton, Maryland
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeVillanova (2005–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2009–present
Career history
20092011Portland Trail Blazers
2011Charlotte Bobcats
2011–2012Memphis Grizzlies
20122014Minnesota Timberwolves
20142018New Orleans Pelicans
2018Brooklyn Nets
2018–presentSan Antonio Spurs
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early lifeEdit

Cunningham was born in Clinton, Maryland, to Searcy Blankenship and Ron Cunningham. His older sister Davalyn played in the WNBA.[1]

High school careerEdit

Cunningham began his prep career at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C. While a junior, he averaged 10 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. One of his teammates, Dwayne Anderson, would later play at Villanova with Cunningham.[1]

As a senior, Cunningham transferred to Potomac High School, which he led to a 27–0 season under Head Coach Rico Reed. He averaged 13 rebounds, 20 points, and four blocked shots per game at Potomac. He was honored as the Washington Post Metropolitan Player of the Year.[1]

College careerEdit

 
Dante Cunningham at the Palestra in Philadelphia in November 2008

At Villanova University, Cunningham played in all 33 games and was a starter in four during his freshman year.[1]

In his senior year, Cunningham would go on to lead the team in scoring and take home the Big East Most Improved Player award. He led the Wildcats to their first Final Four appearance since 1985.

Professional careerEdit

Portland Trail Blazers (2009–2011)Edit

Cunningham was drafted 33rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2009 NBA draft. He played for Portland's Las Vegas Summer League team where he averaged over 18 points and 5 rebounds per game in four contests. On August 21, 2009, Cunningham signed his rookie scale contract with the Trail Blazers.[2]

Charlotte Bobcats (2011)Edit

On February 24, 2011, Cunningham was traded, along with Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks and two future first-round draft picks, to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Gerald Wallace.[3]

Memphis Grizzlies (2011–2012)Edit

On December 20, 2011, Cunningham received a three-year, $7 million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies.[4] The Bobcats declined to match the offer and subsequently signed the contract with the Grizzlies.[5]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2012–2014)Edit

On July 24, 2012, Cunningham was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Wayne Ellington.[6]

New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2018)Edit

On December 4, 2014, Cunningham signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[7] On July 9, 2015, he re-signed with the Pelicans.[8] On September 25, 2017, he re-signed with the Pelicans.[9]

Brooklyn Nets (2018)Edit

On February 8, 2018, Cunningham was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Rashad Vaughn.[10]

San Antonio Spurs (2018–present)Edit

On July 20, 2018, Cunningham signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[11]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Portland 63 2 11.2 .495 .646 2.5 .2 .4 .4 3.9
2010–11 Portland 56 9 19.8 .433 .000 .711 3.4 .5 .7 .6 5.1
2010–11 Charlotte 22 9 24.0 .508 .111 .765 4.0 .6 .7 .5 9.0
2011–12 Memphis 64 5 17.6 .516 .652 3.8 .6 .7 .5 5.2
2012–13 Minnesota 80 9 25.1 .468 .000 .650 5.1 .8 1.1 .5 8.7
2013–14 Minnesota 81 7 20.2 .464 .000 .567 4.1 1.0 .8 .7 6.3
2014–15 New Orleans 66 27 25.0 .457 .100 .617 3.9 .8 .7 .6 5.2
2015–16 New Orleans 80 46 24.6 .451 .316 .695 3.0 1.0 .5 .4 6.1
2016–17 New Orleans 66 35 25.0 .485 .392 .593 4.2 .6 .6 .4 6.6
2017–18 New Orleans 51 24 21.9 .440 .324 .556 3.8 .5 .5 .3 5.0
2017–18 Brooklyn 22 1 20.3 .468 .383 .688 4.8 1.0 .5 .6 7.5
2018–19 San Antonio 64 21 14.5 .475 .462 .778 2.9 .8 .4 .2 3.0
Career 715 195 20.8 .469 .345 .649 3.7 .7 .6 .5 5.8

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Portland 5 0 8.4 .600 .000 .833 2.6 .0 1.0 .0 4.6
2012 Memphis 7 0 7.0 .364 1.6 .0 .1 .3 1.1
2015 New Orleans 4 0 18.8 .818 1.000 4.5 .5 .8 1.0 5.3
2019 San Antonio 5 0 2.6 .667 1.000 1.2 .0 .0 .0 1.2
Career 21 0 8.5 .600 .667 .889 2.3 .1 .4 .3 2.8

Personal lifeEdit

On April 3, 2014, Cunningham was arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend with whom he lived. Three days later, he was arrested on alleged domestic abuse charges.[12] By August 18, 2014, charges were dropped, due to evidence Cunningham's then girlfriend had fabricated her accusations.[13][14]

Cunningham was included on a preliminary list for Great Britain's Eurobasket 2009 qualifying matches in 2008.[15] However, he was later ruled ineligible to compete for Britain after an investigation by British Basketball officials into his ancestral ties failed to prove his case to receive UK citizenship.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Dante Cunningham Profile". Villanova.com. CBS Interactive. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. ^ Joe Freeman, Blazers sign draft pick Dante Cunningham, August 21, 2009
  3. ^ "Cunningham, Przybilla, Marks, 2 First Round Picks Acquired from Portland". NBA.com. 2011-02-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies tender offer sheet to Dante Cunningham". NBA.com. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
  5. ^ "Grizzlies sign Dante Cunningham". NBA.com. 2011-12-24. Retrieved 2011-12-25.
  6. ^ Wolves Acquire Dante Cunningham From Memphis
  7. ^ "Pelicans Sign Dante Cunningham". NBA.com. December 4, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pelicans Re-Sign Ajinca, Asik and Cunningham". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Pelicans re-sign Dante Cunningham". NBA.com. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire Dante Cunningham From New Orleans". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "SPURS SIGN DANTE CUNNINGHAM". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Timberwolves’ Dante Cunningham arrested for second time this week
  13. ^ Felony assault charge against Cunningham dropped
  14. ^ NBA free agent Dante Cunningham struggles to clear name after domestic violence charge dropped
  15. ^ "Gordon is named in Britain squad". BBC News. April 1, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  16. ^ MULLENS TO JOIN GB’S OLYMPIC TILT

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