Kornél Dávid

Dávid Kornél (in English sometimes Kornel David, born October 22, 1971) is a retired Hungarian professional basketball player. He is the only Hungarian to play in the NBA.

Dávid Kornél
Personal information
Born (1971-10-22) October 22, 1971 (age 49)
Nagykanizsa, Hungary
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1993 / Undrafted
Playing career1987–2008
PositionPower forward
Career history
1987–1988Budapest Honvéd
1988–1990Malév SC
1990–1994Budapest Honvéd
1997Rockford Lightning
19992000Chicago Bulls
2000Cleveland Cavaliers
2000–2001Toronto Raptors
2001Detroit Pistons
2001–2002Strasbourg IG
2002–2003BC Žalgiris
2003–2006TAU Cerámica
2006–2008CB Gran Canaria
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

Dávid grew up with the Budapesti Honvéd juniors squad and made his debut with Budapest Honvéd during the 1987–88 season. He was signed for the 1988–89 by Malév SC and played there also the 1989–90 season. In the 1990–91 season, he went back to Budapesti Honvéd and played there until the 1993–94 championship. In 1994, Albacomp (Székesfehérvár) recruited Dávid and was his team up to the 1996–97 championship season.[citation needed]

NBA careerEdit

Dávid was signed by the Chicago Bulls on October 1, 1997 and waived on October 28. He then spent part of the 1997-98 season with the Rockford Lightning in the CBA but was released in December 1997. He later moved back to Hungary, and was signed for the remainder of the season by Albacomp Székesfehérvár, winning the 1997-98 Hungarian National Championship. He would also spend part of the next season with Albacomp Székesfehérvár.

On 21 January 1999, Dávid was signed as a free agent by Chicago Bulls and was waived in January 2000. A few days later, he signed to the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then moved back to Hungary on February and was signed for the remainder of the season by Albacomp Székesfehérvár. Again Dávid would bring accolades by leading the Albacomp Székesfehérvár to the 2000 Hungarian National Cup. Next, Dávid signed as free agent by Toronto Raptors on August 2000 and was then traded to Detroit Pistons in February 2001.

Dávid played 109 NBA games, starting 11, averaging 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. A retrospective short documentary about his NBA career entitled Kornél on Tour was produced in 2017.[1][2][3]

Post-NBA careerEdit

He moved to France for the 2001-02 season, signed on November, by Strasbourg IG. Later, Dávid moved to BC Žalgiris of Lithuania for the 2002-03 season, and promptly captured the Lithuanian National Championship.

He went to Spain for the 2003-04 season, donning jersey number 18 for TAU Cerámica. Dávid played a decisive role in the team's first Final Four appearance. He averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in the regular season, but his numbers went up to 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in the Top 16, helping Tau to reach the playoffs. In October 2010 he was appointed as the Director of International Scouting at the Phoenix Suns.

In December 2012, Dávid Kornél became the president of the Hungarian club Alba Fehérvár.


He is married to handball player Fruzsina Azari. Their son, Barnabás Dalton was born in July 2017.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

  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.


2002–03 Žalgiris 13 13 33.0 .532 .1000 .793 8.2 1.1 .9 .8 16.9 21.8
2003–04 TAU Cerámica 20 17 28.1 .526 .333 .773 5.3 1.8 1.1 .5 12.2 13.2
2004–05 TAU Cerámica 23 15 26.1 .530 .500 .888 4.9 1.0 .8 .5 10.9 12.7
2005–06 TAU Cerámica 25 13 21.1 .509 .200 .853 4.8 .5 1.0 .5 9.1 10.3

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Features - NBA.com". watch.nba.com.
  2. ^ https://index.hu/mindekozben/poszt/2017/11/22/ingyen_nezheto_a_david_kornelrol_szolo_zsenialis_magyar_dokumentumfilm/
  3. ^ "fmc.hu - Ingyen megnézhető a Dávid Kornélról készült film az NBA honlapján". fmc.hu.
  4. ^ "Gólyahír: megszületett Dávid Kornél gyermeke" (in Hungarian). Blikk.hu. 12 July 2017.

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