Udonis Johneal Haslem (/
Haslem in December 2007
|Born||June 9, 1980|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Miami (Miami, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Haslem was born in Miami, Florida. His mother, Debra, was Puerto Rican. He attended Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, Florida, then Miami Senior High School in Miami. He helped lead Miami High to state titles in 1997 and 1998 (the last two of three in a row), playing alongside another future NBA player, Steve Blake. The team was coached by current South Carolina head coach Frank Martin.
However, an investigation by the Miami New Times revealed that Haslem, Blake and several other players circumvented residency requirements. The New Times reported that while he claimed to live in Miami, he actually lived in Miramar. His official school address was an efficiency apartment owned by a longtime Miami High booster, which was also a violation of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) rules. As a result, Miami High was stripped of its 1998 title and ordered to forfeit its entire schedule.
Haslem accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators basketball team from 1998 to 2002, while majoring in leisure service management. As the Gators' starting center for four years, he was part of Donovan's 1998 recruiting class that raised the national prominence of the Florida Gators basketball program, and included future Miami Heat teammate Mike Miller. Fans would yell the letter "U" in unison after his big plays. His sophomore season saw the team advance to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game, before falling to the Michigan State Spartans 89–76. The Gators received NCAA tournament invitations four consecutive years during his college career–the first time in the program's history. During his tenure with Florida, Haslem averaged 13.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Haslem also ranks third in team history in points scored (1,782) and tenth in rebounds (831). He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 2012.
Miami Heat (2003–present)Edit
In August 2003, Haslem signed with his hometown team, the Miami Heat. As a rookie, he played in the Rookie Challenge during All-Star weekend, earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors, and helped the Heat reach the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
In 2004–05, Haslem started in all 80 games in which he appeared, averaging 10.9 points, a career-high 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. His .540 field goal percentage ranked fifth on the Heat's all-time single-season list at the time. His .540 field goal percentage also ranked fourth in the NBA. Haslem appeared in the Rookie Challenge for the second straight year, this time for the sophomore team.
In August 2005, Haslem re-signed with the Heat. In June 2006, he helped the Heat win their maiden NBA Championship with a 4–2 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals. Haslem recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds in the title-clinching game six.
On January 29, 2008, Haslem, who had been the only Miami player to start all 43 games, sustained a sprained left ankle during the Heat's 117–87 loss to the Boston Celtics. He returned to action on February 23, only to play in five games before being ruled out for the rest of the season after reaggravating the ankle injury on March 7 against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game in 2007–08.
In July 2010, Haslem signed a five-year deal worth approximately $20 million to remain with the Heat, roughly $14 million less than he could have received if he accepted more lucrative offers from the Dallas Mavericks or Denver Nuggets. He continued on with a new-look Heat roster that included LeBron James and Chris Bosh teaming up with Dwyane Wade.
In November 2010, Haslem sustained a torn ligament in his foot, which sidelined him for the rest of the regular season. He returned to action in May 2011 during the playoffs. In June, the Heat were defeated in six games by the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 NBA Finals.
In November 2012, Haslem passed Alonzo Mourning to become the franchise leader in total rebounds with 4,808, breaking Mourning's previous record of 4,807. Haslem also became the first undrafted player to lead a franchise in rebounding. In June 2013, Haslem won his third championship after the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in seven games in the NBA Finals. After winning his third championship, Haslem revealed he had played through much of the second half of the 2012–13 season with a torn right meniscus.
In 2013–14, Haslem lost the rotation spot he had long occupied. His on-court time continued to significantly diminish as the season progressed, making just seven appearances in January and February combined, including playing just two minutes total from January 21 to February 27. Haslem played in just 46 regular-season games in 2013–14, averaging 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. The Heat returned to the NBA Finals in 2014 for the fourth straight year, where they were defeated in five games by the Spurs. Following the 2013–14 season, Haslem decided to opt out of the final year of his contract.
In July 2014, Haslem re-signed with the Heat on a two-year deal. He re-signed with the Heat on one-year deals in 2016, 2017 and 2018. In January 2019, Haslem indicated that the 2018–19 season would be his last. However, after the Heat's 122–99 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 9, Haslem said that he was uncertain about his future. In the next game, on April 10, he recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Heat's 113–94 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. After the game, Haslem stated that he had not decided if he was retiring and the decision would not be made until the 2019–20 season.
Haslem appeared in the music video for the song "GDFR" by Flo Rida, as well as the music video for "Bet That" by Trick Daddy, and the music video for Born-N-Raised by DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Trick Daddy, and Rick Ross.
Haslem is married to Faith Rein, a sports broadcaster, whom he dated for 14 years. He met Rein in 1999 while attending the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Florida Gators track and field team. In 2007, they had their first child, a son named Josiah, and they later had a second son named Elijah. In 2013, the couple were married.
|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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Haslem won an NBA championship|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Mark Heyes (September 3, 2013). "Miami Heat Player Udonis Haslem's Wedding Story Is Strange And Beautiful". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- "NBA Players – Udonis Haslem". Hoops Hype. Archived from the original on November 26, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2007.
- Powell, Robert Andrew (March 5, 1998). "Dream Team". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
- Powell, Robert Andrew (July 2, 1998). "Double Dribbling". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
- "Udonis Haslem". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- "Florida Announces 2012 UF Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees". GatorZone. September 7, 2011. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- Haberstroh, Tom (November 21, 2012). "Udonis Haslem: Unlikely rebounding story". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013.
- "Udonis Haslem Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "HEAT Re-Sign Udonis Haslem". NBA.com. August 2, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Udonis Haslem 2005-06 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Shaq comes back to Heat but Wade burns Nets in win". ESPN.com. November 10, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Powe, Rondo answer call for Celtics; Heat's Wade, Haslem leave game". ESPN.com. January 29, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Udonis Haslem 2007-08 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Jackson scores 22 for Warriors, who hand Heat largest defeat of season". ESPN.com. March 7, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Haslem Takes Less Money to Stay With the Heat". NYTimes.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Haslem stays with Heat; Miller joins in". ESPN.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Haslem out indefinitely, will have surgery on left foot". NBA.com. November 22, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Udonis Haslem 2010-11 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Udonis Haslem sets franchise record". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 21, 2012. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
- "Heat's Udonis Haslem played with injury, needs surgery". usatoday.com. June 29, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- Richmond, Sam (April 9, 2014). "Why Miami Heat Need Vintage Udonis Haslem in 2014 Playoffs". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Udonis Haslem re-signs with Miami Heat". Rappler.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (June 28, 2014). "Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem entering free agency in hope of keeping LeBron James in Miami". Yahoo.com. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014.
- "HEAT Re-Signs Udonis Haslem". NBA.com. July 18, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- "HEAT Re-Signs Udonis Haslem". NBA.com. July 10, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
- "HEAT Re-Signs Udonis Haslem". NBA.com. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
- "HEAT Re-Signs Udonis Haslem". NBA.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- Yapkowitz, David (January 2, 2019). "NBA Daily: End of the Road for Udonis Haslem". basketballinsiders.com. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- Chiang, Anthony (January 7, 2019). "The Heat's Udonis Haslem reaffirms his plan to retire at end of season". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
- "Heat's Udonis Haslem: Undecided on future". CBSSports.com. April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- "Heat's Udonis Haslem: Double-doubles in finale". CBSSports.com. April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- Winderman, Ira (April 11, 2019). "Heat's Udonis Haslem says he will need time for retirement decision". Sun-Sentinel.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- "Miami Heat Career Leaders | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- "Udonis Haslem Stats | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 22, 2017.