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Damien Wilkins
Damien Wilkins

No. 0 - Beijing Ducks
Position Small Forward / Shooting Guard
Personal information
Born January 11, 1980 (1980-01-11) (age 40)
Washington, North Carolina
Nationality U.S. Flag American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lbs (102 kg)
Career information
High School Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Florida)
College NC State (1999–2001)
Georgia (2002–2004)
NBA Draft 2004 / Undrafted
Pro career 2004-present (9 years)
Career history
2004-2009 Seattle Supersonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
2009-2010 Minnesota Timberwolves
2011 Atlanta Hawks
2011-2012 Detroit Pistons
2012-2013 Philadelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards
  • none

Damien Lamont Wilkins is an American basketball player who plays for the Beijing Ducks of the CBA. He is the son of retired 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins and nephew of nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins.

College

When Wilkins graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida, he enrolled to North Carolina State. Two years in a great start in his NCAA career, Wilkins entered for the 2001 NBA Draft, but withdrew and transferred to University of Georgia. There, he had two solid yet unspectacular seasons and then entered the 2004 NBA Draft.

NBA

Seattle Supersonics

After going undrafted in 2004, more time in the weight room really helped Wilkins with the NBA Summer League and preseason with the Seattle SuperSonics. He made the team with Seattle. During practices, Damien got his shot towards the end of his rookie season and scored 21 points at Portland on March 24, 2005. He would start 7 games for the rest of the regular season as the injury bug would plague the Supersonics. He proved himself in the 2005 NBA Playoffs when injuries were still a problem for the Sonics, as Damien finished off with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals in Game 4 of the Conference Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs. Seattle would lose the series 4-2. Wilkins was a restricted free agent in the offseason, and received a contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves during that August, in which the Sonics matched a week later.

In the 2007 season, when Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen left, those departures resulted in Damien as a starter. On November 16, 2007, he scored a career-high 41 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Minnesota Timberwolves

On July 27, 2009, Wilkins and Chucky Atkins were traded to Minnesota for Etan Thomas and 2 future second round picks. In the home opener of the T-Wolves, Wilkins made a buzzer-beater that defeated the New Jersey Nets.

Memphis Grizzlies

On September 28, 2010, he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies, but he was waived at the end of training camp on October 21.

Atlanta Hawks

On December 3, 2010, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks after Joe Johnson's injury. The Hawks released him one month later. The next month, he resigned with the Hawks by a 10-day contract. On January 28, 2011, he got signed for the remainder of the season.

He played with the Detroit Pistons during the 2011-12 NBA season. In September 2012, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. He rejoined the Hawks for training camp, but did not make the final roster.

In December 2013, Wilkins joined the Beijing Ducks of China. In his first Chinese game, he recorded 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist in a 106-99 victory over Liaoning.

NBA Career Statistics

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 season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Seattle 29 7 17.9 .435 .271 .618 2.3 .9 .8 .3 6.3
2005 Seattle 82 12 18.6 .444 .250 .840 2.3 1.3 .9 .1 6.5
2006 Seattle 82 31 24.8 .435 .410 .882 2.8 1.9 1.1 .2 8.8
2007 Seattle 76 31 24.3 .403 .323 .736 3.2 2.0 .8 .3 9.2
2008 Oklahoma City 41 14 15.5 .362 .375 .804 1.7 .9 .5 .2 5.3
2009 Minnesota 80 31 19.8 .433 .295 .798 3.1 1.7 .8 .3 5.6
2010 Atlanta 52 0 13.0 .504 .200 .714 1.7 .8 .5 .2 3.5
2011 Detroit 60 2 15.4 .394 .304 .630 1.7 .7 .5 .2 3.2
2012 Philadelphia 61 21 18.0 .459 .333 .743 1.7 1.5 .6 .3 6.4
Career 563 149 19.3 .427 .330 .783 2.4 1.4 .8 .2 6.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Seattle 7 0 19.4 .444 .273 .444 2.6 .4 1.4 .1 5.6
2011 Atlanta 8 0 4.9 .538 .000 .000 1.0 .1 .3 .3 1.8
Career 15 0 11.7 .469 .231 .444 1.7 .3 .8 .2 3.5
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