Cedric Ceballos

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Cedric Ceballos
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Cedric Ceballos
Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 190
Nationality: American
Born: 8/2/69
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii
Draft: 48th overall
Drafted By: Phoenix
College: Cal State Fullerton
NBA Career: 1990-2007
Mavs Tenure: 1997-2000

Cedric Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on February 18, 1998, from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Dennis Scott.

Ceballos played his first two years of college ball at Ventura Junior College posting scoring averages of 19,7 ppg as a freshman and 28.2 ppg his sophomore season. He transferred to Cal-State Fullerton for his final two years where he was first team All-Big West Conference both years. He averaged 21.2 ppg his junior season and 23.1 ppg his senior year. He left the school tenth all-time on the Titans scoring list, first all-time in scoring average (22.1 ppg) and second in double-doubles.

The Phoenix Suns drafted the 6'6 forward in the second round of the 1990 NBA draft and he appeared in 63 games averaging 8.2 ppg his rookie season. During his second season in the league, he won the NBA's Slam Dunk contest, with a blindfolded dunk, during All-Star weekend. In 1992-1993, Ceballos' third year in the league, his career really took off as he helped lead the Suns to the NBA Finals while leading the NBA in field goal percentage and averaging 12.8 ppg. His scoring average continued to rise the next season when he posted a 19.1 ppg average.

He joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 1994 and led the Lakers in scoring in both his first two seasons with the club. Ceballos was selected to the Western Conference All-Star squad in 1994-1995 but had to miss the game due to injury.

The 96-97 season was split between Los Angeles and a return to the Suns and while he began the next season in Phoenix, he was traded on February 18, 1998 to the Mavericks in exchange for Dennis Scott. Plagued with injuries during his stint in Dallas, Ceballos only appeared in 12 games after joining the team in 1998 and saw action in only 13 games the entire 1998-1999 campaign.

He returned to form in 1999-2000 when he played in 69 games for the Mavs averaging 16.6 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game. During the summer of 2000, the Mavericks traded him, along with John Wallace, Erick Murdock and cash for Christian Laettner and Terry Mills.

He played in 13 games for Detroit before joining the Miami Heat where he appeared in 27 games that would mark the end of his NBA career.

Ceballos took his game overseas and played in both Russia and the Philippines before returning to the States and playing in a couple of independent leagues prior to his retirement. Most recently he has served as the Phoenix Suns' in-arena emcee on game nights in addition to hosting a morning radio show on Phoenix's Mega 104.3 FM.

Ceballos's daughter, Cydnee, is a 6'0 forward who signed to play college basketball with Seattle University in 2014.