DeJuan Blair

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DeJuan Blair
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DeJuan Blair
Position: Center
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 260
Nationality: American
Born: 4/22/1989
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Draft: Second round
Drafted By: San Antonio
College: Pittsburgh
NBA Career: 2009 - present
Mavs Tenure: 2013 - 2014

DeJuan Blair (born April 22, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on August 7, 2013.

A hot prospect out of high school, Blair chose to play his college ball at the nearby University of Pittsburgh over other interested schools such as Kansas State, Indiana, Marquette and Florida.

Blair was an immediate starter as a freshman and by year's end was named to the Freshman All-American team after leading the Panthers to a successful season, the Big East tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the second round to Michigan State.

Individually, the 6'7 center saw action in 37 games that year averaging 11.6 points and pulling down 9.1 rebounds per game.

2008-2009, his sophomore season, saw Blair's numbers rise to 15.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He took Pitt to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and was named first team AP All-American.

Blair declared his eligibility for the 2009 NBA draft but due to multiple knee surgeries during high school that left him with no anterior cruciate ligaments, he wasn't selected until the second round. The San Antonio Spurs took a chance on the smallish center and the dividends began immediately.

With 14 points and 11 rebounds in his first game, Blair was an immediate force. After a stellar first half of the year, he was invited to play in the Rookie Challenge on All-Star weekend. In the game he tallied 22 points and 23 rebounds in route to becoming the first rookie ever to post a 20/20 in the game. He shared the Rookie Challenge MVP award and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team at the end of the season.

His scoring numbers rose from 7.8 his first year in the league to 8.3 his second and to a high of 9.5 in 2011-2012 as both Blair and the Spurs continued to have success both in the regular season and often well into the playoffs.

With the addition of new players, Blair saw his court time begin to dwindle in the 2012-2013. He saw action in only 61 games and his stats fell to a career-low of 5.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg. With his contract up at the end of the season, he opted for free agency and signed during the summer with the Mavericks.

In only one season in Dallas, Blair averaged 6.4 points over 78 games. His best came in the playoffs when he posted two double/doubles as the Mavs took San Antonio to seven games before losing the first round playoff series.

After the season Dallas worked out a sign-and-trade deal sending Blair to the Washington Wizards in return for the rights to 2009 second round draft pick Emir Preldzic.