Devean George (born August 29, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on August 2, 2006.
George attended high school at Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. During his college career at Augsburg College, George saw both his scoring and rebounding average raise in each successive season from 15.2 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman to 27.5 points and 11.3 boards his senior season. He led the school to two straight births in the NCAA Division III National Tournament still holds team records for career blocks, blocks in a season, points in a season, career scoring average and single-season scoring average.
The Lost Angeles Lakers drafted George in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1999 NBA draft. He enjoyed a successful seven year run with L.A. as the first player in NBA history to come from a Division III school and appear in the NBA Finals and only the seventh player in league history to win the NBA Championship in each of this first three seasons in league.
He twice appeared in all 82 of the Lakers' regular season games (2001-2002 and 2003-2004) and posted career numbers during the '03-'04 campaign averaging 7.4 points and 4.0 rebounds. His contract expired after the 2005-2006 season and George signed a free agent contract with Dallas on August 2, 2006.
In three seasons with the Mavs, he gained the trust of head coach Avery Johnson and became an important cog off the Dallas bench. His most productive season was 2006-2007 when he appeared in 60 games while averaging 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game.
In his final two seasons with the Mavericks, George's playing time and scoring average fell to 3.7 points in 53 games in '07-'08 and 3.4 points in 43 games. George injured his right knee on March 11, 2009 in a game against Portland and underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage from the knee on March 27.
That summer he was part of a three team trade that saw he and Antoine Wright going to Toronto, Jerry Stackhouse to Memphis and Kris Humphries and Shawn Marion coming to Dallas. Three weeks later he was on the move again as the Raptors sent the 6'8 forward, along with cash considerations, to Golden State for Marco Belinelli.
George saw action in 45 games for the Warriors in 2009-2010 and averaged 5.4 points. It would be Devean George's final season in the NBA. |