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|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, California|
|Drafted By:||New Jersey|
|NBA Career:||1995 - 1997|
Ed O'Bannon (born August 14, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) was obtained by the Mavericks in a trade along with Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack and Khalid Reeves from the New Jersey Nets on February 17, 1997, in exchange for Eric Montross, George McCloud, Jim Jackson, Sam Cassell and Chris Gatling.
O'Bannon was a McDonald's All-American out of Artesia High School in Los Angeles. He was planning on atending UNLV but changed his mind when the Rebels were put on probation by the NCAA and elected, instead, to stay close to home and attend UCLA. Before O'Bannon could get settled in Westwood, he tore his ACL the week before the team's first practice and was sidelined for 18 months.
His first season was a redshirt year but he returned to see his scoring average increase in each of his four seasons from 3.6 points per game his freshman year to 20.4 ppg as a senior. It was also his leadership on the court that helped carry the Bruins to the National Championship as O'Bannon was named the 1995 Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. He was a first team All-American and won the John Wooden Award that year as the NCAA's Most Outstanding men's basketball player.
After his senior year the New Jersey Nets made him their first round selection in the 1995 NBA draft. O'Bannon appeared in 64 games his rookie season averaging 6.2 points per game. He began the 1996-1997 season with the Nets, playing in 45 games, before the trade to Dallas. With the Mavs he saw action in 19 games averaging 2.4 ppg before being traded on September 24, 1997, along with Derek Harper, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dennis Scott and cash considerations.
That trade marked the end of the 6'8 forward's NBA career but he took his game overseas and had stints in Italy, Spain, Greece, Argentina and played three seasons in Poland. O'Bannon, who's brother Charles also played in the NBA retired and is now a car salesman at Findley Toyota in Henderson, Nevada.