Eduardo Najera

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Eduardo Nájera
Eddie Najera
Position: Forward
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 235
Nationality: Mexican
Born: 7/11/1976
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Draft: 38th overall
Drafted By: Houston
College: Oklahoma
NBA Career: 2000-Present
Mavs Tenure: 2000-2004, 2010

Eduardo Nájera (born July 11, 1976 in Ciudad Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks along with a future second round draft choice in a draft night trade with the Houston Rockets, on June 28, 2000, in exchange for the draft rights on Dan Langhi.

Najera played four seasons at the University of Oklahoma finishing his career ranked on the following Sooners' all-time lists: minutes (3rd, 3856), steals (4th, 193), rebounds (5th, 910), blocks (6th, 89) and points (8th, 1646). As a senior, he was named Third-Team All-American by The Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He earned First-Team All-Big 12 (coaches and media) and Big 12 All-Defensive honors.

Drafted in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, Najera was traded to Dallas the very same night. During his rookie season he appeared in 40 games averaging 3.3 points per game, despite missing 29 games with a strained right groin. His numbers rose in his second year with an average of 6.5 ppg, scoring over ten or more fourteen times and grabbing double figure rebounds seven times.

Injuries began to play a part in the 6'8 forward's career the following season as he underwent arthroscopic surgery in December of 2002 and missed 33 games while recovering. He saw action in 58 games averaging 6.7 ppg. The following season, his last with the Mavs, Najera was again limited due to soreness, again in his left knee,that cost him 24 games. His scoring average dropped to 3.0 ppg.

During the offseason he was traded, along with Christian Laettner, two first round picks, cash considerations and the draft rights to Luis Flores and Mladen Sekularac to Golden State for Erick Dampier, Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer and the draft rights to Steve Logan.

Najera played only part of the 2004-2005 season with the Warriors ( 42 games to be exact) before being shipped to the Denver Nuggets. He found a home in Denver, where he played for three-and-a-half seasons with his best year being 2006-2007 when he averaged 6.6 ppg.

He signed with New Jersey as a free agent playing just over one season before the Mavericks came calling again, sending Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams to the Nets and bringing him back to Big D.

His second stint in Dallas was a short one as he was traded, along with Erick Dampier and Matt Carroll, to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for two centers, Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca.

Upon entering the league, Najera became only the second Mexican-born player to appear in an NBA game. Always active in the community, he has held more than 30 basketball clinics throughout his native Mexico.