Eric Montross

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Eric Montross
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Position: Center
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 270
Nationality: American
Born: 9/23/1971
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Draft: 1994, 9th overall
Drafted By: Boston
College: North Carolina
NBA Career: 1994-2002
Mavs Tenure: 1996-1997

Eric Montross (born September 23, 1971 in Indianapolis Indiana) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks on June 21, 1996, along with a 1996 first round draft choice from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Dallas' 1996 and 1997 first round draft picks.

Montross, a McDonald's All-American out of high school, attended the University of North Carolina where, along with future Mavericks player Jerry Stackhouse he helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship.

His numbers rose at UNC in each of his first three seasons. The 7'0 center was named second team Associated Press All-American his junior and senior seasons and was a second-team All-ACC selection as a senior. He completed his career in Chapel Hill ranked fourth all-time on UNC's all-time list of blocked shots (169), sixth all-time in rebounds (941) and eighth all-time in field goal percentage (.585).

The Boston Celtics made Montross their first round selection in the 1994 NBA draft. He enjoyed the best year of his professional career during his rookie campaign appearing in 78 games, playing 29.7 minutes per game and averaging 10.0 points per game. For his efforts he was named to the NBA's All-rookie second team. He remained with the Celtics one more season and then was traded to Dallas.

With the Mavericks, he appeared in 47 games and averaged 3.9 ppg and 5.0 rpg. In February of 1997, Dallas sent Montross, along with Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson and George McCloud to New Jersey in exchange for Ed O'Bannon, Shawn Bradley, [[Robert Pack] and Khalid Reeves.

He only lasted 31 games with the Nets but had the best rebounding average of his career at 9.1 rpg. During the offseason he and Jim Jackson were sent to Philadelphia for a package including former Mav guard Lucious Harris and others along with the draft rights to future Mav Tim Thomas. Montross lasted less than a full season in Philly before hitting the road again, this time in a deal to the Detroit Pistons along with future Maverick forward Jerry Stackhouse.

It was in Detroit that he had the longest stint of his career playing parts of four seasons. In February of 2001, he was traded to Toronto where he spent the remainder of his career. He final season was 2001-2002 where he appeared in 49 games for the Raptors averaging 2.4 ppg.

Today, Montross is an announcer for the University of North Carolina and has helped raise thousands of dollars for the University's Hospitals with the Eric Montross Fathers Day Basketball Camp which celebrated its 15th year in 2009.