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Eric Riley
Position: C
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 245
Nationality: American
Born: 6/2/70
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Draft: Round 2 (33rd overall)
Drafted By: Dallas
College: University of Michigan
NBA Career: 1995-1999
Mavs Tenure: 1997-1998

Eric Riley (born June 2, 1970 in Cleveland Ohio) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the 1993 NBA draft.

Riley attended the University of Michigan where he redshirted his freshman season (1988-1989) when the Wolverines won the National Championship. He led the team in rebounding and blocked shots his sophomore season while posting a scoring average of 10.6 ppg and an 8.6 rebounds per game average. As a junior and senior, he was a key reserve on teams that went to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mavs drafted the 7'0 center in the second round of the '93 draft but traded his rights to the Houston Rockets for Popeye Jones.

Riley appeared in 47 games his rookie season, averaging 1.9 ppg and 1.3 ppg. While the Rockets won the NBA Championship that year, Riley enjoyed the festivities from the outside as he was not on the team's playoff roster.

Houston released Riley during the offseason and he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on December 18, 1984, playing in 40 games and posting a career-best 4.4 ppg average.

He spent the '95-'96 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves averaging 3.7 ppg over 25 appearances.

The Mavericks signed their former draft choce as a free agent on December 17, 1997. During his time with the Mavs, Riley played in 39 games and averaged 3.6 ppg and a career-best 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He enjoyed his best game as a professional while with Dallas scoring 16 points on March 19, 1998 against the Golden State Warriors.

Released by Dallas after the season, Riley played one final season with the Boston Celtics appearing in 35 games in 1999.