Erick Dampier was a center for the Dallas Mavericks. He started his career with the Indiana Pacers after being selected 10th overall in the 1st round of the 1996 NBA Draft. He was traded for Chris Mullin to the Golden State Warriors in 1997. He played with the Warriors as their starting center for 7 years. In 2004, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks. He is in his third season with the team and 11th in the league overall. He was the only Maverick to play in all regular-season games the 2005-2006 season.
In the 2005-2006 season, Dampier had 36 starts, averaged 5.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.29 blocks in 23.6 minutes per game. He also shot a team-high 49.3 % from the floor. He tied for third in the league in offensive rebounding with 3.3 a game, and also third in rebounds per 48 minutes played, with 16.0. He also led the team in rebounding 24 times.
In the 2004-2005 season, Dampier played in 59 games, and started 56. He averaged 9.2 points, 8.5 boards and 1.36 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. He also shot a career and team-high 55.0 % from the floor and 60.5 % from the foul line. Dampier averaged a team-high 3.1 offensive rebounds per game. The games Dampier missed were due to various injuries: strained left hip flexor in November, a left knee contusion in January, and a stress fracture to his right foot that forced him to sit out 21 games starting in February.
- Dampier was released by Charlotte before training camp began but signed with the Miami Heat in November of 2010 making his debut with his new team on November 27 against the Mavs at the AAC.
In July 2003, he founded the Erick Dampier Foundation to assist underprivileged children in Mississippi and the Bay Area. Its mission is to provide financial assistance to children who wish to attend sports camps across the United States. He hosted the Inaugural Erick Dampier Foundation Basketball Camp at Pleasant Oaks Rec. Center in Dallas for more than 100 local youths free of charge.