|Draft:||1st round (28th overall)|
|Drafted By:||San Antonio|
Ian Mahinmi (born November 5, 1986 in Rouen, France) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on July 13, 2010.
Mahinmi played four seasons in France before joining the NBA. He spent three seasons with Le Havre in the French A League before joining Pau-Orthez, also of the A League. He has also represented France in the European Junior championships, the European Under-20 Championships and the 2010 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft but stayed in France to continue refining his game. The 6'11 center joined the Spurs in 2007-2008 and appeared in six games averaging 3.5 points before being assisgned to the NBA D-League's Austin Toros on November 21, 2007. In 46 games, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 29.6 minutes while shooting 61.5% from the floor. He was named to the All NBA-D League First Team.
After missing the following season with right ankle surgery, Mahinmi played 26 games for the Spurs in '09-'10 and averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 6.3 minutes. He scored 10+ points four times with a career-high 15 points against New Jersey on January 10, 2010.
Mahinmi joined the Mavericks for the 2010-2011 season making the team out of training camp. He spent two seasons with the Mavs and was a member of Dallas' 2010-2011 World Championship team. He averaged career-highs in points (5.8ppg), rebounds (4.7 rpg) and minutes (18.7 mpg) during the 2011-2012 campaign.
Ian is comfortable with either the English (Ian) or French (Yan) pronunciation of this name saying that, while growing up, his father called him Ian while his mom referred to him as Yan.