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Jamaal Magloire (born May 21, 1978 in Toronto, Canada) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on February 24, 2008.
Leaving his native Canada to play at the University of Kentucky, Magloire played four seasons for the Wildcats seeing his scoring average rise each year he was in school. After averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds his junior year, Magloire declared for the NBA draft. Fearing he might not be selected in the first round, he withdrew his name and opted to stay for his senior season at Kentucky. It was a very wise move that he did as, always known as a defensive specialist while being light on offense, he had a breakout season increasing his scoring to 13.2 points and doubling his rebounding average to 9.1 per game. He also left Kentucky as the school's all-time leading shot blocker.
Those increases guaranteed Magloire a spot in the first round and Charlotte took the 6'11 center with the 19th overall selection of the 2000 NBA draft.
As a rookie, Magloire came off the bench to see action in 74 games while averaging 4.6 points and 4.0 rebounds. The next season he played in all 82 of Charlotte's games, again as a reserve, increasing his scoring to 8.5 and rebounding to 5.6.
Signing with New Orleans for the 2002-2003 season, Magloire enjoyed the best years of his career with the Hornets over the next three seasons. Playing in all 82 of the team's games in two of the three years, he averaged double digits in scoring all three years with his best season coming in 2003-2004 when he averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and was named to the NBA Western Conference All-Star team.
Following the '04-'05 campaign, New Orleans traded Magloire to Milwaukee for Desmond Mason, a 2006 first round draft choice and cash considerations. He had one season with the Bucks, one with Portland and began the 2007-2008 season with New Jersey before being released on February 22,2008. A mere four days later the Mavericks came calling and signed Magloire to a free agent deal. He played in seven games for Dallas, backing up starting center Erick Dampier and filling a void that was left after the trade of DeSagana Diop to New Jersey. With the Mavs, he averaged 1.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in limited action.
Released after the season, Magloire signed with the Miami Heat and has played three seasons in South Beach.
He and former Mav Steve Nash have the distinction of being the only two Canadians ever selected to an NBA All-Star team. News and updates on Magloire can be followed via his website http://www.jamallmagloire.com