|Drafted By:||Dallas Mavericks|
|College:||Iowa State University|
Loren Meyer (born December 30, 1972 in Emmetsburg, Iowa) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft.
Meyer played his college ball at Iowa State where he progressed nicely his first two years there. His junior season looked to be a major breakout season as after 12 games, the 6'10 center was averaging 22.3 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. However, his season came to an abrupt halt when an automobile he was riding in was struck by a train and Meyer suffered a broken collar bone.
He was able to come back his senior year, where he earned Honorable Mention All-Big 8 honors from the Associated Press while averaging 15.7 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Despite the injury and missed time, Meyer still ranks third all time in Cyclones' history in blocked shots, tenth all-time in rebounds and 16th all-tie in scoring.
The Mavericks drafted Meyer in the first round of the 1995 draft after taking Cherokee Parks earlier in the round. He appeared in 72 games for Dallas his rookie season and averaged 5.0 ppg and a career-best 4.4 rpg.
He began the 1996-1997 season with the Mavs seeing action in 19 games and posting a 4.1 ppg average. His stint in Dallas was short as he was traded on December 26, 1996, along with Tony Dumas and Jason Kidd, to the Phoenix Suns for Michael Finley, A.C. Green, Sam Cassell and a second round draft choice in 1998.
Meyer's action in Phoenix was limited as he played in only 35 games the remainder of the year despite posting a career-best 5.4 ppg average. He missed the entire 1997-1998 campaign while recovering from lumbar spine surgery.
He was able to make it back to the NBA for one final run when the Denver Nuggets signed him as a free agent on January 23, 1999. He saw action in 14 games while in the Mile High City and averaged 1.1 ppg. His time in Denver represented the end of his professional career.