Raja Bell

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Raja Bell
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Raja Bell
Position: Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210
Nationality: American
Born: 9/19/1976
Birthplace: Saint Croix
Draft: undrafted
Drafted By: undrafted
College: Florida International
NBA Career: 2000 - present
Mavs Tenure: 2002-2003

Raja Bell (born September 19, 1978 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on September 30, 2002.

Bell attended Boston University his first two years where he was selected the North Atlantic Conference's Rookie of the Year in 1995. The next season he moved in to BU's starting lineup where he started all 28 games averaging 15.0 points-per-game. He transferred to Florida International where, after sitting out a season, he was the Trans America Conference's Newcomer of the Year and a first-team All-TAAC selection.

Florida International moved into the Sunbelt Conference the following year and Bell continued his dominance being named first-team All-Sunbelt Conference with a 16.7 ppg average. Despite his success in college, Bell was undrafted by the NBA. He was invited to the Atlanta Hawks training camp but was released before the season had started. He spent his first professional season with Tampa Bay of the USFL in the summer and was taken in the fourth round of the CBA draft by Yakima, where he played in 52 games averaging 11.5 points and was named to the '99-'00 CBA All-Rookie team.

He then played for San Antonio's entry in the Boston Summer League and gave a performance worthy of a training camp invitation. He went to camp with the Spurs but was released just prior to the season. Toward the end of that 2000-2001 campaign, Bell caught on, via a ten-day contract, with the Philadelphia 76ers who were so impressed they awarded him with a full contract. on April 16, 2001. In his first full season with Philly, the next year, he saw action in 74 games and averaged 3.4 points.

The 6'5 guard was released by the Sixers but quickly caught on with Coach Don Nelson and the Mavericks. In his only season in Dallas, Bell played in 75 games (starting 32 of them) and averaged 3.1 points and 0.8 assists with a season-high of 13 against the New York Knicks on December 28, 2002.

After the season, Bell chose to sign with Utah where he spent two seasons and saw his scoring average balloon to 11.2 ppg his first season and 12.3 in his final year with the Jazz.

Bell moved to Phoenix for four seasons where, during the 2006-2007 season, he posted the highest scoring average of his career with 14.7 ppg in 78 games. He left the Suns in 2008 and went to Charlotte seeing action in 45 games and averaging 13.0 points. The next season, after just five games with the Bobcats, Bell had wrist surgery and was essentially done for the year, save for a one-game appearance with his old coach Don Nelson and Golden State at the end of the year.

He returned to Utah for the 2010-2011 season, signing a three-year contract where he enjoyed a successful career before being waived on March 10, 2013 after sitting out the entire 2012-2013 season.

Bell did manage a workout with the New York Knicks in the summer of 2013 but nothing materialized effectively marking the end of Bell's NBA career.