Shawn Bradley (born March 22, 1972 in Landstuhl, West Germany) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks along with Ed O'Bannon, Robert Pack and Khalid Reeves from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Sam Cassell, Chris Gatling, Jim Jackson, George McCloud and Eric Montross on February 17, 1997.
Bradley played only one year of college ball at Brigham Young before embarking on a two year Mormon mission trip to Australia...but what a year it was. As a freshman, he was elected to the all-Western Athletic Conference team posting a 14.8 points per game average along with 7.7 rebounds per game and an amazing 5.2 blocks per game.
He was a first round draft choice (second overall) of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 NBA draft. Averaging an impressive 10.3 ppg his rookie season, Bradley was named to the NBA's All-Rookie second team. The next year he played in all 82 of the Sixers' games and averaged 8.0 rebounds per game.
During the 1995-1996 season he was traded to the New Jersey Nets just twelve games into the season but averaged 12.5 ppg for the Nets the rest of the way. The next season again brought a trade this time to Dallas. In the 33 games after joining the Mavs, Bradley posted a career-best 14.6 ppg scoring average. That season he also became the first player in Mavericks' history to finish a season as a league leader in any category as he topped the blocks per game average list with an impressive 3.2.
Spending the next eight seasons in Dallas, Bradley became a fixture in the paint as the Mavs rebuilt the team from only 24 wins his first season to 58 victories in 2004-2005, his final season with the club. During the 2000-2001 campaign, Bradley again appeared in all 82 games and led he league in total blocked shots with 228.
Bradley still ranks fourth on the Mavs all-time rebounding list with 3,245, sixth on the all-time list of games played with 582 and first on the all-time list of blocked shots with 1,250. He also holds Dallas' top five spots for blocked shots in a season.
Today, Bradley is involved with the West Ridge Academy, in West Jordan, Utah. He is the Chairman of the Board and describes West Ridge as a boarding school for troubled youth.
He owns a ranch in the area with 350 head of cattle and made an unsuccessful run in 2010 for the Utah House of Representatives.