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|Position:||Guard / Forward|
|Drafted By:||Chicago Bulls|
|NBA Career:||2001 - 2010|
|Mavs Tenure:||2007 - 2008|
Trenton Hassell (born March 4, 1979 in Clarksville, Tennessee) was acquired in a trade, from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Greg Buckner on September 28, 2007.
Hassell, who did not play in his freshman season at Austin Peay, went on to become Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore in 1998-1999. Making an immediate impact he averaged 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds. His pinnacle year, however, was his senior season when he averaged 21.7 points and 7.8 rebounds in 32 games while being selected the OVC's Player-of-the-Year and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American.
Drafted in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, Hassell appeared in 78 games (47 starts) averaging 8.7 ppg his rookie season. The next year hs saw action in all 82 of the Bulls' games but was waived shortly after the 2002-2003 season ended.
He signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves just six days later and remained with the franchise for four seasons. The 6'5 guard helped lead the Wolves to the playoffs in his first season there and averaged 7.7 ppg over 18 post-season contests. Hassell posted his best career numbers in 2005-2006 when, in 2005-2006, he averaged 9.2 points.
On September 28, 2007, Dallas traded Greg Buckner to Minnesota for Trenton Hassell. Expected to see some quality time as the Mavs' backup shooting guard, his stay in Big D was short-lived. After playing just 37 games (while averaging 1.8 ppg) he was part of a blockbuster trade that would bring back a longtime Mavs favorite.
Dallas traded Hassell, along with DeSagana Diop, Devin Harris, Maurice Ager and Keith Van Horn to New Jersey in a move that brought back all-star point guard, and former Maverick, Jason Kidd as well as Malik Allen and Antoine Wright.
Hassell spend the final two-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Nets with his best year coming in his final season, 2009-2010, when he averaged 4.5 points over 52 games.
His alma mater, Austin Peay, honored Hassell in 2002 when they retired his jersey number 44 and then again in 2006 when he was inducted to the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.