Dallas Mavericks sign Samuel Dalembert

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

Dalembert has played a total of 774 games (605 starts) with four NBA teams (Philadelphia, Sacramento, Houston and Milwaukee) and has career averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game. The 11-year NBA veteran played with the Milwaukee Bucks last season and averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 47 games, while shooting .542 from the field.

Dalembert (6-11, 250) was selected by Philadelphia with the 26th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and played for the 76ers for eight seasons (2001-10). He traded by Philadelphia to Sacramento for center Spencer Hawes and forward Andres Nocioni on 6/19/10.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dalembert is the only Haitian-born player in the NBA.  He spent 14 years in Haiti before moving to Montreal and becoming a Canadian citizen in August, 2007.  He played collegiately at Seton Hall and averaged 7.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.83 blocks in 59 games over two years. He currently owns the school record for career blocked shots (267).