Eduardo Nájera

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Eduardo Nájera
Eduardo Najera.jpg
Dallas Mavericks
Position Scout
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1976-07-11) July 11, 1976 (age 42)
Ciudad Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico
NationalityMexican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolCornerstone Christian Academy
(San Antonio, Texas)
College Oklahoma (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career2000–2012
Position Power forward / Small forward
Number14, 21
Coaching career2012–2015
Career history
As player:
20002004 Dallas Mavericks
2004–2005 Golden State Warriors
20052008 Denver Nuggets
20082010 New Jersey Nets
2010 Dallas Mavericks
20102012 Charlotte Bobcats
As coach:
2012–2015 Texas Legends
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eduardo Alonso Nájera Pérez [1] (Spanish pronunciation:  [eˈðwaɾðo ˈnaxeɾa] [2] ) (born July 11, 1976) is a Mexican retired professional basketball player and currently a scout with the Dallas Mavericks. He is also a pregame and postgame analyst on Mavericks Live on Fox Sports Southwest, where he is identified as Eddie. Before being promoted to a scout with the Mavs, he was head coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

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Personal information

Eduardo Nájera was only the second Mexican-born NBA player (Horacio Llamas was the first) and was the first Mexican player to be drafted. He is the son of Servando Nájera and Rosa Irene Pérez. [3]

Horacio Llamas American basketball player

Horacio Llamas Grey, known in some non-Spanish-speaking countries as Horacio, is a Mexican former professional basketball player.

College Basketball

Nájera played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma, United States, from 1997–2000, becoming a major star there. He helped the team to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during his college career, as well as finishing in the school's all-time top ten in nine statistical categories. Before being drafted into the NBA in 2000, Nájera received rave reviews from scouts, who boasted on Nájera's quick first step and extraordinary rebounding ability. He is only the second Mexican-born player to join the NBA. [2] He was the first Mexican player to be drafted into the NBA (Horacio Llamas being undrafted). [1]

College basketball Amateur Basketball consisting of current students of colleges or universities.

College basketball today is governed by collegiate athletic bodies including the United States's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Governing bodies in Canada include U Sports and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Each of these various organizations are subdivided into from one to three divisions based on the number and level of scholarships that may be provided to the athletes.

University of Oklahoma public research university in Norman, Oklahoma, United States

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it had existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory for 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. In Fall 2018 the university had 31,702 students enrolled, most at its main campus in Norman. Employing nearly 3,000 faculty members, the school offers 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master's programs, 75 doctorate programs, and 20 majors at the first professional level. David Boren, a former U.S. Senator and Oklahoma Governor, served as the university's president from 1994 to 2018. James L. Gallogly succeeded Boren on July 1, 2018.

Norman, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Norman is a city in the U.S. state of Oklahoma located 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Oklahoma City. As the county seat of Cleveland County and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, its population was 110,925 at the 2010 census. Norman's estimated population of 122,843 in 2017 makes it the third-largest city in Oklahoma.

Nájera played for the Mexican team in the 1997 World University Games and helped them achieve a fourth-place finish in the 1999 World University Games. [1]

1997 Summer Universiade

The 1997 Summer Universiade, also known as the XIX Summer Universiade, took place in the island of Sicily, Italy.

1999 Summer Universiade

The 1999 Summer Universiade, also known as the XX Summer Universiade, took place in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

NBA career

Dallas Mavericks (2000-2004)

He saw significant action as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000–01 and 2001–02, but recurrent knee injuries limited his action in his last two years in Dallas.

He coached at the first-ever Basketball Without Borders Americas tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 2004 NBA Summer of Goodwill. [4]

Basketball Without Borders

Basketball Without Borders is a basketball instructional camp organised by the NBA in conjunction with FIBA, it presents itself as a “basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness”.

Golden State Warriors (2004-2005)

On August 24, 2004, Nájera was traded along with Luis Flores, Christian Laettner, Mladen Sekularac, cash, a 2007 first round draft pick, and another future first round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Erick Dampier, Dan Dickau, Evan Eschmeyer, and Steve Logan. [5] In Golden State, Najera again put in modest minutes and was a solid contributor.

Denver Nuggets (2005-2008)

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Najera with the Denver Nuggets

On February 24, 2005, he was then sent to the Denver Nuggets along with Luis Flores and a future first round pick in exchange for Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White, where he would have some of his most productive seasons as an NBA player. [6]

Also in 2006, an exhibition match was played in Monterrey, Mexico, between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets.

On April 27, 2006, Nájera started his first playoff game for the Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round series facing the Los Angeles Clippers. He replaced Kenyon Martin who was suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team".

He was partly involved in the December 2006 Knicks–Nuggets brawl. While not involved in the actual fighting, he did try to separate the players. He was ejected from the game for leaving the bench. [7]

New Jersey Nets (2008-2010)

On July 11, 2008, he signed a contract with the New Jersey Nets for 4 years $12 million. [8] [9] He stated that he would make it a point to turn the Nets' young forwards Yi Jianlian and Ryan Anderson and center Brook Lopez into stronger, tougher players. Nájera turned down more money and a chance to return to his college state, Oklahoma City Thunder. He also turned down an offer from the New Orleans Hornets in order to take a chance to lead a young and talented New Jersey team.

Return to Dallas Mavericks (2010-2011)

On January 11, 2010, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams. [10]

Charlotte Bobcats (2010-2012)

On July 13, 2010, Nájera was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Erick Dampier and Matt Carroll in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinça. [11]

Coaching career

In 2012, after he retired as a player, Nájera became head coach of the NBA D-League's Texas Legends. [12] Prior to the 2015–16 season, Texas replaced him with his assistant coach, Nick Van Exel. [13]

Off the court

In 2000, Eduardo Nájera was named Third Team All-American by both the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

In 2000, Eduardo Nájera graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in sociology.

In 2000, Nájera received the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame, an award given to a player who has demonstrated personal character both on and off the court. [2]

In 2001, Nájera served as the United Nations Drug Control Programme Goodwill Ambassador for Sports Against Drugs. In 2004, he established the Eduardo Nájera Foundation for Latino Achievement, which provides college scholarships for outstanding Latino students facing barriers to their educations, and in 2006, he received the Chopper Travaglini Award for demonstrating outstanding charity work in the Denver community. [14]

NBA career statistics

Eduardo Najera in the 2009-10 season Edu Najera.jpg
Eduardo Najera in the 2009-10 season
Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2000–01 Dallas 40410.8.523.333.4242.4.7.3.23.3
2001–02 Dallas 621121.9.500.000.6765.5.6.9.56.5
2002–03 Dallas 481223.0.558.000.6814.61.0.8.56.7
2003–04 Dallas 58712.4.444.500.6522.7.4.6.33.0
2004–05 Golden State 42414.5.407.400.6442.8.9.4.24.2
2004–05 Denver 26022.1.500.000.6304.81.1.9.56.9
2005–06 Denver 64322.6.422.333.7815.1.8.8.55.4
2006–07 Denver 753622.1.576.083.7154.1.91.0.36.6
2007–08 Denver 78321.3.473.361.7084.31.2.9.55.9
2008–09 New Jersey 27011.8.446.200.3642.5.7.4.12.9
2009–10 New Jersey 13215.7.377.176.5002.91.2.7.23.8
2009–10 Dallas 33314.6.452.340.6672.3.4.5.43.3
2010–11 Charlotte 31012.0.361.324.5451.4.6.4.22.2
2011–12 Charlotte 22012.3.375.276.5002.3.5.9.22.6
Career6198518.1.481.311.6713.7.8.7.44.9

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2001 Dallas 706.3.529.750.0002.1.1.1.13.0
2002 Dallas 8415.3.696.000.6251.6.1.4.04.6
2003 Dallas 19520.7.453.000.7923.9.8.7.26.1
2004 Dallas 5011.4.455.0001.0003.4.6.6.42.4
2005 Denver 206.5.000.000.0001.0.5.0.0.0
2006 Denver 4322.3.214.000.5003.8.5.8.02.0
2007 Denver 5019.2.235.000.5005.6.4.4.21.8
2008 Denver 4019.5.500.400.0003.31.5.8.34.0
2010 Dallas 507.2.250.000.0001.8.0.4.0.8
Career591215.7.443.294.7503.2.5.5.23.8

Career highs

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 Meet Eduardo Najera
  2. 1 2 3 NBA.com: Eduardo Najera Bio Page Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Player Profiles by Interbasket, Eduardo Najera
  4. NBA.com, Eduardo Najera, Bio page Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Warriors And Dallas Consummate Eight-Player Trade". NBA.com . 2004-08-24. Archived from the original on 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  6. "Nuggets Acquire Nájera, Flores, First-Round Pick From Warriors". NBA.com . 2005-02-24. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  7. Conroy, Scott (December 16, 2006). "10 Players Ejected In Ugly NBA Brawl". CBS News . New York: CBS . Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  8. "Nets Reach Agreements With Eduardo Nájera and Jarvis Hayes". NBA.com . 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  9. "Nets reach agreements with Nájera, Hayes". Archived from the original on July 16, 2008.
  10. "MAVERICKS ACQUIRE FORWARD EDUARDO NAJERA". NBA.com . 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  11. "Bobcats Acquire Carroll, Dampier and Nájera from Mavericks". NBA.com . 2010-07-13. Archived from the original on 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  12. D-League Texas Legends name Eduardo Nájera head coach
  13. Grant, Ethan; O'Dell, Chris (July 9, 2015). "Change at the top: Legends name ex-Mavericks guard Van Exel head coach". Frisco Enterprise. Archived from the original on July 13, 2015.
  14. "2006 Chopper Travaglini Award". Denver Nuggets. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26.
  15. "Eduardo Najera Career Bests and Rankings, Charlotte Hornets, News, Rumors, NBA Stats, NCAA Stats, Game Logs, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com. Retrieved 2018-06-10.

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