Dalembert playing for the Sixers.
|No. - Milwaukee Bucks|
|Date of birth:|| May 10, 1981|
|Listed height:||6 ft 11 in|
|Listed weight:||255 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2001; Round: 1 / Pick: 26th|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Career Highlights and Awards|
|Samuel Dalembert at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-reference.com|
Samuel Davis Dalembert (born May 10, 1981 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a Haitian professional basketball player who plays Center in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks. Dalembert began playing in Montreal, Canada and played college basketball at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, US. He is an occasional double-double achiever for the Sixers and averages around 3 blocks per game - placing him among the league's elite in this category. He missed the entire 2003-04 season due to injuries. After a relatively productive 2004-05 season, his 2005-2006 season was plagued by more injuries, a diminished role (he lost his job as a starter to Steven Hunter even after returning from injury), and what the media and public perceived to be a decline in both his play and his attitude.
Dalembert is normally described as a rebounder and shot-blocker. When playing together, he and Steven Hunter are sometimes referred to as the "Twin Towers" , a moniker previously applied to a number of famous front court duos, including Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson in the 1980s and Tim Duncan and David Robinson in the 1990s/2000s. Dalembert's detractors criticize him for being overpaid on account of the $52.6 million he will receive through the 2010-'11 season. They also point to his seemingly low "basketball IQ". Dalembert fouled out of 9 of the 52 games he played during the 2005-06 season and had the dubious distinction of leading the league in goaltending, although this does speak to his aggressiveness at attempting to block shots. Dalembert is particularly regarded for his defense and his aggressive defense allows for some easy baskets on transitions. While his offensive skills may be limited, his defensive energy largely atones for this.
Dalembert is not a Canadian citizen but merely a landed immigrant, though he considers himself a Canadian and Montrealer. On the January 15, 2007, Toronto Raptors broadcast, commentator and Canadian National Team coach Leo Rautins said that Dalembert could not play for Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics. This piece of information was recently re-hashed in Raptor's broadcaster Chuck Swirsky's May 30, 2007, blog when he reported that, "It would be great news and a huge boost for this county's men's basketball program is Samuel Dalembert can play for Leo Rautins this summer". The statement, although not cited, brings readers to believe that perhaps Dalembert will play for the Canadian team in the Olympics.