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  • Didier Ilunga-Mbenga
  • #28
  • Center

2006-07 Statistics

PPG
1.2
RPG
0.60
APG
0.2
EFF
+ 1.80
Born: Dec 30, 1980
Height: 7-0 /  2,13
Weight: 220  lbs. / 99,8  kg.
From : Congo
Years Pro: 2

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Background

2005-06:
In 43 games with one start, averaged 1.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.58 blocks in 5.1 minutes per game…Shot 53.3% (32-60 FGs) from the floor and 50.0% (10-20 FTs) from the line…Did not miss a game due to injury but had 38 DNP-CD’s and was suspended one game (3/31/06) for committing a flagrant foul against LeBron James at Cleveland on 3/29/06…4 points (2-2 FGs) with 2 rebounds and 2 blocks in 10 minutes vs. Orlando (12/16/05)…6 points (3-5 FGs) in 10 minutes at th L.A. Lakers (12/20/05)…3 points with 4 rebounds and a block in just 3 minutes vs. Portland (1/3/06)…4 points (2-2 FGs) with 2 rebounds and a block in 7 minutes vs. New Jersey (1/14/06)…Career-high 5 blocks in 15 minutes vs. New York (2/13/06)…4 points (1-2 FGS, 2-2 FTS) with 2 rebounds and a block in 15 minutes at New Jersey (3/19/06)…2 blocks in 5 minutes vs. Golden State (3/23/06)…Scored all of his career-high 8 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting in 8 minutes vs. Sacramento (4/4/06)…4 points (2-3 FGs) with 3 rebounds in 6 minutes vs. the Hornets (4/8/06)…4 points (2-2 FGs) with a career-high 6 rebounds in 12 minutes at the L.A. Clippers (4/10/06)…In his only start of the season and scored 3 points with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 14 minutes at Phoenix (4/13/06)…4 points (1-6 FGs, 3-6 FTs) with 4 rebounds and a block in a career-high 22 minutes vs. L.A. Clipppers (4/19/06).

PRE-NBA:
2003-04: Appeared in 22 games for Varese (Italian League), averaging2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds...In the ULEB Cup, averaged 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. 2002-03: Played a total of 62 minutes over a 10-game span for Varese (Italian League), averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 rebounds...In seven ULEB Cup games, averaged 3.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.

2001-02: Played for Spirou Gilly of the Belgian Division II League.


Personal

  • Goes by “D.J.” as his first name when pronunced (“Didier”) sounds similar to those initials and the “M” is silent in his last name
  • A black belt in judo
  • Speaks five languages: two dialects from the Congo, French, Portuguese and limited English