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2010-11 Statistics

PPG
0.3
RPG
1.60
APG
0.1
EFF
+ 1.57
Born: Dec 30, 1980
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight: 255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
From: Kinshasa, DRC
Years Pro: 6

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Background

Transactions: signed by Dallas as a rookie free agent on July 14, 2004�re-signed by Dallas on July 13, 2006�waived by Dallas on October 30, 2007�signed by Golden State on November 17, 2007�waived by Golden State on January 6, 2008� signed by the Lakers to a 10-day contract on January 21, 2008�signed second 10-day contract with Lakers on February 1, 2008�signed by the Lakers as a free agent on February 11, 2008�re-signed with the Lakers on September 24, 2008

2009-10 Season: Appeared in 49 games (2 starts), averaging 2.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.59 blocks in 7.2 minutes�recorded one double-double on the year (10 points/12 rebounds)�scored in double-figures twice and grabbed 10+ rebounds twice�led team in rebounds twice and in blocks 10 times�in third career start, posted five points, a career-high 13 rebounds, two assists and a season-high tying four blocks in a career-high tying 30 minutes 11/6 vs. MEM�in second consecutive start (fourth career), posted first career double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high tying four blocks in a career-high tying 30 minutes 11/8 vs. NOH�posted six points (3-4 FG), three rebounds and three blocks 1/3 vs. DAL�posted six points (3-4 FG) 1/15 vs. LAC�totaled six points and three rebounds 3/2 vs. IND� scored a career-high 11 points (5-7 FG) 4/9 @ MIN� posted seven points and five rebounds 4/13 vs. SAC� totaled five points and five rebounds 4/14 @ LAC.

Professional:
2008-09: Appeared in 23 games, averaging 2.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.43 steals and 1.04 blocks in 7.9 minutes�scored in double-figures once�led team in blocks six times�blocked two shots in three minutes 11/30 vs. TOR�totaled eight points, three assists and two blocks 2/26 vs. PHO�recorded a career-high three steals 3/1 at PHO�totaled four points, two rebounds and three blocks in 19 minutes 3/3 at MEM�posted a career-high 10 points, four rebounds and a career-high tying five blocks in 17 minutes 3/7 vs. MIN�tallied eight points, three blocks, a career-best four assists, two steals and a block 3/9 at POR�totaled four points, four rebounds and a steal in six minutes 3/12 at SAS�posted eight points and two blocks 4/3 vs. HOU.

2007-08: Appeared in 42 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.8 minutes�in 16 games with Golden State, averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes�posted a career-high seven rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes 12/5 vs. MIL�tallied seven points, four rebounds, a steal and two blocked shots in 14 minutes 12/9 at LAL�in first game with Lakers, posted two rebounds, a steal and two blocked shots in five minutes 1/21 vs. DEN�posted first points as a Laker with five points and four rebounds in a season-high tying 16 minutes 1/25 at DAL�scored a season-high eight points on 4-of-6 shooting 3/21 vs. SEA�recorded a season-high four blocks 3/28 vs. MEM�totaled four points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 10 minutes 4/15 vs. SAC.

2006-07: Appeared in 21 games, totaling 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in 79 minutes�posted two blocked shots in nine minutes 12/4 at WAS�totaled three points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes 2/7 vs. MEM�suffered a season-ending torn right ACL in the third quarter 2/7 vs. MEM, missing the remainder of the season�missed 16 games to start the season with a left foot tendon strain.

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 FG) from the floor and 50.0% (10-20 FT) from the line�did not miss a game due to injury but had 38 DNP-CDs and was suspended one game (3/31) for committing a flagrant foul against LeBron James at CLE on 3/29�scored six points in 10 minutes 12/20 at LAL�posted a career-high five blocks in 15 minutes 2/13 vs. NYK�scored all of his season-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting in eight minutes 4/4 vs. SAC�totaled four points and six rebounds in 12 minutes 4/10 at LAC�in his only start of the season, recorded three points, five rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes 4/13 at PHO.

2004-05: In 15 games including one start, played 58 total minutes (3.9 mpg), scoring 15 points while totaling eight rebounds and five blocks�posted a season-high tying four points and a blocked shot in two minutes 1/20 vs. LAC�first career start 2/26 vs. PHO�registered four points, one rebound and a blocked shot in 10 minutes�33 DNP-CDs�had three stints on the injured list with a strained right hamstring for a total of 34 games.


Personal

Full name is Didier Ilunga-Mbenga�dual citizen of both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Belgium�played for Belgium in the 2009 European Basketball Championships�goes by �DJ� because his first name is pronounced similar to those initials�speaks seven languages including three dialects from the Congo, Flemish, French, Portuguese, and English�owns a black belt in Judo�the �M� is silent in the pronunciation of his last name�participated in the fifth annual HOLA Bowla, a fundraising event in the heart of Los Angeles, an organization that provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics�participated in the NBA�s Basketball without Borders program in Johannesburg, South Africa during the summer of 2009.


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