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Dexter Pittman

Dexter Jerome Pittman (born March 2, 1988) is an American professional basketball player.

High school

Pittman was a three-year starter at B. F. Terry High School, where he averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game over his career. In his senior season, he was named the Most Valuable Player for District 24-4A.[1] He verbally committed to the University of Texas in October 2005, over scholarship offers from Texas A&M and Arizona State.[2] He was ranked as the 16th best center prospect out of high school, as well as one of the top 150 high school players in the nation.[2]

College

Pittman was used sparingly in his first two seasons at Texas, averaging less than 3 points per game with just one start.[1] As a junior, he started 24 games–averaging 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game[3]–and became one of the most dominant centers in the Big 12 conference.[4]

Weight loss

Pittman weighed 388 lbs [5] as a senior at Terry High School. After receiving weight loss tips from Texas' Strength and Conditioning coach Todd Wright, he was able to drop his weight to 366 lbs before enrolling at Texas.[5] His weight still prevented him from doing basic drills in practice, which caused various back and knee aches.[5] Pittman then dedicated himself to a workout program with Wright, which included 5:30 AM workouts and a complete revamp of his diet. Pittman agreed to call Todd Wright before every meal to evaluate his choices.[5] He later characterized the workout regimen as so tough that "I wanted to cry and say, 'Man, I want to give up'".[5] Since losing almost 100 pounds, he has become an icon for admirers, like Hall of Famer Charles Barkley,[6] who heard about his weight loss.[5]

Professional career

Pittman was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, 32nd overall, by the Miami Heat. Pittman signed a 3 year deal on July 16, 2010. On November 26, Pittman was sent to the Sioux Falls Skyforce to play to help develop his basketball skills. On December 18, Pittman was recalled back to Miami. On January 6, 2011 he was once again re-assigned to the Skyforce.[7]

Dexter Pittman was selected to the 2011 NBA D-League All-Star game along with Sioux Falls Skyforce teammate Patrick Ewing Jr..

Pittman played in his first NBA game for the Miami Heat on April 1, 2011 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

On April 13, 2012, Dexter Pittman scored a career high 16 points in a 105–82 win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

In Game 5 of the 2012 Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers, Pittman received a flagrant foul after he came across the lane and used his forearm to hit Lance Stephenson of the Pacers with 19.4 seconds left in the game.[8] Pittman was slapped with a flagrant foul, and was later suspended for three games due to the incident.[9]

Dexter won his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat.

Pittman was re-assigned to the Skyforce for several stints throughout his third season.[10]

On February 21, 2013, the Miami Heat traded Pittman and a second round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for a trade exception and the rights to Ricky Sanchez.[11] On April 14, 2013, he was waived by the Grizzlies.[12]

He joined the San Antonio Spurs for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[13] In September 2013, he then joined the Chicago Bulls for their training camp.[14] He was later waived by the Bulls on October 26.[15]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games 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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Miami 2 0 5.5 .333 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .0 .0 1.0
2011–12 Miami 35 6 8.6 .468 .000 .643 2.0 .3 .2 .2 3.0
2012–13 Miami 4 0 3.0 .600 .000 .000 1.8 .0 .0 .0 1.5
2012–13 Memphis 7 0 2.9 .167 .000 .000 .7 .0 .0 .0 .3
Career 48 6 7.2 .454 .000 .581 1.8 .2 .2 .2 2.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Miami 3 1 2.7 .000 .000 .000 .0 .3 .0 .3 .0
Career 3 1 2.7 .000 .000 .000 .0 .3 .0 .3 .0

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