Najera, Eduardo
Second Mexican-born player to play in the NBA with the potential to be a significant contributor with his scoring and rebounding ability.

2005-06 (Denver): Appeared in 64 games, averaging 5.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 22.9 minutes … Made three starts … Scored in double figures nine times and grabbed at least 10 boards seven times …. Posted three double-doubles … Led the team in rebounding six times … A career .648 free-throw shooter coming into the season, he shot a career-best .786 (88-112) … Missed 15 games due to injury … DNP-CD three times … Missed five games (4/8-4/17) due to a right foot compression fracture … Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on 2/13 and missed five games (2/15-3/3) … Missed five games due to right knee soreness (3/18-3/25; 3/31) … Had a season-high 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with a season-high tying four steals and three blocked shots vs. Cleveland on 1/18 … Had a career-high four blocked shots vs. Seattle on 12/29.

2004-05 (Golden State and Denver): Appeared in 68 games, including 26 with Denver … Averaged 5.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 17.4 minutes on the year and 6.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg in 22.1 minutes with the Nuggets … Scored in double figures 11 times (eight with Denver) … Posted two double-doubles – one with each club … Led the Nuggets in rebounding three times … Suffered a 4th metacarpal fracture in his right hand at Phoenix on 4/18 and missed the season finale (4/19) … Did not dress vs. Seattle on 4/9 due to the flu … Was acquired from Golden State on 2/24, along with Luis Flores and a future first round draft choice in exchange for Rodney White and Nikoloz Tskitishvili … Appeared in 42 games for the Warriors, starting four times … Averaged 4.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 14.5 minutes … Led the Warriors in scoring once, rebounds once and assists once … Missed nine games after being placed on the injured list due to left knee soreness on 1/3 … Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on 1/7 and was activated on 1/21 … Did not play at Portland on 1/1 due to the injury … DNP-CD three times.

2003-04 (Dallas): Appeared in 58 games (seven starts), averaging 3.0 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 12.4 minutes per contest ... Missed 24 games from 12/27-2/10 with a sore left knee.

2002-03 (Dallas): Appeared in 48 games (12 starts), averaging 6.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg in 23.0 minutes per game ... Shot a team-best and career-high .558 from the floor (129-231) ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on 12/6 and missed 33 games with a sore left knee while recovering from the surgery ... Scored in double figures 12 times ... Posted three double-doubles (points/rebounds).

2001-02 (Dallas): Averaged 6.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg in 21.9 mpg…Shot .500 from the field…Played 62 games and started 11 (Dallas was 10-1 in games he started)…Registered six double-doubles…Scored in double figures 14 times and had 10 or more rebounds seven times…As a starter averaged 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds a contest and as a reserve averaged 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game…In wins he averaged 7.1 points and 6.3 rebounds a contest…Career-high 19 points (6-9 FGs, 7-8 FTs) at L.A. Clippers on 1/26/02…Career-high 15 rebounds in a career-high 42 minutes vs. Houston on 4/11/02…Career-high 6 steals vs. New Jersey on 1/21/02…Missed 14 games due to left knee tendonitis – five games from 10/30-11/6/01, and 11/14-11/21-01 and four games from 1/31/-2/6/02. 2000-01 (Dallas): Averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game....Shot .523 from the field....Played 40 games and started four....Missed 32 total games (29 with a strained right groin)....Scored 8 points (4-9 FGs), 7 rebounds in 22 minutes vs. Minnesota (4/18/01)....Had 9 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Boston (2/22/01)....Played a career-high 29 minutes vs. Utah (11/4/00)....Season-high 10 points (4-7 FGs), 4 rebounds in 23 minutes vs. Milwaukee (10/31/00) in his first career NBA start.

PLAYOFFS: Has appeared in 45 career playoff games (12 starts) ... 2006: Played in four games against the Clippers, starting three times … Averaged 2.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 22.3 minutes … 2005 (Denver): Was limited to just 13 total minutes in two games vs. San Antonio due to a 4th metacarpal fracture in his right hand … 2004 (w/Dallas): Appeared in all five playoffs games, averaging 2.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 11.4 minutes as Mavericks fell to Sacramento … 2003 (Dallas): Appeared in 19 playoff games (five starts), averaging 6.1 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 20.7 minutes as Mavs advanced to Western Conference Finals ... Scored in double figures three times in the postseason … 2002 (Dallas): Appeared in all eight playoff games, making four starts ... Averaged 4.6 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 15.3 minutes per game in the post-season ... Registered a playoff career-high 13 points in Game 2 vs. Minnesota (4/24) ... Broke his right thumb in pre-game warm-ups before Game 1 of Second Round at Sacramento which severely limited his ability to play in the series … 2001 (Dallas): Appeared in seven post-season games, averaging 3.0 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 6.3 minutes per contest.

COLLEGE: Named Third-Team All-America by The Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches....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....Finished Oklahoma career ranked third in minutes played (3,856), fourth in steals (193), fifth in rebounds (910), sixth in blocked shots (89), seventh in field goal attempts (1,423), eighth in points scored (1,646), ninth in field goals (612), 10th in free throws (337) and 10th in free throw attempts (504)....A First-Team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches and media....Selected to Big 12 All-Defensive Team....finished 25th in nation in rebounding (9.2 rpg)....14 double-doubles ranked second in the Big 12....A Second Team All-Big 12 selection by both league coaches and media as a junior....Averaged team highs in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg) and ranked second in assists (2.2 apg), steals (1.8 spg) and blocks (0.8 bpg)....As a sophomore, ranked third on team in scoring (10.5) and in rebounding (5.4)....Finished second in Big 12 Freshman of the Year voting.

Last name is pronounced (NA-he-RAH). Full name is Eduardo Alonso Najera. Born in Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico. Parents are Servando Najera and Rosa Irene Perez. Majored in Sociology at Oklahoma. Prior to the 2004-05 season, launched the Eduardo Najera Foundation for Latin Achievement in order to help less privileged children receive a college education. During the 2004 NBA Summer of Goodwill, took part in the first-ever Basketball Without Borders Americas tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with other NBA players and coaches, worked with 50 of the best young basketball players from 17 different countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Also participated in a “Read To Achieve” session held for Brazilian children and help open an NBA Reading and Learning Center in one of Brazil’s poorest neighborhoods. Along with the NBA, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Pier 1, hosted a fundraising event for the children of war-torn Afghanistan. Since joining the NBA, has held more than 30 basketball clinics throughout Mexico, organizing events in several states including Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Chiapas. While with the Mavericks, participated in several basketball clinics for the Dallas School District and the Hispanic Boys and Girls Club. Is a big baseball fan and played baseball through high school. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter and a son. Has hosted the Eduardo Najera Foundation Charity Basketball in Chihuahua the past two summers. Won the 2006 Chopper Travaglini Award given annually to a Nugget for his commitment to community service.
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