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#4 Marcin Gortat - Center

  • POSITION: Center
  • HEIGHT: 6'11"
  • WEIGHT: 240
  • BIRTHPLACE: Lodz, Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 02/17/1984
  • AGE: 31

Marcin Gortat BIO:

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Orlando Magic for future considerations (6/28/05)…Traded by the Orlando Magic with Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, cash and a 2011 1st round draft pick (Nikola Mirotic was later selected) to the Phoenix Suns for Earl Clark, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu (12/18/10)…Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, and Kendall Marshall to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and 2014 protected draft pick (10/25/13).                                                          

PROFESSIONALLY: Owns overall career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 438 games (234 starts)…Scored career-high 31 points at TOR (2/27)...Averaged career-highs in points (15.4 pgg) and rebounds (10.0 rpg) during the 2011-12 season with the Phoenix Suns...Was a member of the 2009 Orlando Magic team that advanced to the NBA Finals.

2013-14: Averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 81 games (80 starts)…Had five games of 20+ points….Posted 37 double-doubles…Had 22 games of 12+ rebounds...Averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break (29 games)…Scored a career-high 31 points at TOR (2/27) on 12-23 shooting from the field…Scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high tying 18 rebounds (career-high nine offensive rebounds) at MIA (3/10)…Had 25 points at MIL (11/27)…Scored 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds vs. NYK (11/23)…Posted seven consecutive double-doubles from 2/18-3/1…Missed one game due to a strained back (3/20).

2012-13: In his sixth NBA season and second full season with the Suns, averaged 11.1 points, a team-best 8.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.61 blocks despite being limited to just 61 games (61 starts) due to injury…Suffered a Lisfranc (midfoot) sprain in his right foot and missed the season’s final 21 games…Before the injury, had not missed a single game in a Suns uniform and had appeared in a career-high 182 consecutive contests after being acquired by the Suns on (12/18/10)…Had started a career-best 137-straight games overall…Suns leader in field goal percentage (.521)…Averaged a career-high 1.61 blocks (14th-NBA), most by a Sun since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2007-08…Five perfor­mances of five or more blocks in 61 games, the most in a single season by a Sun since Oliver Miller in 1993-94…12 three-block performances, just one shy of a career-high.

2011-12: Blocked 12 shots in the season’s first three games, the second-most to begin a season in franchise history (Larry Nance, 1982-83)…Career-high seven blocks at Charlotte, just the eighth player in franchise history with seven or more blocks in a single game (Alvan Adams, Larry Nance, Mark West, Andrew Lang, Oliver Miller, Hot Rod Williams, Amar’e Stoudemire)…franchise history with at least 20…37 double-digit scoring efforts…Four 20-point efforts, includ­ing two 20-10 games…21 double-digit rebounding efforts…17 double-doubles…Led or shared the team lead in scoring 10 times, rebounding 34 times, and in blocks 31 times.

2010-11: Averaged 10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg and 25.4 mpg in 80 games split between Orlando and Phoenix...Made his Suns debut vs. Miami (12/23), but didn’t become the Suns’ starting center until March 27... Averaged 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds in 11 games as a starter...Had 17-straight double-digit scoring efforts before joining starting lineup, which was the second-longest streak by an NBA reserve that season (James Harden-18)...Tallied a career-high 23 double-doubles, including an NBA-best and franchise-record 17 off the bench...Also became just one of four NBA players in the last six seasons to record 15 or more double-doubles off the bench (Udonis Haslem, Kevin Love, David Lee)...Joined A.C. Green (1993-94, 10), Maurice Lucas (1984-85, 15) and Mel Counts (1970-71, 10) as the only Suns reserves in franchise history with 10 or more double-doubles in a single season...Became the first Suns reserve in 26 years to rack up 16 or more rebounds in consecutive games (3/8-3/10) since Maurice Lucas in January 1985...His 17-straight double-digit scoring efforts was the longest streak by Suns reserve since Dan Majerle’s 31-game stretch (February 3-April 14, 1992) and the fourth-longest in franchise history...In addition to 23 double-doubles, finished the first 55 games of his Suns tenure with 43 double-digit scoring efforts (joined the Suns with six career double-doubles and 12 double-digit scoring efforts in 175 career games with Orlando)...Finished with seven games of 20+ points on the season, after joining the Suns with a career high of 16 points... Tallied three 20 point-15 rebound games...Collected double-figure scoring in 26 of last 27 games, after joining the Suns with 12 career double-digit scoring efforts.

2009-10: Appeared in 81 games with Orlando, averaging 3.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 13.4 mpg...Also played in all 14 play­off outings, averaging 3.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 15.1 mpg…Led (or tied) the team in rebounding six times…Scored in double figures twice, including a career-high-tying 16 points on April 14 vs. Philadelphia…Recorded double figures in rebounding four times, including a season-best 12 rebounds vs. ATL (1/9) and on February 10 at CHI (2/10)…Had at least one blocked shot 40 times and two-or-more blocks 19 times, including a season-high four blocks three times, the last on January 22 vs. Sacramento…Tallied a career-high-tying two steals twice, the last time at Philadelphia (3/1).

2008-09: Played in 63 games with the Magic, averaging 3.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 12.6 mpg…Made three starts, averaging 10.0 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1.7 apg and 3.0 bpg in 33.7 mpg during that span…During the playoffs, appeared in all 24 games, averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 11.3 mpg, helping the Magic reach the NBA Finals…Led (or tied) the team in rebound­ing seven times, including a career-high 18 rebounds at Milwaukee (4/13)…Scored in double figures seven times, including a career-high 16 points (and had 13 boards) at GSW (12/15)…Posted four double-doubles…Blocked at least one shot 32 times, including a career-high five blocks at UTH (12/13)…DNP-CD 17 times…On the Inactive List twice: once due to a sprained left ankle (12/5) and once with no injury (11/22)…In the postseason, made one start at PHI (4/30), tallying playoff career-highs of 11 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes…Recorded playoff career-high four blocks at L.AL (6/4).

2007-08: Played in six games during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 3.0 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 6.8 mpg….Also appeared in eight games during the NBA Playoffs, averaging 1.3 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 6.0 mpg….Became just the third player from Poland to ever appear in an NBA regular season game vs. New York (3/1), where he recorded two points and one rebound in two minutes…Tallied first double-double of career with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes on vs. WAS (4/16)…On the Inactive List for 73 games and DNP-CD three times…Assigned to Anaheim of the NBA Development League on (11/20)...With Anaheim, averaged 9.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 27.8 mpg, while shooting .488 (21-43) from the field in five games…Recalled (12/2).

2006-07: Played in 14 games with Koln in Euroleauge action, averaging 10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.1 bpg, while shooting .596 from the field…Also played in 44 games with Koln in the German League, averaging 8.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg, while shooting .575 from the floor.

2005-06: Played in 34 games with Koln, averaging 6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.10 bpg in 19.6 mpg…Also played in 15 games during FIBA EuroCup play, averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 26.7 mpg.

2004-05: Averaged 5.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 29 games…Also played in 12 games during ULEP Cup action, averaging 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.25 bpg.

PLAYOFFS: Has appeared in 57 career playoff games (12 starts)…Averaged a career-high 13.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game during the 2014 NBA Playoffs…Posted career-highs in points (31) and rebounds (16) in Game 5 of the Wizards’ second round series versus Indiana…Went 13-of-15 (.867) from the field which now ranks as the highest field goal percentage by a player with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in playoff history. He also became the first foreign born player in the Eastern Conference with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game since Patrick Ewing did it on May 18, 1997.

PERSONALLY: Name pronounced MAR-chin GORE-tot…Grew up in Lodz, Poland…Son of legendary Polish boxer Janusz Gortat, who was a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the lightweight division…The elder Gortat was defeat­ed by eventual winner Leon Spinks (USA) in the 1976 Olympics…Nicknamed the Polish Machine…Mother is Alicja and brother is Phillip...Honored by the Polish minister of foreign affairs and Poland’s ambassador to the United States for his contributions to representing the best of Poland on and off the court...Growing up, his basketball idol was Shaq and began his career in Orlando…Wears a shoe size 15…Lists favorite food as “Polish food made by Mom or Grandma” and his favorite restaurant is Fogo de Chao...Has visited U.S. and Polish military members in Afghanistan…As a child, favorite subject in school was English…Favorite college team is Duke and favorite NFL team is the Atlanta Falcons… Favorite movie is 300…If he wasn’t an NBA player, says he would be a Marine…or a model.

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