After two disappointing seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Ian Mahinmi was waived by San Antonio and was eventually picked up by the Dallas Mavericks to add depth to their big man rotation.
The 6-foot-11 center from France was selected at the 28th pick by the Spurs in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft.
Mahinmi saw his first NBA action in 2007-08, when he played in six games for the Spurs. That season, he played in 46 games for the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
His 2008-09 season was wiped out by a recurring ankle injury.
In his last season in San Antonio, he played in 26 games for the Spurs and averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Signed by the Mavericks this offseason, Mahinmi remains a project, he averaged 3.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 56 regular season games with the Mavericks.
Mahinmi played in three of the Mavericks’ six games in the NBA finals. He logged 11 minutes in the title clinching game, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and committing five personal fouls.
He made a foul-line jumper as time expired in the third period to stretch the Mavericks lead 81-72 entering the final quarter.
A game that was eventually won by the Mavericks 105-95 over the Miami Heat to win their first ever NBA title.
Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 27 points while Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and 11 boards. Mahinmi won his first NBA championship in just his first season with the Mavericks.