Biography

 
PRO CAREER
 
2009-10: Appeared in 65 games (65 starts), averaging a career-best 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.45 blocks in a career-best 30.4 minutes … Ranked among league leaders in FG% (5th/.570) … Posted 17 20+ point games … Recorded 21 double-doubles… Grabbed 10+ rebounds 21 times … Led team in points six times, rebounds 18 times, assists twice, steals six times, blocks 30 times and minutes seven times … Recorded 26 points and 13 rebounds 10/27 vs. LA Clippers … Posted 17 points, 17 rebounds and a career-high tying 5 assists 11/4 at Houston … Scored 2,000th career point, tallying 26 points and 15 rebounds 11/12 vs. Phoenix … Finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high tying 5 blocks 11/15 vs. Houston … Scored 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting 1/3 vs. Dallas, becoming first Laker to convert all his field goals (minimum 8 attempts) since November of 1997 … Posted 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds 1/10 vs. Milwaukee … Posted a season-high 27 points (12-14 FG) and 12 rebounds, becoming the first NBA player on the year to shoot at least 85% from the field (min. 10 attempts) while recording at least 10 rebounds in a game 1/27 at Indiana … Posted 11 points (4-5 FG) and 5 rebounds before leaving in 3rd quarter with left Achilles strain 3/19 vs. Minnesota … Missed two games (11/6-11/8) with a strained right elbow, two games (2/8-2/10) with a bruised right hip) and 13 games (3/21-4/14) with a left Achilles strain ... Appeared in 23 playoff games (23 starts), averaging 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 24.4 minutes ... In playoffs, scored in double figures 10 times including two 20+ point games ... Recorded four playoff double-doubles ... Recorded a playoff career-high tying 21 points and 11 rebounds 4/27 vs. OKC … Posted 17 points and playoff career-highs 14 rebounds and 4 blocks 5/4 vs. UTAH … Totaled playoff career-highs in points (21), blocks (7) and minutes (39) 6/6 vs. BOS.

2008-09: Appeared in 50 games (50 starts), averaging 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.80 blocks in 28.9 minutes … At time of injury (1/31), ranked among league leaders in rebounds (19th/8.2), FG% (8th/.558) and blocks (6th/1.87) … Posted seven 20+ point games, including one 40+ point game … Recorded 16 double-doubles… Grabbed 10+ rebounds 19 times … Led team in scoring five times, in rebounding 18 times, in assists three times and in blocks 31 times … Posted a season-high 17 rebounds 11/5 vs. LA Clippers … 8th youngest player to 1,000 career rebounds 11/18 vs. Chicago … Handed out a career-high tying five assists 11/21 vs. Denver … Scored 24 points (go-ahead tip-in with 18.5 seconds) 1/11 vs. Miami … Recorded a career-high 42 points (17-24 FG) and 15 rebounds 1/21 at LA Clippers, becoming 1st Laker aside from Kobe Bryant to reach 40-point mark since 2003 … Earned 1st career Western Conference Player of the Week award for games played 1/19 – 1/25 … Totaled 24 points, 14 rebounds and a season-high 6 blocks 1/27 vs. Charlotte … Suffered torn MCL, right knee 1/31 at Memphis … Missed 32 games (2/2/09 - 4/7/09) with torn MCL, right knee ... In 23 playoff games (18 starts), averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.91 blocks in 17.4 minutes.

2007-08: Appeared in 35 games (25 starts), averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.06 blocked shots in 28.8 minutes ... Prior to his injury 1/13 vs. Memphis, ranked among league leaders in rebounds (11th), FG% (1st) and blocks (9th) … Scored in double-figures 27 times including five 20+ point games … Grabbed 10+ rebounds 21 times ... Posted 18 double-doubles … Led team in scoring once, 25 times in rebounds and twice in assists … Posted a career-high tying seven blocked shots 12/2 vs. Orlando … Totaled 24 points (10-11 FG) and 11 rebounds 12/21 at Philadelphia, becoming 7th youngest player in league history to 1,000 career points at 20 years, 55 days ... Totaled a season-high 28 points (11-13 FG), 12 rebounds, a season-high four assists and two blocks 12/25 vs. Phoenix … Recorded 25 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and three blocks 1/11 vs. Milwaukee … Missed one game (12/4) due to gastroenteritis and the final 46 games of the season (1/14 - 4/15) with a subluxated patella, left knee.
 
2006-07: Appeared in 82 games (53 starts), averaging 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.56 blocks in 21.9 minutes ... Ranked among league leaders in blocks (18th/1.56) … Posted 10 double-doubles … Led team in scoring once and in rebounds 23 times … In first career start, recorded 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five assists in 24 minutes 10/31 vs. Phoenix … Recorded first career double-double with a season-high 20 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots 11/7 vs. Minnesota … Posted 11 points, a season-high 16 rebounds and career-high tying seven blocked shots in 39 minutes 1/26 vs. Charlotte … Averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in five playoff games.

2005-06: Appeared in 46 games, averaging 1.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.48 blocks in 7.3 minutes ... Became youngest player to ever play in an NBA regular season game at 18 years and six days, recording two rebounds and two blocked shots in five minutes 11/2 at Denver … Scored first NBA basket on a dunk, finishing with four points in 18 minutes 11/20 vs. Chicago … Tallied six points and season-highs in rebounds (6) and minutes (21) 11/29 at San Antonio … Recorded a season-high 16 points (7-7 FG) in 12 minutes 1/31 at New York.

HIGH SCHOOL
 
Elected to enter the NBA directly from high school (St. Joseph HS, NJ) ... Averaged 22.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a senior at St. Joseph HS (Metuchen, N.J.) ... Named a 2005 McDonald’s High School All-American ... Tallied nine points and five rebounds in 11 minutes at the McDonald’s High School All-American Game ... Scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Gray squad at the Jordan Classic.

PERSONAL
 
Youngest player ever selected in the NBA Draft and youngest player to ever play in an NBA regular season game at 18 years and 6 days 11/2 at Denver ... Originally committed to Connecticut where he planned to major in business ... Nicknamed “A-Train” in high school ... Has one brother, Corey ... Enjoys reading, computers and listening to hip/hop music ... Played the piano for two years ... Outside of basketball, also enjoys playing tennis and golf ... Person he most admires is his mother Janet ... Lists greatest personal achievement as being drafted by the Lakers and becoming an NBA basketball player ... Lists “Entourage” as his favorite television show ... Wears size 18 shoes ... Met fans and helped with the NBA Skills Challenge competition while participating in the NBA Nation Tour (a mobile playground traveling the country coast-to-coast) during its stop in Los Angeles in the summer of 2007 ... Active in several Lakers Youth Foundation initiatives such as Read To Achieve and A Season of Giving ... Participated in the 4th annual HOLA BOWLA Charity Bowling fundraiser co-presented by the Los Angeles Lakers and Fox Sports en Español to benefit the Central City Basketball Association, an inner-city youth league which is proudly sponsored by the Lakers Youth Foundation and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) ... Unveiled the 12th Lakers Reading and Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of East LA during the 2008-09 preseason ... Served Thanksgiving Dinner to members of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice in November of 2008.