"Rook, I am the best shooter in the league. In the league, understand? And you're up here trying to tell me something?" - Larry Bird to Reggie Miller, as Reggie tried to distract Bird between free throws.

25  -  Dionte Christmas - SG, 6'5, 205
Free agent - Last played with Phoenix (2014)
       Date of birth: 09/15/1986
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2009
     Out of: Temple
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2005 - 2009 Temple (NCAA)
July 2009 L.A. Clippers (Summer League)
July 2009 New Jersey Nets/Philadelphia 76ers (Summer League, joint team)
September 2009 - October 2009 Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
January 2010 - June 2010 Hapoel Afula (Israel)
July 2010 Sacramento Kings (Summer League)
August 2010 - January 2011 Mersin (Turkey)
February 2011 - April 2011 Nymburk (Czech Republic)
April 2011 - June 2011 PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece)
October 2011 - June 2012 A.G.O Rethymno (Greece)
July 2012 Boston Celtics (Summer League)
July 2012 - October 2012 Boston Celtics (NBA)
November 2012 - February 2013 CSKA Moscow (Russia)
April 2013 - June 2013 Siena (Italy)
July 2013 Utah Jazz (Summer League)
July 2013 Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
September 2013 - July 2014 Phoenix Suns (NBA)

28th September, 2009 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Philadelphia.
21st October, 2009 NBA Waived by Philadelphia.
4th January, 2010 Israel Signed for the remainder of the season with Hapoel Afula.
3rd August, 2010 Turkey Signed a one year contract with Mersin.
28th January, 2011 Turkey Left Mersin.
13th February, 2011 Czech Republic Signed for the remainder of the season with CEZ Nymburk.
5th April, 2011 Czech Republic Left CEZ Nymburk.
5th April, 2011 Greece Signed for the remainder of the season with PAOK Thessaloniki.
18th October, 2011 Greece Signed for the remainder of the season with A.G.O Rethymno.
23rd July, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Boston.
16th October, 2012 NBA Waived by Boston.
3rd November, 2012 Russia Signed for the remainder of the season with CSKA Moscow.
21st February 2013 Russia Released by CSKA Moscow.
11th April, 2013 Italy Signed for the remainder of the season with Siena.
13th September, 2013 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Phoenix.
24th July, 2014 NBA Waived by Phoenix.

From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010 Summer League

- Dionte Christmas - Signed in Turkey with Mersin.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 13

- Dionte Christmas

Christmas went undrafted this summer and later signed with the Sixers for training camp. Yet despite the Sixers' obvious need for a shooter, they decided they'd rather save the money and run with a 13 man roster than they would pay the rookie minimum to Dionte Christmas. That must have stung. What will have stung more was Christmas getting arrested the very next day while driving Marreese Speights' car, which contained an unloaded gun, also registered to Speights. Not a good day's fishing.

After a few weeks on the shelf - in which time he was rumoured to be moving to Germany, although he then didn't - Christmas signed with Hapoel Holon in Israel at the start of this month. He's played in one game for the team, totalling 12 points and 5 assists, shooting 3-10 from the field and 1-7 from outside.

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   2013 Summer League rosters, Orlando Summer Pro League - Utah

Dionte Christmas

After (and because of) his summer league performance last year, Christmas signed a contract with the Celtics that had a 50% guarantee in year one. Nevertheless, he was waived anyway. He then signed with the powerhouse CSKA Moscow, struggled somewhat (though did shoot 56% from three in Euroleague play), left partway through the season and joined fellow Italian powerhouse Montepaschi Siena for the final two months. Christmas played nine games with Siena and had chronological scoring outputs of 2, 7, 5, 30 (in 27 minutes on 13 shots), 2, 0, 0, 0 and 0. Make of that what you will.

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   Deadline looms for these unguaranteed players

Phoenix - Dionte Christmas: Unable to get many minutes on the upstart and healthy Suns team, Christmas has nonetheless earned his way back into the NBA, and is better than Archie Goodwin at this point. If Christmas is waived, it is to protect their other investment.

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