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Festus Ezeli - C, 6'11, 255
Portland Trail Blazers - Signed as a free agent in July 2016
       Date of birth: 10/21/1989
       Country: Nigeria
     Drafted (NBA): 30th pick, 2012
     Out of: Vanderbilt
  NBA Experience: 4 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
2012 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 30th overall by Golden State.
6th July, 2012 NBA Signed four year, $5,209,508 rookie scale contract with Golden State. Included team options for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
25th October, 2013 NBA Golden State exercised 2014/15 team option.
30th October, 2014 NBA Golden State exercised 2015/16 team option.
28th January, 2015 D-League Assigned by Golden State to Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
2nd February, 2015 D-League Recalled by Golden State from Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
7th July, 2016 NBA Signed a two year, $** contract with Golden State.
When: Where:
2007 - 2012 Vanderbilt (NCAA)
June 2012 - June 2016 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2016 - present Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
From blog:


   An Unnecessarily Exhaustive Guide To The 2010/11 NCAA Tournament, Part 1: Southwestern Region
2011-03-15

Vanderbilt lost their best big man to graduation over the summer, Australian centre A.J. Ogilvy. Yet despite what should have been a heavy loss, the inside game remains one of their greatest strengths.

This is mainly due to Ogilvy's former backup, Festus Ezeli, who was one of the most improved players in the nation this season. Ezeli has NBA centre size, listed at 6'11 255lbs and looking every bit that size, and plays a true centres game. He is a prolific shotblocker, recording 2.6 blocks in only 23 minutes per game, and is strong, athletic and aggressive. In fact, he's too aggressive, which is why he only plays 23 minutes per game; he manages to foul 3.0 times a game in that time. Where Ezeli has improved most notably is in his offensive game. Playing exclusively in the post, like the old school centre that he is, Ezeli has developed from being a mere finisher into a decent creator down low, able to get position, create spacing with improved footwork, and drop in the hook shot. The only problem with this is that when the guards feed him in the post, they never get it back.

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   2012 NBA Draft Diary
2012-06-30

Pick 30: The last pick in the first round is Festus Ezeli, who has outperformed Fab Melo in their careers to date, but who disappointed in his senior season, not helped by injury problems and a ridiculous suspension. Ezeli isn't here, which is just as well, because the David Stern quad boo was again in full effect, which would have tarnished things for Festus.

Ezeli struggles badly with turnover and foul problems, yet the latter of these is less problematic in a limited minutes player, which Ezeli will be. Golden State's long time search for a centre - which this year included the bizarre signings of Mickell Gladness and Mikki Moore - looks to be over, with Andrew Bogut the starter and Ezeli the projected backup. Now, they can finally use the amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins.

Oh no wait, they already used it Charlie Bell. Good talk.

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