Team Member Information
MARCH 2010 - MARK BLOUNT WAIVED BY MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
TRADED TO MIAMI HEAT OCTOBER 2007 - BACK ON TIMBERWOLVES ROSTER 2009.
Mark Blount was born November 30, 1975 in Yonkers, New York. Blount played collegiate basketball for two years at the University of Pittsburgh where he played in 56 games. At Pittsburgh, he averaged 6.4 points per game and led his teams in blocks. Blount recorded 78 blocks in the 1996-97 season, ranking him second in the Big East Conference and 20th in the nation.
After being signed and waived several times, Mark Blount officially started his professional basketball career when he signed with the Boston Celtics as a free agent on August 1, 2000. He led the team with 76 blocks that season, the most by a Celtics rookie since Kevin McHale in 1980-81. His best season was the 2003-04 NBA season, where he emerged as a dependable center putting up 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.29 blocks per game. Mark Blount played with the Celtics in many playoff games including the 2004 Eastern Conference Playoffs vs. Indiana. In that series, he averaged 12.0 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 2.00 blocks per game. He recorded double-doubles in two of the Celtics four playoff games, scoring a playoff career-high 21 points to go along with a playoff career-high 13 rebounds April 25 in game four. He picked up his nickname, “Big Basic,” during his best years with the Boston Celtics.
After being rewarded with a lucrative contract in the next off season, Blount's performance decreased. His poor defense and rebounding, along with his tendency to turn the ball over led to criticism concerning a perceived "lack of heart" on his part. On January 26, 2006, it was announced that Mark Blount, Ricky Davis, Marcus Banks, and Justin Reed, and two conditional second-round draft picks were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Wally Szczerbiak, Michael Olowokandi and Dwayne Jones and a conditional first-round draft pick.
As of January 20th, 2007, Blount is averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in the 2006-2007 campaign and is proving to be a solid teammate for Kevin Garnett. Despite playing the center position, Blount is often more effective when utilizing his reliable mid-range jump shot than as a true post player. Blount claims that the TD Banknorth Garden is his favorite arena to play in, while Portland’s Rose Garden is the toughest. Let’s hope Mark Blount can continue to rock his home court at the Target Center and crush every arena that he plays in! Mark Blount is a key component in the Minnesota Timberwolves plan to win a NBA Championship!
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