DeJuan Lamont Blair was born on April 22,1989 and is an American former professional basketball player.
36 Facts About DeJuan Blair
DeJuan Blair played college basketball for the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2007 to 2009.
DeJuan Blair played in the National Basketball Association for 7 seasons with the Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.
DeJuan Blair played in the NBA Development League and overseas in Russia, China and Argentina.
The oldest of four children, DeJuan Blair grew up in Pittsburgh's Hill District.
DeJuan Blair attended the same school as his parents, Schenley High School.
DeJuan Blair was named the AP player of the state and made first-team all-state his junior and senior year.
DeJuan Blair was named Pittsburgh City League Player of the year three times.
DeJuan Blair played in the summer leagues at Pittsburgh's Kennard Park and played a championship game in which his team played against a team led by future Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was a highly regarded basketball prospect.
DeJuan Blair's parents admitted that if they had their way, Blair would have gone to Tennessee because they liked the Volunteers' coach Bruce Pearl, and thought it would be a good idea for their son to leave the city.
DeJuan Blair himself had problems making up his mind; while considering as many as 18 different scholarship offers, he was so confused that one day he threw his cell phone across a room, breaking it.
DeJuan Blair told Dixon that they were having a family reunion at the house that day, and invited him to come, which he did.
DeJuan Blair officially announced his decision to attend Pitt at the Ammons Recreation Center, where his basketball journey began, and became the first City League player to play for Pitt since Darelle Porter from 1987 to 1991.
DeJuan Blair became the starter during his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh.
DeJuan Blair made the All-American Freshman team, helping the Panthers win the Big East Conference tournament and securing a fourth seed in the NCAA tournament.
DeJuan Blair was named the Big East Co-Rookie of the Year, earned All-Big East honorable mention honors, and was named the Big East Rookie of the Week three times.
DeJuan Blair set Pitt freshman school records for most starts, rebounds, and field goals made, and became the first freshman in Pitt history to finish with 400+ points and 300+ rebounds.
DeJuan Blair was a consensus first-team All-American selection by the Associated Press, USBWA and The Sporting News.
DeJuan Blair made the NABC's second team and finished tied for second with Tyler Hansborough for the 2009 Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, an award which was won by the eventual first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Blake Griffin.
On June 25,2009, DeJuan Blair was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with 37th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.
DeJuan Blair's stock fell because of questions surrounding his durability and knee surgeries.
DeJuan Blair participated in the 2010 Rookie Challenge, where he recorded 22 points and 23 rebounds.
DeJuan Blair started 23 games, averaging 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.
DeJuan Blair scored in double figures 28 times, including two 20-plus games, and posted 17 double-doubles, with 12 of those coming after the turn of the new year.
In September 2011, DeJuan Blair signed with BC Krasnye Krylya of Russia for the duration of the 2011 NBA lockout.
DeJuan Blair was released by the club the following month after appearing in six games.
DeJuan Blair made his displeasure clear as the season progressed and eventually played a minimal role in the Spurs' rotation.
On July 16,2014, DeJuan Blair was acquired by the Washington Wizards in a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks, a deal that sent the rights to Emir Preldzic to the Mavericks.
DeJuan Blair didn't appear in any of the Wizards' 10 playoff games and was deactivated for most of them.
On February 18,2016, DeJuan Blair was traded, along with Kris Humphries and a 2016 protected first-round draft pick, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Markieff Morris.
On September 7,2016, DeJuan Blair signed with Jiangsu Monkey King of the Chinese Basketball Association.
On January 17,2017, DeJuan Blair was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.
On February 11,2017, DeJuan Blair was traded by the Legends to the Los Angeles D-Fenders in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.
On December 14,2017, DeJuan Blair signed with San Lorenzo de Almagro of the Liga Nacional de Basquet.
On October 20,2018, DeJuan Blair was selected by the Austin Spurs in the 2018 NBA G League draft.
In Summer 2019, DeJuan Blair signed a contract with Italian team Carpegna Prosciutti Basket Pesaro, but his contract was voided by Pesaro after his appeal against a two year suspension for testing positive for oxymorphone-oxycodone was rejected by FIBA.