Hamed Haddadi
Hamed Haddadi
Haddadi playing for the Suns.
Sichuan Blue Whales
Position Center
League CBA
Personal information
Born May 19, 1985 (1985-05-19) (age 32)
Ahvaz, Iran
Nationality: Iran Flag Iranian
Listed height: 7 ft 2 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight: 254 lbs (116 kg)
Career information
Pre-draft team Saba Mehr Qazvin BC (Iran)
NBA Draft 2004 / Undrafted
Years active 18 years (1999-present)
Career history
Years Team
1999-2002 Shahin Ahvaz
2002-2003 Paykan
2003 Al-Wasl
2003-2004 Paykan
2004 Sanam
2004-2007 Paykan
2007-2008 Saba Battery
2008-2012 Memphis Grizzlies
2008-2009 Dakota Wizards
2012-2013 Phoenix Suns
2013 Foolad Mahan Isfahan (Iran)
2013-present Sichuan Blue Whales (China)
Career highlights and awards

Hamed Haddadi (born May 19, 1985) is an Iranian Professional basketball player who plays at Center. He is 2.18 m (7'2") in height. Haddadi is the first Iranian to play in the NBA and is the second to play professional basketball in the United States after Behdad Sami.


Career in Iran

In August 2007, Haddadi rejected a contract offer from the Serbian League team Partizan Belgrade. [1]

NBA career

Haddadi received offers from NBA teams prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics and stated he would sign with a team after the games. [2] Complications existed because of legal restrictions regarding business dealings between U.S. companies and Iranian citizens. [3]On August 28, 2008, Haddadi signed with the NBA club the Memphis Grizzlies as a free-agent. Haddadi scored four points in 17 minutes of action in his first NBA preseason game, an October 7, 2008 loss at the Houston Rockets. [4][5]

Haddadi averaged 1.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes in six preseason games with the Grizzlies, and made his regular season debut on December 30, when he played 4 minutes in a loss against the Phoenix Suns, hitting both of his free throws and grabbing one rebound. [6][7] He was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League (D-League) between November and December 2008. [8]

On November 25, 2008, Memphis assigned Haddadi to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. On Tuesday, December 23, Haddadi was recalled by the Grizzlies. [8]

National team

He was one of the top players on the Iranian national basketball team at the FIBA Asia Championship 2007 in Japan.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he led the tournament with the highest average blocked shots per game and rebounds per game, the latter by a wide margin.

Basketball clubs

Awards and achievements

National team



External links

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