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Mark Blount

NameMark Blount
Height Ft7
Height In0
Weight Lb250
PositionCenter
Birth DateNovember 30, 1975(age 41)
Birth PlaceYonkers, New York
High SchoolOak Hill Academy (Virginia)
CollegePittsburgh
NationalityAmerican
Draft Round2
Draft Pick54
Draft TeamSeattle SuperSonics
Draft Year1997
Career Start2000
Former Teams * Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) (1997) * Paris Basket Racing (France) (1997 1998) * Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL) (1998) * La Crosse Bobcats (CBA) (1998) * Baltimore Bayrunners (IBL) (1999 2000) * New Jersey Shorecats (USBL) (2000) * Boston Celtics (2000 2002, 2003 2006) * Denver Nuggets (2002 2003) * Minnesota Timberwolves (2006 2008) * Miami Heat (2007 2009)

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Mark D. Blount ( "blunt"; born November 30, 1975 in Yonkers, New York) is an American professional basketball player. Blount is a 7'0" (2.13 m) tall center and weighs 250 lb (113 kg), being a primarily offensive big man with a soft touch.

Blount spent his freshman year of high school in Summerville, SC, playing for Summerville High School. He then transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Virginia). He then went to Dobbs Ferry High School for his senior year and was named Mr. Basketball for Westchester County. He played his collegiate basketball at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted 54th overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, and spent three seasons in the minor American leagues.

He was first signed by the Boston Celtics as a free agent on August 1, 2000 and led the team with 76 blocks that season, the most by a Celtics rookie since Kevin McHale in 1980 81.

During the 2003 04 NBA season, Blount emerged as a dependable center, putting up 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.29 blocks per game in 29.3 minutes per game. He had a 28-point, 21-rebound game vs. the Orlando Magic on March 1, 2004.


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