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  • 7'1" / 255lbs
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  • 05/28/1979
  • Czech Republic
  • Undrafted, 2002
  • Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
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DateLeagueTransaction
6th September, 2000SpainSigned with Real Madrid. Spent a year on assignment with affiliate teams.
Summer 2001BelgiumSigned a one year contract with Pepinster.
Summer 2002FranceSigned a one year contract with Le Mans.
Summer 2003FranceSigned a one year contract with St. Quentin Saos.
Summer 2004FranceSigned a one year contract with Chalon.
30th June, 2005FranceSigned a one year contract with Strasbourg.
29th September, 2006NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Cleveland.
24th October, 2006NBAWaived by Cleveland.
23rd November, 2006SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Zaragoza.
10th June, 2007SpainSigned a two year extension with Zaragoza.
30th January, 2009SpainLeft Zaragoza.
31st January, 2009SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Lleida.
23rd July, 2009SpainSigned a two year contract with Melilla.
28th June, 2010SpainLeft Melilla.
11th September, 2010SpainSigned a one year contract with Ourense.
9th July, 2011SpainSigned a one year contract with Navarra.
28th July, 2012SpainSigned a second one year contract with Navarra.
17th August, 2013SlovakiaSigned a one year contract with Inter Bratislava.
29th June, 2014SlovakiaRe-signed by Inter Bratislava to a one year contract.
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1994 - 2000Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)
September 2000 - June 2001Real Madrid (Spain)
July 2001 - June 2002Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium)
July 2002 - June 2003Le Mans (France)
July 2003 - June 2004St. Quentin Saos (France, Pro B)
July 2004 - June 2005Chalon (France)
July 2005San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)
June 2005 - June 2006Strasbourg (France)
September 2006 - October 2006Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
November 2006 - January 2009Zaragoza (Spain, LEB Gold/ACB)
January 2009 - June 2009Lleida (Spain, LEB Gold)
July 2009 - June 2010Melilla (Spain, LEB Gold)
September 2010 - June 2011Ourense (Spain, LEB Gold)
July 2011 - June 2013Navarra (Spain, LEB Gold)
August 2013 - June 2015Inter Bratislava (Slovakia)
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April 29, 2010

- Ondrej Starosta

Czech Republic big man Ondrej Starosta crept onto the NBA scene in 2004-05, when he averaged as-near-as-was a double double for Chalons-en-Champagne in the French league. He was 26 years old at the time and had been a member of Real Madrid before that, so he wasn't unheard of, but he also hadn't done anything in his career before then except be 7'1 tall.

After that season, Starosta went to summer league with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. The Spurs didn't offer him a contract, so Starosta returned to France to play a year for Strasbourg, where he averaged all of 6/5. But somewhere in there, the Cavaliers had been suitably impressed to offer the 27 year old Starosta a spot on their 2006 training camp sta-roster. And it's because of that that we're here discussing him now.

Once the Cavs waived him, Starosta signed in Spain for CAI Zaragoza, at the time a LEB Gold team. He was their starting centre for the next two seasons, and helped them win promotion to the ACB for the 2008-09 season. But he averaged only 4ppg and 4.5 rpg in 15 games of ACB play before the team released him last February (replaced by Loren Woods), and Starosta returned to LEB Gold play when he signed for Plus Pujol Merida later that month. In the summer he moved to another LEB Gold team, Melilla Baloncesto, for whom he averages 9.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Melilla are second in the LEB Gold, fittingly to Zaragoza.

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