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Ekpe Udoh
C - 6'10, 245lbs - 35 years old - 7 years of NBA experience
Signed in Italy - Signed with Virtus Bologna
  • Birthdate: 05/20/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 6th pick, 2010
  • Pre-draft team: Baylor
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Mike Silverman/Brandon Grier (Athlete Management Group)
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
2010 NBA DraftNBADrafted 6th overall by Golden State.
7th July, 2010NBASigned four year, $14,354,428 rookie scale contract with Golden State. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
29th June, 2011NBAGolden State exercised 2012/13 team option.
21st November, 2011IsraelSigned for the duration of the NBA lockout with Bnei Hasharon.
1st December, 2011IsraelOpted out to return to the NBA.
14th March, 2012NBATraded by Golden State, along with Monta Ellis and Kwame Brown, to Milwaukee in exchange for Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut.
24th October, 2012NBAMilwaukee exercised 2013/14 team option.
3rd September, 2014NBASigned a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with L.A. Clippers.
29th July, 2015TurkeySigned a two year contract with Fenerbahce. Included team option for 2016/17.
11th July, 2016TurkeyFenerbahce exercised 2016/17 team option.
20th July, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year, $6,560,000 contract with Utah.
Career Moves
2006 - 2008Michigan (NCAA)
2008 - 2010Baylor (NCAA)
June 2010 - November 2011Golden State Warriors (NBA)
November 2011Bnei Hasharon (Israel)
November 2011 - March 2012Golden State Warriors (NBA)
March 2012 - June 2014Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
September 2014 - June 2015L.A. Clippers (NBA)
July 2015 - June 2017Fenerbahce (Turkey)
July 2017 - presentUtah Jazz (NBA)
Articles about Ekpe Udoh

March 14, 2012

[...] It is apparent, then, that Golden State assumes almost all the risk. The question, therefore, is why they were the team including the young lottery talent, when they were already paying the bigger price. They assumed all the salary, gave up the best player, took back the possible cancer, and still saw fit to include the only player in the deal with potential, Ekpe Udoh.

Udoh has looked lost for parts of his two years in the NBA, looking out-of-sorts on offense, showing scant little of the inside/outside game he had at Baylor, fouling far too often, and being indefensibly terrible as a defensive rebounder. Nevertheless, he has also shown far more on the defensive end of the floor. Even if he only ever projects to be as good as Kwame, and even if he is about to turn 25, Udoh has demonstrated good defensive potential on both face-up and back-down big men, with prolific blocked shot rates and staggering plus/minus. You don’t gift that away, even when he’s the guy you’re intending to upgrade.

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June 27, 2010

Pick 6: Speaking of the Warriors, they are up next, and draft Ekpe Udoh out of Baylor. Udoh is now on the same team as Anthony Randolph - for now, at least - which is somewhat interesting. If Randolph didn't have such insane athleticism or the ability to explosively decompress, Udoh would be a valid comparison for him.

Udoh blocked more than 4 shots a game last year, but he is not just a blocks specialist. He is also a face-up power forward with offensive ability. Bilas quickly calls him a "rim protector" - backs against the wall, lads - but there is more to Udoh than that. He scores, rebounds, runs, passes, defends the post, scores from the post, can drive the ball, and even has something of an outside jumpshot (which the Warriors will surely hone in short order). And he does all this at 6'10.

Ekpe also demonstrates range on his hug, extending his arms out fully (to the presumed delight of Jay Bilas), in readiness for a belly-busting hug with David Stern. It is my undying wish that, one day, when an overexcited player goes to hug Stern, he rises to the challenge and goes to the bro-hug back. Maybe one day we will be able to create a scene at the NBA Draft that is as splooged in latent homosexuality as when Rocky hugged Apollo for no reason in Rocky 3. Maybe.

Stu Scott announces that Udoh's middle name is "Friday," and a mid-interview caption says that this is why he wears the number 13. As an aside, Ime Udoka's middle name is Sunday. You know what to do, Golden State.

Udoh's interview only lasts one bland question; apparently Mark Jones has somewhere to be tonight. Or maybe that completely unnecessary phone rang. I really wish they did post-pick interviews all the way down to 60. I also wish they had nine rounds.

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