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Damian Saunders
SF/PF - 6'7, 210lbs - 35 years old - 0 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2018 season
  • Birthdate: 11/01/1988
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2011
  • Pre-draft team: Duquesne
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
24th July, 2011GermanySigned a one year contract with Goettingen.
18th November, 2011GermanyReleased by Goettingen.
24th November, 2011HungarySigned for the remainder of the season with FS Debrecen.
9th December, 2011HungaryLeft FS Debrecen.
9th December, 2011NBASigned an unguaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Houston. Included team option for 2012/13.
15th December, 2011NBAWaived by Houston.
28th December, 2011D-LeagueAcquired by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
21st February, 2012D-LeagueWaived by Rio Grande Valley Vipers due to injury.
8th March, 2012D-LeagueRe-acquired by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
1st November, 2012D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
3rd January, 2013D-LeagueTraded by Rio Grande Valley Vipers to Sioux Falls Skyforce in exchange for Hassan Whiteside.
25th March, 2013D-LeagueWaived by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
5th April, 2013D-LeagueAcquired by Springfield Armor.
31st October, 2013D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Springfield Armor.
1st November, 2013D-LeagueTraded by Springfield Armor, along with a 2014 first round pick and a 2014 third round pick, to Delaware 87ers in exchange for the returning player rights to Jerome Dyson, a 2014 first round pick and a 2014 third round pick.
16th August, 2014JapanSigned a one year contract with Aomori Wats.
30th January, 2015JapanReleased by Aomori Watts.
2nd November, 2015D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Delaware 87ers.
17th November, 2015D-LeagueWaived by Delaware 87ers.
12th October, 2016ChileSigned for the remainder of the season with Universidad Catolica de Santiago.
2nd November, 2016ChileReleased by Universidad Catolica de Santiago.
Career Moves
2007 - 2011Duquesne (NCAA)
July 2011 - November 2011Goettingen (Germany)
November 2011 - December 2011FS Debrecen (Hungary)
December 2011Houston Rockets (NBA)
December 2011 - June 2012Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
July 2012Miami Heat (Summer League)
November 2012 - January 2013Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
January 2013 - March 2013Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
April 2013 - November 2013Springfield Armor (D-League)
November 2013 - June 2014Delaware 87ers (D-League)
August 2014 - January 2015Aomori Watts (Japan, BJ League)
November 2015Delaware 87ers (D-League)
October 2016 - November 2016Universidad Catolica (Chile)
Articles about Damian Saunders

June 23, 2011

Damian Saunders - Damian Saunders plays like Shawn Marion, if anyone can ever be said to play like the very unique Marion. He drew some attention on some underwhelming Duquesne teams, but as Duquesne merely trundled averagely through the weakened Atlantic 10, Saunders drew less attention than his peers. He also seemed to suffer from stagnated growth - his points dropped from 15.0 to 12.6, and his rebounds made an alarming tumble from 11.3 to 7.9. That's still a big number of course, and the 2.3 steals and 2.7 blocks numbers are huge. But they, too, were down on the previous season, despite the minutes going up.

Saunders is a good sized 6'7 with a long wingspan and athleticism, and projects well as a defender, able to cover both wing positions and the occasional face-up four. He has all the physical tools, save for perhaps a bit more strength, and plays hard on that end of the floor, making himself a very disruptive defender whose location on the play must always be noted. He plays hard on offense, too, but far less well - he is not a ball handler, nor a shooter, nor a post-up threat. Saunders will run the court, get put backs, and occasionally lunge wildly at the basket - even more occasionally, he'll hit the jumpshot. He is certainly trending upwards in that latter regard. But there's a long way still to go, even with just the catch-and-shoot, let alone the shot off the dribble.

If that also sounded like a description of Shawn Marion, it was supposed to. Marion was, of course, better at everything. And still is. By a long way. But the style of play is highly similar.

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