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Mickell Gladness
C - 6'11, 220lbs - 37 years old - 1 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2021 season
  • Birthdate: 07/26/1986
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2008
  • Pre-draft team: Alabama A&M
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
Stats
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
25th July, 2008HollandSigned a two year contract with Magixx Nijmegen.
6th May, 2009HollandReleased by Magixx Nijmegen.
4th November, 2009D-LeagueDrafted 53rd overall in the 2009 D-League Draft by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
28th September, 2010NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Miami.
11th October, 2010NBAWaived by Miami.
30th October, 2010D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
24th January, 2011D-LeagueWaived by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
29th January, 2011D-LeagueAcquired by Dakota Wizards.
2nd November, 2011D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Dakota Wizards.
2nd November, 2011D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Dakota Wizards.
9th December, 2011NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Miami.
7th February, 2012NBAWaived by Miami.
10th February, 2012D-LeagueRe-acquired by Dakota Wizards.
12th February, 2012NBASigned a 10 day contract with Miami.
28th February, 2012NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Miami.
22nd March, 2012NBASigned a 10 day contract with Golden State.
1st April, 2012NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Golden State.
7th September, 2012NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Miami.
21st October, 2012NBAWaived by Miami.
28th November, 2012D-LeagueAcquired by Santa Cruz Warriors.
27th September, 2013NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Orlando.
25th October, 2013NBAWaived by Orlando.
9th December, 2013D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Santa Cruz Warriors.
10th December, 2013D-LeagueAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Santa Cruz Warriors to Reno Bighorns in exchange for a 2014 first round pick from Maine Red Claws.
12th June, 2014AustraliaSigned a one year contract with Townsville Crocodiles.
9th February, 2015New ZealandSigned a one season contract with Canterbury Rams.
12th September, 2015IsraelSigned a one year contract with Maccabi Ashdod.
18th March, 2016ArgentinaSigned for the remainder of the season with San Lorenzo.
17th April, 2016ArgentinaReleased by San Lorenzo.
16th September, 2016EstoniaSigned a one year contract with Kalev/Cramo.
19th September, 2017SpainSigned a one year contract with Bilbao.
Career Moves
2004 - 2005Lawson State (Junior College)
2005 - 2008Alabama A&M (NCAA)
July 2008 - May 2009Magixx Nijmegen (Holland)
November 2009Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
September 2010 - October 2010Miami Heat (NBA)
October 2010 - January 2011Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
January 2011 - December 2011Dakota Wizards (D-League)
December 2011 - February 2012Miami Heat (NBA)
February 2012Dakota Wizards (D-League)
February 2012 - March 2012Miami Heat (NBA)
March 2012 - June 2012Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2012Miami Heat (Summer League)
September 2012 - October 2012Miami Heat (NBA)
November 2012 - June 2013Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
September 2013 - October 2013Orlando Magic (NBA)
December 2013Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
December 2013 - June 2014Reno Bighorns (D-League)
June 2014 - February 2015Townsville Crocodiles (Australia)
February 2015 - June 2015Canterbury Rams (New Zealand)
September 2015 - March 2016Maccabi Ashdod (Israel)
March 2016 - April 2016San Lorenzo (Argentina)
September 2016 - June 2017Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)
September 2017 - presentBilbao (Spain)
Articles about Mickell Gladness

July 13, 2013

Mickell Gladness

Turning 27 in two weeks, it's high time that Gladness lost his project status. But has he? Not really. In a full season with Santa Cruz last season, Gladness averaged 6.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, shooting 50% from the field and 54% from the line. He still retains the athleticism you can't teach, but he also still doesn't have many of the skills that you can.

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October 1, 2010

Gladness became relevant in 2006/07, when, in his second season at Southwestern Atlantic Conference team Alabama State, he averaged 7.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and a whopping 6.3 blocks per game. Included in that was an NCAA record 15 blocks in a game against Texas Southern; even if it was the only thing he did, Gladness did this one thing so well that everyone had to pay attention. He then put up 10/9/5 as a senior, before spending his first professional season in Holland, averaging 3 points and 4 rebounds for Nijmegen. Gladness spent last year in the D-League, but played only 11.8 minutes per game, averaging 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. His height, wingspan and athleticism are his virtues - while most people have wingspans roughly equal to their height, Gladness uniquely has each arm roughly equal to his height, making for a total wingspan of 14 foot 6 inches. But while this arm length is his greatest virtue, it's also his weakness, because those arms are damn thin. The same is true of his legs (not pictured). At this time, Gladness can't handle the physical play of the D-League, let alone the NBA. He will always be thin, but at this moment in time, he's Mikki-Moore-on-Rimonabant-level thin. He's also not a particularly good offensive player, save for the easy ones that avail any athletic 6'11 player. Maybe these things never change. Either way, Gladness is not ready for the NBA, and Miami knows that too.

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