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Zabian Dowdell
PG/SG - 6'3, 200lbs - 39 years old - 1 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2020 season
  • Birthdate: 09/10/1984
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2007
  • Pre-draft team: Virginia Tech
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
9th August, 2007FranceSigned a one year contract with Nancy.
15th June, 2008FranceSigned a one year contract with Montferrato.
16th December, 2009D-LeagueAcquired by Tulsa 66ers.
18th January, 2010D-LeagueLeft Tulsa 66ers.
20th January, 2010SpainSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2011 with Unicaja Malaga. Included team option for 2010/11.
30th June, 2010SpainUnicaja Malaga declined 2010/11 team option.
27th September, 2010NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Phoenix,
19th October, 2010NBAWaived by Phoenix.
30th October, 2010D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Tulsa 66ers.
9th January, 2011NBASigned a 10 day contract with Phoenix.
27th January, 2011NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Phoenix.
6th February, 2011NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2012 with Phoenix.
13th December, 2011NBAWaived by Phoenix.
16th January, 2012TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season with Anadolu Efes.
17th January, 2012TurkeySigning cancelled.
29th February, 2012SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Unicaja Malaga.
26th July, 2012RussiaSigned a one year contract with Enisey.
3rd December, 2013LithuaniaSigned for the remainder of the season with Lietuvos Rytas.
19th August, 2014BelgiumSigned a one year contract with Spirou Charleroi.
16th July, 2015RussiaSigned a one year contract with Zenit St Petersburg.
28th August, 2016ItalySigned a one year contract with Cantu.
21st July, 2017RussiaSigned a one year contract with Enisey.
Career Moves
2003 - 2007Virginia Tech (NCAA)
July 2007Seattle Supersonics (Summer League)
August 2007 - June 2008Nancy (France)
July 2008Sacramento Kings (Summer League)
July 2008 - June 2009Montferrato (Italy, LegaDue)
July 2009Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
December 2009 - January 2010Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
January 2010 - June 2010Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
July 2010Phoenix Suns (Summer League)
September 2010 - October 2010Phoenix Suns (NBA)
October 2010 - January 2011Tulsa 66ers (D-League)
January 2011 - December 2011Phoenix Suns (NBA)
January 2012Anadolu Efes (Turkey)
February 2012 - June 2012Gran Canaria (Spain)
July 2012Minnesota Timberwolves (Summer League)
July 2012 - June 2013Enisey (Russia)
December 2013 - June 2014Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
August 2014 - June 2015Spirou Charleroi (Belgium)
July 2015 - June 2016Zenit St Petersburg (Russia)
August 2016 - June 2017Cantu (Italy)
July 2017 - presentEnisey (Russia)
Articles about Zabian Dowdell

January 10, 2011

A mere 48 hours after the Top 101 Ten Day Contract Candidates list was completed, the Phoenix Suns went and signed somebody that wasn't on it. Clearly, 20 would not have been enough.

With the second signed ten day contract of the season - the Clippers used the first to re-sign Jarron Collins - Phoenix called up guard Zabian Dowdell from the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League, re-signing a player they had only recently cut in training camp.

Dowdell did not make the initial list, perhaps in part due to an oversight, but because his numbers thus far this season had not been overwhelming. Playing on the incredibly deep 66ers roster, Dowds averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.8 turnovers in 29 minutes per game, shooting 41% from the field and 31% from three, with 261 points on 230 shots. The assist to turnover ratio was nice, and the defense as present as ever, yet Dowdell's individual scoring ability has not been there. Nevertheless, Phoenix now gives a regular season look to this long-coveted player for them, who should fit in nicely with an up-tempo game, and defend better than the Nash/Dragic point guard combo (which, while awesome, only impacts one end).

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October 6, 2010

Dowdell's stock has been plummeting for three years, and last year was no different. After injury prevented him from signing with the Suns, Dowdell went to the D-League, where he put up rather pedestrian averages of 13/3 (perhaps still recovering from the injury). He was soon bought out of his D-League contract by Spanish giant Unicaja Malaga, but didn't play particularly well there, averaging 6.4 points and 1.9 assists in 21 games, recording 134 points on 138 shots. Dowdell is best defensively and in transition, two things the Suns require; he's also a good slasher, a fairly high IQ player, with good energy and a great wingspan. He ticks most of the boxes, even if he could be a better outside shooter. There's a reason his stock is as high as it was. However, after a couple of down years (he scored 20ppg in 2008-09, but was only in the Italian second division for some reason), the now 26 year old Dowdell needs to make his biggest moves now. With a legitimate chance of making the Suns team, though, this might be that.

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July 12, 2010

Zabian Dowdell

The Suns were going to bring in Dowdell for training camp last year, were it not for an injury that Dowdell suffered before it started. The injury kept him on the shelf until mid-December, when he returned to play with the D-League's Tulsa 66ers and averaged 12.9 points/3.7 assists. Dowdell then moved to Euroleague calibre team Unicaja Malaga, but struggled mightily over there. In 21 ACB games, Dowdell averaged only 6.4 points and 1.7 assists per game, shooting only 36% from the field and 24% from three point range. Dowdell is best defensively and usually a better shooter than that, yet it's worrying numbers in Dowdell's highest standard of play to date.

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January 28, 2010

- Zabian Dowdell

Dowdell spent last year in the Italian second division, which was perhaps an odd place for him to be given that he is capable of more than that. Dowdell got injured in the summer, which kept him out of action for a few months, and then last month he joined up with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per games for the team, but only lasted for 10 games before moving on to Unicaja Malaga to pair up with Juan Dixon above. In 23 minutes of 2 games for Malaga, Dowdell has totalled 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

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