(born November 5, 1986, in Rouen
) is a French
player, currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks
of the NBA
. At 6'11" and 230 lbs, he plays the position of power forward
. He formerly played for the San Antonio Spurs
Mahinmi was born to a Beninese
father who helped other Africans immigrate to France and a Jamaican
mother who taught preschool. Mahinmi preferred playing soccer as a child along with his older brother, but eventually switched to playing basketball. He was 6 feet tall when he was 14 years old. He also played some volleyball.
French basketball career
Mahinmi made his impression on international scouts at the 2004 Under-18 European Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. It was there that he first caught the attention of international scouts, including San Antonio Spurs
scout Sam Presti
. After playing with the French national team he signed his first contract with the club STB Le Havre
(France). He played three seasons with Le Havre, averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2005–06.
In the summer of 2006, he signed a contract to play for Pau Orthez
in France's top professional league. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in the 2006–07 season, helping the team win the French Cup.
Mahinmi was selected 28th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft
by the San Antonio Spurs
, which surprised... Read More