Demond Mallet

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Demond Mallet
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Mallet with Joventut in 2009
Personal information
Born (1978-02-22) February 22, 1978 (age 41)
Leesville, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolLeesville (Leesville, Louisiana)
CollegeMcNeese State (1997–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Undrafted
Playing career2001–2017
PositionPoint guard
Number0, 7, 5, 20, 99, 55, 12, 9, 11
Career history
2001–2004Energy Braunschweig
2004–2006GHP Bamberg
2006–2007Rhein-Energie Cologne
2007–2009Joventut Badalona
2009–2010Türk Telekom
2010–2011Spirou Charleroi
2011–2012Maccabi Tel Aviv
2012Spirou Charleroi
2012–2013Artland Dragons
2013–2014Spirou Charleroi
2014–2016Joventut Badalona
2017SLUC Nancy
Career highlights and awards

Dayon Demond Mallet (born February 22, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at McNeese State University. Mallet spent 17 seasons as a professional player, in multiple European leagues afterwards, and won multiple championships and was named the Most Valuable Player of several competitions.[1]

Mallet won a German League championship, and the German Cup title. He also won the ULEB Cup championship (which is now called the EuroCup), and he won the prestigious Spanish King's Cup title, with the team Joventut Badalona. Joventut later honored Mallet in his last game with the team.[2] Mallet also won the Belgian League MVP in 2011, and the Belgium League championship that same year.

High school[edit]

Mallet attended Leesville High, in Leesville, Louisiana, where he played high school basketball.

College career[edit]

After high school, Mallet enrolled at McNeese State University, where he played college basketball with the McNeese State Cowboys. He was a NCAA Division I All-American Honorable Mention in 2001. He was also named the Southland Conference's Player of the Year, of the 2000–01 season. Mallet was inducted in the McNeese State University Hall of Fame in 2012.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After college, Mallett played in the 2001 NBA Summer League, with the Detroit Pistons' summer league squad. He also played in the 2002 NBA Summer League, with the summer league squad of the Boston Celtics. Mallet played several years in Germany, in the Bundesliga, the country's premier basketball league, but later moved to Spain, and then Turkey; and in 2010, Belgium, where he signed a two-year contract, to reportedly become the highest-paid player in Belgium at the time.

In December 2011, he moved from the Belgium club, during the 2011–12 season, where he was rated as one of the best point guards in the EuroLeague that season, to Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Israel, with whom he signed a one-year contract.[4] In April 2012, after not getting enough playing time in the rotation of Maccabi Tel Aviv, he returned to Spirou Charleroi, through the end of the 2011–12 season.[5] The following year, Mallet signed a two-year deal with the Artland Dragons, which was rumored to be the largest contract ever given to a point guard in the German Basketball League. He returned to Spirou again, after that season, and then became a player of FIATC Joventut, where he worked as a player-coach. Mallet was honored by Joventut, at the club's arena, on May 22, 2016, with a banner and retirement of his jersey, for all of his accomplishments with the club.[6]

On January 10, 2017, Mallet signed with the French club SLUC Nancy, for the rest of the 2016–17 Pro A season.[7] After last playing in 2017, he officially announced his retirement from playing professional basketball, in February 2018.[8]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

College[edit]

Professional[edit]

Personal[edit]

Mallet is a cousin of former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal.

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