Mallet with Joventut in 2009
|Born||February 22, 1978|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Leesville (Leesville, Louisiana)|
|College||McNeese State (1997–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Number||0, 7, 5, 20, 99, 55, 12, 9, 11|
|2011–2012||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|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.
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. Mallet also won the Belgian League MVP in 2011, and the Belgium League championship that same year.
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.
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. 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. 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.
On January 10, 2017, Mallet signed with the French club SLUC Nancy, for the rest of the 2016–17 Pro A season. After last playing in 2017, he officially announced his retirement from playing professional basketball, in February 2018.
Awards and accomplishments
- 5× German League All-Star: (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- German League Champion: (2005)
- German League All-Star Game MVP: (2007)
- German Cup Winner: (2007)
- German Cup MVP: (2007)
- Spanish King's Cup Winner: (2008)
- EuroCup Champion: (2008)
- Belgian League MVP: (2011)
- Belgian League Champion: (2011)
- Israeli State Cup Winner: (2012)
- Demond Mallet Announces Retirement in Heartfelt Letter
- Badalona retired the jersey of Demond Mallet
- Leesville Native Demond Mallet Inducted into Hall of Fame,
- Maccabi Electra lands Demond Mallet.
- Demond Mallet returns to Spirou Charleroi.
- Joventut Badalona pays tribute to Demond Mallet.
- L’EXPERIENCE DEMOND MALLET ! (in French).
- Demond Mallet announces his retirement with a heartfelt letter and on February 23, 2018 Mallet was honored in ceremony by Brose Bamberg the club he helped win their first championship to enter the Euroleague.