Serge Ibaka Speaker Profile
Serge Ibaka Biography
Serge Ibaka was born September 18, 1989 in Brazzaville,Republic of the Congo, commonly referred to as Serge Ibaka, is a Congolesebasketball player, playing the power forward position for the Oklahoma CityThunder of the NBA. Ibaka was drafted by the Thunder's former incarnation, theSeattle SuperSonics with the 24th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is the 3rdyoungest among 18 siblings, and did not speak much English when he first wentto Oklahoma City. Ibaka was the winner of the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest onFebruary 19, 2011.
He was selected by the Seattle Supersonics with the 24thpick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He became the first player from the Republic ofCongo to be selected in the draft, although the Oklahoma City Thunder (the teamthat inherited the Sonics' place in the NBA) agreed to keep him in Europe. Hethen signed a three year contract with Ricoh Manresa from the ACB League inSpain, keeping the option to leave for the NBA after each season. In the ACB,he averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1 block in 16 minutes per game.
In July, 2009, the Oklahoma City Thunder paid the buyout,and signed him to a two year contract with two more optional seasons.
Ibaka, who spoke no English when he first arrived to theNBA, depended on the help of teammate Moses Ehambe to translate for him. Aftera long dedicated year of learning English in addition to the NBA game, Ibakanow speaks a total of four languages: Lingala (native language), French,Spanish, and English.
Although coming to the NBA as a raw talent, Ibaka hasmanaged to become a regular in the Oklahoma City Thunder rotation. Ibaka is oftenused for his energy in the paint, whether on defense or rebounding. In hisfirst NBA season, Ibaka played 18.1 minutes per game in 73 games, averaging 6.3points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. His blocks average led allrookies in the 2009-2010 season, and he ranked number 20 overall. In the firstround of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers, he played in 6 games,averaging 25.5 minutes, 7.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. His 7blocks in game two in Los Angeles was a record (youngest player to have 7blocks in playoff game).
On January 6th, 2011, Serge Ibaka was chosen to perform inthe 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
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