Born Samuel Davis Dalembert on May 10, 1981, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Last name is pronounced “DAL-uhm-behr”.
Lived in Haiti for 14 years before moving to Montreal. Sworn in as a Canadian citizen in August, 2007 Is the only Haitian-born player in the NBA.
Speaks fluent French. Did not start playing basketball until his sophomore year at Lucien Page High School in Montreal.
Favorite subject at Seton Hall was computer graphics. Favorite sport other than basketball is soccer.
One of the most philanthropic players in the NBA, donating time and resources to help those most in need, both domestically and globally.
Was named the recipient of the 2009-10 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award by the Professional Basketball Writer’s Association in recognition of his outstanding charitable works and tireless relief efforts in his native Haiti.
Was also bestowed the 2010 Naismith Hall of Fame Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award, presented to individuals who honor the game of basketball by virtue of their personal growth and life-long accomplishments.
Honored twice with the NBA’s Community Assist Award for ongoing efforts to improve the community (Feb. 2009 and Jan. 2010).
Served as an Honorary Commissioner for La Liga del Barrio (neighborhood basketball league) in Philadelphia for six straight seasons (2004-09).
Frequent participant in the NBA’s annual Basketball Without Borders Program.
Awarded the 2010-11 Oscar Robertson Triple-Double award by the Sacramento Kings for contributions on and off the court.
Donated more than $125,000 to Haitian relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Jeanne and the Haiti earthquake.
Traveled to Haiti and assisted with earthquake aid, as well as making a pledge of $100,000 to UNICEF.
Selected by Philadelphia in the first round (26th overall pick) of the 2001 NBA Draft. Re-signed by Philadelphia (8/2/05). Traded to Sacramento in exchange for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni (6/20/10). Signed by Houston (12/24/11). Traded to Milwaukee with a first round pick, a second round pick and cash in exchange for Shaun Livingston, Jon Leuer, Jon Brockman and a first-round pick (6/27/12). Signed by Dallas (7/19/13). Traded with Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two second round picks to New York in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton (6/25/14). Waived by New York (1/5/15). Signed by Dallas (8/6/15).