Damien Wilkins: The Minnesota T-Wolves Unexpected Hero

Steven MerriamCorrespondent INovember 1, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 28: Damien Wilkins #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves scores the game-winning shot at the buzzer over Terrence Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets at the Target Center on October 28, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 95-93. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)
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Damien Wilkins made quite an impression on T-Wolves fans and Nets fans alike in his first game on the team.  The Wolves crowd went ecstatic when the unexpected hero, Wilkins made the game-winning shot at the T-Wolves opener against the Nets.

Many NBA fans probably are not to familiar with Wilkins so I decided to give you a look at Wilkins NBA career up to now.

Wilkins was born on Jan. 11, 1980 in North Carolina.  Wilkins is the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and the nephew of former NBA star, Dominique Wilkins.  Wilkins enrolled to go to North Carolina State for college.

After two years at North Carolina State, Wilkins decided he would enter the 2001 NBA Draft and later revoked this decision and transferred to Georgia.

Wilkins would play the next two years for Georgia.  Wilkins went undrafted in 2004 and was later signed by the Seattle Supersonics.  Wilkins made the team due to the fact that he played very well in the Summer League.

In his rookie season, he played in 29 games with seven starts averaging 6.3 points per game with 2.3 rebounds per game.  His second season in the NBA was almost exactly the same other than him playing in all 82 games.

In his third season in the NBA he played in all 82 games with 31 starts while averaging 8.8 points per game with almost three rebounds per game and two assists per game.  In his fourth season, his best year in his NBA career so far he played in 76 games again with 31 starts he averaged his career highs 9.2 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and two assists per game.

Last season. the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. He averaged 5.3 points per game with 1.7 rebounds per game in 41 games with 14 starts.

This offseason, Wilkins was traded to the T-Wolves along with Chucky Atkins for Etan Thomas and two future second-round picks.

He has started in all of the T-Wolves games this season 8 points per game with 5.5 rebounds per game and two assists per game including that game-winner in the season opener.

Wilkins may have found the team for him as a member of the T-Wolves.