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Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 81 games (80 starts) for the Washington Wizards in his seventh NBA season, averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks in 32.8 minutes... Scored 27 points (career-high 13 field goals made) and grabbed 14 rebounds vs. CHA (4/9)...Had 22 points and eight rebounds vs. BOS (4/2)...Missed the game at POR (3/20) due to a strained back...Scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high tying 18 rebounds at MIA (3/10)...Scored a career-high 31 points at TOR (2/27)...Tallied 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks vs. PHI (1/20)...Scored 16 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds vs. NYK (11/23)...Posted 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at PHI (11/6).

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: In his sixth NBA season and second full season with the Suns, averaged 11.1 points, a team-best 8.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.61 blocks despite being limited to just 61 games (61 starts) due to injury… Suffered a Lisfranc (midfoot) sprain in his right foot and missed the season’s final 21 games… Before the injury, had not missed a single game in a Suns uniform and had appeared in a career-high 182 consecutive contests after being acquired by the Suns on (12/18/10)…Had started a career-best 137-straight games overall…Suns leader in field goal percentage (.521)…Averaged a career-high 1.61 blocks (14th-NBA), most by a Sun since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2007-08…Five performances of five or more blocks in 61 games, the most in a single season by a Sun since Oliver Miller in 1993-94…12 three-block performances, just one shy of a career-high.

2011-12: After bursting onto the NBA scene in 55 games with Phoenix in 2010-11, built upon that effort and enjoyed a career year in 2011-12… Averaged a career-high 15.4 points (39th-NBA), career-best 10.0 rebounds (8th-NBA) and career-best 1.50 blocks (16th-NBA) in 66 games, all team bests… Became only the eighth player in franchise history to average double-digit rebounds (Hawkins, Silas, Walk, Perry, Lucas, Barkley, Marion), first since Shawn Marion in 2005-06… Recorded just the second season in franchise history of at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and 1.50 blocks (Marion, 2005-06)… One of only three NBA players in 2011-12 to average 15-10-1.50, and the other two were All- Star starters (Howard, Bynum)… One of only seven NBA players in 2011-12 to average 15 and 10 (Love, Howard, Griffin, Bynum, P. Gasol, Cousins)… Teamed with Steve Nash for just the third season in franchise history in which Suns had both a 10.0-rebound player and a 10.0-assist player (2004-05, 2005-06, Nash and Marion)… Shot a teambest 55.5 percent from the field, the fifth-best mark in the NBA overall… Team-best and single-season career-high 53 double-digit scoring efforts (29-24)… Team-best and single-season career-high 21 efforts of 20 or more points (11-10), and now has 28 for his career, all with the Suns… Single-season career-high 31 double-doubles (14-17)… Team-best and single-season career-high 15 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (6-9), 21 for his career, all with the Suns… Team-high and single-season career-high five 20-15 games, eight for his career, all with the Suns… March 7 scored a career-high 28 points at Oklahoma City; finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, the first game of at least those numbers against the frontline of Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka since it was assembled… Recorded a career-best and NBA season-high tying 15 consecutive double-digit rebound games from Jan. 10-Feb. 4, 2012 (Love), the longest streak by a Sun since Charles Barkley (19, Jan. 5-Feb. 25, 1996)… At least one block in a career-high 13-straight games (Jan. 15-Feb. 6)… Feb. 17-19 recorded the first back-to-back 20-15 games of his career, and both came against the Lakers’ frontline of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum… Jan. 10-24 recorded nine-straight double-doubles for the first time in his career, the longest points/rebounds double-double streak by a Sun since Shawn Marion (6, Feb. 15-March 1, 2006)… Suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb in the preseason opener but did not miss a regular season game due to the injury; wore a splint on the thumb for the first six games of the season (ended Jan. 6).

2010-11: In his breakout year, averaged 10.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg and 25.4 mpg in 80 games split between Orlando and Phoenix... Made his Suns debut on December 23 vs. Miami, but didn't become the Suns' starting center until March 27... Averaged 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds in 11 games as a starter... Had 17-straight double-digit scoring efforts before joining starting lineup, which was the second-longest streak by an NBA reserve this season (James Harden-18)... Tallied a career-high 23 double-doubles, including an NBA-best and franchise-record 17 off the bench... Also became just one of four NBA players in the last six seasons to record 15 or more double-doubles off the bench (Udonis Haslem, Kevin Love, David Lee)... Joined A.C. Green (1993-94, 10), Maurice Lucas (1984-85, 15) and Mel Counts (1970-71, 10) as the only Suns reserves in franchise history with 10 or more double-doubles in a single season... Became the first Suns reserve in 26 years to rack up 16 or more rebounds in consecutive games (March 8, 10) since Maurice Lucas in January 1985... His 17-straight double-digit scoring efforts was the longest streak by Suns reserve since Dan Majerle’s 31-game stretch (February 3-April 14, 1992) and the fourth-longest in franchise history... In addition to 23 double-doubles, finished the first 55 games of his Suns tenure with 43 double-digit scoring efforts (joined the Suns with six career double-doubles and 12 double-digit scoring efforts in 175 career games with Orlando)... Gortat finished with seven 20-point efforts on the season, after joining the Suns with a career high of 16 points... Tallied three 20-15 games... Collected double-figure scoring in 26 of last 27 games, after joining the Suns with 12 career double-digit scoring efforts.

2009-10: Appeared in 81 games with Orlando, averaging 3.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 13.4 mpg… Also played in all 14 playoff outings, averaging 3.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 15.1 mpg… Led (or tied) the team in rebounding six times… Scored in double figures twice, including a career-high-tying 16 points on April 14 vs. Philadelphia… Recorded double figures in rebounding four times, including a season-best 12 rebounds on January 9 vs. Atlanta and on February 10 @ Chicago… Had at least one blocked shot 40 times and two-or-more blocks 19 times, including a season-high four blocks three times, the last on January 22 vs. Sacramento… Tallied a career-high-tying two steals twice, the last time on March 1 @ Philadelphia.

2008-09: Played in 63 games with the Magic, averaging 3.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 12.6 mpg… Made three starts, averaging 10 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1.7 apg and 3 bpg in 33.7 mpg. during that span… During the playoffs, appeared in all 24 games, averaging 3.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 11.3 mpg, helping the Magic reach the NBA Finals… Led (or tied) the team in rebounding seven times, including a career-high 18 rebounds on April 13 @ Milwaukee… Scored in double figures seven times, including a career-high 16 points (and had 13 boards) on December 15 @ Golden State... Posted four double-doubles… Blocked at least one shot 32 times, including a career-high five blocks on December 13 @ Utah… Made first career start on December 13 @ Utah (4 pts, 4 rebs, 4 blks, 1 stl, 30 mins)… In the postseason, made one start on April 30 @ Philadelphia, tallying playoff career-highs of 11 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes... Recorded playoff career-high four blocks on June 4 @ L.A. Lakers.

2007-08: Played in six games during his rookie campaign with Orlando, averaging 3 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 6.8 mpg… Also appeared in eight games during the NBA Playoffs, averaging 1.3 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 6.0 mpg… Became just the third player from Poland to ever appear in an NBA regular season game on March 1 vs. New York, where he recorded two points and one rebound in two minutes… Tallied first double-double of career with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 28 minutes on April 16 vs. Washington… On the inactive List for 73 games and DNP-CD three times... Assigned to Anaheim of the NBA Development League on November 20… With Anaheim, averaged 9.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg in 27.8 mpg, while shooting .488 (21-43) from the field in five games… Recalled on December 2.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (57th pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft (6/28/05)…Traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Orlando Magic for future considerations (6/28/05)…Traded by the Orlando Magic with Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, cash and a 2011 1st round draft pick (Nikola Mirotic was later selected) to the Phoenix Suns for Earl Clark, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu (12/18/10)…Traded by the Phoenix Suns with Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, and Kendall Marshall to the Washington Wizards for Emeka Okafor and 2014 protected draft pick (10/25/13)...Re-signed with the Washington Wizards on 7/10/14.

INTERNATIONAL:
Selected to the Polish National Under-22 team after having played basketball for only six months… During the summer of 2004, was invited to play for the Polish National Team… Also spent the summer of 2010 with the Polish National Team, attempting to help the squad qualify for the 2011 EuroBasket tournament… Spent three seasons with RheinEnergie Koln in Germany’s Bundesliga I league… In 2006-07, played in 14 games with Koln in Euroleauge action, averaging 10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.1 bpg, while shooting .596 from the field… Also played in 44 games with Koln in the German League, averaging 8.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg, while shooting .575 from the floor… In 2005-06, played in 34 games with Koln, averaging 6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.1 bpg. in 19.6 mpg… Also played in 15 games during FIBA EuroCup play, averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg in 26.7 mpg… In 2004-05, averaged 5.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 29 games… Also played in 12 games during ULEP Cup action, averaging 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.3 bpg.

PERSONAL:
Name pronounced MAR-chin GORE-tot… Grew up in Lodz, Poland… Son of legendary Polish boxer Janusz Gortat, who was a two-time Olympic bronze medalist in the lightweight division... The elder Gortat was defeated by eventual winner Leon Spinks (USA) in the 1976 Olympics… Nicknamed the Polish Hammer… Wears a shoe size 15… Lists his favorite food as “Polish whole food made by Mom or Grandma”… Favorite college team is Duke and favorite NFL team is the Atlanta Falcons… Favorite number is 13, the same as his jersey… Before his trade to the Suns, spent considerable time giving back to the Central Florida community, appearing at Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Camps in the summer, spending time with military personnel after the team’s annual Seats for Soldiers Nights and appearing at the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s annual events, the Players Championship for Charity Golf Tournament and the OMYF Black Tie & Tennies Charity Gala… Also appeared at numerous events throughout the season with fans and annually sponsors a ticket group that gives tickets to local non-profit organizations and at-risk youth... On March 18, 2011, was honored on behalf of the minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Poland for his contributions both on and off the court in representing the best of Poland, specifically for his work in promoting the sport of basketball among youth through camps since 2008.

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Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 240 lbs./ 108.9 kg
Born: February 17, 1984
From: Lodz, Poland
Draft: 2nd Round (57th pick) 2005 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2007
Years Pro: 7
Previous Teams:
  Washington Wizards 2013 - 2013
  Phoenix Suns 2010 - 2013
  Orlando Magic 2007 - 2010
Prior to NBA/Country: RheinEnergie Cologne/Poland

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