The 2018-19 season was Nene's 17th season in the Association. The 6-foot-11 big man played in 42 games for the Rockets and averaged 13 minutes per contest. A right calf injury forced Nene to miss Houston's first 21 games. He made his season debut Dec. 1, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in a win over the Bulls. On Dec. 6, Nene scored a season-high 11 points in a loss to Utah. The big Brazilian scored in double-digits three times during the season. He also grabbed five or more rebounds in six games. On Jan. 27, Nene blocked two shots in just 12 minutes of play during a win over Orlando. It was the second time during the season that Nene collected two blocks. The Rockets finished 53-29 and defeated the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. They then lost to the Warriors during the second round in six games.2017
In his 16th NBA season, Nene started four of the 52 games in which he appeared for the Houston Rockets. He missed several games throughout the season with some nagging back and knee injuries. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 56.9 percent from the field. He also shot 63.6 percent on free throws, his best mark since the 2012-13 campaign. Nene had 11 double-digit scoring games on the year and five of those games came during a seven-game stretch in November. During that span, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting an impressive 71 percent from the field. The Rockets won all seven of those games and went 10-1 when he scored at least 10 points. The Brazilian big man scored a season-high 16 points during a Dec. 16 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Nene averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11 postseason contests.2016
After four-plus seasons with the Washington Wizards, Nene signed with the Houston Rockets prior to the 2016-17 campaign. He played 67 in games in his first season with Houston -- eight as a starter -- and averaged 17.9 minutes per contest. Nene's numbers were similar to his previous season as he posted per-game averages of 9.1 points and 4.2 boards. Continuing a career-long trend, the big man was very efficient from the floor, making 61.7 percent of his field-goal attempts. He scored a season-high 21 points in a victory over Philadelphia on Jan. 27, adding six rebounds and two assists. In a victory over the Clippers on March 1, Nene scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and went 6-of-7 from the field. The veteran also played a key role in the playoffs. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 boards in nine postseason games. In one of the most efficient playoff performances in history, Nene made all 12 of his field-goal attempts en route to 28 points while adding 10 rebounds in Game 4 of the first round against Oklahoma City. However, Nene's postseason ended early after he suffered a left adductor tear in the second round versus the Spurs.2015
Nene began the 2015-16 campaign in a backup center role. He played in 12 of 13 games for the Wizards to begin the season before straining his left calf in late November. The injury cost Nene 19 games, keeping him out of action until Jan. 6. The big man shifted between power forward and center the remainder of the season. His minutes also fluctuated as he was used in both a starting and a bench role. Overall, Nene averaged 19.2 minutes, his lowest mark since the 2007-08 campaign. His other numbers naturally dipped, though he was still an important contributor with season averages of 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Nene's field-goal percentage also held steady at 54.4 percent. He registered one double-double on the season, a 10-point, 10-rebound effort against Atlanta on Nov. 7. Nene scored a season-high 20 points in a win over Detroit on March 14, adding three rebounds and three assists.2014
Nene played in 67 games for Washington during the 2014-15 campaign, his most in four seasons. The Brazilian big man played primarily at power forward, averaging 25.3 minutes per contest. On the season, he averaged 11.0 points, marking the seventh straight campaign in which he finished with a double-digit scoring average. Nene also grabbed 5.1 rebounds and dished 1.8 assists per game. Meanwhile, his field-goal percentage remained solid at 51.1 percent. Nene topped the 20-point mark seven times during the season and hauled in double-digit rebounds three times. He scored a season-high 24 points against the Thunder on Jan. 21, adding four rebounds and three assists. In the postseason, Nene started each of the Wizards' 10 contests at power forward. He averaged 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds during the playoffs, helping Washington advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In his finest postseason game, Nene totaled 17 points along with seven rebounds and four assists in Game 3 of the second round versus Atlanta.2013
Nene continued to fill a key role for Washington during the 2013-14 season. He played in 53 games, making 37 starts. The 6-foot-11 power forward raised his scoring average to 14.2 points per contest while grabbing 5.5 boards per game. For the ninth time in his career, Nene finished the season making more than half of his shots as he registered a 50.3 field-goal percentage. On Nov. 26, he set a career high by scoring 30 points in a win over the Lakers. He matched that feat Feb. 22 when he again scored 30 points versus the Pelicans. Nene established another career best when he handed out nine assists in a victory over Miami on Jan. 15. With Nene in the frontcourt, Washington qualified for the postseason for the first time in six seasons. In Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against Chicago, the big man scored 24 points and corralled eight rebounds to help lead his team to victory. Washington ultimately won the series and advanced to the Conference Semifinals where they fell to Indiana. In 10 total playoff games, Nene posted per-game averages of 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.2012
For the first time in his career, Nene began a season playing for a team other than Denver at the outset of the 2012-13 campaign. He opened the season as Washington's starting center before shifting to the power-forward position in late December. Altogether, the big man played 61 games and averaged 27.2 minutes per contest. His numbers dipped slightly in comparison to recent seasons, but he still managed healthy averages of 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Nene also set a career high with 2.9 assists per contest and had his best season at the charity stripe, shooting 72.9 percent. The veteran reached the 20-point mark seven times during the season, topping out at 24 points in a win over Portland on Jan. 21. He collected double-digit boards on nine occasions. Among those was a 13-rebound, 21-point performance against Milwaukee on Feb. 11 during which he converted 10 of 13 field-goal attempts.2011
Nene began his 10th season in Denver as the team's starting power forward. He played 28 games with the Nuggets (27 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest. However, Nene's tenure in Denver came to a sudden end when he was traded to the Washington Wizards in mid-March. The big man got into 11 games with Washington, averaging 25.8 minutes per contest. Though his playing time was slightly less than what he was accustomed to with Denver, Nene upped both his scoring (14.5 points) and rebounding (7.6 rebounds) averages in his time with the Wizards. Between the two teams, Nene played in 39 games and registered eight double-doubles.2010
In his ninth NBA season, Nene continued to anchor the middle for the Nuggets. He started all 75 games in which he played, averaging 30.5 minutes per game. On the season, the Brazilian center posted per-game averages of 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest. His 61.5 field-goal percentage was not only a career high, it represented the highest mark in the league. Nene also averaged 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. In perhaps his best performance of the season, Nene tallied 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished six assists, swatted two shots and picked up two steals in a victory over Memphis on Dec. 5. For the eighth straight season, Denver qualified for the playoffs, meeting Oklahoma City in the first round. Though the Nuggets fell in five games, Nene enjoyed one of the finest playoff series of his career, averaging 14.2 points and 9.0 rebounds.2009
For the first time in his career, Nene did not miss a game during the 2009-10 season. He started all 82 contests for the Denver Nuggets, averaging a career-high 33.7 minutes. The Brazilian big man posted per-game averages of 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds along with a career-best 2.5 assists. Defensively, he ranked 19th in the NBA with 1.4 steals per game while averaging one blocked shot per contest. Nene registered 14 double-doubles on the season, including a 24-point, 15-rebound effort against Philadelphia on Jan. 3. In the postseason, Nene started each game in Denver's first-round playoff matchup against Utah. He scored 19 points in the first game of the series and went on to average 11.4 points and 5.8 boards in the five-game battle.2008
Nene rebounded from a difficult 2007-08 campaign to post his best season to date in 2008-09. His per-game averages of 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds were career bests, as was his 32.6 minutes per contest. Nene also registered the highest field-goal percentage of his career -- 60.4 percent -- and ranked second in the league in that category. The big man even made the first three-pointer of his career during the campaign, knocking home the trey as part of a 21-point, seven-rebound performance in a win over Toronto on New Year's Eve. Nene's standout season was recognized with a fifth-place finish in voting for the Most Improved Player award. In the postseason, Denver finally broke free from a string of first-round playoff exits to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Nene started all 16 games in which he played during Denver's postseason run, posting per-game averages of 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.2007
For the second time in three seasons, Nene missed most of the campaign in 2007-08 for health reasons. He sat out 22 contests due to a torn ligament in his left thumb and later missed 37 games while undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Overall, Nene played 16 games during the campaign and averaged 16.6 minutes per contest. His 5.3 points and 5.4 rebounds were below his career averages, though they converted to more impressive marks of 11.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. Nene did return from his health issues in time to participate in the playoffs, though he played in only three games during Denver's first-round series against the Lakers. In those contests, he averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 10 minutes per game.2006
Following an ACL tear that limited him to one game during the previous campaign, Nene returned to action for the 2006-07 season. He proved to be completely recovered from the injury, playing 64 games and making 42 starts. The big man left little doubt about his ability to bounce back from a lost season, posting career-best per-game averages of 12.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. He also shot a career-high 57.0 percent from the field and 68.9 percent from the charity stripe. He grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and scored 21 points against the Pistons on March 26, one of twelve double-doubles he registered on the season. In the playoffs, Nene started all five games of Denver's first-round series against the Spurs. The Nuggets were eliminated in the opening round for the fourth straight postseason, but Nene played well, averaging 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds.2005
Nene opened the 2005-06 season with hopes of rebounding from an injury-plagued previous campaign. However, disaster struck in the first game of the season against San Antonio. In his third minute off the bench, Nene tore the ACL in his right knee. The injury wiped out the remainder of his season.2004
Nene was limited to 55 games in his third season as he dealt with injuries to his knee, hip and hamstring. The big man consequently took on a reduced role, coming off the bench in 37 contests after starting all 77 games the previous season. His minutes also dropped to 23.9 per contest, though Nene still found ways to contribute. He scored 9.6 points per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field, marking the third straight campaign in which he made over half of his field-goal attempts. Nene also grabbed 5.9 rebounds per contest and averaged nearly one steal and one blocked shot per game. In the postseason, the Brazilian played in all five games during Denver's first-round series versus San Antonio. He averaged 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per contest.2003
Nene locked up a starting role in all 77 games in which he played during his sophomore campaign, averaging 32.5 minutes per contest. The talented Brazilian increased his scoring and rebounding output over his rookie campaign to 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also averaged 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. Nene continued to demonstrate impressive accuracy from the field, ranking fifth in the league in field-goal percentage at 53.0 percent. He registered 12 double-doubles during the season, including a 21-point, 13-rebound effort in a win over Cleveland on Dec. 2. Nene got his first taste of the postseason as Denver faced Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs. The big man started all five games of the series, posting per-game averages of 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.2002
Nene was selected by the New York Knicks with the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He was the first Brazilian in league history to be selected in the first round of the draft. On the evening of his selection, Nene was dealt by New York to the Denver Nuggets in a multi-player trade. The big man played in 80 games for the Nuggets during his rookie season, making 53 starts. He posted per-game averages of 10.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Nene shot 51.9 percent from the field during his rookie campaign, ranking sixth in the league. His performance earned him a spot on the All-Rookie First Team.
June 26, 2002Drafted by the New York Knicks in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2002 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2002Signed a rookie three-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
July 1, 2006Signed a six-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
December 1, 2011Signed a five-year contract with the Denver Nuggets.
March 15, 2012Traded by the Denver Nuggets, along with Brian Cook and a 2015 2nd round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for in exchange for JaVale McGee, Ronny Turiaf and Nick Young.
July 20, 2016Signed a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
July 6, 2017Signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
September 6, 2019Signed a two-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
February 5, 2020As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Houston Rockets with Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks. Minnesota received Evan Turner and a conditional 1st-round draft pick (via Brooklyn) from Atlanta. Houston received a 2024 2nd-round draft pick (via Golden State) from Atlanta. Minnesota received Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt from the Denver Nuggets. Houston received Jordan Bell and Robert Covington from Minnesota. Denver received Keita Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier from Minnesota. Minnesota received Gerald Green and a 2020 first-round pick from Houston.
February 6, 2020Waived by the Atlanta Hawks.