Demond Mallett has had a storied 17 year career and had a lot of his success in Germany. He always wanted to retire at age 40. His birthday is Thursday February 22 and the American from Leesville, Louisiana will officially retire from the game he cherished at age 40. He will officially be retired in a ceremony in Bamberg Friday night before a Euroleague game against Crvena Zvezda. Exactly how the retirement ceremony will be is a surprise to him, but Bamberg fans will be in for a real special treat having the chance to recount those wonderful memories of the 2005 BBL title win where he was so instrumental as well as see him in person.
Mallet started his illustrious career with McNeese St. (NCAA) in 1997 and had a great 4 year career and as a senior played 31 games leading the Southland conference in scoring at 21.3ppg), 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, StealsSouthland-2(2.1spg), FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 79.6%. He finished his collegiate career at McNeese State as the all-time leader in career three-pointers made (331), and steals (206) and third in points scored (1,941). He started his professional basketball career in 2001 and would spend his first 6 years in Germany.
He quickly became a lethal scorer in the BBL with Basket Braunschweig averaging a staggering 21,1ppg in his three years. His amazing offensive talent got the attention of Bamberg who swiped him up and Mallet would play 2 seasons there from 2004-2006 winning his first professional title. In that time, he belonged to the top point guards in the German BBL and in the title season he played 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 41.5%. He also played 20 Euroleague averaging 13.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.8%. The next season he moved to RheinEnergie Koeln (Germany-1.Bundesliga) where his winning ways continued with the German cup and played 13 Euroleague games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 37.1%, FT: 81.8%. In the BBL, he played 43 games averaging 12.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.1%, 3FGP: 40.4%, FT: 75.7%.
In 2007 his path took him to DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB) where he proved he belonged to the top American players in the best league in Europe helping the team win the ULEB Cup. In both seasons, he had solid stats scoring in double figures in every competition. In his last 8 seasons as a professional, he would play three seasons with Belgacom Spirou Charleroi (Belgium-Ethias League) winning the league title in 2011 as well as being named league MVP. He also played one more season in Germany with the Artland Dragons, had a brief stay in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv and returned back to Spain and played two seasons with his former team FIATC Joventut Badalona who retired his jersey last season and his last basketball station last season was with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA). German Hoops had the honor fof being one of the first sites to get the exclusive letter below
To My First Love,
Basketball, you have been the love of my life ever since I was first introduced to you and you have continued to be from then until now. Moreover, you have continued to be my life partner with whom I have shared my biggest dreams and deepest fears, my private pain and hateration. You have not only been by my side, but on my side. I am persuaded that our marriage was a match made in Heaven.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time and a season for everything and that all good things must come to an end. We are persuaded that it is time that our playing days end. It is time to hang up our sneakers and retire. Although our playing days will end, our love of the game continues. We don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow and we are persuaded that we will land someplace where our love of the game can continue in a different capacity.
No one achieves success alone. Help must be provided along the way. We had a lot of it and we are compelled to say thank you. First, we must thank God without whom our love would have never flourished and the journey would have never begun and success would have never been achieved. Thanks to my Mom, my Dad and my Big Brother for all the encouragement and support along the way. I was blessed to have a world-class agent, Craig McKenzie, guiding my career. Craig, it goes without saying that you are the best of class and I thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do. Our journey was filled with awesome coaches like Hub Jordan, Grant Westerchill, Ron Everhart, Rick Carlisle, Ken Scalabroni, Sasha Obradovic, Dirk Baureman, Aito Garcia Reneses, Sito Alonso, Murat Ozyer, Stefan Koch, David Blatt, Bozzi Giovoni and Gregg Benoit. Thank you all for trusting and believing in us. Not only that, we had some exceptionally gifted and talented teammates along the way. We worked hard, bled and fought on that hardwood together. Whether it was the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat we shared them both together. We thank you all for the journey and the friendship that will last a lifetime. I also want to send a special thanks to Patrick King, Alvaro Tor, Igor Crespo, Misko Raznatovic, David Garcia Casanova, and Jordi Fernandez. I want to thank all the leagues I played in with my first being the German BBL, the Euroleague and the Eurocup. Finally to my love Basketball, I don’t want to list all of the accolades throughout my career that you given to me but I thank you and love you for this journey. You have been an extraordinary life-long partner! I look forward to continuing the journey in another capacity, of course, with you by my side. I don’t want to say good-bye so I’ll say see you later. God bless you all.
- Mallet Done!!