Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat

Polish professional basketball player
Date of Birth: 17.02.1984
Country: Poland

  1. Biography of Marcin Gortat
  2. Early Life
  3. Career Beginnings
  4. NBA Draft and Early Years
  5. Orlando Magic
  6. Established Role in the NBA
  7. Contract Negotiations and Regrets

Biography of Marcin Gortat

Early Life

Marcin Gortat is a Polish professional basketball player, born on February 17, 1984, in Łódź, Poland. He is the son of Janusz Gortat, a former Polish lightweight boxer who won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Career Beginnings

Gortat started his basketball career in his hometown club BC "Łódź" before moving to the German club "Köln" in 2003. In 2006, he won the German national championship with "Köln".

NBA Draft and Early Years

In the 2005 NBA Draft, Gortat was selected as the 57th overall pick by the "Phoenix Suns". However, he was immediately traded to the "Orlando Magic" for financial compensation. Gortat spent two more seasons playing in Germany while regularly participating in the NBA summer league games in the United States.

Orlando Magic

In July 2007, Gortat permanently moved to the United States and signed a two-year contract with the "Orlando Magic". He initially played as the team's third center behind Dwight Howard and Adonal Foyle. Gortat had limited playing time during his debut season but showed promise towards the end of the season. In his last game of the regular season against the "Washington Wizards", he recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Gortat played a total of 14 games in his rookie season, including 6 in the regular season and 8 in the playoffs.

Established Role in the NBA

In the 2008/2009 season, Gortat became the main backup for the "Orlando Magic" leader, Dwight Howard. He regularly appeared on the court and substituted Howard in case of injury. Gortat showcased his skills when given sufficient playing time. In a game against the "Golden State Warriors" on December 15, 2008, he scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while filling in for the injured Howard. On April 13, 2009, Gortat played from the starting lineup again and recorded his personal best of 18 rebounds in a game against the "Milwaukee Bucks". He also helped the "Magic" secure their first playoff series win against the "Philadelphia 76ers" on April 30, 2009, by contributing 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Contract Negotiations and Regrets

In the summer of 2009, Gortat became a restricted free agent. The "Dallas Mavericks" offered him a five-year contract worth $34 million, which he accepted. However, the "Magic" exercised their right to match the offer and re-signed Gortat with the same terms. Through his agent, Gortat expressed regret about the failed move to Dallas, where he believed he could have received more playing time and potentially a spot in the starting lineup.