Luguentz Dort was born April 19, 1999, and is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
He completed his high school career at the Athlete Institute in Mono, Ontario, where he was rated as high as a five-star recruit and was one of the top high school players in Canada.
In his first year with Arizona State, he earned second-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors and was named to the all-defensive team in the Pac-12.
He was also voted the conference’s freshman of the year.
Dort was born in Montreal, Quebec to Haitian parents who moved to Canada from Saint-Marc when they were around 21 years old.
Whiles growing up in Montréal-Nord, he first played soccer as a goalkeeper, but his brothers later influenced him to play basketball.
Dort played street basketball at Saint Laurent Park near his home in Montreal.
His involvement in the sport helped him avoid joining street gangs like some of his friends.
] At age 12, Dort began playing organized basketball in Park Extension, a neighborhood in Montreal, where he was coached by Nelson Ossé.
He started weight training at age 15. At this time, his height was 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m). He would continue to grow about one inch per year through the rest of his teenage year.
Dort spent his freshman season at the high school level in Quebec.
Through his high school years, he competed for Brookwood Elite on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit.
In July 2015, he played for Canada at the Adidas Nations tournament, averaging 9.2 points and 4 rebounds through 4 games.
On November 6, 2018, Dort made his debut for Arizona State, tallying 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals in a 102–94 win over Cal State Fullerton in double-overtime.
He broke the school record for freshman debut points.
Dort, on November 12, recorded his first double-double, with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a 90–58 win over Long Beach State.
Following Arizona State’s loss in the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Dort announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft.
After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA draft, Dort signed a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dort made his NBA debut on December 6, 2019, playing 7 minutes and grabbing one rebound in an overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In the 2020 NBA playoffs, Dort was lauded for his defense on James Harden and for, by at least one measure, being “the highest-effort defensive player in the NBA.”
After the Thunder’s close Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, Dort joined LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players 21 years or younger to score over 25 points in Game 7 of a playoff game.
He wears the number 5 jersey for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Luguentz Dort signed a 4 year / $5,386,930 contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder