Brazilian power forward/center who broke into the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010 and helped the team win the NBA Championship in 2014. He was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 2015.
He began his professional career in 1999 at the age of 14 with the Brazilian team Ipiranga.
He won gold medals with the Brazilian national basketball team at the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2005 FIBA Americas Championship, and the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
He married Amaia Amescua in 2010 and in 2012, the couple had their first child, a son named Benjamin.
In 2010, he began playing for the San Antonio Spurs beside Star power forward Tim Duncan.