Career (Years): 7: 2004-2011
Championship Year(s): 2009 (Lakers), 2010 (Lakers)
Career Stats: 1.8 PPG 0.2 APG 1.5 RPG

Born and raised in then-Zaire, at one point D.J. Mbenga was scheduled to be executed because of his father's ties to a past regime. Negotiations enabled him to overcome this hardship and eventually play in the NBA. Despite playing for the Mavericks in 2006, Mbenga had to watch the Finals from home after being suspended for entering the stands during a game. Knowing the team could have won with him on the sideline, he kept his behavior in check and contributed his 0.3 and 1.7 points per game in each of the Lakers' 2009 and 2010 championships.