Biedrins Celebrates 19th Birthday
Salt Lake City -- It was the last hurrah Friday for Andris Biedrins and his most famous legacy to date. The Warriors' rookie played his final game as the NBA's only 18-year-old against the Jazz on Friday night. He turns 19 today.
"I'm sad," Biedrins said. "It was a good feeling. But I'm still the youngest player in the league, so I still feel special."
The league's next four youngest players -- Orlando's Dwight Howard, Atlanta's Josh Smith, Seattle's Robert Swift and Miami's Dorrell Wright -- all celebrated their 19th birthday within a week of each other in December.
At that time, Biedrins was an afterthought, stashed away on the Warriors' injured list while learning the NBA game and bulking up. The trades of veteran centers Clifford Robinson and Dale Davis forced him into action, and Biedrins has become a staple in the rotation.
He has played in 15 straight games and entered Friday averaging 4.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.64 blocks in just under 14 minutes per game. The Latvian also made his NBA debut against the Jazz on Nov. 5, when he became the youngest ever to play for the Warriors.