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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Carl Herrera, Venezuela  Herrera started playing in the Liceo Simón Bolívar of Caracas, a Venezuelan high school team. In 1984, his first season in the "Liga Especial de Baloncesto" in Venezuela, Herrera was named Rookie of the Year in 1984. He led this same league in blocks in 1986, 1987 and 1989, in rebounds in 1989 and 1990, in field goals in 1985, 1986 and 1988, besides being named the Most Valuable Player in the Season of 1990 in which won the Championship with Bravos de Portuguesa. In 1987 he went to the Jacksonville, where he remained up to 1989. He played with the University of Houston in the 1989-1990 season. He was the Southwest Conference's Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-SWC selection in his only season with the Cougars, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting .565 from the field.

He debuted with the national selection of Venezuela when he was only 16 years old. He was a member of the Venezuelan National Team that got to the South American Championship of Nations in Valencia Carabobo. In 1991, he fought in the Tournament finally in Portland Oregon against the Dream Team representatives of the United States. Then he played in the Olympic Games of Barcelona (1992).
The Miami Heat chose him in the second round of the NBA draft in 1990 and Miami sold his rights to Houston Rockets. In the season 1990-1991 he went to play in Spain after being signed by Real Madrid, where his team placed second in the Copa Korac. In 1991 he returned to United States, where he joined the Houston Rockets. He remained on this team up to 1995 and was on the champion Rockets teams of the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons, becoming the first Latin American in winning a NBA title. Next he went to another NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs. More recently he was a valuable forward for the San Antonio Spurs before moving on to Vancouver and Denver. His rights were renounced by the Nuggets on August 5, 1999. Herrera didn't join the Rockets immediately, instead spending one season in Spain before entering the NBA in 1991-92. Since then he has developed into a steady backup forward who specializes in defense. In his second season at Houston, 1992-93, he averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. In 1993-94 he was the big man on the team behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Otis Thorpe as the Rockets won the Midwest Division and the NBA championship. In the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks he reached double figures in points twice. The next season he was poised to become the Rockets' starting power forward after Otis Thorpe was traded, but injuries kept him out of action. He missed the entire postseason as Houston marched to its second NBA crown. Signed by the San Antonio Spurs as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 29, 1995, Herrera saw little action in his first season with the Spurs. He appeared in only 41 games and averaged just 1.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.9 minutes, all career lows. He was on the injured list twice and also logged 25 DNP-CDs. He proved his worth in his second season with the Spurs, however, appearing in 75 games and making 58 starts after injuries depleted the ranks of San Antonio's frontcourt. He averaged a career-high 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes for the Spurs. His playing time dropped off dramatically in 1997-98, as he appeared in 58 games for San Antonio and averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game. Following the season he was traded to Vancouver along with the rights to Felipe Lopez for Antonio Daniels. He played just four games for the Grizzlies before being waived on Feb. 29, 1999, then was signed by Denver on March 3 and played in 24 games for the Nuggets over the remainder of the season. His rights were renounced by the Nuggets on Aug. 5, 1999.

Carl Herrera Profile

Name: Carl Víctor Herrera Allen

Postion: Power Forward
Born: 12/14/1966
Status: Retired
Origin: Trinidad
Height: 6-9/2,06cm
Weight: 225lbs/1,02kg
Schools: Jacksonville Community College (TX '87-89), University of Houston '90
Drafted: 1990, Second Round, 30th pick by the Miami Heat (rights traded along with Dave Jamerson to the Houston Rockets for the rights to Alec Kessler)
Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Venezuelan National Team (11), Liceo Simón Bolívar, Bravos of Portuguesa, Real Madrid, Houston Rockets (7), San Antonio Spurs (11), Vancouver Grizzlies (14)

Ibn Notes: Carl began playing basketball at 13 years of age. The first and only NBA player from Venezuela, Carl Herrera is a hard-working power forward who contributed to the Houston Rockets' 1994 championship run and also was a member of the 1995 title-winning team. He and his wife Monica have four children. A big fan of salsa music, his favorite artist is Oscar De Leon, a fellow Venezuelan and close friend. Herrera
was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the country in 1993 by Hispanic Business magazine.

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