Center originally drafted by the Phoenix Suns, nicknamed The Polish Hammer, made his NBA debut in 2007 with the Orlando Magic; re-joined the Suns from 2010 to 2013 and was then traded to the Washington Wizards in 2013.
He won a championship with the German team RheinEnergie Cologne in 2006.
He was the only Suns player to start every game of the 2011-12 season.
His father Janusz Gortat was a boxer.
He sacrificed his usual #13 jersey to the great point guard Steve Nash after being traded to Phoenix from Orlando.