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|No. 30 – Retired|
|Species||Otter ( Mustelidae )|
October 30, 1979|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||285 lb (129 kg)|
|FBA draft||2001 / Round: 1|
|Pro playing career||2001–2014|
|Career highlights and awards|
|(OOC) Creator||Buck Hopper|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Paul Teronura is a retired giant otter center who has played for the Tennessee Moonshiners and the Stanislaus Thrust during a 13-year career. He made finals appearances with both teams and won with the Tennessee Moonshiners in 2014. He was later sign-and-traded to the Las Vegas Wildcards, but then chose to resign instead of relocate.
Teronura was originally born in Manaus, Brazil, but was adopted as a pup by a family in Miami, FL. As a giant otter in a community of northern river otters, Paul grew up significantly larger than his family and friends. He took up basketball early because of his towering height and went on to be a star player in college, which led him to his professional career, being drafted in the first round of the 2001 FBA Draft by the Tennessee Moonshiners.
First Time as a Moonshiner
Standing a heavy and muscular seven feet, Paul had played center his entire career. But just prior to his arrival, the struggling Moonshiners had drafted Cletus Swinton (Pig, C) who quickly made himself the team's franchise player. The seven-foot tall swine with a big attitude didn't like seeing another large and charismatic player threaten his place on the team, so he convinced management to force Paul to play out of position in the power forward slot.
Having always been a defensive specialist before an offensive player, Paul underperformed in the power forward position and was soon left on the bench. He was strong enough to receive a 3-year contract extension after his rookie contract expired, but after that ended, he decided not to continue with the team after Swinton continued to keep him from playing his proper position. He instead accepted a contract to play with the Stanislaus Thrust.
With the Thrust
Head coach Don von Wasser first thought he was getting a solid backup power forward with Paul, and used the giant otter in the same position he had in Tennessee. It wasn't until the 2009 FBA Finals when Billy Joe James (Mule, C) was unable to defend Mayors center Alan Chesuk (Moose, C) that von Wasser tried putting Teronura in the pivot. That move was critical to allowing the Thrust to push the series to 7 games, where they came within a single shot of winning the title. While the team lost, Paul had proven his value as a center. He became starter for the team the following year.
Second Time as a Moonshiner
After years of struggling, the Tennessee Moonshiners hired new management, and one of their first goals was to bring back the popular Paul Teronura. In a trade few expected, Cletus Swinton was sent to the Thrust in exchange for Paul, who returned to Tennessee this time as their starting center. Since then, he's been one of the most popular players on the team, replacing Swinton as their franchise athlete.
Paul Teronura and Alan Chesuk
PT steals a kiss from Moonshiners photographer Farallon
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2013 - 2014 Regular Season Stats