The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Larry Sanders (6-11 235) to a multi-year contract extension General Manager John Hammond announced today. Sanders had a breakout year for the Bucks in 2012-13 when he posted career highs across the board with averages of 9.8 points 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game (2nd in the NBA).

"By combining his God-given ability with hard work and determination Larry has developed into one of the top young defensive players in the league" said Hammond. "He is a very important part of what we are doing in Milwaukee and we're excited to announce his contract extension."

The 24-year-old center is entering his fourth year with the Bucks and owns career averages of 6.2 points 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Last season he notched a team-leading 26 double-doubles one of which was his first career triple-double with 10 points 12 rebounds and a franchise-record-tying 10 blocks at Minnesota on Nov. 30. Sanders and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players in Bucks history with a 10-block game. He finished the season with 201 blocks – just the fourth 200-block season in Bucks history and the first since Elmore Smith in 1975-76 – and had a string of 40 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot from Nov. 28 – March 4 the longest streak by a Buck in the last 25 years. Beginning with the 10 blocks at Minnesota Sanders swatted 22 shots over a three-game stretch from Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 which stands as the most blocks in a three-game span in Bucks history and he blocked four or more shots in five consecutive games from Jan. 2 - 9 which was the longest such streak since Abdul-Jabbar had a five-game streak in 1973.