Andrés Nocioni

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Andrés Nocioni
Andres Nocioni by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Nocioni with the Laboral Kutxa
No. 6 – Real Madrid
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1979-11-30) November 30, 1979 (age 34)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentine / Italian[1]
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Pro career 1996–present
Career history
1996–1997 Olimpia Venado Tuerto (Argentina)
1997–1999 Independiente de General Pico (Argentina)
1999–2000 Tau Cerámica (Spain)
2000–2001 Minorisa.net Manresa (Spain)
2001–2004 Tau Cerámica (Spain)
20042009 Chicago Bulls
20092010 Sacramento Kings
20102012 Philadelphia 76ers
2011 Peñarol de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
2012–2014 Laboral Kutxa Vitoria (Spain)
2014–present Real Madrid (Spain)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Andrés Marcelo Nocioni (born November 30, 1979) is an Argentine professional basketball player who currently plays for Real Madrid of the Spanish Liga ACB. He was a two-time All-Euroleague selection before spending eight seasons in the NBA from 2004 to 2012. His natural position is small forward, but he does sometimes play at power forward.

A regular member of the Argentine national team, Nocioni was part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[2] He has also helped the Argentine national team to win the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics[3] and a silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis.

Personal[edit]

Andrés was the second son of Pedro José Pilo Nocioni and Ángela Palmira Roux, both also born in Santa Fe. Though both he and his older brother Pablo were born in Santa Fe, the family actually lived in Gálvez, 80 km south of Santa Fe, where Andrés attended school.[4] Andrés and his wife, Paula Raquel Aimonetto, have two sons, Laureano[5] and Benicio. Nocioni is known as Chapu after the children TV series El Chapulín Colorado, which was very popular in Argentina.[6] He holds Argentine and Italian citizenships.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Argentina and Spain[edit]

Nocioni's professional career began in the Argentine basketball league (LNB) in the 1995–96 season, and in 1998–99 he was already named Best Sixth Man. In 2001, Nocioni went to Vitoria-Gasteiz, where he spent three seasons as a refuerzo (reinforcement player) with Spain's TAU Cerámica of the ACB Spanish professional league. He was the league's 2004 Most Valuable Player and his stellar play earned him an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in 2003 and 2004.

NBA career[edit]

Chicago Bulls (2004-2009)[edit]

Andrés Nocioni signing basketballs for fans.

After winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Nocioni was signed as an undrafted rookie free-agent by the Chicago Bulls. Two of his countrymen, Manu Ginóbili and Carlos Delfino, were also in the NBA at the time.

He played in 81 games during his rookie campaign and posted averages of 8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 23.4 mpg.[8] Nocioni's physical style of defense created controversy around the league, and he was suspended for one game after a hard foul to Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince.[9] Nocioni had previously committed a hard foul on the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and then was shoved past photographers and into the first row of spectators by Udonis Haslem. A spectator tossed a drink at Nocioni, which was similar to the incident that triggered Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The fan was ejected by security. For the incident Nocioni received a flagrant-one foul (which is a foul involving excessive or unjustified contact) and a technical. Haslem received a technical and an ejection.[10]

While giving a teleconference interview with NBA.com, Nocioni spoke about the hard fouls and his suspension, "First, the one with Wade was completely my fault. It was a bad reaction on my part. If I had received any penalties because of it, it would be a fair sanction, but it was not given. However, the sanction set after the game against the Pistons is totally unfair. I see it as a totally real play taken out of context in the game — absolutely nothing happened. It was an accidental blow. Without purposely trying to, I hit him. I apologized on the court. I also asked Carlos Delfino to give my apologies to him, so I don't understand why there is a sanction for something totally normal in a game."[11] In Nocioni's first NBA playoff game, he scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while playing all 48 minutes. Due to his outstanding play, the sold-out United Center crowd in Chicago chanted his name. This game solidified Nocioni's status as a Chicago favorite.[12]

Andrés Nocioni fighting Andray Blatche for position.

In Nocioni's second season with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 1.4 apg, while playing in all 82 games, 43 of them starts. Nocioni was named the Chicago Bulls' Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season.[13] In the playoffs Nocioni averaged 22.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists including two double-doubles. In game two against the Miami Heat he scored 30 points shooting 10–12 overall from the field (83.3%), including 3–3 in from the three-point line and 1–1 in free throws, with 6 rebounds and one steal in almost 40 minutes played. Nocioni scored 30 points again on November 19, during the 82–72 defeat against the L.A. Lakers.[14] He also scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the December 1st 111–108 road victory against the Hornets.[15] Nocioni missed a third of the 2006–07 NBA season due to plantar fasciitis. He returned to action late in the season on April 8, 2007, against Toronto.[16]

Nocioni became a restricted free-agent following the 2006–07 season. On July 6, 2007, he agreed a 5-year deal with the Chicago Bulls worth a reported $38 million. Teams that were interested in Nocioni included the Memphis Grizzlies. The deal became official on July 18, 2007.[17] In preparation for the 2008–09 NBA season, Nocioni admitted the knee tendinitis which had hampered his performance during the 2008 Olympics was still affecting him and specifically he had hardly done anything in between winning the bronze medal and reporting for training camp.[18]

Sacramento Kings (2009-2010)[edit]

On February 18, 2009, Nocioni was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons for John Salmons and Brad Miller.[19] Nocioni started for the Kings the last 23 games of the 2008-09 season, averaging 13.7 points a game. Sacramento was in a rebuilding process however, and Nocioni requested a trade following a decrease in playing time.[20]

Philadelphia 76ers (2010-2011)[edit]

After the season ended, on June 17, 2010, Nocioni was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Spencer Hawes for Samuel Dalembert.[21] On December 29, 2010, Nocioni scored a season-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds, in a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Return to Argentina[edit]

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Nocioni trained with Peñarol de Mar del Plata while waiting for the situation to resolve itself. With the announcement of the NBPA to dissolve the Union and start litigation against the NBA, Nocioni agreed to join the team for the Súper 8 tournament in November 2011.[22] On November 26, as the NBA announced that a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement was reached, Nocioni helped Peñarol to its third Súper 8 tournament.[23]

Return to Spain[edit]

With the end of the lockout, Nocioni returned to the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2011-12 NBA season, but was waived in March 2012 after playing 11 games that season.[24] He then signed with his former team, Caja Laboral (formerly known as TAU Cerámica for sponsorship reasons), for the remainder of the season.[25] He chose to wear number 55, as his usual number 5 was already taken by his Argentine national team teammate Pablo Prigioni. He re-signed with Caja Laboral in July 2012.[26] On July 20, 2014, he parted ways with Laboral[27] and signed five days later with Real Madrid.[28]

Argentine national team[edit]

Nocioni was called up to the Argentine national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 1999 South American Championship.[29] In 2001, Nocioni played on the Argentine national team that won the gold medal at the South American Championship.[29] and in the FIBA Americas Championship of that year. In 2002, Nocioni was part of a team that made basketball history, when Argentina became the first team to beat the United States team, since they began using NBA players, at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, held that year in Indianapolis, U.S. His team once again earned the silver medal, losing to Yugoslavia.

In 2004, Nocioni was a key factor when Argentina became the first Latin American team (and the fourth team ever, after the USA, Yugoslavia, and the USSR) in Olympic basketball history to win the Olympic gold medal.

In 2006, Nocioni started for Argentina at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. In a game against Venezuela, Nocioni landed on an opponent's foot and looked to have injured his ankle, though he was cleared to play in Argentina's next game against Nigeria.[30] In Argentina's game against Nigeria, Nocioni led the team in scoring with 23 points playing 18 minutes, while not missing a single shot. Nocioni was 9–9 from the field including 5–5 from the 3-point line. "I don't think I've ever played a game where I didn't miss a shot - at least not for the national team."[31] Argentina secured the winning group A of the tournament, going a perfect 5–0 in the first round of play.[32]

Argentina lost to Spain in the 2006 FIBA World Championship semifinal, with a final score of 75–74. Nocioni had a chance to win the game for Argentina, but his three-pointer at the end of the game missed, giving Spain the win, and the chance to win the championship.[33] Nocioni's Argentine team next played the US team in the bronze medal game, which Argentina lost 96–81. Nocioni scored 18 points in this game, in which he played against NBA teammate Kirk Hinrich.[34]

In 2008, Nocioni was selected to play with Argentina in the Beijing Summer Olympics. Argentina advanced to the quarter-final with four wins, placing behind Lithuania in the group stage, after defeating Russia. In the game against Russia, Nocioni hit 4 three-pointers, finishing with 19 points.[35] After defeating Greece, the Argentine team lost their Olympic semifinals rematch from 4 years earlier against the US team. Due to knee tendinitis,[36] Nocioni only played 18 minutes, scoring 10 points and securing 4 rebounds.[37] Argentina next played Lithuania in the bronze medal match, which Argentina won 87–75.[38] Nocioni scored 14 points in that game.[37]

In 2011, he was part of the team that won the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Championship, played in Mar del Plata.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Chicago 81 38 23.4 .401 .258 .766 4.8 1.5 .5 .4 8.4
2005–06 Chicago 82 43 27.3 .461 .391 .843 6.1 1.4 .5 .6 13.0
2006–07 Chicago 53 31 26.5 .467 .383 .848 5.7 1.1 .5 .5 14.1
2007–08 Chicago 82 27 24.6 .432 .364 .807 4.2 1.2 .3 .5 13.2
2008–09 Chicago 53 2 24.1 .414 .378 .806 4.2 1.1 .5 .3 10.4
2008–09 Sacramento 23 16 31.0 .448 .441 .763 6.0 1.8 .6 .7 13.7
2009–10 Sacramento 78 28 19.7 .399 .386 .717 3.0 1.0 .4 .3 8.5
2010–11 Philadelphia 54 17 17.2 .426 .356 .803 3.1 .8 .3 .3 6.1
2011–12 Philadelphia 11 1 5.1 .250 .167 .545 1.3 .1 .1 .1 1.5
Career 514 203 23.4 .431 .373 .799 4.5 1.2 .4 .4 10.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Chicago 6 6 33.7 .403 .353 .739 8.2 2.3 .2 1.0 12.8
2006 Chicago 6 6 38.3 .560 .476 .857 8.8 1.5 .8 .3 22.3
2007 Chicago 10 0 19.7 .360 .333 .722 3.5 .8 .2 .5 8.8
2011 Philadelphia 1 0 10.0 .000 .000 .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 23 12 27.7 .438 .367 .789 6.0 1.3 .3 .6 13.0

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 Baskonia 20 9 20.5 .508 .421 .778 3.8 .9 1.3 .6 9.1 9.7
2002–03 Baskonia 19 11 29.0 .520 .437 .697 7.6 1.3 .8 1.0 16.8 18.0
2003–04 Baskonia 16 13 25.8 .479 .377 .759 5.8 1.5 .9 .9 13.8 14.6
2012–13 Baskonia 28 21 23.5 .436 .337 .767 4.0 .8 .5 .6 10.9 9.9
2013–14 Baskonia 21 15 26.3 .454 .349 .789 6.6 1.7 .8 1.2 13.6 16.2
Career 104 69 24.9 .476 .376 .754 5.4 1.1 .8 .9 12.7 13.5

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". Euroleague.net. 1979-09-30. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  2. ^ Argentina defeats Italy 84-69 to win the men's basketball gold medal Retrieved September 3, 2006
  3. ^ Men's Bronze Medal Game - Game 75, beijing2008.cn. Retrieved October 27, 2008
  4. ^ Biography at Nocioni's official site {es}
  5. ^ Nocioni's NBA profile Retrieved November 27, 2007
  6. ^ ESPN 1000-WMVP-AM, explaining Nocioni's nickname of Chapu Retrieved September 3, 2006[dead link]
  7. ^ Hollinger, John (April 27, 2007). "The 30 best international players in the NBA". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  8. ^ Player stats Retrieved August 15, 2006
  9. ^ Chicago Sun-Times article on Nocioni being suspended Retrieved August 15, 2006
  10. ^ Heat beat Bulls, hard foul by Nocioni Retrieved August 15, 2006
  11. ^ Interview with Andres Nocioni Retrieved August 15, 2006
  12. ^ Washington Post article on Bulls-Wizards game Retrieved August 15, 2006
  13. ^ Nocioni named Bulls POY Retrieved August 10, 2006
  14. ^ Bulls-Lakers boxscore Retrieved November 11, 2006
  15. ^ NBA game statistics Retrieved December 4, 2006
  16. ^ April 8, 2007Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON (2007-04-08). "Controlling win over Bulls pushes Raptors toward No. 2 seed". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  17. ^ Bulls resign Nocioni to multi-year extension July 18, 2007
  18. ^ Andres Nocioni "not in my best shape Retrieved October 28, 2008
  19. ^ "Kings acquire four players in three-team trade". NBA.com. February 18, 2009. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  20. ^ "NBA PM: Nocioni Wants Out | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors". Hoopsworld. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  21. ^ "Sixers announce three-player trade with Kings". NBA.com. June 17, 2010. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  22. ^ "¿Y ahora quién podrá ganarle?". www.ole.com.ar (in Spanish). Olé. November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  23. ^ "Vuelta y vuelta". www.ole.com.ar (in Spanish). Olé. November 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-29. 
  24. ^ "Sixers Waive Andres Nocioni - 3/20/2012". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  25. ^ "Chapu canta Vitoria". www.ole.com.ar (in Spanish). Olé. March 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  26. ^ "CAJA LABORAL re-signs Nocioni". Euroleague.net. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  27. ^ "Baskonia, Andres Nocioni officially part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "Real Madrid makes Nocioni its first new addition". Euroleague.net. 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  29. ^ a b Nocioni's profile at the Argentine Basketball Federation. Retrieved August 16, 2006
  30. ^ Daily review of Group A, FIBA WC 2006 Retrieved August 16, 2006
  31. ^ Game Report, Argentina vs Nigeria 98-64, Group A Retrieved August 16, 2006
  32. ^ Game Report, Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro 83-79, Group A Retrieved August 16, 2006
  33. ^ Game Report, Spain vs Argentina, 75-74, Semi-Final Retrieved September 2, 2006
  34. ^ Game Report, United States vs Argentina, Bronze Medal Game 96-81 Retrieved September 2, 2006
  35. ^ ARG/RUS – Maradona cheers on Manu, Argentina in win over Russia Retrieved October 28, 2008
  36. ^ Esta vez no alcanzó Diario Olé (Spanish)
  37. ^ a b Andrés Nocioni player statistics in 2008 Summer Olympics Retrieved October 28, 2008
  38. ^ ARG/LTU – Unheralded Gutierrez, Quinteros shine as Argentina win bronze Retrieved October 28, 2008

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