Carlos Delfino

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Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino Rockets.jpg
Delfino with the Rockets
No. 10 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-08-29) August 29, 1982 (age 31)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentine / Italian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro playing career 1998–present
Career history
1998–1999 Olimpia de Venado Tuerto (Argentina)
1999–2000 Unión de Santa Fe (Argentina)
2000–2002 Viola Reggio Calabria (Italy)
2002–2004 Skipper Bologna (Italy)
20042007 Detroit Pistons
2007–2008 Toronto Raptors
2008–2009 Khimki Moscow Region (Russia)
20092012 Milwaukee Bucks
2012–2013 Houston Rockets
2013–present Milwaukee Bucks
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982) is an Argentine-Italian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He holds dual citizenship in both Italy and Argentina.[1] Delfino plays at the small forward and shooting guard positions. He stands 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 104 kg (229 lb). He is also noted for his defense and three point shooting skills.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

The son of Carlos and Cristina Delfino, he began his professional career playing in the Argentine Basketball League for Olimpia de Venado Tuerto in the 1998–99 season, and he then transferred to Unión de Santa Fe in 1999–2000.

Italian clubs[edit]

Delfino moved to Italy in 2000 and played four seasons in the Italian A-1 League, the first two with Reggio Calabria and the other two seasons with Skipper Bologna.

In his first season in Italy, he played for Reggio Calabria. In just under 21 minutes per game he averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He scored a season-high 25 points in his second game against Scavolini Pesaro, making five of eight three-point attempts. He scored 15 points in just 20 minutes against Cordivari Roseto and tallied 14 points apiece against Paf Bologna, Muller Verona and Kinder Bologna. He hit at least one three-pointer in 19 of 24 games.

In his first season with Skipper Bologna, he moved into the starting lineup in the third game of the season and averaged about 26 minutes. He scored 18 points, including shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range, versus Euro Roseto and posted double-doubles against Benetton Treviso (13 points, 13 rebounds), Oregon Scientific Cantù (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Pippo Milano (14 points, 11 rebounds). He suffered torn ligaments in his ankle late in the season, but returned in late May.

Detroit Pistons (2004–2007)[edit]

Beginning in 2004, Delfino signed to play for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association, who made him the 25th pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft, making him the first Argentine player ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. In November 2004, he suffered a knee injury that kept him on the injured list for over three months. He had an operation in the U.S. and then another in Argentina, where he recovered. However, Delfino did not immediately return to form after his rehabilitation, and was left off the Pistons' 2005 playoff roster. After he recovered from the knee injury, Delfino averaged 15.3 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 30 games under coach Larry Brown. Many regarded Brown as having limited space for Delfino's offensive creativity. It was perceived that under the Pistons upcoming new coach Flip Saunders, that Delfino would thrive.

In his second season on the Pistons' active roster, Carlos averaged 10.7 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. Delfino played off the bench substituting for either Tayshaun Prince or Richard Hamilton. He had three straight games where he scored in double digits before being sidelined for the next 4 with the flu. Delfino became an important change-of-pace player in Flip Saunders' offensive scheme.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On June 15, 2007, the Detroit Pistons traded Delfino to the Toronto Raptors for 2nd round draft picks in both the 2009 NBA Draft and the 2011 NBA Draft.[3] The 2007–08 season was his most productive in the NBA, as he averaged 9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game during the regular season.

On June 16, 2009, the Toronto Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Delfino.[4]

Khimki[edit]

In the summer of 2008, Delfino signed a 3-year contract with the Russian Super League club Khimki Moscow Region. Delfino was one of the highest paid basketball players in Europe, earning about $10 million US dollars per season, plus a house, a car and a driver, and savings on taxes.[5] He averaged 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in Europe's second level competition, the ULEB Eurocup during the 2008–09 season.[6]

Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2012)[edit]

On August 18, 2009, the Raptors signed and traded Delfino to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Roko Ukić in exchange for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems.[7]

Delfino had a breakout season with the Bucks, as he posted career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and blocks per game, while playing 30 minutes per game. He also played a major role in the playoffs, shooting a career high .405 from behind the 3-point line.

Houston Rockets (2012–2013)[edit]

On August 20, 2012, Delfino signed with the Houston Rockets.[8] After being a starter for three years in Milwaukee, Delfino became the sixth man for the Rockets. On June 30, 2013, Delfino was waived by the Rockets.[9]

Return to the Milwaukee Bucks (2013–present)[edit]

On July 17, 2013, Delfino signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.[10]

Argentine national team[edit]

Delfino was a member of Argentina's junior national team that won the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship that was held in Saitama, Japan. Delfino was also a part of the senior Argentine national basketball team that won the gold at the 2004 Olympics basketball Tournament. He also played with Argentina's senior national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and at the 2008 Olympics basketball Tournament, where he helped Argentina to win the bronze medal.

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 regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Detroit 30 4 15.3 .359 .257 .575 1.8 1.3 .7 .2 3.9
2005–06 Detroit 68 1 10.7 .403 .333 .672 1.7 .6 .3 .2 3.6
2006–07 Detroit 82 1 16.7 .415 .333 .787 3.2 1.1 .6 .1 5.2
2007–08 Toronto 82 0 23.5 .397 .382 .744 4.4 1.8 .8 .1 9.0
2009–10 Milwaukee 75 66 30.4 .408 .367 .782 5.3 2.7 1.1 .3 11.0
2010–11 Milwaukee 49 40 32.4 .390 .370 .800 4.1 2.3 1.6 .2 11.5
2011–12 Milwaukee 54 53 28.5 .402 .360 .792 3.9 2.3 1.5 .2 9.0
2012–13 Houston 67 5 25.2 .405 .375 .857 3.3 2.0 1.0 .1 10.6
Career 507 170 22.8 .401 .365 .758 3.6 1.7 .9 .2 8.1

NBA Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Detroit 8 0 4.0 .167 .500 1.000 .5 .3 .1 .0 .6
2007 Detroit 16 0 8.4 .405 .188 .667 1.3 .5 .3 .1 2.3
2008 Toronto 5 0 24.2 .405 .267 .900 4.8 2.2 .8 .0 8.6
2010 Milwaukee 7 7 32.3 .356 .405 .750 4.0 2.6 .7 .3 10.0
2013 Houston 5 0 24.0 .375 .355 1.000 2.4 2.0 .6 .2 9.0
Career 41 7 15.5 .373 .337 .846 2.2 1.2 .4 .1 4.9

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Skipper Bologna 16 15 31.8 .393 .291 .673 7.1 1.7 1.7 .3 12.0 13.4
2003–04 Skipper Bologna 21 16 30.9 .414 .338 .778 6.0 2.2 1.7 .1 12.4 13.7
Career 37 31 31.3 .405 .314 .732 6.5 2.0 1.7 .2 12.2 13.6

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