Danilo Gallinari

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Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari.jpg
Gallinari in August 2012 with Italy
No. 8 – Denver Nuggets
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-08-08) August 8, 1988 (age 25)
Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2005 Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (Italy)
2005–2006 Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia (Italy)
2006–2008 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
20082011 New York Knicks
2011–present Denver Nuggets
2011 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈnilo ɡalliˈnari]; born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) in height and 102 kg (225 lbs) in weight.[1] Danilo mainly plays at the small forward position.[2] His nickname is Gallo, which is Italian for "rooster".[3]

Professional career[edit]

Italy[edit]

Gallinari's father, Vittorio Gallinari, played professional basketball with Olimpia Milano (along with future head coach Mike D'Antoni),[4] Pallacanestro Pavia, Virtus Bologna, and Scaligera Basket Verona in the Italian league.

Danilo starting playing professionally in 2004[5] for Casalpusterlengo, a team in Serie B1 (third level in Italy).

In 2005, Gallinari was acquired by Armani Jeans Milano, which then sent him to Edimes Pavia, a team competing in the Italian league second division championship during the 2005–2006 season, so that he could earn more experience with extended playing minutes. Even though he played only half of the season due to an injury, in 2006 he was nominated as the best Italian player of the Italian league second division championship, averaging 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.8 assists in 17 games.[6]

In 2006, he was recalled by Olimpia Milano to play in the 2006–2007 Italian league first division championship and also in the second level tier European wide cup competition, the ULEB Cup. In his first season in the top Italian division, Gallinari was named as the league's best player under the of age 22, averaging 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 assists per game in 34 regular season games and 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 0.9 assists per game in 8 playoff games.[7] During the season he also won the 2007 Italian All Star Game 3-point shootout contest.

He spent his last season with Milano in the top Italian league,[8] finishing first in the league's overall efficiency ratings.[9] During the 2007–2008 season, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 assists per game in 33 regular season games and 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists per game in 8 playoff games.[10]

In the 2007–2008 season, he also played for the first time in the elite Europe-wide Euroleague competition, which is the first tier level continental club competition of Europe. In the Euroleague he averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in 11 games; he posted a season-high 27 points against Maccabi Tel Aviv in his final game.[11] He made an instant impact on basketball courts around the continent and he was subsequently named the Euroleague 2007-08 season's Rising Star award winner.

NBA career[edit]

New York Knicks (2008-2011)[edit]

His contract with Olimpia Milano had an escape clause for playing professionally in the United States, effectively eliminating major encumbrances that would have prevented him from joining the NBA. On April 23, 2008, he decided to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. Gallinari signed an endorsement deal with Reebok before being drafted into the NBA. He has his own sneaker, made by Reebok, called "The Rooster." [12]

Gallinari training with the Knicks

Gallinari was drafted 6th overall in the 2008 draft by the New York Knicks. He then signed a two-year contract with the team.[13]

In his first NBA Summer League game, Gallinari showed off his ball handling skills by executing a "Shammgod" dribble move in order to beat his defender to the basket and draw a foul.[14]

Just one game into the 2008–09 season, it was announced Gallinari would most likely miss most of the remainder of the season due to back problems.[15] Despite his back problems, he came back into play on 17 January, during a game the Knicks lost to Philadelphia. On 4 March, Gallinari scored a season-high 17 points against the Atlanta Hawks, shooting 4–5 on three-point field goal attempts.

On October 23, 2009, the Knicks picked up Gallinari's contract option.[16]

With the Knicks freeing up roster space for Gallinari with the trade of Quentin Richardson, and with Al Harrington being relegated to the bench, head coach Mike D'Antoni named Gallinari a starter two games into the 2009 NBA season.[17][18] On October 31, 2009, the third game of the 2009 season, Gallinari scored a career-high 30 points and made eight three-pointers in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, one short of tying a Knicks franchise record held by Latrell Sprewell and John Starks.[19] Gallinari set a new career high on April 6, 2010, with 31 points in a 104-101 win over the Boston Celtics.

Denver Nuggets (2011-present)[edit]

On February 22, 2011, Gallinari was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-way blockbuster deal, which also involved the Minnesota Timberwolves, that brought Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York.[20] In just his second game with the Nuggets, he almost matched his career high with a 30-point effort in an overtime loss against the Portland Trail Blazers.

During the 2011 NBA lockout he returned to Italy to play for Emporio Armani Milan.[21]

On January 25, 2012, Gallinari signed a multi-year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.[22] On April 5, 2013, it was announced that Gallinari would miss the remainder of the 2012–13 season because of an ACL injury.[23] The same injury forced him out of the entire 2013–14 season as well.[24]

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
Correct as of April 4, 2013

NBA regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 New York 28 2 14.7 .448 .444 .963 2.0 .5 .5 .1 6.1
2009–10 New York 81 74 33.9 .423 .381 .818 4.9 1.7 .9 .7 15.1
2010–11 New York 48 48 34.8 .415 .347 .893 4.8 1.7 .8 .4 15.9
2010–11 Denver 14 12 30.9 .412 .370 .772 5.4 1.6 .9 .6 14.7
2011–12 Denver 43 40 31.4 .414 .328 .871 4.7 2.7 1.0 .5 14.6
2012–13 Denver 71 71 32.5 .418 .373 .822 5.2 2.5 .9 .5 16.2
Career 285 247 31.3 .419 .369 .844 4.7 1.9 .9 .5 14.5

NBA Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Denver 5 5 29.6 .432 .467 .714 3.4 2.0 .8 .0 12.0
2012 Denver 7 7 31.7 .362 .174 .917 5.1 2.4 .7 .6 13.4
Career 12 12 30.8 .384 .289 .822 4.4 2.3 .8 .3 12.8

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Olimpia Milano 1 0 2.3 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 - 1.0
2007–08 Olimpia Milano 11 11 31.7 .420 .318 .781 4.2 1.7 1.5 .4 14.9 17.2
2011–12 Olimpia Milano 7 2 28.3 .406 .267 .753 4.4 1.1 .7 .4 16.4 19.3
Career 19 13 25.6 .413 .293 .796 4.1 1.4 1.1 .4 14.7 17.1

Italian national team[edit]

Gallinari has been a member of the Under-16 and Under-18 junior men's Italian national basketball teams. He played at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and he won the bronze medal at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was also selected as a member of the senior men's Italian national basketball team for the 2007 European Championship, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury that he suffered during the preparation before the tournament.

Off the court[edit]

In addition to basketball, Gallinari has worked as a model for Armani.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 8 Danilo Gallinari, SF Denver Nuggets (2012-01-17). "CBS Sportsline player profile 6-10 225". Sportsline.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Danilo Gallinari - New York Knicks - NBA - Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Know The Prospect: Danilo Gallinari". Stop Mike Lupica. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Ian. "World of Ability". Blog article. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Danilo Gallinari". Euroleague.net. 1988-08-08. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  6. ^ "LegaDue page on Gallinari". Legaduebasket.it. 2006-06-30. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  7. ^ "LegaA page on Gallinari". 195.56.77.208. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Lega A page on Gallinari". 195.56.77.208. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Top 20 position". 195.56.77.208. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  10. ^ "LegaA page on Gallinari". 195.56.77.208. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Euroleague page on Gallinari". Euroleague.net. 1988-08-08. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  12. ^ Littmann, Chris (2008-06-27). "FirstCuts: Reebok Inks Gallinari, Debuts Shoe". Sporting News. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  13. ^ "Knicks sign Gallinari". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  14. ^ Danilo Gallinari on YouTube
  15. ^ "Danilo Gallinari's back, future up in air". Nydailynews.com. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  16. ^ "Knicks pick up options on Chandler, Gallinari". NBA.com. 2009-10-23. 
  17. ^ "Lineup change for Knicks: Gallinari in; Harrington out". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  18. ^ Saturday October 31, 2009 7:21 PM By Alan Hahn (2009-10-31). "Gallinari will start; Harrington to the bench". Newsday.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  19. ^ "Sixers Knicks Boxscore". NBA.com. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  20. ^ "Nuggets acquire five players, three picks in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  21. ^ "ARMANI MILAN brings Gallinari home". Euroleague.net. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  22. ^ "Nuggets sign Danilo Gallinari to contract extension". NBA.com. January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  23. ^ Danilo Gallinari out for season
  24. ^ Denver Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari Undergoes Knee Surgery
  25. ^ Danilo Gallinari for Emporio Armani EA7

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