Eric Piatkowski

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Eric Piatkowski
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No. 52
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 43)
Steubenville, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Stevens (Rapid City, South Dakota)
College Nebraska (1990–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1994–2008
Career history
19942003 Los Angeles Clippers
2003–2004 Houston Rockets
20042006 Chicago Bulls
20062008 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,919 (7.5 ppg)
Rebounds 1,716 (2.2 rpg)
Assists 778 (1.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Eric Todd Piatkowski (/ˌp.ətˈkski/; born September 30, 1970) is a former American professional basketball player. He most recently played for the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns.[1] He is the son of former ABA player Walt Piatkowski.

High school career[edit]

Piatkowski attended Rapid City Stevens High School and was a student and a standout in basketball. In basketball, as a senior, he led his team to the 1989 South Dakota Class AA State Championship, was an All-State selection, and was named the Mr. Basketball for the State of South Dakota.

College career[edit]

Piatkowski played four years at the University of Nebraska for coach Danny Nee. He was a member of the All Big Eight Freshman team in 1991 and was honorable mention All Big Eight his freshman and sophomore seasons. Piatkowski was a first team All-Big Eight pick by the Associated Press his junior year and averaged a team high 16.7 points per game. He averaged 21.5 points per game his senior season and was named to the All Big Eight team again. He also led the Huskers to the Big Eight Conference Tournament Championship game while scoring a collegiate high and NU single game record 42 points against Oklahoma in the semi-finals. They went on to defeat Oklahoma State in the finals and he secured tournament MVP honors. That helped earn them the sixth seed in the NCAA Tournament. However Piatkowski's team lost to the eleventh seeded Penn Quakers in the opening round. He was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and finished his collegiate career with 1,934 career points, behind only Dave Hoppen for the most in school history. His jersey at Nebraska (No. 52) was retired in 2006.[2]

NBA career[edit]

After completing his eligibility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Piatkowski was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th pick of the 1994 NBA Draft. The Pacers immediately dealt his draft rights, along with Jerome Richardson and Malik Sealy, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Greg Minor. He ended his Clipper career as the franchise leader in games played (616), 3-point field goals made (738) and 3-point field goal attempts (1,835) and free throw percentage (.880%).

After nine seasons with the Clippers he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Houston Rockets before the 2003-04 season. Piatkowski became a Bull on September 8, 2004, when Houston sent him, Adrian Griffin and Mike Wilks to Chicago in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo. On July 13, 2006, Piatkowski officially signed with the Phoenix Suns, agreeing on a two-year, $2.4 million deal. In April 2014 Piatkowski's Group was attempting to buy the L.A. Clippers from Embattled owner Donald T Sterling.

Career highlights and trivia[edit]

  • He played for the US in the World Basketball games in 1993.
  • On February 16, 2002, he set a career high of 36 points against the Dallas Mavericks.
  • He set the Clippers individual season record for three-point percentage at .466 which ranked him third in the NBA that season. (2001-02)
  • Nicknamed "Pike" and "The Polish Rifle" for his surname and three-point shooting accuracy.
  • Beginning in the 2008-2009 season, Piatkowski became the color analyst on Fox Sports Midwest for the Nebraska men's basketball team. He teams up with Greg Sharpe to call the action for the Cornhuskers.

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 L.A. Clippers 81 11 14.9 .441 .374 .783 1.6 1.0 .5 .2 7.0
1995–96 L.A. Clippers 65 1 12.1 .405 .333 .817 1.6 .7 .4 .2 4.6
1996–97 L.A. Clippers 65 0 11.5 .450 .425 .821 1.6 .8 .5 .2 6.0
1997–98 L.A. Clippers 67 35 26.0 .452 .409 .824 3.5 1.3 .8 .2 11.3
1998–99 L.A. Clippers 49 38 25.3 .432 .394 .863 2.9 1.1 .9 .1 10.5
1999–00 L.A. Clippers 75 23 22.8 .415 .383 .850 3.0 1.1 .6 .2 8.7
2000–01 L.A. Clippers 81 40 26.5 .433 .404 .873 3.0 1.2 .6 .2 10.6
2001–02 L.A. Clippers 71 64 24.2 .439 .466 .894 2.6 1.6 .6 .2 8.8
2002–03 L.A. Clippers 62 26 21.9 .471 .398 .828 2.5 1.1 .5 .1 9.7
2003–04 Houston 49 0 14.3 .377 .352 .875 1.5 .5 .3 .1 4.1
2004–05 Chicago 68 11 12.4 .430 .425 .804 1.2 .8 .4 .0 4.8
2005–06 Chicago 29 1 7.9 .393 .273 .400 .8 .4 .2 .0 2.0
2006–07 Phoenix 11 0 6.6 .360 .389 1.000 .8 .4 .0 .1 2.5
2007–08 Phoenix 16 0 7.1 .364 .423 1.000 .8 .6 .0 .1 2.4
Career 789 250 18.5 .434 .399 .839 2.2 1.0 .5 .1 7.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997 L.A. Clippers 3 0 12.7 .364 .400 .857 .7 .0 .3 .0 5.3
2004 Houston 1 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2005 Chicago 5 0 13.2 .316 .385 .857 1.8 .6 .8 .2 4.6
2006 Chicago 6 0 4.7 .500 .400 1.000 .8 .2 .0 .2 1.7
2007 Phoenix 1 0 3.0 1.000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2008 Phoenix 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 17 0 8.3 .368 .391 .875 1.0 .2 .3 .1 3.0

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