Gordan Giriček

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Gordan Giriček
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Giriček with the Phoenix Suns.
Personal information
Born (1977-06-20) June 20, 1977 (age 37)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 1993–2011
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11
Career history
1993–2001 Cibona Zagreb
2001–2002 CSKA Moscow
2002–2003 Memphis Grizzlies
2003–2004 Orlando Magic
2004–2007 Utah Jazz
2007–2008 Philadelphia 76ers
2008 Phoenix Suns
2008–2010 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2010–2011 Cibona Zagreb
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gordan Giriček (born June 20, 1977) is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Standing at 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in), he played the shooting guard and small forward positions. Over eighteen years of the professional basketball, he played in the NBA for several teams, including Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Phoenix Suns. He also played for several European teams, including Cibona, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahçe Ülker.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Giriček, the 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) shooting guard-small forward started playing basketball with the youth section of a small local club in Zagreb called Jedinstvo.

Later on, he joined the Zagreb-based club Cibona, and while playing there he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (40th pick overall) in the 1999 NBA Draft and traded by the Mavericks to the San Antonio Spurs for Leon Smith. However, he never played for the Spurs, who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for a second-round pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He stayed in his native country Croatia until 2001.

In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with the Russian team CSKA Moscow, playing the 2001-2002 season there. He had a breakthrough season, averaging 22.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 18 games of the Euroleague.

Memphis Grizzlies (2002–2003)[edit]

He came to the United States in 2002. In his NBA debut game with the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 29 points. He played a total of 49 regular season games for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 11.2 points per game.

Orlando Magic (2003–2004)[edit]

On February 19, 2003, day before trade deadline, he was traded by Memphis, with Drew Gooden, to the Orlando Magic for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey, a future first-round draft pick and a future second-round draft pick.[1] He ended that season on the NBA's All-Rookie second team.

Utah Jazz (2004–2007)[edit]

On February 19, 2004, he was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Utah Jazz for DeShawn Stevenson and a future second-round draft pick.[2]

With Utah, his main role was that of a shooting threat off the bench; he was also a part-time starter. He had also emerged as a competent defender. During his time in Utah he scored career-high 33 points against the Phoenix Suns.

He was traded from the Jazz to the Philadelphia 76ers on December 26, 2007[3] for Kyle Korver and a future first-round draft pick from the Jazz,[4] after a falling-out with coach Jerry Sloan.[5] Giriček had been having issues with Sloan for a few games. Against the Charlotte Bobcats, Giriček made a bad pass and was pulled from the game. The player and coach got in an argument which escalated to the point of Sloan sending Giriček to the locker room. He was later sent back to Salt Lake City, and did not participate in the games against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat.

Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2008)[edit]

On February 29, 2008, he was waived by the 76ers.[6] He spent barely two months at the club, appearing in 12 games.

Phoenix Suns (2008)[edit]

On March 4, 2008, the Phoenix Suns signed Giriček for the remainder of the season.[3]

Fenerbahçe Ülker (2008–2010)[edit]

In August 2008, 31-year-old Giriček left the NBA and returned to Europe. He signed a 2-year 4 million euros net income contract with the Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker. He was released on May 15, 2010.[7]

Cibona Zagreb (2010–2011)[edit]

In December 2010, he signed a contract with Cibona Zagreb in his native country of Croatia until the end of the 2010-11 season.[8] After season, he retired from the professional basketball.

Croatian national basketball team[edit]

Giriček was a member of the Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia, he played at 5 consecutive European Championships: the 1997 European Championship, 1999 European Championship, 2001 European Championship, 2003 European Championship, and the 2005 European Championship.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2003 Giriček married his long-time girlfriend Nataša Gulan, in Orlando, Florida. In February 2004 Nataša gave birth to their first and only child, a girl they named Lara.

In July 2004 Giriček signed a contract with the Jazz worth $16 million through 4 years. At that time, Giriček asked his wife to sign a postnuptial agreement. His lawyers drew up the agreement so that in case of a divorce, his wife would get the total salaries that she would have earned had she stayed at VIPnet, the mobile telephony company that she worked for before meeting Giriček. Gulan refused to sign the agreement and, in August 2004, Giriček decided to file for divorce after his wife had left him and moved to her mother's house with their child, with Gulan demanding $1.5 million.

In February 2007, a court in Croatia decided that Giriček's wife was to get $102,500.[9] Giriček pays $1,500 per month in child support. During court trial his wife's lawyer wrote to Giriček's present and past clubs, requesting information about the player's earnings but, as such information was not demanded by Croatian courts, it was never disclosed by any of the teams. In July 2007, he decided not to join the Croatian national team for the 2007 European Championship because of dissidence with his ex-wife, as Gulan did not honor a child visiting agreement ordered by court, by which the player was to be with Lara during July, thus arriving on time for national team pre-tournament camp. Gulan argued that she got her holiday at that time and that it was unchangeable, also wanting to spend time with her daughter.[10]

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

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Memphis 49 35 24.2 .433 .354 .822 2.2 1.4 .4 .1 11.2
2002–03 Orlando 27 27 35.6 .440 .328 .816 4.8 2.5 1.1 .1 14.3
2003–04 Orlando 48 25 29.9 .440 .407 .827 3.4 1.7 .9 .2 10.2
2003–04 Utah 25 18 24.2 .431 .359 .883 2.5 1.7 .6 .2 13.5
2004–05 Utah 81 44 20.5 .448 .362 .810 2.2 1.7 .6 .1 8.8
2005–06 Utah 37 36 25.8 .433 .305 .754 1.9 1.7 .4 .1 10.6
2006–07 Utah 61 6 19.5 .462 .426 .816 2.1 1.0 .5 .1 7.8
2007–08 Utah 22 0 12.7 .402 .353 1.000 1.4 .7 .6 .0 4.3
2007–08 Philadelphia 12 0 9.2 .317 .333 .750 1.2 .9 .3 .1 3.1
2007–08 Phoenix 22 0 20.1 .497 .380 .941 2.3 1.6 .4 .1 8.8
Career 384 191 23.0 .442 .368 .823 2.5 1.5 .6 .1 9.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Orlando 7 7 31.9 .464 .333 .818 3.1 1.0 .3 .1 9.4
2007 Utah 17 3 18.1 .418 .538 .875 1.6 1.0 .2 .1 6.1
2008 Phoenix 5 0 16.0 .333 .250 1.000 1.4 .4 .4 .0 3.4
Career 29 10 21.0 .424 .444 .871 2.0 .9 .2 .1 6.4

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Cibona 6 4 27.0 .232 .129 .788 3.0 .8 .3 .0 10.3 2.7
2001–02 CSKA Moscow 18 17 32.9 .528 .373 .808 3.1 1.6 1.1 .1 22.9 20.6
2008–09 Fenerbahçe 5 3 28.1 .353 .250 .842 3.2 1.2 1.6 .0 11.4 9.8
2009–10 Fenerbahçe 10 3 21.2 .394 .367 .833 2.9 .8 .3 .0 8.2 4.5
Career 39 27 28.4 .446 .311 .810 3.1 1.2 .8 .0 15.7 12.3

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