Joffrey Lauvergne

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Joffrey Lauvergne
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Lauvergne (right) against MZT in 2013.
No. 17 – Khimki
Position Power forward / Center
League VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1991-09-30) September 30, 1991 (age 22)
Mulhouse, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2012 Élan Chalon
2012 Valencia
2012–2014 Partizan Belgrade
2014–present Khimki
Career highlights and awards

Joffrey Lauvergne (born September 30, 1991) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for Khimki of the VTB United League. He was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, who then traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets.

Professional career[edit]

Élan Chalon[edit]

After two years in INSEP (2007–2009), Joffrey Lauvergne arrives in Chalon-sur-Saône in 2009. With Élan Chalon he won a French League in 2012, two French Cups in 2011 and 2012, and Leaders Cup in 2012. Lauvergne averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game in the French League. He was waived by the team on 25 November 2012.[1]

Valencia Basket[edit]

On 28 November 2012, Lauvergne signed a short-term deal with the ACB club Valencia.[2] He averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five matches.

Partizan Belgrade[edit]

On 28 December 2012, Lauvergne signed a two and half year contract with Partizan Belgrade.[3] After breakthrough half-season he was having in Partizan, he was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, who then traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets. It was also announced that he will stay some time overseas before joining the NBA.[4] Later in the summer of 2013, he confirmed that he will stay with the club for another season, despite some financial problems the club was facing.[5] In his second Euroleague season, with lot of trust from head coach Duško Vujošević, he has made big steps forward in his development, becoming one of the best rebounders in the league averaging 9.3 rebounds in 10 regular season games. His games hasn't gone unseen, as Denver Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has said that they really liked the progress he has made through the season.[6] When team captain Dragan Milosavljević injured, Lauvergne was appointed as new team captain. This made him first foreign captain in history of the Serbian team.[7] Over 24 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 11.1 points per game, while also leading the league with 8.6 rebounds per game.[8][9] Alongside with his teammate Bogdan Bogdanović, he was selected for the ideal team of the 2013–14 ABA League season.[10][11] Partizan finished season by winning its 13th consecutive title, defeating arch rivals Red Star Belgrade by 3-1 in the final series.[12]

Khimki[edit]

On June 23, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian club Khimki.[13][14] According to the Serbian daily press Večernje novosti, Partizan also received US$600,000 in the name of buyout from Khimki, as Lauvergne was still under contract with Partizan.[15] Day after leaving Partizan, he left the farewell letter praising his old teammates, coaching staff, fans and Serbian people in general. He also stated that he was feeling like part of fa amily, almost like at home, surrounded with love and care from the people in the club.[16][17]

Euroleague 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
Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Élan Chalon 7 5 15.4 .531 .500 .800 3.6 .9 .1 .1 6.6 6.3
2013–14 Partizan 24 24 32.3 .515 .229 .714 8.6 1.0 .6 .3 11.1 15.4
Career 31 29 28.6 .517 .279 .724 7.5 1.0 .5 .2 10.1 13.4

French national team[edit]

Lauvergne is a member of the senior men's French national basketball team. He won the gold medal with France at the EuroBasket 2013.[18] The following summer, he won the bronze medal with France at the 2014 World Cup. His role in the team increased, and he averaged 9.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over nine tournament games.[19]

International stats[edit]

Tournament Games played Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
2013 EuroBasket 9 3.8 2.8 0.3
2014 World Cup 9 9.2 5.3 0.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elan Chalon waives Joffrey Lauvergne". Sportando. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "VALENCIA gets Lauvergne on short-term deal". eurocupbasketball.com. November 28, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lovernj novi crno-beli!". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). December 28, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sherman, Roger. "NBA Draft 2013: Denver Nuggets selects Joffrey Lauvergne with No. 55 pick". sbnation.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne confirms he will stay with Partizan Belgrade". Sportando. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Dempsey, Christopher. "Nuggets have rising prospect in Europe's Joffrey Lauvergne". The Denver Post. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lovernj novi kapiten Partizana". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Gancedo, Javier. "Joffrey Lauvergne, Partizan NIS Belgrade". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne 2013-2014 Statistics". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "The ideal five of the 2013/14 season selected". abaliga.com. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "ABA: ’Večiti’ i Šarić u timu lige". b92.net. Retrieved 21 April 2014. (Serbian)
  12. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "JOFFREY LAUVERGNE JOINED BC KHIMKI". bckhimki.ru. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lovernj ide u Himki!". B92.net (in Serbian). June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lovernj dve godine u Himkiju, Partizanu obeštećenje 600.000 dolara". novosti.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Žo: Dragi prijatelji, ovo pismo je za vas". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lovernj: Bio sam deo porodice". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne - EuroBasket 2013". fiba.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Joffrey LAUVERGNE - World Cup 2014". fiba.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dragan Milosavljević
(injury)
KK Partizan captain
(acting)

2014
Succeeded by
Dragan Milosavljević