Mickaël Piétrus

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Mickaël Piétrus
Mickael Pietrus.jpg
Piétrus with the Magic
Free Agent
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1982-02-07) February 7, 1982 (age 32)
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2003 Pau-Orthez (France)
20032008 Golden State Warriors
20082010 Orlando Magic
2010–2011 Phoenix Suns
2011–2012 Boston Celtics
2012–2013 Toronto Raptors
Stats at NBA.com

Mickaël Piétrus (French pronunciation: ​[mike'l piɛː'tʁus]; born February 7, 1982) is a French professional basketball player who last played for the Toronto Raptors. of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is listed at 6'6", 215 pounds and plays both the small forward and shooting guard positions. Piétrus was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and is originally from Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island that is a part of France. His older brother, Florent Piétrus, is also a professional basketball player.

Piétrus is also known by the nicknames MP, Air France, and Puma.[1][2][3] He speaks French and English fluently.[1]

Pro career[edit]

Europe[edit]

With ÉB Pau-Orthez he won the French championship in 2001 and 2003, as well as the national cup in the year 2002. In September 2005 he won the bronze medal at the 2005 European Championship with the French national team.

Golden State Warriors[edit]

After leaving his native France, Piétrus was drafted by the Golden State Warriors. He played there for 5 seasons with the last being the 07–08 season.

Orlando Magic[edit]

During the 2008 off-season, he was signed by the Orlando Magic.[4][5]

In Piétrus's debut, he scored 20 points against the Atlanta Hawks. He continued to be a key player for the Orlando Magic, with one of his best games being against the Dallas Mavericks, where he made 5 three-point field goals to lead the Magic into a comeback and their first win in Dallas.

Piétrus helped the Magic throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs where the team reached its second Finals appearance. However he struggled during the final series against the Lakers.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

On December 18, 2010, Piétrus was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, a 2011 first-round draft pick, and $3 million, for former Magic player Hedo Türkoğlu, Jason Richardson, and Earl Clark.[6] On December 9, 2011, the Suns tried to trade Piétrus and $1 Million to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a conditional second round draft pick. One day later, Toronto decided to suspend the trade because Piétrus had a problem with his right knee and it would take 2–4 weeks for it to heal. Piétrus was waived by the Suns on December 22, 2011.[7]

Boston Celtics[edit]

Mickaël Piétrus signed a $1.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics on December 24, 2011, two days after Phoenix waived him.

On March 23, 2012 Pietrus fell on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center after being blocked on a layup. He was taken off by stretcher and was diagnosed with a grade three concussion, and ruled out until at least the playoffs. He had been averaging 6.8 PPG, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.7 assists with the Celtics. He returned in a game against the Atlanta Hawks on April 11, 2012.

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On November 30, 2012, Pietrus signed with the Toronto Raptors.[8]

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
2003–04 Golden State 53 22 14.1 .416 .333 .693 2.2 .5 .6 .2 5.3
2004–05 Golden State 67 3 20.0 .427 .344 .698 2.8 1.2 .7 .3 9.5
2005–06 Golden State 52 18 22.7 .404 .318 .608 3.1 .8 .6 .2 9.3
2006–07 Golden State 72 38 26.9 .488 .388 .648 4.5 .9 .7 .8 11.1
2007–08 Golden State 66 16 19.9 .439 .361 .673 3.7 .7 1.0 .7 7.2
2008–09 Orlando 54 25 24.6 .413 .359 .709 3.3 1.2 .6 .4 9.4
2009–10 Orlando 75 24 22.5 .432 .379 .633 2.9 .7 .7 .4 8.7
2010–11 Orlando 19 0 22.0 .391 .391 .500 2.6 .5 .5 .2 6.7
2010–11 Phoenix 38 4 18.1 .392 .342 .706 2.0 .6 .5 .5 7.4
2011–12 Boston 42 6 21.9 .385 .335 .645 3.1 .6 .5 .2 6.9
2012–13 Toronto 19 16 20.3 .347 .313 .667 1.9 .5 .6 .3 5.3
Career 557 172 21.5 .425 .355 .665 3.1 .8 .7 .4 8.3

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Golden State 11 0 19.0 .347 .259 .694 3.8 .5 .5 .8 6.0
2009 Orlando 24 0 25.8 .483 .385 .723 2.6 .6 .8 .5 10.5
2010 Orlando 14 0 20.1 .438 .459 .667 1.4 .7 .6 .4 8.4
2012 Boston 20 1 19.6 .329 .222 .563 2.0 .1 .7 .3 3.5
Career 69 1 21.8 .426 .353 .687 2.4 .5 .7 .5 7.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mickael-Pietrus Bio Page. mickael-pietrus.com
  2. ^ Hu, Janny. (2011-07-15) Say good-bye: Mickael Pietrus is signing with the Magic. Sfgate.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  3. ^ The Undaunted Task of Mickael Pietrus. Pickinsplinters.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  4. ^ Magic land versatile defender Pietrus. Sports.espn.go.com (2008-07-10). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  5. ^ Pietrus leaves Warriors, signs with Magic. Sports.espn.go.com (2008-07-10). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  6. ^ "Suns, Magic Complete Six-Player Trade". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ Phoenix Suns waive Mickael Pietrus. Espn.go.com (2011-12-22). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
  8. ^ Raptors Sign Free-Agent Forward Mickael Pietrus

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