Piétrus during his tenure with the Orlando Magic
February 7, 1982 |
Les Abymes, Guadeloupe, France
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|2003–2008||Golden State Warriors|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Mickaël Piétrus (French pronunciation: [mikaɛ'l pieː'tʁys]; 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.
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
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
NBA career statistics
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- National Basketball Association portal
- List of French NBA players
- List of European basketball players in the United States
- Mickael-Pietrus Bio Page. mickael-pietrus.com
- Hu, Janny. (2011-07-15) Say good-bye: Mickael Pietrus is signing with the Magic. Sfgate.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- The Undaunted Task of Mickael Pietrus. Pickinsplinters.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- Magic land versatile defender Pietrus. Sports.espn.go.com (2008-07-10). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- Pietrus leaves Warriors, signs with Magic. Sports.espn.go.com (2008-07-10). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- "Suns, Magic Complete Six-Player Trade". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
- Phoenix Suns waive Mickael Pietrus. Espn.go.com (2011-12-22). Retrieved on 2012-04-21.
- Raptors Sign Free-Agent Forward Mickael Pietrus
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mickaël Piétrus.|
- NBA.com Profile
- Mickael Pietrus at Basketball-Reference.com
- Official Website
- NBA.com: Prospect Profile: Mickael Pietrus