Demetris Nichols

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Demetris Nichols
No. 2 – Panathinaikos
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Greek Basket League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1984-09-04) September 4, 1984 (age 32)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school St. Andrew's School
(Barrington, Rhode Island)
College Syracuse (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007 Cleveland Cavaliers
20072008 Chicago Bulls
2007–2008 Iowa Energy
2009 New York Knicks
2009 Iowa Energy
2009–2010 BCM Gravelines
2010–2011 JA Vichy
2011 Cholet Basket
2012 Metros de Santiago
2012–2013 Sioux Falls Skyforce
2013 Capitanes de Arecibo
2013–2014 Krasnye Krylia
2014–2016 CSKA Moscow
2016–present Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

Demetris Nichols (born September 4, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek League and the EuroLeague. He can play at both the small forward and power forward positions. Nichols played college basketball with the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, and has been a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks of the NBA.

High school career[edit]

Nichols was coached by Mike Hart at St. Andrew's High School, where he helped his club to a 28-8 record and won the New England Prep School Athletic Conference title, tallying 15 points and 13 rebounds in the championship game against Lawrence Academy. His senior year, he averaged 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds a game.

He was a three-time Street & Smith's Magazine Honorable Mention All-American, a 2003 third-team Parade All-American, the 2003 Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year, and the EA Sports Roundball Game All-American.[1] He was rated 50th overall and 14th among small forwards by ESPN.com. He was successfully recruited by Syracuse University.[2]

College career[edit]

Nichols appeared in 26 games for the Orange during his freshman year, starting 15 of them. His best performance of the season was a seven-rebound and team-leading 17-point performance against Providence.[3] He also scored 10 points against BYU[4] and nine points against Maryland in the NCAA Tournament,[5] in which Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16.[6] In his sophomore year, Nichols would start the first eight games of the season before he was forced out of the lineup with a back injury.[7] He would play in 27 games that season, averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.[8]

Nichols posted the sixth-best scoring average improvement in Syracuse history, going from 3.9 points per game as a sophomore to 13.3 points per game in 2005–06 in his junior year. He ranked second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding (5.8 rebounds per game). Nichols scored a season-high 28 points against Connecticut[9] and averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Big East Tournament.[8]

Nichols' senior season proved to be his best one at Syracuse, as he was a unanimous selection for the All-Big East First Team. He was also a NABC and USBWA All-District First Team selection after leading the Big East in scoring (18.9 points per game) and finished third in conference play (17.9 points per game). He also set a Syracuse record in Big East games with a career-high[8] 37 points, including seven three-pointers, to go along with 10 rebounds against St. John's.[10]

In March 2007, Nichols was elected to participate in the 19th Annual State Farm College Three-Point Championship. He finished second to Aaron Brooks.[8]

Nichols finished his Syracuse career tied for 28th in career scoring (1,344), third in three-point goals (205), fourth in three-point field goals attempted (573) and 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.358).[8]

Professional career[edit]

Nichols was taken in the second round (53rd overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft, but immediately traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for the Knicks' 2008 second round draft choice.[11]

Nichols participated in the July 2007 Las Vegas Summer League with the Knicks and averaged 15.6 points on 53 percent shooting, including 23 points in the final game against the Denver Nuggets. He was second on the team in scoring as the Knicks went a perfect 5-0.[12]

Following the summer league, Nichols fired his agent after the Knicks were attempting to work out a deal to send Nichols to Europe for the 2007–08 season. Originally, the Knicks had wanted Nichols to play in Italy because they had 17 contracts and only 15 roster spots. When Nichols heard of the arrangement, he fired then-agent Bill Duffy in favor of Bill Neff and refused the Knicks' request. On October 1, Nichols was signed to the Knicks roster along with four other newcomers.[13] However, he was subsequently released by the Knicks on October 25, as the team needed to cut down its roster to 15 players.[14] Then on October 29, he was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to fill the 15th spot on their opening day roster. Nichols sat on the bench for the first month of his time with the Cavaliers, but saw his first action on November 28, scoring 2 points in 8 minutes of playing time.[15] On December 5, 2007, Nichols was waived to clear roster space after the Cavs re-signed Anderson Varejão to end a contract dispute.[16] He was subsequently claimed by the Chicago Bulls and assigned to the Iowa Energy of the D-League.[17] After averaging 19.3 points per game in 14 appearances in the D-League, he was recalled to Chicago. He played his first game with the Bulls on January 23, 2008.[18]

He began the 2008–09 season with the Bulls, receiving marginal minutes in two early-season games. However, he was waived November 17.[19] He rejoined the Energy in January 2009, scoring 11 points in his first game back in Des Moines.[20]

On March 6, 2009, Nichols signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.[21]

On December 1, 2009, Nichols signed with the French team BCM Gravelines.[22]

In the summer of 2010, Nichols played for the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Summer League.[23]

In November 2010, he signed a contract with French club JA Vichy, until the end of the season.[24]

In August 2012, Nichols played for the Metros de Santiago, of the Dominican Republic.[25][26] Later that year, Nichols joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League.[27]

On February 4, 2013, Nichols was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[28]

In September 2013, he signed a contract with the Russian team Krasnye Krylia.[29]

On August 18, 2014, Nichols signed a two-week tryout contract with CSKA Moscow.[30] Nichols eventually extended his contract until the end of 2014–15 season. CSKA Moscow finished the season by winning the VTB United League, after eliminating Khimki with a 3–0 series sweep in the league's final playoff series.[31]

On July 24, 2015, he re-signed with CSKA for one more season.[32] He parted ways with the team on June 18, 2016.[33]

On September 2, 2016, Nichols signed with Greek club Panathinaikos for the 2016–17 season.[34]

International career[edit]

Nichols was a member of the 2002 USA Development Festival East Team that finished 3-2 and earned the silver medal. He averaged 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games.[35]

Nichols was invited to try out for the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men's Qualifying Team. He participated in the first round of July workouts, but did not make the team.[36]

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, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes season in which Nichols' team won the EuroLeague
Led the league

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Cleveland 3 0 4.7 .125 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .7
2007–08 Chicago 11 0 2.7 .333 .300 .000 .4 .1 .0 .3 1.2
2008–09 Chicago 2 0 2.5 .250 .000 .000 .0 .5 .0 .0 1.0
2008–09 New York 2 0 4.5 .400 .000 .500 1.0 .5 .0 .5 2.5
Career 18 0 3.2 .281 .200 .500 .4 .1 .0 .2 1.2

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2014–15 CSKA Moscow 27 1 12.3 .556 .575 .833 32.0 .3 .6 .4 4.6 4.5
2015–16 23 3 12.1 .479 .366 .667 1.4 .7 .5 .5 4.0 3.7
2016–17 Panathinaikos 32 19 15.2 .453 .354 .875 2.3 .3 .3 .3 3.8 3.6
Career 50 4 12.2 .519 .469 .750 1.8 .5 .5 .4 4.3 4.1

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Iowa Energy D-League 14 37.4 .450 .333 .778 4.2 2.8 1.1 1.0 19.3
2008–09 18 39.2 .475 .417 .850 5.4 3.1 1.2 1.2 22.1
2009–10 BCM Gravelines LNB Pro A 27 16.6 .415 .357 .774 2.1 .6 .4 .3 6.7
2010–11 JA Vichy 21 34.6 .498 .342 .833 5.4 2.2 1.5 .9 18.2
2011–12 Cholet Basket 8 25.9 .500 .500 .889 3.5 1.5 1.0 1.0 14.9
2012 Metros de Santiago Dominican LNB 8 27.8 .580 .267 .733 3.8 1.1 1.6 .9 11.6
2012–13 Sioux Falls Skyforce D-League 49 36.0 .510 .362 .852 5.4 2.3 1.4 .8 18.7
2013 Capitanes de Arecibo BSN 15 30.9 .567 .344 .822 3.9 2.6 1.1 .9 14.2
2013–14 Krasnye Krylya Samara Region VTB United League 22 30.5 .525 .421 .824 3.7 1.4 1.2 1.1 14.0
2014–15 CSKA Moscow 33 14.1 .433 .483 .735 2.2 .5 .5 .4 5.1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Demetris Nichols Profile". SUAthletics.com. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  2. ^ Recruiting priorities are changing
  3. ^ Friars' first win at SU in seven tries
  4. ^ Brigham Young vs. Syracuse - Play by Play - March 18, 2004
  5. ^ Syracuse vs. Maryland - Box score - March 20, 2004
  6. ^ Warrick's 26 carries 'Cuse to Sweet 16
  7. ^ Syracuse has never lost to Albany - "Demetris Nichols gave the Orange a big boost with 10 points after missing three games with a sore back"
  8. ^ a b c d e "Demetris Nichols Prospect Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  9. ^ Huskies put up road block, halt Orange's 12-game win streak
  10. ^ St. John's 64, Syracuse 60 - Box score - January 21, 2007
  11. ^ Waters, Mike (2007-06-30). "Knicks deal for Nichols". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  12. ^ D’Agostino, Dennis (2007-07-15). "Running the Table, Vegas Style". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  13. ^ Beck, Howard (2007-10-01). "Knicks Add Rookie Guard". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  14. ^ "Knicks waive guards Jordan, Nichols, Russell". Sports.espn.go.com. October 25, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ NBA - Cleveland Cavaliers/Detroit Pistons Box Score Wednesday November 28, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports
  16. ^ Varejao can opt out of new Cavs deal after second season Updated December 5, 2007
  17. ^ "Bulls Assign Nichols to D-League". RealGM. 2007-12-18. Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  18. ^ Bulls vs. Pacers, Boxscore. Retrieved on January 23, 2008.
  19. ^ "Bulls waive Demetris Nichols". Bulls.com. 2008-11-17. Archived from the original on January 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  20. ^ "Energy: Banged-up Jeffers leads Iowa to 4th straight win". Des Moines Register. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-02-28. [permanent dead link]
  21. ^ KNICKS SIGN DEMETRIS NICHOLS
  22. ^ "Gravelines land Demetris Nichols". Eurobasket.com. December 1, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  23. ^ "NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas". Ridiculousupside.com. June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ Demetris Nichols à la JAV ! (French)
  25. ^ Viewmemories.com
  26. ^ Adris del León y Víctor Liz conducen Metros a derrotar Indios
  27. ^ Skyforce Announces 2012-13 Training Camp Invitees
  28. ^ 2013 NBA Development League All-Star Game Rosters Announced Archived October 22, 2013, on Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ "Former Syracuse player Demetris Nichols signs with pro team in Russia". Sportando.net. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  30. ^ "CSKA Moscow signs big man Nichols". euroleague.net. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "CSKA wins championship!". vtb-league.com. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  32. ^ "CSKA Moscow, forward Nichols remain together". Euroleague.net. July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Thank you, D!". cskabasket.com (18 June 2016). Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  34. ^ "Panathinaikos inks champ Nichols". Euroleague.net. September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  35. ^ Faber, Brandon (2002-06-25). "Final Rosters Set for 2002 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival". United States Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on July 5, 2004. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 
  36. ^ "Nichols Invited to USA Basketball Tryout". SUAthletics.com. 2004-06-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-23. 

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