Derek Raivio

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Derek Raivio
No. 5 – Benfica
Position Guard
League Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol
Personal information
Born (1984-11-09) November 9, 1984 (age 32)
Vancouver, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 34 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Mountain View
(Vancouver, Washington)
College Gonzaga (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Köln 99ers
2008–2010 TBB Trier
2010–2011 Erie BayHawks
2011 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011–2012 Shinshu Brave Warriors
2012–2014 Okapi Aalstar
2014–2015 ČEZ Nymburk
2015–2016 SLUC Nancy
2016–present Benfica
Career highlights and awards

Derek Raivio (born November 9, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Benfica of the Portuguese Basketball League.

College career[edit]

Raivio played for four seasons at Gonzaga University under coach Mark Few from 2003-2007. Prior to Gonzaga, Raivio played for Mountain View High School in Vancouver. Raivio set both season and career school records, scoring 1,568 points.[1]

At Gonzaga he was named co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year his senior season.[2] Raivio was named West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year as a senior, sharing the honor with Sean Denison of Santa Clara. He finished his collegiate career as the second all-time career free throw shooting percentage leader in NCAA Division I history (.927). He finished his career at Gonzaga as the school's 12th all-time leading scorer. He was also second all-time in steals, fourth in assists, and fourth in three-point field goals made at the end of his Gonzaga career.[3]

Professional career[edit]

In 2007, Raivio signed with the Basketball Bundesliga's TBB Trier. In 2010, he signed with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League. He split the season between the Bayhawks and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He played the 2011-12 season in Japan for the expansion Shinshu Brave Warriors.[4] In 2012, Raivio signed with Okapi Aalstar of the Ethias League of Belgium.[5] Raivio had an excellent season with Okapi, as he led the league in points (18.7 per game) and index rating (20.7 per game). He led the no. 5 seeded team to a surprising Finals berth, in which Okapi eventually lost 3–2 to Telenet Oostende.

On June 25, 2014, Raivio signed a deal with ČEZ Nymburk, a team based in Nymburk, Czech Republic and plays in the Eurocup.[6]

On July 11, 2015, he signed with the French club SLUC Nancy Basket.[7]

On August 16, 2016, Raivio signed with Portuguese club Benfica.[8][9]


Among his teammates, Raivio was friends with skilled chef and idolized celebrity chef Bobby Flay. His brother Nik also plays in the NBA D-League for the New Mexico Thunderbirds and, like Derek, wears #17. His father Rick Raivio played basketball for the University of Portland - where Nik also played - and is a member of that school's Hall of Fame.


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