Joffrey Lauvergne

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Joffrey Lauvergne
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Lauvergne with the Thunder in 2017
No. 77 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-09-30) September 30, 1991 (age 25)
Mulhouse, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2012 Élan Chalon
2012 Valencia
2012–2014 Partizan
2014–2015 Khimki
20152016 Denver Nuggets
2016–2017 Oklahoma City Thunder
2017 Chicago Bulls
2017–present San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joffrey Lauvergne (born September 30, 1991) is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 55th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2013 NBA Draft, who then traded his rights to the Denver Nuggets.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Élan Chalon[edit]

After two years in INSEP (2007–2009), Joffrey Lauvergne arrived 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.[2]

Valencia[edit]

On November 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed a short-term deal with the ACB club Valencia.[3] He averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five matches.

Partizan[edit]

On December 28, 2012, Lauvergne signed a two and half year contract with Partizan Belgrade.[4] 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.[5]

Later in the summer of 2013, Lauvergne confirmed that he will stay with the club for another season, despite the financial problems the club was facing.[6] 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 haven't gone unseen, as Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly has said that they really liked the progress he has made through the season.[7] 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.[8] Over 24 games in the Euroleague, he averaged 11.1 points per game, while also leading the league with 8.6 rebounds per game.[9][10] Along with his teammate Bogdan Bogdanović, he was selected for the ideal team of the 2013–14 ABA League season.[11][12] Partizan finished season by winning its 13th consecutive title, defeating arch rivals Crvena zvezda by 3-1 in the final series.[13]

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 family, almost like at home, surrounded with love and care from the people in the club.[14][15]

Khimki[edit]

On June 23, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian club Khimki.[16][17] 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.[18]

On February 4, 2015, Lauvergne parted ways with Khimki.[19] Over 27 games, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

Denver Nuggets[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Lauvergne signed a reported two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.[20][21] Three days later, he made his NBA debut, recording 8 points and 3 rebounds in the Nuggets' 119–94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[22]

On February 19, 2016, Lauvergne scored a career-high 22 points in the Nuggets' 116–110 loss to the Sacramento Kings.[23]

Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

On August 30, 2016, Lauvergne was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for two protected 2017 second round draft picks.[24] On February 3, 2017, he scored a season-high 16 points in a 114–102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[25]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

On February 23, 2017, Lauvergne was traded, along with Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round draft pick.[26]

San Antonio Spurs[edit]

On July 18, 2017, Lauvergne signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[27]

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.

Led the league

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Denver 24 1 11.2 .404 .188 .643 3.2 .5 .3 .4 3.9
2015–16 Denver 59 15 17.6 .513 .245 .899 4.9 .9 .2 .3 7.9
2016–17 Oklahoma City 50 0 14.8 .455 .346 .638 3.7 1.0 .3 .1 5.7
2016–17 Chicago 20 1 12.1 .402 .300 .600 3.4 1.0 .4 .0 4.5
Career 153 17 15.0 .471 .293 .741 4.0 .9 .3 .2 6.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Chicago 3 0 8.7 .364 .000 1.000 3.0 1.7 .0 .0 4.7
Career 3 0 8.7 .364 .000 1.000 3.0 1.7 .0 .0 4.7

Euroleague[edit]

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

National team career[edit]

Lauvergne with France

Lauvergne is a member of the senior men's French national basketball team. He won the gold medal with France at the EuroBasket 2013.[28] 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.[29]

International stats[edit]

Tournament GP PPG RPG APG
2013 EuroBasket 9 3.8 2.8 0.3
2014 World Cup 9 9.2 5.3 0.4
2015 EuroBasket 9 9.6 5.6 0.8
2016 Summer Olympics 5 9.4 3.6 0.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nuggets Acquire F Darrell Arthur From Memphis Grizzlies". NBA.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Elan Chalon waives Joffrey Lauvergne". Sportando. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "VALENCIA gets Lauvergne on short-term deal". eurocupbasketball.com. November 28, 2012. Archived from the original on January 7, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lovernj novi crno-beli!". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). December 28, 2012. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sherman, Roger. "NBA Draft 2013: Denver Nuggets selects Joffrey Lauvergne with No. 55 pick". sbnation.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne confirms he will stay with Partizan Belgrade". Sportando. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Dempsey, Christopher. "Nuggets have rising prospect in Europe's Joffrey Lauvergne". The Denver Post. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lovernj novi kapiten Partizana". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Gancedo, Javier. "Joffrey Lauvergne, Partizan NIS Belgrade". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne 2013-2014 Statistics". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "The ideal five of the 2013/14 season selected". abaliga.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "ABA: ’Večiti’ i Šarić u timu lige". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Žo: Dragi prijatelji, ovo pismo je za vas". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lovernj: Bio sam deo porodice". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "JOFFREY LAUVERGNE JOINED BC KHIMKI". bckhimki.ru. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lovernj ide u Himki!". B92.net (in Serbian). June 23, 2014. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Lovernj dve godine u Himkiju, Partizanu obeštećenje 600.000 dolara". novosti.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "MERCI, JOFFREY!". bckhimki.ru. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "Nuggets Sign Rookie Forward Joffrey Lauvergne". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  21. ^ Charania, Sham (February 11, 2015). "Joffrey Lauvergne Finalizing Two-Year Guaranteed Deal With Nuggets". RealGM.com. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Westbrook leads Thunder past Nuggets without Durant". NBA.com. February 22, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Cousin has 37 points, 20 rebounds in Kings' win over Nuggets". NBA.com. February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Thunder Acquires Joffrey Lauvergne". NBA.com. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Westbrook's 38, triple-double lead Thunder past Grizzlies". ESPN.com. February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Bulls acquire Payne, Morrow, and Lauvergne from Thunder". NBA.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  27. ^ "SPURS SIGN JOFFREY LAUVERGNE". NBA.com. July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Joffrey Lauvergne - EuroBasket 2013". fiba.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "Joffrey LAUVERGNE - World Cup 2014". fiba.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

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