Luigi Datome

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Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome 2013.jpg
Datome with Virtus Roma in 2013
No. 70 – Fenerbahçe Istanbul
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1987-11-27) November 27, 1987 (age 28)
Montebelluna, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight 98 kg (216 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2007 Montepaschi Siena
2007–2008 Scafati Basket
2008–2013 Virtus Roma
20132015 Detroit Pistons
2015 Grand Rapids Drive
2015 Boston Celtics
2015–present Fenerbahçe
Career highlights and awards

Luigi "Gigi" Datome (born November 27, 1987) is an Italian professional basketball player who plays for the Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). Standing at 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in),[1] he plays at the small forward and power forward positions.

Professional career[edit]

Italy[edit]

Born in Montebelluna to Sardinian parents from Oristano, Datome moved to Olbia in Sardinia, where he started playing junior basketball. He joined Montepaschi Siena of the first division Serie A in 2003. He played three and a half seasons for Montepaschi before joining Scafati Basket in February 2007.

In 2008, Datome signed with Virtus Roma where he went on to earn the league's Best Under 22 player award for the 2008–09 season. In 2012–13, he was named the Lega Basket Serie A MVP, after averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.[2]

NBA[edit]

Detroit Pistons[edit]

On July 16, 2013, Datome signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.[3][4] On December 23, 2013, he scored a season-high 13 points in a 115–92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[5]

On January 14, 2015, Datome was assigned by the Pistons to the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.[6] On January 20, he was recalled by the Pistons.[7]

Boston Celtics[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Datome was traded, along with Jonas Jerebko, to the Boston Celtics, in exchange for Tayshaun Prince.[8] On April 15, in the Celtics' final regular season game, he earned his first career NBA start; Datome responded with a career- and game-high 22 points, leading Boston to a narrow victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.[9]

Turkey[edit]

On July 14, 2015, Datome signed a two-year contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.[10] In his first season with the team, Datome won the Turkish Cup with 67–65 win over Darüşşafaka. Fenerbahçe also reached the final game of the 2016 Euroleague Final Four, but fall short of winning the championship after overtime 96–101 loss to CSKA Moscow.[11] Over 29 Euroleague games, he averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. In the end of the season, Fenerbahçe also won the Tukish League championship.

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.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Detroit 34 0 7.0 .351 .179 .800 1.4 .3 .2 .0 2.4
2014–15 Detroit 3 0 5.7 .417 .250 .000 1.3 .7 .3 .0 3.7
2014–15 Boston 18 1 10.7 .494 .472 1.000 1.4 .4 .1 .4 5.2
Career 55 1 8.1 .414 .361 .818 1.4 .4 .1 .1 3.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Boston 3 0 4.7 .333 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 1.3
Career 3 0 4.7 .333 .000 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 1.3

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2004–05 Montepaschi 6 0 5.5 .583 .000 .000 1.3 .2 .3 .0 2.3 2.5
2005–06 11 2 11.2 .538 .579 1.000 2.3 .4 .7 .2 5.2 5.1
2008–09 Virtus Roma 13 2 16.9 .417 .348 .895 3.7 .6 .4 .3 5.8 5.8
2009–10 2 0 10.9 .400 .400 1.000 2.0 .5 .0 .0 6.0 4.5
2010–11 13 12 24.5 .438 .367 1.000 4.3 .7 1.1 .4 9.1 7.5
2015–16 Fenerbahçe 29 23 27.0 .516 .462 .867 4.4 1.9 .4 .3 12.4 13.3
Career 74 39 20.2 .487 .426 .889 3.6 1.0 .6 .3 8.6 8.6

International career[edit]

Datome played for the senior men's Italian national team at EuroBasket 2007, EuroBasket 2009 qualification, EuroBasket 2011, and EuroBasket 2013.[12]

He was also called up to the squad that would take part in EuroBasket 2015 to start on 5 September.[13] After injuring a muscle during Italy's second game of the tournament against Iceland, Datome had to pull out of the rest of the tournament.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luigi Datome Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Farrell, Perry (July 14, 2013). "Italian League MVP Luigi Datome will help Pistons' versatility". freep.com. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Forward Luigi Datome". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Harper, Zach (July 9, 2013). "Report: Pistons, Luigi Datome agree to two-year, $3.5 million deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Notebooks: Pistons 115, Cavaliers 92". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 23, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pistons send Dinwiddie, Datome to Grand Rapids". The Detroit News. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Pistons recall Dinwiddie, Datome from D-League". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Celtics Acquire Thomas From Phoenix". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ Celtics win 6th straight, beat Bucks 105-100
  10. ^ "Fenerbahce Ulker Signed Luigi Datome". Fenerbahce.org. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Luigi DATOME (ITA) participated in 15 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
  13. ^ "Italy take their dream roster to Berlin". FIBAEurope.com. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Problems pile on for Italy". EuroBasket2015.org. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com