Oliver Lafayette

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Oliver Lafayette
Oliver Lafayette amb Žalgiris.jpg
Lafayette playing for Žalgiris Kaunas
Unicaja
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1984-05-06) May 6, 1984 (age 32)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality American / Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Capitol (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
College
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Correcaminos UAT Victoria
2008–2009 Erie BayHawks
2009–2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2010 Boston Celtics
2010 Partizan Belgrade
2010–2011 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2011 Maccabi Ashdod
2011–2012 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2012 Anadolu Efes Istanbul
2012–2013 Žalgiris Kaunas
2013–2014 Valencia Basket
2014–2015 Olympiacos
2015–2016 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
2016–present Unicaja
Career highlights and awards
Lafayette talks to Press in his presentation as a Valencia Basket player.

Oliver Lafayette (born May 6, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. Standing at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), he plays at the point guard and shooting guard positions.

High school and college career[edit]

Lafayette attended Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and led the basketball team to a 29–3 record his senior year. Lafayette attended first Blinn College and Brown Mackie College before transferring to the University of Houston. At Houston during his junior year, Lafayette started 30 of 31 games and earned 2nd team all Conference USA while finishing third in scoring in C-USA with a 15.7 points per game average. During his senior year in 2006–07, Lafayette averaged 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He also majored in sociology.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Lafayette played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants during the 2009–10 season in the NBA Development League. With the Mad Ants, the guard started 42 of 48 games and averaged 17.1 points, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.3 minutes per game.[2] On April 14, 2010, Lafayette signed with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and appeared in one game with the team in which he scored 7 points. According to research by STATS LLC, those 7 points are an NBA record for most points scored in a career of exactly one game played.[citation needed] Upon playing with the Celtics, Lafayette became the 23rd former Houston Cougar to play in the NBA.[3]

On October 13, 2010, Lafayette signed with Partizan Belgrade in Serbia,[4] but the contract was terminated in November.[5]

In December 2010, Lafayette practiced with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his former team. He was going to sign with the Mad Ants once he was officially released from Partizan Belgrade.[6] After averaging 16.4 points per game with the Mad Ants, he signed a four-month contract with the Turkish team Beşiktaş.[7] But due to health problems, his contract was dropped.[8]

In February 2011, Lafayette signed with Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.[9] On October 5, 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia in Poland.[10]

In January 2012, Lafayette signed with Anadolu Efes Istanbul for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[11] Later that year, he joined Žalgiris Kaunas.[12] He signed with Valencia Basket in the offseason in 2013.[13]

On June 22, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with Olympiacos Piraeus.[14] On June 29, 2015, he parted ways with Olympiacos.[15]

On July 9, 2015, he signed with the Italian club Emporio Armani Milano.[16]

On July 18, 2016, Lafayette signed with Spanish team Unicaja.[17][18]

International career[edit]

The Croatian Basketball Federation asked for permission to give Oliver Lafayette a Croatian citizenship for sports interest, which the Croatian Olympic Committee approved. Lafayette was awarded with a Croatian passport and represented Croatia at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[19]

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
2009–10 Boston 1 0 22.0 .500 .500 .000 4.0 2.0 .0 .0 7.0
Career 1 0 22.0 .500 .500 .000 4.0 2.0 .0 .0 7.0

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Partizan Belgrade 6 3 25.8 .221 .154 .654 3.7 3.3 1.3 .0 8.5 6.3
2011–12 Asseco Prokom 10 0 24.5 .411 .381 .708 2.5 3.3 1.4 .0 10.7 11.0
2011–12 Anadolu Efes 6 2 23.0 .419 .313 .917 3.2 2.8 1.5 .0 8.7 11.7
2012–13 Zalgiris 23 11 21.2 .361 .323 .900 2.1 2.8 .9 .0 7.9 7.3
2014–15 Olympiacos 29 1 18.3 .386 .404 .606 2.1 2.6 .5 .0 6.8 6.9
Career 74 17 21.1 .364 .346 .736 2.4 2.8 .9 .0 7.9 8.0

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007-08 Correcaminos UAT Victoria Mexico LNPB 36 33.2 .458 .337 .745 4.8 5.1 2.3 .2 16.1
2008-09 8 39.1 .622 .362 .738 6.0 6.3 3.3 .0 23.3
Erie Bayhawks D-League 37 31.4 .437 .320 .774 4.2 3.9 1.7 .2 13.6
2009-10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants 48 35.3 .471 .381 .798 4.6 6.5 1.8 .1 17.1
2010-11 Partizan NiS Serbian KLS 6 23.3 .433 .278 .769 4.0 4.2 2.2 .0 10.2
Fort Wayne Mad Ants D-League 21 33.6 .421 .302 .857 4.2 3.6 2.0 .1 16.4
Maccabi Ashdod B.C. Ligat HaAl 11 22.4 .407 .447 .630 2.1 2.9 1.5 .0 10.5
2011-12 Asseco Prokom Gdynia VTB United League 10 22.6 .370 .161 .652 2.8 3.3 1.0 .0 7.0
Anadolu Efes S.K. TBL 24 21.5 .462 .250 .938 2.5 2.5 1.0 .0 7.5
2012-13 BC Žalgiris Lithuania LKL 16 17.0 .429 .479 .730 2.1 3.2 .9 .1 7.9
VTB United League 26 22.8 .424 .311 .814 2.5 3.5 1.3 .0 8.3
2013-14 Valencia BC Liga ACB 40 21.6 .403 .325 .812 2.1 4.5 1.1 .0 7.9
2014-15 Olympiacos B.C. Greek A1 31 17.6 .508 .357 .760 1.6 2.8 .8 .0 6.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oliver Lafayette Player Bio UH Cougars
  2. ^ Celtics Sign Fort Wayne's Oliver Lafayette NBA.com, April 14, 2010
  3. ^ Former Guard Oliver Lafayette Makes NBA Debut with Celtics on Wednesday uhcougars.com, April 15, 2010
  4. ^ Partizan Mt:s grabs Lafayette at point guard
  5. ^ Partizan: Lafayette out, Jerrells in
  6. ^ Lafayette to return to Mad Ants roster news-sentinel.com, December 15, 2010
  7. ^ Besiktas sign Oliver LaFayette
  8. ^ Beşiktaş Cola Turka'da şok gelişme
  9. ^ Maccabi Ashdod tabs Oliver LaFayette
  10. ^ Asseco Prokom Gdynia lands Oliver Lafayette
  11. ^ Anadolu Efes tabs Lafayette
  12. ^ ZALGIRIS adds Lafayette, brings back Juskevicius
  13. ^ VALENCIA BASKET lands Lafayette
  14. ^ "Olympiacos announces Oliver Lafayette". Sportando.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Olympiakos and Oliver Lafayette parted ways". sportando.com. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Un altro playmaker all’Olimpia: Oliver Lafayette". Olimpiamilano.com (in Italian). July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lafayette ya es jugador del Unicaja" (in Spanish). unicajabaloncesto.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Unicaja adds point guard Lafayette". eurocupbasketball.com. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Croatian Olympic Committee - News". HOO.hr. June 26, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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