Sani Sakakini

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Sani Sakakini
Trotamundos de Carabobo
PositionForward
LeagueLiga Profesional de Baloncesto
Personal information
Born (1988-08-19) August 19, 1988 (age 30)
Ramallah, Palestine
NationalityPalestinian
Listed height6 ft 8.5 in (2.04 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2010 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007-2013Al Riyadi Amman
2011Guangzhou Free Man
2011-2012Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles
2013Sarriyet Ramallah
2013-2014Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles
2014Hoops Club
2015Orthodox (Jordan)
2015-2016Jiangsu Tongxi
2016Champville SC
2016-2017Tianjin Ronggang
2017Trotamundos de Carabobo
2017-2018Guangzhou Long-Lions
2018Shabab Al Ahli
2018Yulon Luxgen Dinos
Career highlights and awards

Sani Sakakini (Arabic: سني سكاكيني‎; born August 19, 1988 in Ramallah, Palestine) is the first professional Palestinian basketball player.[1][2] Ranks second all-time highest in FIBA Asia Championship in scoring average, after the 2015 edition where he ranked first in scoring and rebounds (22.4 PPG and 12.6 RPG in 8 games).[3]

Professional career[edit]

Sakakini started playing basketball at the age of 14 in the Sarriyet Ramallah club.[2] His international career started in 2007 after he went to Applied Science University in Jordan and joined the Jordanian Premier League ( Jordan) playing three seasons for Al Riyadi Amman.[4] He came back to the league in 2015 to play one season with Orthodox and help the team win the title.[5]

In 2011, Sakakini started in the minor NBL league with Guangzhou Free Man before playing in the main CBA league ( China) for four seasons with Qingdao Eagles, Jiangsu Monkey King and Tianjin Gold Lions. He started 115 games for 126 appearances, averaging 19.3 PPG and 12.5 RPG.[6][7]

Sakakini played a few games in 2013 in the PBBA league ( Palestine) for Sarriyet Ramallah and helped the team win the championship.

He also played a few games in 2014 and 2016 in the LBL league ( Lebanon) for Hoops Club and Champville SC. He started 17 games out of 17 appearances, averaging 18.4 PPG and 10.6 RPG.[8]

For the 2017-2018 season, Sakakini joined the LPB league ( Venezuela) playing for the Trotamundos de Carabobo.[9]

Palestinian National Team[edit]

Sakakini contributed in rebuilding the Palestine national basketball team with coach Jerry Steele and recruiting players such as former University of Minnesota guard Jamal Abu-Shamala. This led to the team's first ever qualification to the FIBA Asia Championship in 2015.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics from FIBA,[7] CBA,[6] REAL GM,[8] EUROBASKET[10]

Legend
  GP Games played  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  Bold  Career high     Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Guangzhou Free Man NBL China 20 54.2 25.0 67.5 9.8 1.1 14.5
2011-2012 Qingdao DoubleStar CBA China 31 27.3 51.6 16.7 67.4 8.2 1.3 1.0 0.3 10.5
2013 Al Riyadi Amman JPL Jordan 18 11.8 2.6 1.2 23.9
2013 Sarriyet Ramallah PBBA State of Palestine 8 15.7 3.0 3.6 2.3 32.7
2013-2014 Qingdao DoubleStar CBA China 29 39.4 51.7 20.8 75.6 13.8 2.2 1.5 0.4 18.9
2014 Hoops Club LBL Lebanon 9 39.2 42.3 22.2 74.1 11.9 2.7 2.0 0.6 20.4
2015-2016 Jiangsu Tongxi CBA China 30 42.6 46.2 20.5 76.3 14.7 2.4 1.7 0.4 23.2
2016 Champville SC LBL Lebanon 8 31.4 47.2 00.0 78.4 9.1 1.9 1.5 0.1 16.1
2016-2017 Tianjin Ronggang CBA China 35 41.2 54.5 33.7 79.6 13.3 2.0 1.0 0.3 24.0
2017-2018 Guangzhou Long-Lions CBA China 37 40.1 52.4 32.3 85.4 11.7 2.2 1.3 0.3 21.2

International tournaments[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Palestine State of Palestine FIBA Asia Championship 8 35.9 .407 .205 .682 12.6 2.4 1.5 0.3 22.4

Career highs[edit]

Sakakini scored a season high 48 points and 22 rebounds on 11/11/2015 in a 111-101 win of Jiangsu Monkey King over Tianjin Gold Lions.[11]

Off the court[edit]

Sani Sakakini is married to Rubi Habash, point guard of Jordan's Women National Basketball Team.

He is the son of George Sakakini, former basketball player and coach, and elder brother of Salim Sakakini which also plays in the Palestine national basketball team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Carpenter, Les (2015-08-03). "The NBA's first Palestinian? Sani Sakakini's remarkable basketball odyssey". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Palestine's first professional basketball player". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  3. ^ "Sani Sakakini profile, FIBA Asia Championship 2015 | FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  4. ^ "Al Riyadi Amman basketball, News, Roster, Rumors, Stats, Awards, Transactions, Details - asia-basket.com". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "الفلسطيني سني سكاكيني يعود إلى الدوري الصيني". ARABASKET. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  6. ^ a b "CBA球员介绍:桑尼". cbadata.sports.sohu.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  7. ^ a b "Sani Sakakini profile | Game center | FIBA.com". www.fiba.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  8. ^ a b "Sani Sakakini Player Profile, Tianjin Ronggang, International Stats, Events Stats, Game Logs, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  9. ^ "..::TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO::.. EL EQUIPO MAS GANADOR DEL BALONCESTO VENEZOLANO". www.trotamundosbbc.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  10. ^ "Sani Sakakini basketball profile, EUROBASKET". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  11. ^ "Boxscores | FIBA.COM". www.fiba.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28.