Antoine Rigaudeau
Personal information
Born (1971-12-17) 17 December 1971 (age 50)
Cholet, Maine-et-Loire, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1993 / Undrafted
Playing career1987–2005
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number17
Career history
As player:
1987–1995Cholet
1995–1997Pau-Orthez
1997–2003Virtus Bologna
2003Dallas Mavericks
2003–2005Valencia
As coach:
2015Paris-Levallois
Career highlights and awards
As a player:
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Antoine Roger Rigaudeau (born 17 December 1971) is a French former professional basketball player and professional basketball coach. During his playing days, he played at the point guard, shooting guard, and small forward positions. Also during his playing career, his nickname was "Le Roi" ("The King").[1]

During his pro club career, he won two EuroLeague championships, in 1998 and 2001. With France's national team, he won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. He was inducted into the French Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He became a FIBA Hall of Fame player in 2015.[2]

Professional career

Europe

Rigaudeau won the French Pro A League championship with Pau-Orthez, in 1996. With Virtus Bologna, he won the EuroLeague championship in the EuroLeague 1997–98 and EuroLeague 2000–01 seasons. With the same club, he also played in the EuroLeague Finals in 1999 and 2002. With Virtus Bologna, he also won two Italian Serie A League championships, in 1998 and 2001; and three Italian Cup titles, in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

NBA

Rigaudeau played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Dallas Mavericks, during their 2002–03 season, after he signed a 3 year contract with the club, on 17 January 2003.[3] With the Mavericks, he played in a total of 11 games, and averaged 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game, in 8.3 minutes played per game.[4] On 18 August 2003, the Mavericks traded Rigaudeau's player rights to the Golden State Warriors, prior to the start of the 2003–04 NBA season.[5] On 5 September 2003, the Warriors released Rigaudeau.

Return to Europe

After being released by the Golden State Warriors, Rigaudeau returned to Europe, and joined the Spanish ACB League club Valencia. He officially retired from playing pro club basketball in 2005, after he had previously suffered an Achilles tendon injury on his left foot.

National team career

Rigaudeau was a member of the senior French national team. He represented France at the 1991 EuroBasket, the 1993 EuroBasket, the 1995 EuroBasket, and the 1999 EuroBasket. With France, he won the silver medal at the 2000 Olympics.

In 2001, before that year's EuroBasket tournament, Rigaudeau retired from playing with the senior French national team. However, he later decided to rejoin the national team for the 2005 EuroBasket, where he won the bronze medal. He retired again from the French national team after that tournament. He had a total of 127 appearances with France's senior national team.

Coaching career

Rigaudeau began his professional coaching career in 2015, when he became the head coach of the French Pro A League club Paris-Levallois, which was later renamed to Metropolitans 92.

Honours and awards as a player

Clubs

Pau-Orthez

Virtus Bologna

Senior French national team

Individual honours and awards

See also

References