Luigi Datome
Datome with Milano in 2021
No. 70 – Olimpia Milano
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueLega Basket Serie A
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 34)
Montebelluna, Italy
NationalityItalian
Listed height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight101 kg (223 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2003–present
Career history
2003–2007Montepaschi Siena
2007–2008Scafati
2008–2013Virtus Roma
20132015Detroit Pistons
2015Boston Celtics
2015–2020Fenerbahçe
2020–presentOlimpia Milano
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Luigi "Gigi" Datome (born 27 November 1987) is an Italian professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and the EuroLeague. Standing at 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in),[1] he plays at the small forward and power forward positions. Datome was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2016.

Professional career

Early years

Born in Montebelluna to Sardinian parents from Olbia, 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.

Virtus Roma (2008–2013)

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]

Detroit Pistons (2013–2015)

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

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

Boston Celtics (2015)

On 19 February 2015, Datome was traded, along with Jonas Jerebko, to the Boston Celtics, in exchange for Tayshaun Prince.[8] On 15 April, 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]

Fenerbahçe (2015–2020)

On 14 July 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 a 67–65 win over Darüşşafaka. Fenerbahçe also reached the final game of the 2016 Euroleague Final Four, but fell short of winning the EuroLeague championship, after an overtime 96–101 loss to CSKA Moscow.[11] Over 29 EuroLeague games, he averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. At the end of the season, Fenerbahçe also won the Turkish League championship.

On 5 July 2017, Datome signed a three-year contract extension with Fenerbahçe.[12] In 2017–18 EuroLeague, Fenerbahçe made it to the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four, its fourth consecutive Final Four appearance. Eventually, they lost to Real Madrid with 80–85 in the final game.[13] Over 35 EuroLeague games, he averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

On 2 July 2019, Datome signed another contract extension with the Turkish club through the 2021-22 season. On 30 June 2020, Datome and the Turkish club parted ways after five quite successful seasons.

Olimpia Milano (2020–present)

On 30 June 2020, Datome signed with Olimpia Milano of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[14]

Career statistics

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
Denotes season in which Datome's team won the EuroLeague

NBA

Regular season

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

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

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
2016–17 33 21 23.6 .442 .466 .944 3.7 1.1 .5 .1 9.2 8.8
2017–18 35 15 23.9 .486 .444 .917 3.4 1.1 .4 .6 9.6 9.7
2018–19 34 15 21.0 .477 .415 .917 3.6 .8 .5 .2 9.0 8.4
2019–20 28 15 22.4 .478 .431 .929 3.4 1.3 .8 .3 8.3 7.4
Career 204 105 21.9 .476 .435 .912 3.6 1.0 .5 .3 8.9 8.6

National team

Year Competition GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 EuroBasket 1 0 6.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0 .0 0.0 .0 .0
2011 EuroBasket 4 0 4.5 .500 .333 .0 .8 .0 .0 .0 1.3
2013 EuroBasket 11 11 31.2 .470 .429 .909 4.9 1.4 .8 .5 13.8
2015 EuroBasket 2 2 16.5 .462 .200 .500 3.0 1.0 .0 .0 7.0
2017 EuroBasket 7 7 29.0 .528 .419 .867 4.3 1.1 .6 .7 15.0
Career

National team career

Datome played with the senior men's Italian national team at the 2007 EuroBasket, the EuroBasket 2011, and the 2013 EuroBasket.[15] He was also a part of the Italian squad that would take part in the 2015 EuroBasket.[16] However, 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.[17]

Datome also represented Italy at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and at the 2017 EuroBasket

See also

References

  1. ^ "Luigi Datome Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ Farrell, Perry (14 July 2013). "Italian League MVP Luigi Datome will help Pistons' versatility". freep.com. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Forward Luigi Datome". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  4. ^ Harper, Zach (9 July 2013). "Report: Pistons, Luigi Datome agree to two-year, $3.5 million deal". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Notebooks: Pistons 115, Cavaliers 92". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Pistons send Dinwiddie, Datome to Grand Rapids". The Detroit News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Pistons recall Dinwiddie, Datome from D-League". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Celtics Acquire Thomas From Phoenix". NBA.com. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Celtics win 6th straight, beat Bucks 105-100". Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  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. ^ "Champs re-sign Datome to three-year deal". Euroleague.net. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Real Madrid is 2018 EuroLeague champion". euroleague.net. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  14. ^ ""Happy to restart from this club": Olimpia and Milano welcome Gigi Datome". Sportando. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  15. ^ Luigi DATOME (ITA) participated in 15 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
  16. ^ "Italy take their dream roster to Berlin". FIBAEurope.com. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Problems pile on for Italy". EuroBasket2015.org. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.