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Andrés Nocioni
Andrés Nocioni (crop).jpg
Sacramento Kings  – No. 5
Small forward/Power forward
Born November 30, 1979 (1979-11-30) (age 30)
Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentinian / Italian[1]
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
League NBA
Draft Undrafted, 2001
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Olimpia Venado Tuerto (Argentina) (1996–97)
Independiente General Pico (Argentina) (1997–99)
TAU Cerámica (Spain)
(1999–2000; 2001–04)
Manresa (Spain) (2000–01)
Chicago Bulls (2004–09)
Awards All-Euroleague Second Team 2003, 2004
Profile Info Page

Andrés Marcelo Nocioni (born November 30, 1979 in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and for the Argentine national team. Nocioni won a gold medal with the Argentine national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[2] In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he helped the Argentine national team win the bronze medal.[3] His natural position is small forward, though in the NBA he has played some minutes at power forward.

Andrés was the second son of Pedro José Pilo Nocioni and Ángela Palmira Roux, both also born in Santa Fe. Though both he and his older brother Pablo were born in Santa Fe, the family actually lived in Gálvez, 80 km south of Santa Fe, where Andrés attended school.[4] Andrés and his wife, Paula Raquel Aimonetto, have two sons, Laureano[5] and Benicio. Nocioni is known as Chapu after the Mexican children TV series El Chapulín Colorado, very popular also in Argentina.[6] He holds Argentine and Italian citizenships.[7]

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Pro career

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Argentina and Spain

Nocioni's professional career began in the Argentine basketball league (LNB) in the 1995–96 season, and in 1998–99 he was already named Best Sixth Man. In 2001, Nocioni went to Vitoria-Gasteiz, where he spent three seasons as a refuerzo (reinforcement player) with Spain's TAU Cerámica of the ACB Spanish professional league. He was the league's 2004 Most Valuable Player and his stellar play earned him an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in 2003 and 2004.

NBA career

Andrés Nocioni signing basketballs for fans.

After winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, Nocioni was signed as an undrafted rookie free-agent by the Bulls. Two of his countrymen, Manu Ginóbili and Carlos Delfino, were also in the NBA at the time.

He played in 81 games during his rookie campaign and posted averages of 8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 23.4 mpg.[8] Nocioni's physical style of defense created controversy around the league, and he was suspended for one game after a hard foul to Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince.[9] Nocioni had previously committed a hard foul on the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade and then was shoved past photographers and into the first row of spectators by Udonis Haslem. A spectator tossed a drink at Nocioni, which was similar to the incident that triggered Pacers–Pistons brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The fan was ejected by security. For the incident Nocioni received a flagrant-one foul (which is a foul involving excessive or unjustified contact) and a technical. Haslem received a technical and an ejection.[10]

While giving a teleconference interview with NBA.com, Nocioni spoke about the hard fouls and his suspension, "First, the one with Wade was completely my fault. It was a bad reaction on my part. If I had received any penalties because of it, it would be a fair sanction, but it was not given. However, the sanction set after the game against the Pistons is totally unfair. I see it as a totally real play taken out of context in the game — absolutely nothing happened. It was an accidental blow. Without purposely trying to, I hit him. I apologized on the court. I also asked Carlos Delfino to give my apologies to him, so I don't understand why there is a sanction for something totally normal in a game."[11] In Nocioni's first NBA playoff game, he scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while playing all 48 minutes. Due to his outstanding play, the sold-out United Center crowd in Chicago chanted his name. This game solidified Nocioni's status as a Chicago favorite.[12]

In Nocioni's second season with the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, and 1.4 apg, while playing in all 82 games, 43 of them starts. Nocioni was named the Chicago Bulls' Player of the Year for the 2005–06 season.[13] In the playoffs Nocioni averaged 22.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists including two double-doubles. In game two against the Miami Heat he scored 30 points shooting 10–12 overall from the field (83.3%), including 3–3 in from the three point line and 1–1 in free throws, with 6 rebounds and one steal in almost 40 minutes played. Nocioni scored 30 points again on November 19, during the 82–72 defeat against L.A. Lakers.[14] He also scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the December 1st 111–108 road victory against the Hornets.[15] Nocioni missed a third of the 2006–07 NBA season due to plantar fasciitis. He returned to action late in the season on April 8, 2007, against Toronto.[16]

Nocioni became a restricted free-agent following the 2006–07 season. On July 6, 2007, he agreed a 5-year deal with the Chicago Bulls worth a reported $38 million. Teams that were interested in Nocioni included the Memphis Grizzlies. The deal became official on July 18, 2007.[17] In preparation for the 2008–09 NBA season, Nocioni admitted the knee tendinitis which had hampered his performance during the 2008 Olympics was still affecting him and specifically he had hardly done anything in between winning the bronze medal and reporting for training camp.[18] On February 18, 2009, Nocioni was traded to the Sacramento Kings along with Drew Gooden and Cedric Simmons for John Salmons and Brad Miller.[19]

Argentine national team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's basketball
Gold 2004 Athens National Team
Bronze 2008 Beijing National Team
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2002 USA National Team

Nocioni was called up to the Argentine national team that won the silver medal at the South American basketball championship.[20] In 2001, Nocioni played on the Argentine national team that won the 2001 South American Title.[20] In 2002, Nocioni was part of a team that made basketball history, when Argentina became the first team to beat the United States team at the Basketball World Championship, held that year in Indianapolis, U.S. His team once again earned the silver medal, losing to Yugoslavia.

In 2004, Nocioni was a key factor when Argentina became the first South American team, as well as the first Latin American one, in Olympic basketball history (and the fourth team ever, after the United States, Yugoslavia, and the USSR) to win the Olympic gold medal.

In 2006, Nocioni started for Argentina in the FIBA World Championship. In a game against Venezuela, Nocioni landed on an opponent's foot and looked to have injured his ankle, though he was cleared to play in Argentina's next game against Nigeria.[21] In Argentina's game against Nigeria, Nocioni led the team in scoring with 23 points playing 18 minutes, while not missing a single shot. Nocioni was 9–9 from the field including 5–5 from the 3-point line. "I don't think I've ever played a game where I didn't miss a shot - at least not for the national team."[22] Argentina secured winning group A of the tournament, going a perfect 5–0 in the first round of play.[23]

Argentina lost to Spain in the FIBA 2006 world championships semi-final, with a final score of 75–74. Nocioni had a chance to win the game for Argentina, but his three-pointer at the end of the game missed, giving Spain the win, and the chance to win the championship.[24] Nocioni's Argentine team next played the US team in the bronze medal game, which Argentina lost 96–81. Nocioni scored 18 points in this game, in which he played against NBA teammate Kirk Hinrich.[25]

In 2008, Nocioni was selected to play with Argentina in the Beijing Summer Olympics. Argentina advanced to the quarter-final with four wins behind Lithuania after defeating Russia. In the game, Nocioni hit 4 three-pointers, finishing with 19 points.[26] After defeating Greece, the Argentine team lost the rematch against the US team. Due to a knee tendinitis,[27] Nocioni only played 18 minutes, scoring 10 points and securing 4 rebounds.[28] Argentina next played Lithuania in the bronze metal match, which Argentina win 87–75.[29] Nocioni scored 14 points in that game.[28]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Chicago 81 38 23.4 .401 .258 .766 4.8 1.5 .5 .4 8.4
2005–06 Chicago 82 43 27.3 .461 .391 .843 6.1 1.4 .5 .6 13.0
2006–07 Chicago 53 31 26.5 .467 .383 .848 5.7 1.1 .5 .4 14.1
2007–08 Chicago 82 27 24.6 .432 .364 .807 4.2 1.2 .3 .5 13.2
2008–09 Chicago 53 2 24.1 .414 .378 .806 4.2 1.1 .5 .3 10.4
2008–09 Sacramento 23 16 31.0 .448 .441 .763 6.0 1.8 .6 .7 13.7
Career 374 157 25.5 .438 .373 .810 5.1 1.3 .4 .5 11.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Chicago 6 6 33.7 .403 .353 .739 8.2 2.3 .2 1.0 12.8
2005–06 Chicago 6 6 38.3 .560 .476 .857 8.8 1.5 .8 .3 22.3
2006–07 Chicago 10 0 19.7 .360 .333 .722 3.5 .8 .2 .5 8.8
Career 22 12 28.6 .443 .377 .789 6.2 1.4 .4 .6 13.6

References and notes

  1. ^ Euroleague.net Player Profile
  2. ^ Argentina defeats Italy 84-69 to win the men's basketball gold medal URL last accessed September 3, 2006
  3. ^ Men's Bronze Medal Game - Game 75, beijing2008.cn. Retrieved on October 27, 2008
  4. ^ Biography at Nocioni's official site {es}
  5. ^ Nocioni's NBA profile URL last accessed November 27, 2007
  6. ^ ESPN 1000-WMVP-AM, explaining Nocioni's nickname of Chapu URL last accessed September 3, 2006
  7. ^ Hollinger, John (2007-04-27). "The 30 best international players in the NBA". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/insider/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=All-World-30Best&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab3pos1. Retrieved 2007-04-28.  
  8. ^ Player stats URL last accessed August 15, 2006
  9. ^ Chicago Sun-Times article on Nocioni being suspended URL last accessed August 15, 2006
  10. ^ Heat beat Bulls, hard foul by Nocioni URL last accessed August 15, 2006
  11. ^ Interview with Andres Nocioni URL last accessed August 15, 2006
  12. ^ Washington Post article on Bulls-Wizards game URL last accessed August 15, 2006
  13. ^ Nocioni named Bulls POY URL last accessed August 10, 2006
  14. ^ Bulls-Lakers boxscore URL last accessed November 11, 2006
  15. ^ NBA game statistics URL last accessed December 4, 2006
  16. ^ Controlling win over Bulls pushes Raptors toward No. 2 seed
  17. ^ Bulls resign Nocioni to multi-year extension July 18, 2007
  18. ^ Andres Nocioni "not in my best shape URL last accessed October 28, 2008
  19. ^ "KINGS ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. 2009-02-18. http://www.nba.com/kings/news/kings_press_release0209.html. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  
  20. ^ a b Nocioni's profile at the Argentine Basketball Federation. URL last accessed August 16, 2006
  21. ^ Daily review of Group A, FIBA WC 2006 URL last accessed August 16, 2006
  22. ^ Game Report, Argentina vs Nigeria 98-64, Group A URL last accessed August 16, 2006
  23. ^ Game Report, Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro 83-79, Group A URL last accessed August 16, 2006
  24. ^ Game Report, Spain vs Argentina, 75-74, Semi-Final URL last accessed September 2, 2006
  25. ^ Game Report, United States vs Argentina, Bronze Medal Game 96-81 URL last accessed September 2, 2006
  26. ^ ARG/RUS – Maradona cheers on Manu, Argentina in win over Russia URL last accessed October 28, 2008
  27. ^ Esta vez no alcanzó Diario Olé (Spanish)
  28. ^ a b Andrés Nocioni player statistics in 2008 Summer Olympics URL last accessed October 28, 2008
  29. ^ ARG/LTU – Unheralded Gutierrez, Quinteros shine as Argentina win bronze URL last accessed October 28, 2008

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