Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982) is an Argentine-Italian professional basketball player for Lavoropiù Bologna of the Serie A2. He holds dual citizenship in both Italy and Argentina. Standing at 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in), he plays at the small forward and shooting guard positions. He is also noted for his defense and three point shooting skills.
Delfino with the Rockets
|No. 0 – Lavoropiù Bologna|
|Position||Small forward / shooting guard|
|League||Serie A2 Basket|
|Born||August 29, 1982|
Santa Fe, Argentina
|Nationality||Argentine / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1998–1999||Olimpia de Venado Tuerto|
|1999–2000||Unión de Santa Fe|
|2000–2002||Viola Reggio Calabria|
|2008–2009||Khimki Moscow Region|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
The son of Carlos and Cristina Delfino, he began his professional career playing in the Argentine Basketball League for Olimpia de Venado Tuerto in the 1998–99 season, and he then transferred to Unión de Santa Fe in 1999–2000.
In his first season in Italy, he played for Reggio Calabria. In just under 21 minutes per game he averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He scored a season-high 25 points in his second game against Scavolini Pesaro, making five of eight three-point attempts. He scored 15 points in just 20 minutes against Cordivari Roseto and tallied 14 points apiece against Paf Bologna, Muller Verona and Kinder Bologna. He hit at least one three-pointer in 19 of 24 games.
In his first season with Skipper Bologna, he moved into the starting lineup in the third game of the season and averaged about 26 minutes. He scored 18 points, including shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range, versus Euro Roseto and posted double-doubles against Benetton Treviso (13 points, 13 rebounds), Oregon Scientific Cantù (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Pippo Milano (14 points, 11 rebounds). He suffered torn ligaments in his ankle late in the season, but returned in late May.
Detroit Pistons (2004–2007)Edit
Beginning in 2004, Delfino signed to play for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association, who made him the 25th pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft, making him the first Argentine player ever to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. In November 2004, he suffered a knee injury that kept him on the injured list for over three months. He had an operation in the U.S. and then another in Argentina, where he recovered. However, Delfino did not immediately return to form after his rehabilitation, and was left off the Pistons' 2005 playoff roster. After he recovered from the knee injury, Delfino averaged 15.3 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 30 games under coach Larry Brown. Many regarded Brown as having limited space for Delfino's offensive creativity. It was perceived that under the Pistons upcoming new coach Flip Saunders, that Delfino would thrive.
In his second season on the Pistons' active roster, Carlos averaged 10.7 minutes, 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game. Delfino played off the bench substituting for either Tayshaun Prince or Richard Hamilton. He had three straight games where he scored in double digits before being sidelined for the next 4 with the flu. Delfino became an important change-of-pace player in Flip Saunders' offensive scheme.
On June 15, 2007, the Detroit Pistons traded Delfino to the Toronto Raptors for 2nd-round draft picks in both the 2009 NBA draft and the 2011 NBA draft. The 2007–08 season was his most productive in the NBA, as he averaged 9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game during the regular season.
In the summer of 2008, Delfino signed a 3-year contract with the Russian Super League club Khimki Moscow Region. Delfino was one of the highest-paid basketball players in Europe, earning about US$10 million per season, plus a house, a car and a driver, and savings on taxes. He averaged 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in Europe's secondary level competition, the EuroCup, during the 2008–09 season.
Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2012)Edit
Delfino had a breakout season with the Bucks, as he posted career highs in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and blocks per game, while playing 30 minutes per game. He also played a major role in the playoffs, shooting a career-high .405 from behind the 3-point line.
Houston Rockets (2012–2013)Edit
On August 20, 2012, Delfino signed with the Houston Rockets. After being a starter for three years in Milwaukee, Delfino became the sixth man for the Rockets in 2012–13. On June 30, 2013, Delfino was waived by the Rockets.
Second Milwaukee Bucks stint (2013–2014)Edit
On August 26, 2014, Delfino was traded, along with Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second-round draft pick, to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Jared Dudley and a 2017 conditional first-round draft pick. Three days later, he was waived by the Clippers.
Boca Juniors (2017)Edit
Fiat Torino (2018–2019)Edit
Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna 103 (2019–present)Edit
National team careerEdit
Delfino was a member of Argentina's junior national team that won the bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship that was held in Saitama, Japan. Delfino was also a part of the senior Argentine national basketball team that won the gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He also played with Argentina's senior national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he helped Argentina to win the bronze medal. After years of absence following injury, he played with Argentina's senior basketball team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
|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|
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 regular seasonEdit
- El Madrid ficha a Delfino e incorpora a Mena y Lampe (in Spanish).
- DELFINO, CARLOS NATIONALITY: ITALY
- Carlos Delfino nacionalidad | licencia: ITA | EUR (in Spanish).
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- Raptors Acquire Carlos Delfino From Pistons, nba.com/raptors, Retrieved June 16, 2007.
- Raptors Extend Qualifying Offer To Delfino
- Raptorsrepublic.com Carlos Delfino's options.
- Eurocup profile and stats.
- "Bucks complete trade with Raptors". NBA.com. August 18, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
- "Rockets Sign Carlos Delfino" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 14, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- "Houston Rockets waive Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino". Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Bucks Sign Free Agent Guard-Forward Carlos Delfino
- Moore, Matt (October 1, 2013). "Carlos Delfino suffers injury setback, out indefinitely". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
- Clippers Acquire Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica
- Clippers Waive Carlos Delfino And Miroslav Raduljica
- "Boca Juniors signs Carlos Delfino". Sportando.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
- "Baskonia keeps Delfino temporarily". Euroleague.net. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- "Carlos Delfino finaliza su etapa en Baskonia". Saski Baskonia (in Spanish). October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
- "Carlos Delfino sings with Fiat Torino". Sportando.basketball. July 3, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- "La Fortitudo Lavoropiu firma Carlos Delfino! Venerdì l'esordio in Coppa Italia". fortitudo103.it (in Italian). February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
- "Confirmados los 12 para los Juegos Olímpicos de Río" [12 confirmed for the Rio Olympic Games] (in Spanish). Confederación Argentina de Básquetbol. July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
- "Rio 2016 ARG - BRA Men's Preliminary Round Group B basketball game". Rio 2016 official page. August 13, 2016. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
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