Gordan Giriček (born June 20, 1977) is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Standing at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), he played the shooting guard and small forward positions. Over eighteen years of professional basketball, he played in the NBA for several teams, including Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Phoenix Suns. He also played for several European teams, including Cibona, CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahçe.
Giriček with the Phoenix Suns
|Born||June 20, 1977|
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Later on, he joined the Zagreb-based club Cibona, and while playing there he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (40th pick overall) in the 1999 NBA draft and traded by the Mavericks to the San Antonio Spurs for Leon Smith. However, he never played for the Spurs, who traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for a second-round pick in the 2004 NBA draft. He stayed in his native country Croatia until 2001.
In the summer of 2001, he signed a contract with the Russian team CSKA Moscow, playing the 2001–2002 season there. He had a breakthrough season, averaging 22.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists over 18 games of the Euroleague.
Memphis Grizzlies (2002–2003)Edit
He came to the United States in 2002. In his NBA debut game with the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 29 points. He played a total of 49 regular season games for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 11.2 points per game.
Orlando Magic (2003–2004)Edit
On February 19, 2003, day before trade deadline, he was traded by Memphis, with Drew Gooden, to the Orlando Magic for Mike Miller, Ryan Humphrey, a future first-round draft pick and a future second-round draft pick. He ended that season on the NBA's All-Rookie second team.
Utah Jazz (2004–2007)Edit
On February 19, 2004, Giricek was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Utah Jazz for DeShawn Stevenson and a future second-round draft pick. He scored a career-high 33 points against the Phoenix Suns on March 12, 2004.
With Utah, his main role was that of a shooting threat off the bench; he was also a part-time starter. While a competent defender, his best asset was his efficient three-point shooting. During the 2007 playoffs, he shot 53.8% from the three point line en route to an appearance in the Western Conference Finals. After their loss to the Spurs in five games, Deron Williams ripped the efforts of Giriček and Mehmet Okur.
Ronnie Brewer was named Utah's starting shooting guard after a strong performance in the 2007–08 preseason, relegating Giriček back to the bench. On December 19, Giriček was sent home from a game in Charlotte after a heated argument with coach Jerry Sloan. Though Giriček and Sloan indicated they moved on from the incident, Utah was reportedly intent on trading him, and the game in Charlotte would indeed be his last with the Jazz.
Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2008)Edit
Giriček was traded from the Jazz to the Philadelphia 76ers on December 26, 2007, in exchange for Kyle Korver and a future first-round draft pick from the Jazz. He played as a Sixer against the Jazz five days later, and was booed in his return to Utah.
On February 29, 2008, he was waived by the 76ers, after appearing in 12 games with the team. He was waived in time to allow him to join a playoff team and qualify for their postseason roster.
Phoenix Suns (2008)Edit
Cibona Zagreb (2010–2011)Edit
Croatian national basketball teamEdit
Giriček was a member of the Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia, he played at 5 consecutive European Championships: the 1997 European Championship, 1999 European Championship, 2001 European Championship, 2003 European Championship, and the 2005 European Championship.
In December 2003 Giriček married his long-time girlfriend Nataša Gulan, in Orlando, Florida. In February 2004 Nataša gave birth to their first and only child, a girl they named Lara.
In July 2004 Giriček signed a contract with the Jazz worth $16 million through 4 years. At that time, Giriček asked his wife to sign a postnuptial agreement. His lawyers drew up the agreement so that in case of a divorce, his wife would get the total salaries that she would have earned had she stayed at VIPnet, the mobile telephony company that she worked for before meeting Giriček. Gulan refused to sign the agreement and, in August 2004, Giriček decided to file for divorce after his wife had left him and moved to her mother's house with their child, with Gulan demanding $1.5 million.
In February 2007, a court in Croatia decided that Giriček's wife was to get $102,500. Giriček pays $1,500 per month in child support. During court trial his wife's lawyer wrote to Giriček's present and past clubs, requesting information about the player's earnings but, as such information was not demanded by Croatian courts, it was never disclosed by any of the teams. In July 2007, he decided not to join the Croatian national team for the 2007 European Championship because of dissidence with his ex-wife, as Gulan did not honor a child visiting agreement ordered by court, by which the player was to be with Lara during July, thus arriving on time for national team pre-tournament camp. Gulan argued that she got her holiday at that time and that it was unchangeable, also wanting to spend time with her daughter.
|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.
- "Deal gives Grizzlies a shooter, Magic inside help". ESPN. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- Branom, Mike. "Magic Send Giricek to Jazz for Stevenson". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- The Phoenix Suns Sign Gordan Giricek
- The lonely Wolf
- Siler, Ross (October 26, 2007). "Utah Jazz: Brewer emerging to fill void at the two". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- Jazz notes: Giricek, Sloan clash on bench
- Jazz notes: Giricek is back in uniform, but Miles remains at No. 2
- NBA.com: Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giriček, Future First-Rounder.
- Giricek is all right with boos
- 76ers cut veteran guard Giricek after 12-game stay.
- Suns sign guard Giricek for rest of season
- Grant Hill: Shaq once choked out Gordan Giricek
- Giricek ile Yollarımız Ayrıldı ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)
- Ciboni pod bor stigao Giriček ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Giriček to pay ex-wife. ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
- Dean Sinovčić (28 August 2007). "Dijete mi je važnije od EP-a" [My child is more important to me than the European Championship]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.