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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.

Gordan Giriček
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Giriček with the Phoenix Suns
Personal information
Born (1977-06-20) June 20, 1977 (age 41)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career1993–2011
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Number2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11
Career history
1993–2001Cibona Zagreb
2001–2002CSKA Moscow
2002–2003Memphis Grizzlies
20032004Orlando Magic
20042007Utah Jazz
2007–2008Philadelphia 76ers
2008Phoenix Suns
2008–2010Fenerbahçe
2010–2011Cibona Zagreb
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Contents

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Giriček, the 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) shooting guardsmall forward started playing basketball with the youth section of a small local club in Zagreb called Jedinstvo.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] After their loss to the Spurs in five games, Deron Williams ripped the efforts of Giriček and Mehmet Okur.[4]

Ronnie Brewer was named Utah's starting shooting guard after a strong performance in the 2007–08 preseason,[5] 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.[6] Though Giriček and Sloan indicated they moved on from the incident,[7] 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.[8] He played as a Sixer against the Jazz five days later, and was booed in his return to Utah.[9]

On February 29, 2008, he was waived by the 76ers, after appearing in 12 games with the team.[10] He was waived in time to allow him to join a playoff team and qualify for their postseason roster.

Phoenix Suns (2008)Edit

On March 4, 2008, the Phoenix Suns signed Giriček for the remainder of the season.[11] He was involved in an altercation with Suns teammate Shaquille O'Neal, and was choked out.[12]

Fenerbahçe (2008–2010)Edit

In August 2008, 31-year-old Giriček left the NBA and returned to Europe. He signed a 2-year 4 million euros net income contract with the Turkish team Fenerbahçe. He was released on May 15, 2010.[13]

Cibona Zagreb (2010–2011)Edit

In December 2010, he signed a contract with Cibona Zagreb in his native country of Croatia until the end of the 2010–11 season.[14] After this season, he retired from professional basketball.

Croatian national basketball teamEdit

Personal lifeEdit

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.[15] 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.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

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

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.

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Memphis 49 35 24.2 .433 .354 .822 2.2 1.4 .4 .1 11.2
2002–03 Orlando 27 27 35.6 .440 .328 .816 4.8 2.5 1.1 .1 14.3
2003–04 Orlando 48 25 29.9 .440 .407 .827 3.4 1.7 .9 .2 10.2
2003–04 Utah 25 18 24.2 .431 .359 .883 2.5 1.7 .6 .2 13.5
2004–05 Utah 81 44 20.5 .448 .362 .810 2.2 1.7 .6 .1 8.8
2005–06 Utah 37 36 25.8 .433 .305 .754 1.9 1.7 .4 .1 10.6
2006–07 Utah 61 6 19.5 .462 .426 .816 2.1 1.0 .5 .1 7.8
2007–08 Utah 22 0 12.7 .402 .353 1.000 1.4 .7 .6 .0 4.3
2007–08 Philadelphia 12 0 9.2 .317 .333 .750 1.2 .9 .3 .1 3.1
2007–08 Phoenix 22 0 20.1 .497 .380 .941 2.3 1.6 .4 .1 8.8
Career 384 191 23.0 .442 .368 .823 2.5 1.5 .6 .1 9.6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003 Orlando 7 7 31.9 .464 .333 .818 3.1 1.0 .3 .1 9.4
2007 Utah 17 3 18.1 .418 .538 .875 1.6 1.0 .2 .1 6.1
2008 Phoenix 5 0 16.0 .333 .250 1.000 1.4 .4 .4 .0 3.4
Career 29 10 21.0 .424 .444 .871 2.0 .9 .2 .1 6.4

EuroleagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Cibona 6 4 27.0 .232 .129 .788 3.0 .8 .3 .0 10.3 2.7
2001–02 CSKA Moscow 18 17 32.9 .528 .373 .808 3.1 1.6 1.1 .1 22.9 20.6
2008–09 Fenerbahçe 5 3 28.1 .353 .250 .842 3.2 1.2 1.6 .0 11.4 9.8
2009–10 Fenerbahçe 10 3 21.2 .394 .367 .833 2.9 .8 .3 .0 8.2 4.5
Career 39 27 28.4 .446 .311 .810 3.1 1.2 .8 .0 15.7 12.3

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Deal gives Grizzlies a shooter, Magic inside help". ESPN. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ Branom, Mike. "Magic Send Giricek to Jazz for Stevenson". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ The Phoenix Suns Sign Gordan Giricek
  4. ^ The lonely Wolf
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Jazz notes: Giricek, Sloan clash on bench
  7. ^ Jazz notes: Giricek is back in uniform, but Miles remains at No. 2
  8. ^ NBA.com: Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giriček, Future First-Rounder.
  9. ^ Giricek is all right with boos
  10. ^ 76ers cut veteran guard Giricek after 12-game stay.
  11. ^ Suns sign guard Giricek for rest of season
  12. ^ Grant Hill: Shaq once choked out Gordan Giricek
  13. ^ Giricek ile Yollarımız Ayrıldı ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)
  14. ^ Ciboni pod bor stigao Giriček ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
  15. ^ Giriček to pay ex-wife. ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
  16. ^ 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.

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