Pablo Prigioni (born May 17, 1977) is an Argentine professional basketball coach and a former player. He played at the point guard position. He was a two-time All-EuroLeague selection and was also a member of the senior Argentine national team that won the bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the oldest rookie in NBA history, making his debut with the New York Knicks in 2012, at age 35.
Prigioni, playing with the New York Knicks, in February 2013.
|Born||May 17, 1977|
Río Tercero, Córdoba, Argentina
|Nationality||Argentine / Italian|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|Number||5, 9, 10|
|1996–1998||Belgrano San Nicolás|
|2012–2015||New York Knicks|
|2015–2016||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2018–present||Brooklyn Nets (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As a player:|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Professional playing careerEdit
Prigioni began his professional career with Ramallo of the Argentine LNB League during the 1995–96 season. He then moved to Belgrano San Nicolás in 1996, before transferring to Obras Sanitarias in 1998.
In 1999, Prigioni moved to the Spanish club Fuenlabrada, where he stayed until 2001. In 2001, Prigioni joined the Spanish club Lucentum Alicante, and he played there until 2003. In 2003, Prigioni joined the EuroLeague team Baskonia. With Baskonia he won several titles, including: 3 Spanish King's Cups in the years 2004, 2006, 2009; 4 Spanish Supercups in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; and the Spanish League championship in 2008.
On July 24, 2012, Prigioni signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks for the rookie minimum. At age 35, Prigioni became the oldest rookie in NBA history, when he made his debut on November 2, 2012. He became the team's starting point guard for the last two months of the 2012–13 season, as well as for the playoffs. In game 6 of the Knicks' first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Prigioni made 3 three-pointers in the first quarter. The Knicks won 88–80, to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
On July 10, 2013, Prigioni re-signed with the Knicks.
On July 20, 2015, the Rockets traded Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, a 2016 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations, to the Denver Nuggets, in exchange for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second-round draft pick. Prigioni was immediately waived by Denver, upon being acquired.
On August 3, 2015, Prigioni signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 13, 2016, he had a career-high eight steals against the Miami Heat, which was one shy of the franchise record, held by his head coach, Doc Rivers. On April 8, 2016, he recorded a season-high 13 points, a career-high seven rebounds, and a season-high seven assists, in a 102–99 overtime win over the Utah Jazz.
On July 29, 2016, Prigioni signed with the Houston Rockets, returning to the franchise for a second stint. However, he was waived by the Rockets on October 24, 2016, after appearing in five preseason games with them.
Return to Europe and retirementEdit
On December 5, 2016, Prigioni returned to Baskonia, signing with them for the rest of the season. He officially retired from his professional basketball playing career on January 9, 2017. During his profesional career, Prigioni played in 10 EuroLeague seasons, in which he had career averages of 6.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game, and in four NBA seasons, in which he had career regular season averages of 3.5 points, 2.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game.
On 16 June 2017, Prigioni began his coaching career, when he signed a two-year deal with Baskonia, to become their new head coach. However, on October 26, Prigioni stepped down as Baskonia head coach, after having a 0–3 start in the EuroLeague and a 2–3 start in the Liga ACB. On 24 April 2018, Prigioni joined the Brooklyn Nets as assistant coach.
National team careerEdit
As a member of the Argentine senior men's national basketball team, Prigioni played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He won silver medals at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. Prigioni was also a member of the Argentina national team that competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won the bronze medal. He also won the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, and the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.
|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.
|Led the league|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- Spanish Prince's Cup (Spanish 2nd Cup) Winner: (2002)
- Led the Spanish League in steals: (2003)
- 3× Spanish King's Cup Winner: (2004, 2006, 2009)
- 4× Spanish Supercup Winner: (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Spanish King's Cup MVP: (2006)
- 2× All-EuroLeague 2nd Team: (2006, 2007)
- Led the EuroLeague in assists: (2006)
- 3× All-ACB Team: (2006, 2007, 2009)
- Spanish League Champion: (2008)
- Spanish Supercup MVP: (2008)
Argentine national teamEdit
- 2003 FIBA Americas Championship: Silver
- 2003 South American Championship: Silver
- 2004 South American Championship: Gold
- 2007 FIBA Americas Championship: Silver
- 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament: Gold
- 2008 Summer Olympics: Bronze
- 2009 FIBA Americas Championship: Bronze
- 2011 FIBA Americas Championship: Gold
- ACB.com Pablo Prigioni Varios Doble nacionalidad Argentina-Italia (in Spanish).
- "Prigioni, Pablo". www.euroleague.net. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- "Comunicado oficial: Oleson al Caja Laboral; Prigioni y Vidal al Real Madrid". baskonia.com. 24 August 2009. Archived from the original on 27 August 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- "Caja Laboral brings back Prigioni". EuroLeague. August 24, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- Knicks Sign Pablo Prigioni
- Knicks at Celtics, May 3, 2013
- Pablo's Back! Knicks Re-Sign The Argentine Point Guard
- "Rockets Acquire K.J. McDaniels and Pablo Prigioni". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- "Nuggets Acquire Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Cash Considerations and First Round Pick From Houston". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
- "L.A. Clippers sign Pablo Prigioni". NBA.com. August 3, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
- "Clippers win 10th straight, beat Heat 104-90 without Jordan". NBA.com. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- "Crawford scores 30, including winner to lead Clippers". NBA.com. April 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
- "Rockets Sign Free Agent Pablo Prigioni". NBA.com. July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
- "Rockets Waive Pablo Prigioni". NBA.com. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
- "Baskonia brings back legendary playmaker Prigioni". EuroLeague.net. EuroLeague. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- Pablo Prigioni announces retirement.
- Pablo Prigioni announces his retirement.
- PRIGIONI, PABLO Stats.
- Pablo Prigioni Per Game.
- "Baskonia names Prigioni new head coach". EuroLeague.net. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
- "Prigioni steps down as Baskonia coach". EuroLeague.net. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- "Baskonia, Pablo Prigioni officially part ways". Sportando. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "Pablo Prigioni And Tiago Splitter Added To Brooklyn Nets Staff". NBA.com. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.