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Luigi Datome | Forward

Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 215

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Luigi Datome has chosen to play the 2014-15 season with the Detroit Pistons.
FC Barcelona was reportedly interested in the 26-year-old, but Datome has decided to give the NBA one more chance. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season," Datome said. "I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties." Gigi only averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds during his first season in the NBA and shouldn't be on any fantasy radars heading into the 2014-15 season. Aug 26 - 9:41 AM

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In a recent interview forward Luigi Datome admitted to his struggles during his rookie campaign, but stated that he hopes to become part of the rotation in his second season.

"I don’t know how good I’m going to be, but my next stop, my next target is to be rotation guy that play every night," Datome said. Datome was one of the best outside shooters in Europe, but shot just 17.9 percent from 3-point range during his rookie season. However, with how much coach Stan Van Gundy values the outside shot, and how much the Pistons need that outside scoring threat, it is possible Datome gets more playing time in his second year.
Jun 1 - 12:06 PM

Pistons forward Luigi Datome said that his 18.4 percent shooting from downtown is partly due to his limited role off the bench.

Datome was considered a lights-out shooter in Europe but he's struggled to adapt to the NBA. "My percentage is terrible," he said. "It’s not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe five minutes of garbage time." The 26-year-old will earn $1.8 million in the final year of his contract next season, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Apr 15 - 2:50 PM

Luigi Datome got some garbage time run on Tuesday and hit 4-of-6 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points and a block in 17 minutes.

This was a career night for Datome and there's no doubt he can shoot the ball. He got some run tonight as Josh Smith was benched early in the blowout, but has no chance at fantasy value in the near future. This was a garbage-time special.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 02:55:00 AM

Luigi Datome will see time at power forward in an effort to find him minutes.

Fantasy owners shouldn't be flocking to their waiver wires to scoop up the Italian upon reading this news, but it's an interesting nugget nonetheless. Datome is a pure shooter and could give fantasy owners a cheap boost in 3-pointers if he sees more playing time, as he had four attempts from downtown in Wednesday's game.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Luigi Datome (hamstring) made his NBA debut against the Wizards on Wednesday, failing to produce any stats.

It's a little hard to put up stats in just 18 seconds. Before training camp, there were reports that Datome would be one of the first men off the bench for the Pistons, but injuries to his foot and hamstring derailed that talk. He's off the radar for now.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 03:34:00 AM

Luigi Datome (foot, hamstring) hopes to practice on Monday for the first time in nearly a month.

Mo Cheeks suggested that Datome, who missed the entire preseason, will not be part of the rotation to begin the season. "Then, depending on the game, depending on what other guys are doing, he gets a chance," Cheeks said. "But he's got to get out on the court first, and see him make shots, and see him do certain things, and take it from there." Datome has solid 3-point range but faces a steep climb to fantasy relevance.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Luigi Datome (hamstring) will not play against the Heat on Thursday.

It doesn't sound like this is just a garden-variety strain and he could miss more time. There is no word on the severity, but the Pistons haven't given any indication when he'll be on the court again. Even though Datome is in the mix to be the first forward off the bench, he isn't worth drafting in most leagues until his role becomes clear.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 06:19:00 PM

Luigi Datome's recent hamstring injury will keep him on the sidelines for Tuesday's home preseason opener.

Datome "felt something" when he injured himself on Saturday, which is mildly ominous, but there haven't been any updates suggesting it's a long-term injury. The Italian forward will be battling Kyle Singler and Jonas Jerebko for backup minutes this season.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 12:14:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Luigi Datome "felt something" in his hamstring during practice on Saturday.

Just as he was getting over a foot issue, it would appear the Italian is going to miss time with this injury. It's too bad because Datome had a chance to be in the rotation and being limited in camp could hurt his chances.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Luigi Datome may have tweaked a hamstring in Saturday's practice.

He was already dealing with a foot injury and has been limited to this point. Datome battled through minor injuries at EuroBasket over the summer, so that might be catching up to him. He could be the first forward off the bench and is on the radar in deep leagues.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Luigi Datome has been bothered by a foot injury in training camp.

He missed some time during EuroBasket with a foot sprain last back in October, and it carried over into September. Datome's injury is not considered serious and the team likely just wants him close to 100 percent to start the year.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Maurice Cheeks said he likes what he's seen out of Luigi Datome so far in camp.

"I’ve liked what I saw of him," Cheeks said. "He’s getting up and down the floor. He’s made shots." The Pistons don't have a clear picture of their rotation just yet, but Datome could be one of the first players off the bench. His ability to hit triples puts him on the radar in deep leagues for now.
Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Luigi Datome could be one of the first players off the bench, according to Keith Langlois.

In order to balance their attack, it’s plausible that when Andre Drummond hits the bench, Monroe will shift to center, Josh Smith to power forward, and Datome would spread the floor at small forward. The Italian is a guy who can really light it up from 3-point range as he showed in EuroBasket. Additionally, last year he shot 40 percent from beyond the arc while bringing home the MVP trophy from his Italian league. We’ll keep an eye on how the rotations are developing in October.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Luigi Datome made four 3-pointers in his 19-point outing against Serbia on Saturday.

He lit it up from downtown in his 11 EuroBasket games, making 24 triples on 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Pistons don't really have many long-distance shooters, so there's an opportunity for him. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the only other player that could be their trigger man, but there was buzz of him being the fifth option at the guard spots. The Pistons have a lot of questions in their rotation and we'll be keeping a close eye on them.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 05:13:00 PM

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All Positions
PG1Brandon Jennings
2D.J. Augustin
SG1Jodie Meeks
2Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
3Spencer Dinwiddie
SF1Josh Smith
2Caron Butler
3Kyle Singler
4Cartier Martin
5Luigi Datome
6Josh Bostic
PF1Greg Monroe
2Jonas Jerebko
3Tony Mitchell
C1Andre Drummond
2Aaron Gray
3Hasheem Thabeet
4Joel Anthony