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Luigi Datome | Forward

Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 215
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Luigi Datome (ankle) didn't leave the Pistons' bench on Tuesday.
He was listed as a DNP-CD and coach Stan Van Gundy has yet to play him this season, so we're taking him off the injury report. Nov 25 - 10:58 PM

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Luigi Datome (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Datome currently is not a rotation player for the Pistons, and he can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues until he proves otherwise.
Nov 23 - 3:36 PM

Gigi Datome (hamstring) is available to play on Monday.

Datome is healthy, but he's got no role with the Pistons right now.
Nov 17 - 1:37 PM

Luigi Datome (hamstring) will be available to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

Datome is going to struggle to find minutes playing behind Josh Smith, Kyle Singler, and Caron Butler, so he's not a viable option in most leagues.
Nov 14 - 6:55 PM

Luigi Datome (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday.

Datome hasn't yet suited up for a single game this season, but his return to practice means that he's taking a positive step in that direction. Still, he's currently behind Josh Smith, Kyle Singler, and Caron Butler on the depth chart, so he's not likely to hold any fantasy value upon his return. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 13 - 4:50 PM

Luigi Datome (hamstring) is inactive for Detroit's game on Wednesday.

He has yet to make an appearance this season and this injury further solidifies that he should not be on any fantasy roster.
Nov 5 - 11:44 AM

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

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.
Source: NBA.com
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.
Source: MLive.com
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