Panathinaikos inks Tony Delk

Aug 09, 2006 by Vassilis Skountis, Greece Print
On the way to replace Jaka Lakovic and Vassilis Spanoulis and re-build its backcourt, Panathinaikos first inked Sani Becirovic and on Wednesday announced the addition of guard Tony Delk (32, 188), a player with a brilliant 10-year career in the NBA. It will be Delk's first adventure outside the United States. Last season he started with the Atlanta Hawks and continued to the Detroit Pistons, where he played 23 games averaging 16.4 minutes 7.8 points, 2.2 boards and 1.4 assists. He has also an impressive 42.6% from three-point range. Delk played college ball at famous Kentucky University after leading the team coached by Ricky Pitino at that time to the 1995-96 NCAA Championship. He tied an NCAA championship game record with seven three-point field goals and earned Final Four MVP honors, while was named second team All-America by AP. Delk, the so-called Mr Basketball was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round (16th pick overall) on the 1996 NBA draft. He started his professional career with the Hornets and since than has played for Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. Among other highlights, Delk, as a player of Phoenix Suns exploded for 53 points on 20-for-27 shooting against the Sacramento Kings on January, 2, 2001. "É am very excited to come to Europe and play for a such big club, like Panathinaikos." Delk said. "It is a big challenge for me to live in another environment and work hard with the coach and teammates to win the Euroleague Final Four in our own court. I am also excited to be in the team where Dominique Wilkins also played."