Datome, Fenerbahce stay together

Jul 02, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Datome, Fenerbahce stay together

Sharpshooter Luigi Datome, with whom Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has made four consecutive Final Fours and won its first Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title in 2017, is staying with the club for three more seasons, it was announced Tuesday. Datome (2.03 meters, 31 years old) comes off another season of solid shooting numbers. He averaged 9.0 points while making 54.8% of his two-point shots, 41.5% of his triples and 91.7% of his free throws. He also grabbed 3.6 rebounds in 21 minutes per game while helping Fenerbahce finish first in the regular season and qualify for the playoffs sooner than any team ever. Datome's absence due to injury was felt in the Final Four, where Fenerbahce lost both of its games.

Datome started his EuroLeague career in his native Italy, playing two seasons with Montepaschi Siena between 2004 and 2006, then three with Lottomatica Roma between 2008 and 2011. After two seasons in the NBA, with Detroit and Boston, he returned in 2015 and immediately made the All-EuroLeague Second Team with averages of 12.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The next season, he was the team's third-best scorer (11 points) and rebounder (6) as Fenerbahce defeated Olympiacos Piraeus in the EuroLeague championship game to become the first-ever continental champion from Turkey. Datome has the EuroLeague's fourth-best free throw accuracy (90.7%) and its eight-best three-point shooting rate (44.5%) over the last four seasons.