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Encyclopedia > Eric Piatkowski
Eric Piatkowski
Position Guard, Forward
Height ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Team Phoenix Suns
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born September 30, 1970
Stuebenville, Ohio
College Nebraska
Draft 1st Round, 15th overall, 1994
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1994 – present
Former teams Los Angeles Clippers 1994-2003
Houston Rockets 2003-04
Chicago Bulls 2004-06

Eric Todd Piatkowski (born September 30, 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio) is an NBA basketball player recently signed with the Phoenix Suns. [1] He is the son of former ABA player, Walt Piatkowski. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... A foot (plural: feet) is a non-SI unit of distance or length, measuring around a third of a metre. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of length. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... The pound is the name of a number of units of mass, all in the range of 300 to 600 grams. ... The international prototype, made of platinum-iridium, which is kept at the BIPM under conditions specified by the 1st CGPM in 1889. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Nickname: The City of Murals Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Jefferson Mayor Dominic Mucci (D) Area    - City (Land) 26. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Often referred to as simply Nebraska or UNL, it is the flagship and largest campus of the University of Nebraska system. ... 1994 NBA Draft - 29 June 1994 - Indianapolis, Indiana Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Category: ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Nickname: The City of Murals Location within the state of Ohio Country United States State Ohio County Jefferson Mayor Dominic Mucci (D) Area    - City (Land) 26. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... For information about the ABA that began in 2000 see American Basketball Association (21st century). ...

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Career history

After completing his eligibility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Piatkowski was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th pick of the 1994 NBA Draft. The Pacers immediately dealt his draft rights, along with those of Pooh Richardson and Malik Sealy, to the Los Angeles Clippers for Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Greg Minor. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Often referred to as simply Nebraska or UNL, it is the flagship and largest campus of the University of Nebraska system. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... 1994 NBA Draft - 29 June 1994 - Indianapolis, Indiana Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Category: ... Jerome Pooh Richardson (born May 14, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former professional NBA basketball player. ... Malik Sealy (February 1, 1970 - May 20, 2000), best known to some as Stacy Patton in the 1996 movie Eddie co-staring with Whoopi Goldberg was a native of Bronx, New York, was also a guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1998 until his death in a car accident. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association in a career spanning from... Greg Magado Minor (born September 18, 1971 in Sandersville, Georgia) is an American former NBA basketball player. ...


Piatkowski averaged 7.0 points per game in his rookie year of 1994-95 while shooting .374 from the three-point line.


He played his first nine seasons with the Clippers, then was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Houston Rockets before the 2003-04 season. Piatkowski became a Bull on September 8, 2004, when Houston sent him, Adrian Griffin and Mike Wilks to Chicago in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo. The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Adrian Griffin (born July 4, 1974 in Wichita, Kansas) is a professional basketball player currently with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Griffin went undrafted after leaving Seton Hall University, and began his career in 1999-2000 with the Boston Celtics. ... Michael Sharod Wilks, Jr. ... Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo, more commonly known as Dikembe Mutombo (born June 25, 1966 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo), is a basketball player in the NBA, playing at the position of center for the Houston Rockets. ...


On July 3, 2006, Piatkowski agreed to sign with the Phoenix Suns for a two year, $2.4 million deal, which was officially signed on July 13.


In the NBA video game, NBA Live 2007 by EA Sports, Piatkowski possesses the unusual ability to completely dominate the game despite his relitively low ability scores.


Career highlights

  • As of 2004, with a .399 percentage, he holds 22nd place in NBA history and 9th place among active players for career three-point percentage.
  • With 616 games played as a Clipper, he ranks 2nd in total games played in Clippers franchise history.
  • He set the Clippers individual season record for three-point percentage at .466, and is ranked third in the NBA. (2001-02)
  • On February 16, 2002, he set a career high of 36 points against the Dallas Mavericks.
  • In 1997-98, he established a career high 11.3 PPG average, .452 FG%, .724 FT%, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, and three-pointers made and attempted.
  • In 1996-97 he made his NBA Playoffs debut, with an average of 5.3 PPG, in 12.7 mpg in three games.
  • Nicknamed "Pike" for his surname, and "The Polish Rifle" for both his ancestry and three-point shooting accuracy.
  • His jersey at Nebraska (No. 52) was retired in 2006.[2]
  • During his time with the Chicago Bulls, affectionate Bulls fans began referring to Piatkowski's enthusiastic courtside fist-pumps after big plays for the team as "The Pike Punch" and would often say that they couldn't declare a close game truly over until Piatkowski had executed a "Punch".

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Notes

  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/0703suns0703.html
  2. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=20&SPID=24&DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=238733

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
ESPN Fantasy Basketball 2007: Player News Archive (1058 words)
Piatkowski, who returned to the Bulls' lineup Wednesday after suffering a concussion over the weekend, played with a large bandage on his forehead to protect the 18 stitches he needed after colliding with Luol Deng in a shootaround over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Piatkowski, who suffered a concussion and laceration that required close to 20 stitches during Saturday's shootaround after colliding with Luol Deng and missed the Bulls' loss to the 76ers, is listed as day-as-day, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Piatkowski participated in the Bulls' shootaround prior to their 99-93 loss to Minnesota but remained on the inactive list with inflammation in his left foot, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Eric Piatkowski at AllExperts (453 words)
Eric Todd Piatkowski (born September 30, 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio) is an NBA basketball player recently signed with the Phoenix Suns.
After completing his eligibility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Piatkowski was drafted the by the Indiana Pacers with the 15th pick of the 1994 NBA Draft.
Piatkowski became a Bull on September 8 2004, when Houston sent him, Adrian Griffin and Mike Wilks to Chicago in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo.
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