Axel Toupane

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Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane SIG saison 2013-2014.jpg
No. 6 – Olympiacos
Position Small Forward
League Greek Basket League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1992-07-23) July 23, 1992 (age 26)
Mulhouse, France
Nationality French
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2015 SIG Strasbourg
2015–2016 Raptors 905
2016 Denver Nuggets
2016–2017 Raptors 905
2017 Milwaukee Bucks
2017 New Orleans Pelicans
2017–2018 Žalgiris
2018–present Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards

Axel Toupane (born July 23, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. Toupane also represents the senior French national team in international events.[1]

Professional career

SIG Strasbourg (2011–2015)

From 2008 to 2011, Toupane spent time with the Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez and SIG Strasbourg Under 21 teams, before joining the SIG Strasbourg senior squad for the 2011–12 LNB Pro A season. As a rookie, he averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds, in 22 French Pro A League games. In the 2012–13 season, Toupane averaged 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, in 35 French Pro A League games, as he helped Strasbourg reach the French Leaders Cup Final. He was considerably more effective the following season, as he averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, in 41 French Pro A League games.

Following the 2013–14 season, Toupane entered the 2014 NBA draft, but he was not selected. He then competed in the 2014 NBA Summer League, for the Dallas Mavericks' summer league squad, where he averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, in four games.[2] He returned to Strasbourg following the Summer League, and in the 2014–15 season, Toupane averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, in 42 Pro A games.[3] Strasbourg finished as the regular season leaders for a second straight year in 2015, and also won the French Cup and the French Leaders Cup.

Raptors 905 (2015–2016)

On July 23, 2015, Toupane signed with the Toronto Raptors, after averaging 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds, in three Summer League games for the team.[4] On October 24, 2015, he was waived by the Raptors, after appearing in two NBA preseason games.[5]

On October 31, 2015, Toupane was acquired by the Raptors 905, of the NBA Development League, as an affiliate player of Toronto.[6] On November 19, he made his debut for the Raptors 905 in a 109–104 loss to the Maine Red Claws, recording 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal, in 30 minutes of playing time.[7]

Denver Nuggets (2016)

On March 3, 2016, Toupane signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets, after averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steal, over 32 games played in the D-League.[8] The next day, he made his NBA debut, in a 121–120 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, recording one rebound in five minutes off the bench.[9] He later signed a second 10-day contract with the Nuggets, on March 14,[10] and a multi-year contract on March 25.[11] At the conclusion of the 2015–16 season, Toupane was named the NBA D-League Most Improved Player.[12] On October 15, 2016, Toupane was waived by the Nuggets.[13]

Return to Raptors 905 / Milwaukee Bucks (2016–2017)

On October 30, 2016, Toupane was reacquired by the Raptors 905.[14] On February 25, 2017, Toupane signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.[15] On March 4, 2017, he was waived by the Bucks,[16] and then reacquired by the Raptors 905 later that day.[17]

New Orleans Pelicans (2017)

On April 10, 2017, Toupane signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[18] On July 25, 2017, he was waived by the Pelicans.[19]

Žalgiris (2017–2018)

On July 27, 2017, Toupane signed with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris, of the LKL League.[20][21][22] His solid defence helped the team in both the Euroleague, where Žalgiris reached the first Final Four in 19 years and finished in 3rd place, and the LKL, where Žalgiris won the 8th consecutive LKL championship. Axel was also one of the best players in the league cup, which Žalgiris also won.

Olympiacos (2018–present)

On July 17, 2018, Toupane signed a two-year deal with the Greek team Olympiacos of the EuroLeague.[23][24]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Denver 21 0 14.5 .357 .325 .765 1.5 .7 .3 .3 3.6
2016–17 Milwaukee 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2016–17 New Orleans 2 0 20.5 .625 .333 .000 .5 .0 .5 .5 5.5
Career 25 0 14.1 .380 .318 .765 1.3 .6 .3 .3 3.5

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Strasbourg 10 2 15.1 .355 .143 .500 2.7 .9 .2 .1 2.5 2.4
2017–18 Žalgiris 34 21 15.3 .503 .375 .711 2.1 .5 .4 .1 6.9 5.8
Career 44 23 15.2 .478 .340 .702 2.3 .6 .4 .1 5.9 5.0

References

  1. ^ "Axel Toupane Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ "2014 Summer League Player Profile – Axel Toupane". NBA.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Axel Toupane profile". LNB.fr (in French). Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Raptors Sign Michale Kyser & Axel Toupane". NBA.com. July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Raptors Announce Roster Changes". NBA.com. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Raptors 905 Announces NBA D-League Draft Results, Training Camp". OurSportsCentral.com. October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rozier, Red Claws Spoil Raptors 905's First-Ever Game in Mississauga". NBA.com. November 19, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Nuggets Sign Axel Toupane". NBA.com. March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Lopez tips in with 0.4 seconds left in OT, Nets beat Nuggets". NBA.com. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "Nuggets Sign Axel Toupane to Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Nuggets Sign Axel Toupane to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  12. ^ "Raptors 905's Axel Toupane Named 2016 NBA Development League Most Improved Player". NBA.com. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  13. ^ NuggetsPR (October 15, 2016). "#Nuggets Waive Kennedy, Sampson and..." Twitter. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AND SCHEDULE". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 30, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Bucks Sign Axel Toupane to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 25, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Bucks Sign Terrence Jones". NBA.com. March 4, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  17. ^ "NBA D-League Transactions". NBA.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "Pelicans Sign Axel Toupane for Remainder of 2016-17 Season". NBA.com. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  19. ^ "Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook and Axel Toupane". NBA.com. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Rimtas pastiprinimas: "Žalgiryje" – NBA patirties turintis prancūzas". Krepsinis.lt. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Axelis Toupane'as – solidžiai besiginantis ir puolime vis tobulėjantis atletas". BasketNews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  22. ^ ""Žalgiris" rado žmogų, kuris aikštėje gali daryti praktiškai viską". Krepsinis.net (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  23. ^ "Olympiacos officially signs Axel Toupane". Sportando.com. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  24. ^ "Olympiacos announces Axel Toupane". EuroLeague.net. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

External links

  • Official Website (in French)
  • Axel Toupane at euroleague.net
  • Axel Toupane at nbadleague.com
  • Axel Toupane at lnb.fr (in French)
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