Tornike Shengelia

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Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia 23 - Saski Baskonia 20171215 (cropped).jpg
Shengelia with Baskonia in 2017
No. 23 – Baskonia
Position Power forward
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1991-10-05) October 5, 1991 (age 27)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Nationality Georgian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2010 Valencia
2010–2012 Spirou Charleroi
2010–2011 Verviers-Pepinster
20122014 Brooklyn Nets
2012–2014 Springfield Armor
2014 Chicago Bulls
2014–present Baskonia
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tornike Shengelia (Georgian: თორნიკე შენგელია; born October 5, 1991) is a Georgian professional basketball player who plays for Baskonia of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. A 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) tall power forward, he earned an All-EuroLeague First Team selection in 2018.

Professional career

Early career

From 2008 to 2010, Shengelia played for both Valencia Basket and its junior team, Valencia BC Sunny Delight. In 2010, he signed with Spirou Charleroi of Belgium, who later loaned him to VOO Verviers-Pepinster for the 2010–11 season. In August 2011, it was announced that he would play for Spirou Charleroi in 2011–12.[1]

Brooklyn Nets (2012–2014)

Shengelia was selected with the 54th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by Philadelphia 76ers. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets on draft night. In July 2012, he joined the Nets for the 2012 NBA Summer League. In 5 games, he averaged 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.[2]

On July 24, 2012, Shengelia signed with the Nets.[3] During his rookie and sophomore seasons, he had multiple assignments with the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League.[4] [5]

Chicago Bulls (2014)

On January 21, 2014, Shengelia was traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Marquis Teague.[6] On April 14, 2014, he was waived by the Bulls.[7]

Baskonia (2014–present)

On June 21, 2014, Shengelia signed a three-year deal with Baskonia.[8]

On March 1, 2015, the basque derby with Bilbao Basket finished with a brawl where Dejan Todorović of Bilbao and he were disqualified and twelve players were ejected due to court invasion during the fight.[9]

With four seconds left and Bilbao winning by a huge margin, despite the referee's call for a travelling, Todorović was going to dunk when Todorović was hit by him. After this, the Serbian player pushed him from behind and the Georgian forward reacted with a punch. After this, all the players who were in the bench came into the court and started the brawl. When Shengelia was leaving the court after the disqualifying foul, he apologized to a child who was in the first row of the arena.[10]

The ACB announced this brawl would have severe consequences and sanctions and would talk with the Spanish Basketball Federation for changing the disciplinary regulations.[11] On March 5, the league provisionally suspended Todorović and Shengelia until the final resolution of the case.[12]

Both clubs claimed to have the same sanctions than in 2004, when the brawl Real Madrid and Estudiantes occurred.[13] Finally, on March 11, the Disciplinary Judge accorded to suspend him for five games, Todorović for four and a €3,000 fine to Bilbao Basket player Dairis Bertāns and to Baskonia brothers Mamadou and Ilimane Diop.[14]

On June 7, 2017, Shengelia signed a three-year contract extension with Baskonia.[15] Over 33 EuroLeague games, he averaged career-highs of 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague First Team for the 2017–18 season.[16] On 24 May 2018, he finished in second place behind Luka Dončić in voting for the Liga ACB MVP of the season.[17] On August 19, 2018, Shengelia signed a four-year contract extension with Baskonia until 2022.[18]

International career

Shengelia plays for the senior men's Georgian national team. During the EuroBasket 2011, he averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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
2012–13 Brooklyn 19 0 4.9 .435 .500 .563 1.2 .2 .2 .1 1.6
2013–14 Brooklyn 17 0 8.1 .458 .000 .375 .8 .7 .1 .1 1.5
2013–14 Chicago 9 0 1.9 .500 .000 .000 .2 .2 .1 .0 .4
Career 45 0 5.5 .451 .125 .500 .9 .4 .1 .1 1.3

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12 Charleroi 9 9 20.6 .500 .286 .682 4.3 1.0 .3 .1 8.3 7.1
2014–15 Baskonia 24 23 21.6 .439 .229 .820 4.8 .8 .6 .7 9.5 10.3
2015–16 Baskonia 9 7 19.2 .561 .500 .682 3.8 1.2 .8 .6 9.1 10.4
2016–17 Baskonia 24 13 20.8 .511 .542 .778 4.1 1.4 .8 .3 10.8 12.0
2017–18 Baskonia 33 17 25.5 .569 .326 .681 6.1 2.2 .8 .5 13.7 18.2
Career 99 69 22.4 .505 .353 .737 4.9 1.5 .7 .5 11.0 13.1

Domestic leagues

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Spain Pamesa Valencia ACB 6 10.5 .620 .000 .800 1.7 .5 .5 .2 3.3
2009–10 Spain Pamesa Valencia B EBA 21 29.5 .539 .290 .481 8.0 1.9 .9 1.0 15.7
2010–11 Belgium Verviers-Pepinster BLB 32 17.0 .511 .130 .750 4.1 .5 .8 .3 6.5
2011–12 Belgium Belgacom Spirou BLB 29 18.4 .494 .279 .628 4.8 1.1 1.1 .3 8.8
2012–13 United States Springfield Armor NBA D-League 10 36.6 .581 .366 .675 8.2 4.0 2.3 1.0 24.3
2013–14 United States Springfield Armor NBA D-League 4 27.3 .615 .200 .818 5.0 1.5 .5 1.3 13.3
2014–15 Spain Baskonia ACB 31 20.3 .532 .362 .804 4.0 1.0 .5 .4 10.1
2015–16 Spain Baskonia ACB 19 17.0 .580 .300 .750 3.6 0.9 .6 .5 8.7
2016–17 Spain Baskonia ACB 31 22.1 .541 .324 .694 4.8 1.3 1.0 .7 10.5

References

  1. ^ Tornike Shengelia returns to Spirou Charleroi
  2. ^ 2012 Summer League Profile
  3. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Tornike Shengelia". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ 2012-13 NBA Assignments Archived 2014-03-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 2013-14 NBA Assignments Archived 2014-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "BULLS ACQUIRE FORWARD TORNIKE SHENGELIA". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "BULLS WAIVE TORNIKE SHENGELIA". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Laboral Kutxa announces Tornike Shengelia". Sportando.com. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  9. ^ El acta del partido de la infamia; Marca, 2 March 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Spanish Basketball Brawl Ends With Player Apologizing to Small Child; The Big Lead, 2 March 2015
  11. ^ La ACB pide remodelar el Reglamento Disciplinario tras la tangana en Bilbao Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine.; Deia, 2 March 2015 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ El Juez Disciplinario suspende cautelarmente a Dejan Todorovic y Shengelia; ACB.com, 5 March 2015
  13. ^ Comunicado conjunto de Bilbao Basket y Saski Baskonia; ACB.com, 5 March 2015(in Spanish)
  14. ^ Resolución del Juez Disciplinario sobre incidentes Bilbao - Laboral Kutxa; ACB.com, 11 March 2015
  15. ^ "Baskonia signs Toko Shengelia to a three-year contract extension". Sportando.com. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  16. ^ "2017-18 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Luka Doncic, MVP Movistar de la Liga Endesa 2017-18". ACB.com (in Spanish). 24 May 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Baskonia, Shengelia pen extension through 2022". EuroLeague.net. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
  • Tornike Shengelia at acb.com (in Spanish)
  • Tornike Shengelia at draftexpress.com
  • Tornike Shengelia at eurobasket.com
  • Tornike Shengelia at euroleague.net
  • Tornike Shengelia at nba.com
  • Tornike Shengelia on Twitter
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