Eric Todd Piatkowski (born September 30, 1970 in Steubenville, Ohio) is an NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls. He is the son of former ABA player, Walt Piatkowski.

Career history 編輯

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. 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.

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.

Career highlights 編輯

  • 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.[1]

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