Former NBA guard Pablo Prigioni has officially announced his retirement via his Twitter account Monday afternoon:
Ha llegado el momento. pic.twitter.com/qPeXNM5ivd
— Pablo Prigioni (@PPrigioni9) January 9, 2017
The Argentinian joined the New York Knicks as a 35-year-old and became the oldest rookie in NBA history when he made his debut on November 2, 2012. Prigioni was placed immediately in the team’s rotation by Head Coach Mike Woodson, serving as the team’s back-up point guard. He would prove to be very valuable that season as he started the last two months of the season, including the Knicks’ playoff series against Boston.
Before the NBA, Prigioni had an impressive career in Europe , including winning the Spanish Kings Cup MVP in 2006. He was also named to the All-Euroleague second team in consecutive seasons in 2006 and 2007 while playing for Saski Baskonia in the Liga ACB. He followed up those two phenomenal seasons with a Spanish Supercup MVP in 2008. His individual dominance reflected the teams success, as well. Baskonia won 3 Spanish King’s Cups (2004, 2006, 2009), 4 straight Spanish Supercups (2005-2008) and a Spanish League Championship in 2008.
A decorated veteran on the Argentina National Team, he played along side other NBA veterans, including Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino. The team’s success was outstanding and was dubbed the “Golden Generation”, winning several FIBA America championships and placing third in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After the games concluded, Argentina received its first FIBA Men’s ranking.
In 2015, Prigioni was traded to the Rockets for guard Alexey Shved and remained there for the rest of the season, averaging 3 points per game. When the season concluded, Prigioni was again traded to the Nuggets in a deal that involved guard Ty Lawson, but was waived immediately.
The Los Angeles Clippers signed Prigioni to a one-year deal. In 59 appearances with the Clippers, he averaged 2.5 points per game in 13.9 minutes. On January 13, 2016, Prigioni recorded a career-high eight steals against the Miami Heat, one shy of the franchise record held by his coach, Doc Rivers. He returned to Europe in December, signing a deal with Baskonia through the rest of the season, before officially retiring on Monday.
— Saski Baskonia (@Baskonia) January 10, 2017
In 10 Euroleague seasons, Prigioni averaged 6.1 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. In his short NBA career, he was known largely for his hustle, poise, and veteran leadership. He averaged, 3.5 points, 2.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game.