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Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari (2022)

Gallinari in 2022.
No. 12 – Milwaukee Bucks
Position: Center
League: NBA
Personal information
Born: August 8, 1988 (1988-08-08) (age 35)
Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Nationality: Itаly FlagItalian
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 236 lbs (107 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 2004–present (20 years)
Career history
2004–2005 Casalpusterlengo
2005–2006 Nuova Pavia
2006–2008 Olimpia Milano
20082011 New York Knicks
2011 Olimpia Milano
20112017 Denver Nuggets
20172019 Los Angeles Clippers
2019–2020 Oklahoma City Thunder
20202022 Atlanta Hawks
2023–2024 Washington Wizards
2024 Detroit Pistons
2024–present Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
  • Italian League MVP (2008)
  • 2× Italian League Best Player Under 22 (2007, 2008)
  • Euroleague Rising Star (2008)

Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation:[daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born 8 August 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After spending his first four years as a professional in his native Italy, Gallinari was drafted sixth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He played with the Knicks for two and a half seasons before being traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2011. He has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards and the Detroit Pistons.

Professional career[]

Casalpusterlengo (2004–2005)[]

Gallinari started playing professionally in 2004 for Casalpusterlengo, a team in Serie B1 (third level in Italy).

Edimes Pavia (2005–2006)[]

In 2005, Gallinari was acquired by Armani Jeans Milano, which then sent him to Edimes Pavia, a team competing in the Italian league second divisionchampionship during the 2005–2006 season, so that he could earn more experience with extended playing minutes. Even though he played only half of the season due to an injury, in 2006 he was nominated as the best Italian player of the Italian league second division championship, averaging 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.8 assists in 17 games.

Olimpia Milano (2006–2008)[]

In 2006, Gallinari was recalled by Olimpia Milano to play in the 2006–07 Serie A season and also in the ULEB Cup. In his first season in Serie A, Gallinari was named as the league's best player under the age of 22, averaging 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 assists per game in 34 regular season games and 11.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 0.9 assists per game in 8 playoff games. During the season, he also won the 2007 Italian All Star Game 3-point shootout contest.

He spent his last season with Milano in the top Italian league, finishing first in the league's overall efficiency ratings.During the 2007–2008 season, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 assists per game in 33 regular season games and 18.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists per game in 8 playoff games.

In the 2007–08 season, he played for the first time in the EuroLeague, where he averaged 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in 11 games. He posted a season-high 27 points against Maccabi Tel Aviv in his final game, and at the end of the season was named the EuroLeague's Rising Star.

New York Knicks (2008–2011)[]

Gallinari's contract with Olimpia Milanohad an escape clause for playing professionally in the United States, effectively eliminating major encumbrances that would have prevented him from joining the National Basketball Association (NBA). On 23 April 2008, he decided to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft. Gallinari signed an endorsement deal with Reebok before being drafted into the NBA. He has his own sneaker, made by Reebok, called "The Rooster." Gallinari was drafted sixth overall in the 2008 draft by the New York Knicks. He then signed a two-year contract with the team.

Just one game into the 2008–09 season, it was announced Gallinari would most likely miss most of the remainder of the season due to back problems. Despite his back problems, he came back into play on 17 January, during a game the Knicks lost to Philadelphia. On 4 March, Gallinari scored a season-high 17 points against the Atlanta Hawks, shooting 4–5 on three-point field goal attempts.

On 23 October 2009, the Knicks picked up Gallinari's contract option.

With the Knicks freeing up roster space for Gallinari with the trade of Quentin Richardson, and with Al Harringtonbeing relegated to the bench, head coach Mike D'Antoni named Gallinari a starter two games into the 2009 NBA season. On 31 October 2009, the third game of the 2009 season, Gallinari scored a career-high 30 points and made eight three-pointers in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, one short of tying a Knicks franchise record held by Latrell Sprewell and John Starks. Gallinari set a new career high on 6 April 2010, with 31 points in a 104–101 win over the Boston Celtics.

Denver Nuggets (2011–2017)[]

On 22 February 2011, Gallinari was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade, which also involved the Minnesota Timberwolves, that brought Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billupsto New York. In just his second game with the Nuggets, he almost matched his career high with a 30-point effort in an overtime loss against the Portland Trail Blazers.

During the 2011 NBA lockout he returned to Italy to play for Emporio Armani Milan.

On 25 January 2012, Gallinari signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets.

On 5 April 2013, it was announced that Gallinari would miss the remainder of the 2012–13 season because of an ACL injury. The same injury forced him out of the entire 2013–14 season as well.

On 29 October 2014, Gallinari made his return for the Nuggets, scoring seven points on 1-of-8 shooting in a season opening win over the Detroit Pistons.On 22 March 2015, Gallinari scored a career-high 40 points on 12-of-21 shooting in a 119–100 win over the Orlando Magic. Gallinari later eclipsed his career high with 47 points in a double overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks on 10 April.

On 3 August 2015, Gallinari signed a two-year contract extension with the Nuggets. On 17 November 2015, he scored a season-high 32 points in a 115–98 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On 5 February 2016, he set a new season high with 33 points in a 115–110 win over the Chicago Bulls. Gallinari missed the final 22 games of the season due to an ankle injury.

On 9 April 2017, Gallinari scored 22 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 106–105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Los Angeles Clippers (2017–2019)[]

On 6 July 2017, the Los Angeles Clippersacquired Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade that sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and the Clippers' 2018 protected first round draft pick (via Houston) to the Atlanta Hawks and a 2019 second round draft pick from Atlanta (via Washington) to Denver. In his debut for the Clippers in their season opener on October 19, Gallinari scored 11 points in a 108–92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. On 6 December, Gallinari returned to action against the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing a month due to a glute injury. On 20 December, he was ruled out until at least January with a partial tear of his left glute muscle. On 5 February 2018, he scored 28 points in a 104–101 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On 27 February, he was once again ruled out due to a non-displaced fracture to his right hand.

In March 2019, Gallinari scored 20 or more points in nine straight games, marking the best scoring streak of his career.

Oklahoma City Thunder (2019–2020)[]

On 10 July 2019, the Clippers traded Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, five first-round draft picks, and the rights to swap two other first-round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for NBA All-Starplayer Paul George. On 4 August 2019, it was reported that Gallinari underwent an appendectomy.

Atlanta Hawks (2020–2022)[]

On 24 November 2020, Gallinari was acquired by the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a conditional 2025 second-round pick in a sign-and-trade deal.

On February 24, 2021, Gallinari scored 38 points and hit a career-high and Hawks record 10 threes against the Celtics. During Game 7 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, Gallinari came up in the final minute with a key steal from Joel Embiid and a dunk, extending Atlanta's lead to six, as the Hawks reached their first Eastern Conference Final since 2015 and only their second since moving to Atlanta in 1968.

On 30 June 2022, Gallinari was traded, alongside multiple future first-round picks, to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Dejounte Murray and Jock Landale. On 8 July, Gallinari was waived by the Spurs.

On 12 July 2022, Gallinari signed a two-year, $13.3M deal with the Boston Celtics. On September 2, Gallinari suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, and missed the entire season. As a result of his injury, and a trade preceding the 2023–24 season, Gallinari was not able to see the court during his time with the Boston Celtics.

Washington Wizards (2023–2024)[]

On 23 June 2023, the Celtics traded Gallinari to the Washington Wizards as part of a three–team deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wizards received Gallinari, Mike Muscala, and the No.35 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft from Boston as well as Tyus Jonesfrom Memphis in exchange for Kristaps Porziņģis who landed in Boston. Additionally, Boston received the No. 25 overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft and a 2024 first round pick (via GSW) from Memphis, while the Grizzlies acquired Marcus Smart.

Detroit Pistons (2024)[]

On 14 January 2024, Gallinari was traded to the Detroit Pistons, along with Mike Muscala, in exchange for Marvin Bagley III, Isaiah Livers and future draft considerations. On 9 February, he was waived by the Pistons.

Milwaukee Bucks (2024–present)[]

On 21 February 2024, Gallinari signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

NBA career statistics[]

  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  Bold  Career high
(Correct as of 22 January 2009)[1]

Regular season[]

2008–09 New York Knicks 28 2 14.7 .448 .444 .963 2.0 1.0 0.5 0.1 6.1
Career 28 2 14.7 .448 .444 .963 2.0 1.0 0.5 0.1 6.1

Italian national team[]

Gallinari has been a member of the Under-16 and Under-18 junior men's Italian national basketball teams. He played at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and he won the bronze medal at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was also selected as a member of the senior men's Italian national basketball team for the 2007 European Championship, but he was forced to withdraw due to an injury that he suffered during the preparation before the tournament.



  1. Danilo Gallinari Info Page - Career Stats and Totals,, accessed 22 January 2009.

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