Four things to know about new Celtic Danilo Gallinari, who comes from an Italian basketball family
Here’s what to know about the 33-year-old, 6-foot-10 Italian striker.
He comes from a family of basketball players.
Gallinari grew up in a small Italian town south of Milan called Graffignana, which had a population of around 2,000 during his childhood.
“Everyone knows each other,” Gallinari told The Oklahoman. “It’s between hills and trees and lots of land.”
He grew up on the same farm as his father, Vittorio. As noted by The Oklahoman, Vittorio was also a professional basketball player. He played with NBA coach Mike D’Antoni and together they won four Italian championships, a Korac Cup and the 1987 Euroleague championships.
Gallinari joined Armani Jeans Milano in 2005 and his career took off at the age of 17. His father preached hard work and defense, but other parts of Vittorio’s game were missing.
“The attack was horrible,” D’Antoni said of Vittorio. “Quite the opposite with the son.
Gallinari is a prolific goalscorer
The New York Knicks selected Gallinari with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.
He became a promising scorer in Year 2, averaging 15.1 points per game while shooting 38.1 percent from 3-point range. Gallinari played three seasons with the Knicks, six with the Denver Nuggets, two with the Los Angeles Clippers, one with the Oklahoma City Thunder and, most recently, two with the Atlanta Hawks.
Outside of his rookie year, he’s averaging double digits every season. His career averages are 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists, and he is a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter.
Many consider him a below average defender, but he is widely regarded as a refined and proven attacking player. The goal is to get him to punch and relieve Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
He’s been a Celtics killer over the years
An advantage for the Celtics is that they will no longer have to face Gallinari.
He scored 20+ points 10 times against the Celtics and 30+ points twice. His plus-minus is plus-99 and his shooting percentages against Boston are all above his career averages.
He drained 10 3-pointers in a game against Boston in February 2021, including one where his foot touched the logo near half the court. Gallinari missed just two 3s and busted for 38 points as the Hawks cruised.
He is hungry for the championship
Gallinari had a tremendous career in the NBA, and his main motivation now is to get a ring.
He’s only made the playoffs six times in 13 years and hadn’t won a series until 2021, when the Hawks made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Gallinari came off the bench in all 18 games and averaged 12.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game as the Hawks beat the Knicks and Sixers before falling to eventual champion Bucks in the 2021 playoffs.
Trevor Hass can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.