2013-14 SEASON: Appeared in 34 games (zero starts) in his rookie season in Detroit, averaged 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 7.0 minutes ... Tied a career-high four rebounds and dished out a career-high two assists vs. Toronto (4/13) … Recorded career-highs in points (13) and steals (2) at Cleveland (12/23) … Recorded a career-high one block at Golden State (11/12).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on July 15, 2013.
PERSONAL: Luigi Datome has played professionally in Italy since 2003 with Montepaschi Siena, Givova Scafati Basket, Basket Olbia and Acea Virtus Roma. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward was named Italian League Most Valuable Player with Roma in 2013, posting averages of 16.7 points (.478 FG%, .415 3FG%, .928 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 33.1 minutes in 45 games. He's played with Roma for the past five seasons (2008-2013).
The Italy native has been a member of the Italian National Team since 2007. His basketball achievements internationally include being a member of Italy's U16 National Team (2003), U18 National Team (2003-05) and the U20 National Team (2004-07). He was a member of the Italian U20 National Championship team in 2004. In the qualifier for the European Championships in 2012-13, Datome averaged 11.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 51.5% from the field and 48.4% from 3-point range in eight games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year, All-Italian SerieA Domestic Player of the Year and All-Italian SerieA First Team last season.