Suns Sign Sharpshooter Eric Piatkowski
The Phoenix Suns today signed unrestricted free agent guard/forward Eric Piatkowski (pronounced pie-it-COW-ski) to a two-year contract.
A 12-year NBA veteran, Piatkowski joins his fourth NBA team (L.A. Clippers, Houston, Chicago) and has averaged 7.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 18.9 minutes in 762 career games.
“We’re happy to have added experience and one of the NBA’s best shooters to our team as we pursue the goal of winning an NBA championship,” Suns Head Coach and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Mike D’Antoni said.
The 6-7, 215-pound swingman has consistently ranked as one of the top three-point shooters in the NBA, owning a .399 career three-point percentage, which is tied for eighth-best among all active NBA players. Suns guard Steve Nash and Bulls guard Ben Gordon lead all active players with a .421 three-point percentage. “The Polish Rifle” has shot 40 percent or better from long distance five times, including a career-best .466 (3rd in the NBA) in 2001-02 with the Clippers.
The 35-year-old played in a career-low 29 games in 2005-06, averaging 2.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 7.9 minutes in his second season in Chicago.
The former 15th pick overall in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, was traded on draft night to the Clippers, where he played his first nine seasons. Piatkowski still owns the L.A. Clippers franchise record for most three-point field goals made (738), attempted (1,835), as well as three-point percentage (.402).
Piatkowski, who finished his college career as the only player in Nebraska school history with 1,000 points (1,934), 600 rebounds (669) and 300 assists (322), recently became only the third player in Cornhusker men’s basketball history to have his jersey No. 52 retired on Feb. 18, 2006.