Fabricio Oberto
Fabri Oberto.jpg
Oberto with the Wizards
Personal information
Born (1975-03-21) March 21, 1975 (age 44)
Las Varillas, Córdoba Province, Argentina
NationalityArgentine / Italian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight256 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1997 / Undrafted
Playing career1993–2013
Number7, 21
Career history
2000–2002Tau Cerámica
2002–2005Pamesa Valencia
20052009San Antonio Spurs
2009–2010Washington Wizards
2010Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Fabricio Raúl Jesús Oberto (American Spanish: [faˈβɾisjo oˈβeɾto]; born March 21, 1975) is an Argentine-Italian[1][2] former professional basketball player. At 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) and 256 pounds (116 kg), he played as a center. With the LNB club Atenas, in his native Argentina, Oberto began playing professionally in 1993, and later played overseas with teams in Spain and Greece. In 2005, Oberto signed with the San Antonio Spurs, a team of the American National Basketball Association, and won a championship with the Spurs in 2007. He is also a former member of the senior Argentina national basketball team.

Professional career

Argentina and Europe

At age 17, Oberto went to a trial at Atenas de Córdoba, one of the most important basketball clubs in Argentina, and was selected to start the following year, and started playing professionally later that year. In 1998, after being chosen MVP of the finals of the Argentine league, he transferred to the Greek League club Olympiacos,[3] starting his EuroLeague experience that would take him to the Spanish League's TAU Cerámica a year later. After 3 seasons with TAU, he moved to Pamesa Valencia in 2002.

NBA career

In 2005, after voiding his contract with Pamesa, Oberto signed a 3-year, US$7.5 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, where he joined fellow Argentine Manu Ginóbili. He kept jersey #7, the same number used with the Argentine national team. Oberto was the oldest rookie in Spurs history at the age of 31.[4]

During the first year of his NBA stint, Oberto was no longer the key player he had been in Europe, playing less than 9 minutes per game on average. He nonetheless was very satisfied with his role on the Spurs, a perennial championship contender.

In his second NBA season, Oberto became more of a factor in the Spurs rotation—starting in some games and getting his first double-double on November 8 when he scored 22 points (11/11 field goals) and pulled down 10 rebounds.[5] He also became a pivotal player for the Spurs during the 2006–2007 Western Conference Finals, averaging 31 minutes and 14 points in the first two games of the series.[6] Oberto won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2007.

On June 23, 2009, Oberto was traded to the Detroit Pistons as a part of a three-team trade among Pistons, Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks, which included Richard Jefferson.[7] Then he was immediately waived by the Pistons.

On August 11, 2009, he was officially signed by the Wizards.[8] Since jersey number 7 was already taken by Andray Blatche, he chose to wear number 21 because of his birth date (March 21) and in honor of one of his idols, former teammate Tim Duncan.[9] After a single season in which he got limited playing time as the team struggled through the Gilbert Arenas gun incident and ultimately began to rebuild, he became a free agent once more in the summer of 2010.

Oberto once more was part of the Argentine National Team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and was an important contributor to Argentina's fifth-place finish. After his solid play during the World Championship in Turkey, he received multiple offers from European teams, most notably Efes Pilsen[10] and Real Madrid.[11] Oberto, however, decided to continue to wait for an opportunity to sign with an NBA team. He eventually reached an agreement to join the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2010–11 season.[11][12][13][14] However, on November 4, 2010, after playing five games for Portland, he began experiencing palpitations related to a previous heart condition and decided to retire in order to preserve his health.[15][16]

Return to activity

On January 2013, Oberto signed a contract with his former team, Atenas de Córdoba, returning to the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol after 14 years. Oberto was hired for the remainder of the season as a replacement for center Julián Aprea, who had been separated from the team by coach Alejandro Lotterio and then dismissed at the end of 2012.[17][18][19][20]

National team career

Oberto started playing with the Argentine national team shortly before his 20th birthday in 1995, and after that he won a number of tournaments, including the 2004 Olympic gold medal match.

In July 2011, Oberto announced that he was coming out of retirement to play in the FIBA Americas Championship. He said that doctors had cleared him to participate.[21] However, he could not participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics because of personal problems.[22]

Titles and medals


Argentine national team

Personal life

Oberto was born in Las Varillas, Córdoba, Argentina. Oberto and his wife, Lorena, have a daughter, Julia, who was born in the summer of 2005.[4] He also enjoys playing the guitar and his favorite bands include Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, U2 and Metallica.[4]

On June 4, 2009, Oberto underwent a successful ablation procedure. The procedure was done to correct the electrical system of the heart that was sending Oberto into atrial fibrillation. Oberto's procedure was performed at the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute in Austin by Dr. Andrea Natale.[24]

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
Denotes season in which Oberto won an NBA championship

Regular season

2005–06 San Antonio 59 0 8.3 .473 .000 .556 2.1 .5 .2 .2 1.7
2006–07 San Antonio 79 33 17.3 .562 - .647 4.7 .9 .3 .3 4.4
2007–08 San Antonio 82 64 20.1 .608 .000 .607 5.2 1.2 .5 .2 4.8
2008–09 San Antonio 54 11 12.5 .587 .000 .571 2.6 1.1 .1 .2 2.6
2009–10 Washington 57 20 11.4 .625 - .765 1.8 .9 .2 .2 1.5
2010–11 Portland 5 0 9.0 .600 - .500 1.4 .0 .0 .0 1.4
Career 336 128 14.5 .576 .000 .617 3.5 .9 .3 .2 3.2


2006 San Antonio 7 0 4.9 .333 - .250 .9 .1 .1 .4 1.0
2007 San Antonio 20 12 20.8 .625 .000 .571 4.9 .7 .3 .2 5.6
2008 San Antonio 17 9 19.5 .609 - .700 4.2 1.2 .4 .3 3.7
2009 San Antonio 2 0 11.0 .667 - 1.000 2.0 .0 1.0 .0 6.0
Career 46 21 17.4 .603 .000 .615 3.9 .8 .3 .3 4.2

References and notes

  1. ^ Euroleague.net OBERTO, FABRICIO Nationality: Italy.
  2. ^ ACB.com F. Oberto nacionalidad|licencia: ITA
  3. ^ "Fabricio Oberto vuelve a la Liga Nacional". La Rioja Basquet (in Spanish). 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-06-08.
  4. ^ a b c NBA.com: Fabricio Oberto Bio Page Archived 2009-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Spurs respond in OT after Duncan misses late FTs
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-28. Retrieved 2007-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Pistons Acquire Fabricio Oberto in Three-Team Trade with San Antonio and Milwaukee". NBA.com. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  8. ^ "Wizards Sign Fabricio Oberto". NBA.com. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  9. ^ "Me quieren para que los haga más inteligentes en la cancha". Diario Olé (in Spanish). 2009-08-12. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  10. ^ "Oberto usa Blazer". Diario Olé (in Spanish). 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  11. ^ a b "Oberto es el quinto Stone". Diario Olé (in Spanish). 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  12. ^ "Sources: Blazers sign Fabricio Oberto". ESPN.com. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  13. ^ "Blazers sign C Oberto, waive F Pendergraph". NBA.com. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  14. ^ "Trail Blazers sign Fabricio Oberto". trailblazers.com. 2010-10-26. Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  15. ^ Fabricio Oberto announces retirement Archived 2010-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Se retira Oberto". Diario Olé (in Spanish). 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  17. ^ "Atenas dio de baja a Julián Aprea", La Voz del Interior, 27 December 2012
  18. ^ "Atenas dio de baja a Aprea", LNB website, 27 December 2012
  19. ^ "Fabricio Oberto, un aterrizaje galáctico en Atenas", La Voz del Interior, 2 January 2013
  20. ^ "El regreso más esperado", Clarín, 2 January 2013
  21. ^ ARG - Oberto ready to go
  22. ^ Fabricio Oberto no irá a los Juegos Olímpicos
  23. ^ atenas.com
  24. ^ San Antonio Spurs official site

External links

  • Official Site (in English) / (in Spanish)
  • NBA.com Profile
  • Euroleague.net Profile
  • Spanish League Profile (in Spanish)
  • FIBA.com Profile
  • Basket Stats
  • Fabricio Oberto´s Verified Twitter Account