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Big signing for Cedevita – Demetris Nichols joins the Orange crew

This is definitely one of the biggest transfers in ABA League this summer. Cedevita have signed a 1-year contract with Demetris Nichols!

Cedevita team (Photo: Cedevita/Marin Susic)

This is definitely one of the biggest transfers in ABA League this summer. Cedevita signed a 1-year contract with Demetris Nichols!

Nichols was born on September 4, 1984, he is 203 cm tall and plays as small forward. He studied at Syracuse University and had a very successful NCAA career. His last season at Syracuse University was especially good, as he averaged 18.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In the 2007 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the 53rd overall pick, while he was immediately traded to New York Knicks.

Nichols played 18 games in the NBA League. In the 2007/08 season, he played 3 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and 11 games for the Chicago Bulls, while in the 2008/09 season he played two games for Chicago Bulls and two games for New York Knicks.

Nichols also spent some time in the NBA Development League, where he had some outstanding performances. While playing for Iowa Wolves he averaged 19.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the 2007/08 season, while one season later his stats were even better – 21.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Nichols returned to D-League in the 2012/13 season, when he averaged 18.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists while playing for Sioux Falls Skyforce.

His European career was also very impressive. Nichols won the Euroleague and the VTB League while playing for CSKA Moscow in the 2015/16 campaign. In the 2016/17 season he played for Panathinaikos Athens and helped the team win the Greek Championship and the Greek Cup.

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Cedevita potpisala Demetrisa Nicholsa

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Riječ je o 203 cm visokom Demetrisu Nicholsu, Amerikancu rođenom 4. rujna 1984. godine, koji igra na poziciji krila, pobjedniku Eurolige s CSKA pretprošle sezone a lani igraču Panathinaikosa u Euroligi.

Nichols je četiri sezone proveo na poznatom sveučilištu Syracuse. Nakon što je u svojoj posljednjoj sveučilišnoj sezoni u prosjeku bilježio 18.94 poena i 5.46 skokova po utakmici, na NBA draftu 2007. godine u drugoj rundi su ga 53. pickom izabrali Portland Trail Blazersi, koji su prava na njega odmah prodali New York Knicksima.

U dosadašnjoj karijeri Nichols je u NBA ligi ukupno odigrao 18 utakmica. U sezoni 2007./2008. upisao je tri nastupa za Cleveland Cavalierse i 11 nastupa za Chicago Bullse, a u sezoni 2008./2009. ubilježio je po dva nastupa za Chicago Bullse i New York Knickse.

U NBA ljetnim ligama nastupao je u više sezona i pritom nosio dresove New Yorka, Chicaga, Toronta, Utaha, Portlanda i Milwaukeeja, a u razvojnoj NBA ligi igrao je za dvije momčadi. Za Iowa Wolvese nastupao je u sezoni 2007./2008. (19.29 poena, 2.21 skok i 2.79 asistencija za 37.4 min.) i sezoni 2008./2009. (21.67 poena, 5.33 skoka i 3 asistencije za 37.7 min.), a za Sioux Falls Skyforce u sezoni 2012./2013. (18.73 poena, 5.37 skokova i 2.35 asistencija za 36 min.).

U NBA ligi se nije probio, no Nichols je zato igrao za jake klubove u Europi. Prošlu sezonu proveo je u Panathinaikosu, s kojim je u Euroligi odigrao 32 utakmice uz prosjek od 3.8 poena i 2.3 skoka za 15:18 min, a u Prvenstvu Grčke bio je na prosjeku od 6.14 poena, 2.29 skokova i 1.43 asistencije za 17.2 min.

S Panathinaikosom je prošle sezone osvojio naslov prvaka Grčke i Kup Grčke, a prije Panathinaikosa osim već ranije spomenutih klubova u NBA ligi i NBA razvojnoj ligi igrao je još za CSKA Moskvu, Krasnye Krylia, CApitanes de Arecibo, Cholet, JA Vichy i Gravelines.

Tijekom igranja za CSKA Nichols je 2015. i 2016. bio prvak VTB lige, a 2016. osvojio je i Euroligu.