Antoine Rigaudeau

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Antoine Rigaudeau
Antoine Rigaudeau
Position: Guard
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 210
Nationality: French
Born: 12/17/71
Birthplace: Cholet, FRA
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Drafted By: undrafted
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Mavs Tenure: 2003

Antoine Rigaudeau (born December 17, 1971) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on January 17, 2003.

Rigaudeau began his career in his native France where he quickly rose to the lofty position of national superstar. He played with Pau-Orthez where, between 1991 and 1996, he was voted the league's Most Valuable Player in five out of those six years. He capped his career in France in 1996 leading his club to the French Championships.

He then took his game to Italy playing for Vitrus Bologna where he was a European League All-Star in 1998 and 1999 and led his team to Euroleague titles in '97-'98 and '00-'01 and the Italian Championships in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Rigaudeau's only break from his Italian team came when he represented his native France in the 2000 Summer Olympics and led the French to a silver medal.

Eager to give the NBA a shot, he signed with Dallas in January of 2003 and immediately joined the team. He appeared in 11 games the rest of that year, averaging 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists in just over eight minutes of action per game. He made his NBA debut on January 19, 2003 against Seattle and his his high-point game of six against Atlanta on February 18 of the same year. Although the Mavs went to the playoffs that year, advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals, Rigaudeau did not see any action.

On August 18, 2003, Rigaudeau was traded, along with Nick Van Exel, Avery Johnson and Popeye Jones, to the Golden State Warriors for Antawn Jamison, Danny Fortson, Chris Mills and Jiri Welsch. Despite the trade, he did not play for the Warriors but, instead, elected to take his game back to Europe.

He played his final seasons in Spain before calling it a career. Rigaudeau was, however, coaxed out of retirement and helped lead the French National Team to the Bronze Medal in the 2005 European Championships held in Serbia and Montenegro.

Today he continues to live in Valencia and spends much of his time on the golf course.