Axel Toupane

French basketball player

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Axel Toupane
Axel Toupane SIG saison 2013-2014.jpg
No. 66 – Milwaukee Bucks
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-07-23) July 23, 1992 (age 29)
Mulhouse, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2015SIG Strasbourg
2015–2016Raptors 905
2016Denver Nuggets
2016–2017Raptors 905
2017Milwaukee Bucks
2017New Orleans Pelicans
2017–2018Žalgiris
2018–2019Olympiacos
2019–2020Unicaja
2020SIG Strasbourg
2021Santa Cruz Warriors
2021–presentMilwaukee Bucks
2021–presentWisconsin Herd
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing  France
FIBA World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2019 China
U20 European Championship
Silver medal – second place 2012 Slovenia Under-20
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Spain Under-20

Axel Toupane (born July 23, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association on a two-way contract with the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. Toupane also represents the senior French national team in international events.[1] At 2.01 m (6'7") tall[2] and 101 kg (223 lbs.), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Professional career

SIG Strasbourg (2011–2015)

From 2008 to 2011, Toupane spent time with the Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez and SIG Strasbourg under-21 teams before joining the SIG Strasbourg senior squad for the 2011–12 LNB Pro A season. As a rookie, he averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 22 French Pro A League games. In the 2012–13 season, Toupane averaged 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 35 games as he helped Strasbourg reach the French Leaders Cup Final. He was considerably more effective the following season, as he averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, playing in 41 games.

Following the 2013–14 season, Toupane entered the 2014 NBA Draft, but he was not selected. He then competed in the 2014 NBA Summer League for the Dallas Mavericks' affiliated team, for which he averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over four games.[3] He returned to Strasbourg following his play in the Summer League, and in the 2014–15 season, Toupane averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 42 Pro A games.[4] Strasbourg finished as the regular-season leaders for a second straight year in 2015 and also won the French Cup and the French Leaders Cup.

Raptors 905 (2015–2016)

On July 23, 2015, Toupane signed with the Toronto Raptors after having averaged 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in three Summer League games for the team.[5] On October 24, 2015, he was waived by the Raptors after appearing in two NBA preseason games.[6]

On October 31, 2015, Toupane was acquired by the Raptors' affiliate team in the NBA Development League, the Raptors 905.[7] On November 19, he made his debut for the Raptors 905 in a 109–104 loss to the Maine Red Claws, recording 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes of playing time.[8]

Denver Nuggets (2016)

On March 3, 2016, Toupane signed a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets after having averaged 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals over 32 games in the D-League.[9] The next day, he made his NBA debut in a 121–120 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, recording one rebound in five minutes off the bench.[10] He later signed a second 10-day contract with the Nuggets on March 14,[11] and a multi-year contract on March 25.[12] At the conclusion of the 2015–16 season, Toupane was named the NBA D-League Most Improved Player.[13] On October 15, 2016, Toupane was waived by the Nuggets.[14]

Return to Raptors 905 / Milwaukee Bucks (2016–2017)

On October 30, 2016, Toupane was reacquired by the Raptors 905.[15] On February 25, 2017, he signed a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.[16] On March 4, 2017, he was waived by the Bucks[17] and then reacquired by the Raptors 905 later that day.[18]

New Orleans Pelicans (2017)

On April 10, 2017, Toupane signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[19] On July 25, 2017, he was waived by the Pelicans.[20]

Žalgiris (2017–2018)

Toupane with Žalgiris in 2018

On July 27, 2017, Toupane signed with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris of the LKL League.[21][22][23] His solid defence helped the team in both the Euroleague, where Žalgiris reached the first Final Four in 19 years and finished in third place, and the LKL, where Žalgiris won its eighth consecutive LKL championship. Toupane was among the best players in the league cup series, which Žalgiris also won.

Olympiacos (2018–2019)

On July 17, 2018, Toupane signed a two-year deal with the Greek team Olympiacos of the EuroLeague.[24] In 45 games, he averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. On April 13, 2019, Toupane parted ways with Olympiacos.[25]

Unicaja (2019–2020)

On August 21, 2019, Toupane signed a 1+1 year contract with Unicaja of the Liga ACB.[26]

SIG Strasbourg (2020)

On September 1, 2020, Toupane signed with SIG Strasbourg until October 17.[27]

Santa Cruz Warriors (2021)

On December 3, 2020, Toupane signed with the Golden State Warriors.[28] On December 18, 2020, the Warriors released him.[29]

On January 12, 2021, Toupane was included on the roster of the Warriors' affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the 2020–21 season that took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex of Walt Disney World Resort, located near Orlando.[30]

Second stint with the Milwaukee Bucks (2021–present)

On March 14, 2021, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that they had signed Toupane to a two-way contract.[31] Toupane won his first NBA championship when the Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in 6 games in the 2021 NBA Finals.

National team career

As a member of the junior national teams of France, Toupane played at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won a bronze medal, and at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he won a silver medal. Toupane has also been a member of the senior French national basketball team. With France's senior team, he played at the 2017 EuroBasket.[32]

Career statistics

Legend
  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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Denver 21 0 14.5 .357 .325 .765 1.5 .7 .3 .3 3.6
2016–17 Milwaukee 2 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2016–17 New Orleans 2 0 20.5 .625 .333 .000 .5 .0 .5 .5 5.5
Career 25 0 14.1 .380 .318 .765 1.3 .6 .3 .3 3.5

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Strasbourg 10 2 15.1 .355 .143 .500 2.7 .9 .2 .1 2.5 2.4
2017–18 Žalgiris 34 21 15.3 .503 .375 .711 2.1 .5 .4 .1 6.9 5.8
2018–19 Olympiacos 26 4 13.3 .382 .361 .815 1.2 .5 .5 .2 4.8 3.3
Career 70 27 14.6 .444 .353 .727 1.9 .5 .4 .1 5.5 4.4

Personal life

Toupane is the son of Jean-Aimé Toupane, a basketball coach and former player of Senegalese descent, and a French mother.

References

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  2. ^ TOUPANE, AXEL HEIGHT: 2.01.
  3. ^ "2014 Summer League Player Profile – Axel Toupane". NBA.com. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Axel Toupane profile". LNB.fr (in French). Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Raptors Sign Michale Kyser & Axel Toupane". NBA.com. July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Rozier, Red Claws Spoil Raptors 905's First-Ever Game in Mississauga". NBA.com. November 19, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
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  10. ^ "Lopez tips in with 0.4 seconds left in OT, Nets beat Nuggets". NBA.com. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Nuggets Sign Axel Toupane to Multi-Year Contract". NBA.com. March 25, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "Raptors 905's Axel Toupane Named 2016 NBA Development League Most Improved Player". NBA.com. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
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  24. ^ "Olympiacos announces Axel Toupane". EuroLeague.net. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Axel Toupane left Olympiacos". EuroHoops.net. April 13, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  26. ^ "Unicaja Malaga inks Axel Toupane". Sportando. August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  27. ^ "Axel Toupane inks with SIG Strasbourg until October 17". Sportando. September 1, 2020. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
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