Navid Niktash (born January 17, 1991) is an Iranian-French professional basketball player for the London Lions of the British Basketball League (BBL). Niktash's plays small forward and power forward.[2]

Navid Niktash
No. 8 – Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC
PositionPower forward / Small forward
LeagueIBSL
Personal information
Born (1991-01-17) January 17, 1991 (age 28)[1]
France
NationalityIranian-french
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014-2016Angers Etoile d’Or St-Leonard
2016Norrköping Dolphins
2016–2017London Lions
2017–PresentPetrochimi Bandar Imam BC

CareerEdit

Angers Etoile d’Or St-Leonard (2014-2016)Edit

In 2014, Niktash began his professional career in France with Étoile d'Or Saint Léonard Angers in the LNB Pro B. He remained with them for two years and helped them become champion of Group B of LNB Pro B in 2015.[3]

Norrköping Dolphins (2016)Edit

Niktash played two games for the Norrköping Dolphins in 2016 before signing with the London Lions. He scored 1.5 points on average and two rebounds in those two games.[3]

London Lions (2016-2017)Edit

Niktash signed with the London Lions in the British Basketball League – the top level men's basketball league in the United Kingdom. He played 29 games (27 as a starter) and averaged 14.59 points, 6.21 rebounds, 1.37 assists and 45% FG.[4] For three weeks he was named to the All-Star 5 ( 27th, 28th and 30th).[5]

Petrochimi Bandar Imam (2017-Present)Edit

On August 20, 2017, Niktash signed with the Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC. [6] Petrochimi with him reached the fourth place in FIBA Asia Champions Cup. [7]

Iranian national teamEdit

Niktash was invited to play for the Iran national basketball team in China in 2017.[8]

On August 9, 2017 he played his first official match for Iran against India. He recorded 3 points and 6 rebounds and .25 FG% in 12 minutes.[9] He debuted with the Iran national basketball team at the FIBA Asia Cup with averaging 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.3 steals and 22% ppg [10].

Personal lifeEdit

Navid Niktash was born to an Iranian father and a French mother.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://basketball.eurobasket.com/player/Navid-Niktash/Iran/Petrochimi-Bandar-Imam-Harbour/172007
  2. ^ "Navid Niktash Basketball Player Profile, Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour, News, Superleague stats, Career, Games Logs, Best, Awards - eurobasket".
  3. ^ a b "Navid Niktash joins London Lightning - Court Side Newspaper". 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Players - BBL - British Basketball League".
  5. ^ bbl.org.uk/all-star-five/
  6. ^ https://www.isna.ir/news/96052918385/%D9%86%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%86%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B4-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%85%DB%8C-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%AA
  7. ^ https://www.borna.news/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%B4%DB%8C-7/619124-%D9%BE%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B4%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A2%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7-%DA%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%85-%D8%B4%D8%AF
  8. ^ a b "اولین گفت و گوی بازیکن فرانسوی تیم ملی بسکتبال". ورزش سه (in Persian). Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  9. ^ "Islamic Republic of Iran v India - 9 Aug - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  10. ^ "Navide NIKTASH at the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 2017-11-11.