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Pepe Sanchez, Argentina
Fiba.com: Sanchez combines with fellow point guard Alejandro Montecchia as two playmakers who you wouldn't look much to on the stat sheet but who were essential to the team's success. "Pepe" is a true point guard who knows how to run a team and adjusts to every moment of the game, always focusing on helping other players shine. Unlike most of the Argentinean players, Sanchez is a cross-culture product, who spent four years in college in Philadelphia (Temple) before trying his luck in the NBA. His European experience only started when he was 24, already five years removed from Argentina.
In the U.S., Sanchez learned to play defence the American way and went on to become one of the best defenders on this Argentinean team. A point guard of great size (1.94 m), Sanchez can help some on the boards and also play out of position from time to time.
Name: Juan Ignatio Sánchez
Postion: Point Guard
Origin: Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Languages: Spanish, English
Website: Pepe-Sanchez.com & InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Argentine National Team, Deportivo Roca, Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca,Temple Owls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, Panathinaikos, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Etosa Alicante, Unicaja Málaga
IBN Notes: Even with NBA All-star Manu Ginobili, fellow NBA players Andres Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto and Carlos Delfino, and with Euro Superstar Luis Scola on the same team, Sánchez's performance at the 2006 World Basketball Championship was solid and impressive, with the Argentine press choosing him as the most outstanding player in the team. Thus is the story of Pepe Sanchez, an unspectacular player when it comes to statistics - always looking to pass first and play tough defense. Though as necessary as a player like Sanchez is to any team, rarely will a player like him garner any award -- but his teammates know how important he is to their success.
IBN Facts: First Argentine player to play in the NBA when he entered a game on 10/31/2000
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