At 6’10”, Fabricio Raul Jesus Oberto is a professional basketball player from Argentina who plays as a Center. Oberto is also known to play as a power forward when the need arises. Despite being born in Argentina, Oberto has Italian citizenship as well although he plays at the international level with Argentina.
Oberto began his professional career with AD Atenas de Cordoba, one of the biggest teams in Argentina, and at the age of 17, began playing for the team in 1993. After 5 years in the Argentine league, Oberto won the MVP award and that prompted bigger clubs from Europe to come in for a transfer. At first, Oberto moved to Olympiacos in Greece before transferring to TAU Cermica in Spain the following year.
Oberto played two seasons with Ceramica before shifting to Pamesa Valencia in 2002. Oberto continued to play with the team till 2005 and in 2004, was also part of the Argentine basketball team that played in the Athens Olympic Games and won the Gold Medal.
In 2005, Oberto decided to cancel the remainder of his contract with Pamesa and move to the NBA and the United States for some big-league basketball. He began with the San Antonio Spurs and a 3-year contract worth $7.5 million and was united with Emanuel Ginobli to become the oldest rookie to ever play in the NBA, at the age of 31.
Oberto had a reality-check about the difference in the standard of play in the USA as compared to Europe. No longer one of the main men on the team, Oberto was playing only 8.3 minutes per game while grabbing 2.1 rebounds and scoring 1.7 points per game.
By his second year, Oberto had worked harder at his game and was now a regular part of the rotation however, he started only 33 of his 79 appearances, racking up 17.3 minutes per game. Rebounding at 4.7 per game and scoring at 4.4, Oberto was beginning to get accustomed to the power game in the NBA. He went onto get his first double-double with 22 points (100% shooting percentage) and 10 rebounds while going on, later, to play a key role in the Spurs’ Western Conference Finals in 2006-07.
Oberto would win the NBA Championship Ring in 2007 as part of the San Antonio Spurs. At the end of his three year contract, Oberto got an extension for another year before being traded out to the Detroit Pistons at the end of the 2008-09 season in a three-team trade.
Oberto won the Bronze Medal with the Argentine team at 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games as well.