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.