|Birth||19 August 1988, Ramallah|
Sani Sakakini (Arabic: سني سكاكيني; born August 19, 1988 in Ramallah, Palestine) is the first professional Palestinian basketball player. Ranks second all-time highest in FIBA Asia Championship in scoring average, after the 2015 edition where he ranked first in scoring and rebounds (22.4 PPG and 12.6 RPG in 8 games).
Sakakini started playing basketball at the age of 14 in the Sarriyet Ramallah club. His international career started in 2007 after he went to Applied Science University in Jordan and joined the Jordanian Premier League ( Jordan) playing three seasons for Al Riyadi Amman. He came back to the league in 2015 to play one season with Orthodox and help the team win the title.
In 2011, Sakakini started in the minor NBL league with Guangzhou Free Man before playing in the main CBA league ( China) for four seasons with Qingdao DoubleStar, Jiangsu Monkey King and Tianjin Gold Lions. He started 115 games for 126 appearances, averaging 19.3 PPG and 12.5 RPG.
Sakakini played a few games in 2013 in the PBBA league ( Palestine) for Sarriyet Ramallah and helped the team win the championship.
He also played a few games in 2014 and 2016 in the LBL league ( Lebanon) for Hoops Club and Champville SC. He started 17 games out of 17 appearances, averaging 18.4 PPG and 10.6 RPG.
For the 2017-2018 season, Sakakini joined the LPB league ( Venezuela) playing for the Trotamundos de Carabobo.
Palestinian National Team
Sakakini contributed in rebuilding the Palestine national basketball team with coach Jerry Steele and recruiting players such as former University of Minnesota guard Jamal Abu-Shamala. This led to the team's first ever qualification to the FIBA Asia Championship in 2015.
Statistics from FIBA, CBA, REAL GM, EUROBASKET
|GP||Games played||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||Bold||Career high||Led the league|
|2011||Guangzhou Free Man||NBL||20||0.542||0.250||0.675||9.8||1.1||14.5|
|2013||Al Riyadi Amman||JPL||18||11.8||2.6||1.2||23.9|
|2013-2014||Sichuan Blue Whales||CBA||30||0.208||0.756||13.7||2.1||1.6||18.9|
|2015||Palestine||FIBA Asia Championship||8||35.9||.407||.205||.682||12.6||2.4||1.5||0.3||22.4|
Sakakini scored a season high 48 points and 22 rebounds on 11/11/2015 in a 111-101 win of Jiangsu Monkey King over Tianjin Gold Lions.
Off the court
Sani Sakakini is married to Rubi Habash, point guard of Jordan's Women National Basketball Team.
He is the son of George Sakakini, former basketball player and coach, and elder brother of Salim Sakakini which also plays in the Palestine national basketball team.