ALL-TIME EX-YUGOSLAVIA ALL NBA TEAM! Former Yugoslavia has produced many NBA stars and it successor states of Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo havent been as successful as the original. Its players are still in high demand, however and we look back at the best all time players in the NBA from the former Yugoslavia. Many of these players had mixed upbringings from mixed marriages, Serbs born in Croatia, Croats born in Bosnia and everything in between. One thing that cant be taken away is the strong basketball tradition, the training and they style of play that defines Yugoslav basketball. STARTING FIVE PG) Goran Dragic: Europes not known for producing high level NBA point guards but that maybe a bit misguided. Many were never given the opportunities including Bosnain Zoran Planinic who had a solid NBA career coming off the bench and Aleksandar Djordjevic who was one of the best former YU players of all time. SG) Drazen Petrovic: Drazen is one of the best pure shooters of all time. He wasnt given a chance early in his NBA career but was coming into his own when he tragically died early. C) Vlade Divac: Vlade was one of the best passing big men of all time and a very solid player for many years in the NBA playing on some very good teams. SF) Peja Stojakovic: One of the best shooters of his generation Peja could light it up from anywhere on the court. PF) Dino Radja: Dino was a dominating post player who had a very solid start to his NBA career until injuries derailed his NBA dreams. BENCH G) Predrag Danilovic: Sasa was very good in his short NBA career, he had weak ankles and the grind of the NBA season proved too much for him. He averaged 16.6ppg in his last stop in the NBA with the Mavericks at the age of 27. G) Beno Udrih: Beno has never been a star but has been a solid contributor to NBA teams for almost 10 years. G) Marko Jaric: Marko had a long but unspectacular career as an NBA professional. His claims to fame these days are being married to super model Adrianna Lima. C) Nikola Pekovic: Nikola has been a beast in the NBA; he has great moves around the basket and great size and strength. It was a tough decision between putting him or Nikola Vucevic on the team. F) Toni Kukoc: One of the few players in NBA history who could legitimately play all five positions on the court. Toni was one of the best 6th men of all time in the NBA and could create nightmarish mismatches on the court for opponents. F) Bostjan Nachbar: Bostjan had a very solid NBA career and could have continued to do so but he opted for a big money, big time return to European basketball instead. F) Mirza Teletovic: Mirza has just started out on his NBA adventure and it hasnt been the best beginnings, but he is expected to be a solid NBA player for a very long time.
Djukovic's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - 3 days ago
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29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost game... [read more]
29-year old swingman Igor Djukovic (202-F/G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spars Sarajevo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Spars Sarajevo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki Primorka (#8, 2-4) 102-88. Spars Sarajevo maintains the 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Spars Sarajevo will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Djukovic had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Spars Sarajevo's top player in his first season with the team. Igor Djukovic averages this season 13.7ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Ljubo Samadan (207-C-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of league's second-best Zrinjski HT. He is Croatian center in his 2nd season at Zrinjski HT. In the last game Samadan recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Zrinjski HT to another comfortable win 85-69 over the lower-ranked Mladost (4-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Zrinjski HT to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Samadan is well-known at Zrinjski HT and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#6).
Third place about best performers goes to swingman Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Gradjanski (#10). Markovic scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Markovic's great performance Gradjanski lost 81-83 to the higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#6, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gradjanski can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Markovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Markovic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Bosnia he scored 9.0ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) of Spars Sarajevo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Vedran Princ (191-PG-82) of Zrinjski HT - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 6. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 13 points and 8 rebounds 8. Devonte Brown (188-G-92) of Sloboda Tuzla - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) of Sloboda Tuzla - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update! Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long... [read more]
Bosnian Prospects in Europe Update!
Dzanan Musa: He's played in three leagues this season and the team has a tough schedule playing in the ABA league, Champions League and in the Croatian domestic league. He's played in 18 games already this season and he's played best so far in the ABA league. He's averaged 12.6mpg 5.9ppg and 1.6rbpg while shooting 61.1% from two. He has struggled with his outside shooting hitting only 5-29 from three so far on the season, barely breaking 20% from long range. The team has started giving another prospect from Bosnia a chance to play as well in Darko Bajo.
Emir Sulejmanovic: Emir has really started to come on as of late and has started to make an impact for the club. He's played in 20 games already and has shown his wide array of skills for his team Cibona. He's had the chance to play significant minutes in the Champions League and has made the most of them. In 5 games he's averaged 17mpg 9.4ppg 4.2rbpg while shooting a blistering 67.9% from two so far.
Aleksandar Lazic: He's helped to lead his team to a 7-1 start so far. He's been relatively healthy so far and has played in 5 games and has made a major impact. He's averaging 26mpg 8.2ppg 7rbpg 1.4aspg while shooting 56.5% from two and 85.7% from the FT line. He's struggled shooting threes however hitting only 21.4% so far.
Sandro Gacic: He's really bounced back from a tough season last year and looks re-energized after sitting out the summer for the BiH NT. He's played in 8 games averaging 23mpg 12.9ppg 3rbpg 2.5aspg 1.1stls. He is struggling with his shooting percentage but looks good so far overall.
Nedim Djedovic: He's played ok for his club in D2 Spain but hasn't had the breakout year that many expected of him. He's still only a teenager so it still might happen at some point in the future. He's played in 11 games 20mpg 7.1ppg 3.3rbpg 1.2aspg and has shot ok from the field so far.
Amar Gegic: He's starting to get comfortable in Germany after coming over late from Spars. He's played in 7 games averaging 18mpg 7.4ppg 2.3rbpg 1.9aspg but he has struggled shooting from the outside hitting only 1-12 from long range so far this season.
Amar Balic: He's played very well for his club in Italy averaging 11.7ppg 5.8rbpg 5.1aspg but he is turning the ball over too much at four per game so far. He's joined on the team with Emin Mavric who is getting a chance to play as well for his team he's averaging 4.1ppg 1.9rbpg.
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BB... [read more]
FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) tabbed 30-year old Bosnian international point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont, agency: BeoBasket). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Renfroe already started the season at B.Muenchen in German BBL league. In 9 games he averaged 3.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.8apg this season. Renfroe also played 6 games in Eurocup where he had 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.2apg. The last season Renfroe played also at Bayern Muenchen (also in BBL). The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 40 BBL games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 5.5apg. Renfroe helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. Renfroe also played 10 games in Euroleague where he got 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 4.1apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg. Renfroe contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals. Renfroe received also Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention award in 2016. His team was regular season runner-up in German Bundesliga in 2015. He represented Bosnia at the European Championships last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 25.0%. Renfroe is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (KK Zagreb), Italy (Enel Brindisi), Latvia (VEF Riga), Russia (Enisey), Germany (ALBA Berlin and Brose Baskets) and Spain (Baskonia and Blancos de Rueda). Renfroe attended Belmont University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
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