Emir Preldžić

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Emir Preldžić
Preldžić with the Fenerbahçe
No. 55 – Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
Position Forward / Guard
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1987-09-06) September 6, 1987 (age 26)
Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
Nationality Bosnian / Slovenian / Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Čelik Zenica
2004–2005 Triglav Kranj
2005–2007 Geoplin Slovan
2007–present Fenerbahçe Ülker
Career highlights and awards

Emir Rile Preldžić (born September 6, 1987) is a Turkish[1] professional basketball player of Bosnian origin who currently plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall and he mainly plays the small forward position, but he also has the ability to play as a power forward, shooting guard and point guard.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Preldžič began his career playing with the KK Žepče, then join Čelik Zenica youth teams in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He made his pro debut with Čelik Zenica in the Bosnia and Herzegovina League during the 2003–04 season. In the 2004–05 season he played with Triglav Kranj. He then moved to the Adriatic League club Geoplin Slovan for the 2005–06 season.

Fenerbahçe Ülker[edit]

In 2007, he signed a four-year contract with the Turkish Euroleague team Fenerbahçe Ülker.[2]

On 27 January 2011, in Euroleague match against Power Electronics Valencia, he double blocked Rafa Martínez in only one second.[3] He played with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks performance in a victory against Power Electronics Valencia.

On 13 February 2011, in Turkish Cup final match against Beşiktaş Cola Turka, he played with 35 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists as MVP performance.[4]

On 28 February 2011, official page of the team declared that he signed 3 years contract with the team.[5]

On 20 March 2011, he played with 10 points, 15 rebouns and 10 assist performance against Olin Edirne which he did his first triple double in the team.[6] This triple double is second in Turkish Basketball League history after Mark Dickel played with 16 points, 13 rebouns and 11 assists performance against Galatasaray in 2002-03 season.[7]

On 11 October 2012, he played 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals performance against BC Khimki in 2012–13 Euroleague first week match which made him Euroleague Weekly MVP by 31 ratings.[8]


In the 2009 NBA Draft, Preldžič was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round, with the 57th draft pick. His draft rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers,[9] and later to the Washington Wizards in a February 2010 trade that sent Antawn Jamison from Washington to Cleveland.[10]

Slovenian national team[edit]

Preldžić was a member of the Slovenian national basketball team and he competed for Slovenia at the 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament.

Bosnian national team[edit]

In June 2011, Preldžić decided to change national teams using the FIBA regulation on Eligibility and National Status of Players (article I.23).

Article I.23 "A player who has played in a main official competition of FIBA (see article 2-1) after having reached his seventeen (17) birthday may not play for a national team of another country. However, in exceptional circumstances the Secretary General may authorise such a player to play for the national team of his country of origin if he is ineligible to play for such country according to this article 3-23 and if this is in the interest of development of basketball in this country. An administrative fee as stipulated in article 3-305 and decided by the Secretary General is payable to FIBA".

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Turkish national team[edit]

In June 4, 2011, the Turkish Basketball Federation announced Preldžić's name in its official nominated squad. He was selected to the Turkish national team's Eurobasket 2011 roster by head coach Orhun Ene.[13][14]

On 5 September 2011 in Eurobasket 2011 group match against Spain, he played with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal performance in a victory.[15]

However, it appears that this is not the end of the story as it may go to court. Turkey taking Preldžić was a breach of the rules and it may be decided in court.

Multi Position Player[edit]

Standing at 6'9", he is a natural small forward. Also he plays point guard because of his basketball IQ and his height gives him a great court view. He sometimes plays shooting guard and power forward. During a tournament in Ankara, Fenerbahçe had a lack of big men. With Mike Batiste, Oğuz Savaş and David Andersen's injuries, the team had only Kaya Peker and İlkan Karaman for PF and C positions. After 11 minutes of play, İlkan Karaman had 5 fouls and fouled out, so Emir was forced to play at Center position and Romain Sato at power forward.[16]


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