Lorbek with FC Barcelona.
|No. 25 – FC Barcelona|
February 21, 1984 |
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (210 cm)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|College||Michigan State (2002–2003)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Pro playing career||1999–present|
|1999–2002||Union Olimpija (Slovenia)|
|2003–2006||Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)|
|2006–2007||Unicaja Málaga (Spain)|
|2007||Benetton Treviso (Italy)|
|2007–2008||Lottomatica Roma (Italy)|
|2008–2009||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|2009–present||FC Barcelona (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Spanish league. He is a 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in (2.10 m) power forward, that can also play the center position in some situations if needed.
Lorbek was brought up by the youth program of KK Union Olimpija, the top basketball club in his hometown and in the Slovenian league, and he attended Michigan State University in the U.S., where he played for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. In the 2002–03 season as a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. However, he chose to return to Europe after a year at Michigan State, signing a deal with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian league, where he played from 2003 to 2006 (the team was known as Skipper Bologna in the 2003–2004 season and Climamio Bologna from 2004–2006).
Lorbek began the 2006–07 season on loan from the Spanish league club Unicaja Málaga to the Italian league club Benetton Treviso; however, in February 2007, the deal was voided by the Italian Basketball Federation due to unspecified violations of federation regulations. Lorbek then signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league, where he became one of the best power forwards of the Euroleague. He joined the Russian club CSKA Moscow in 2008, with whom he reached the Euroleague 2008–09 season final in his first season, and he was voted to the All-Euroleague Second Team.
On August 18, 2009, he was transferred to the Spanish league club FC Barcelona for an undisclosed fee. He signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA after his second year.
Lorbek was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. But the Pacers did not sign him and Lorbek continued to play in Europe. During the 2011 NBA Draft, the Pacers traded the rights to Lorbek to the San Antonio Spurs, as part of their trade for George Hill.
Euroleague career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the Euroleague|
Slovenian national team
Lorbek is also a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he has played at the 2005, 2007, and 2009 editions of the FIBA EuroBasket. He was one of the top players of the 2009 tournament, and earned the power forward position in the All-Tournament Team. In 2011, Lorbek said that he didn't want to play for the Slovenian national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, just 15 minutes before training camp started. Two days later, he changed his mind, and decided instead to represent Slovenia at the tournament, which was held in Lithuania.
Awards and accomplishments
- Fortitudo Bologna
- Pallacanestro Treviso
- Italian Cup (1): 2006-07
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian League (1): 2008-09
- FC Barcelona Bàsquet
- Spanish League (2): 2010–11, 2011–12
- Spanish Cup (3): 2010, 2011, 2013
- Spanish Supercup (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- Euroleague (1): 2009–10
Slovenian national team
- Euroleague Rising Star (1):
- Euroleague MVP of the Week (3):
- Euroleague MVP of the Month (1):
- March/April, 2008–09
- All-Euroleague Team (1):
- All-Euroleague Second Team (2):
- All-ACB Team (2):
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: MVP
- "Fifty-Three Early Entry Candidates Withdraw". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "Lorbek moves from Treviso to Roma". Euroleague.net. 2007-02-28.
- "Lorbek, blaugrana". fcbarcelona.cat. 2009-08-18.
- "Lorbek firma con el Regal FC Barcelona por tres años". as.com. 2009-08-18.
- "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 23, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- EuroBasket2009.org Gasol Named EuroBasket 2009 MVP Presented By Tissot.[dead link]
- "Erazem Maljkoviću rekel "ne" pet pred dvanajsto". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Erazem Lorbek.|
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Euroleague.net Profile
- FIBAEurope.com Profile
- Spanish League Profile (Spanish)
|Awards and achievements|
|FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP