Erazem Lorbek

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Erazem Lorbek
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Lorbek with FC Barcelona.
No. 25 – FC Barcelona
Position Power forward
League Liga ACB
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1984-02-21) February 21, 1984 (age 30)
Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College Michigan State (2002–2003)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro playing career 1999–present
Career history
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 34 in (2.10 m) power forward, that can also play the center position in some situations if needed.

Professional career[edit]

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 won the Euroleague 2004-05 Rising Star award and originally declared for the 2004 NBA Draft, but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] He signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA after his second year.[4]

NBA[edit]

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.[5]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the Euroleague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2003–04 Bologna 22 1 10.7 .574 .400 .542 2.3 .4 .5 .4 3.5 4.4
2004–05 Bologna 20 13 22.1 .566 .368 .706 4.9 .9 1.1 .9 9.3 11.8
2005–06 Bologna 19 12 23.0 .529 .474 .528 4.4 1.1 .8 .4 9.6 10.6
2006–07 Unicaja 9 1 14.0 .323 .200 .500 3.8 .7 .7 .7 2.7 5.2
2007–08 Lottomatica 20 19 26.8 .530 .390 .685 5.6 .8 1.6 1.0 13.3 15.4
2008–09 CSKA 21 15 23.1 .584 .444 .652 5.0 .8 .8 .7 12.0 14.6
2009–10 Barcelona 22 17 24.6 .536 .423 .674 4.4 1.2 .8 .8 8.6 11.5
2010–11 Barcelona 20 16 21.1 .512 .371 .722 3.6 .9 .9 .3 8.4 11.0
2011–12 Barcelona 21 21 25.2 .527 .383 .761 4.6 1.3 .6 .3 13.0 15.1
2012–13 Barcelona 30 26 21.2 .489 .419 .750 3.4 1.0 .2 .2 8.9 8.5
2013–14 Barcelona 19 16 19.4 .484 .325 .556 2.7 .6 .1 .2 8.0 6.8
Career 223 156 21.3 .526 .388 .668 4.0 .9 .7 .5 9.1 10.6

Slovenian national team[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Fortitudo Bologna
Pallacanestro Treviso
CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona Bàsquet

Slovenian national team[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nikos Zisis
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
2004
Succeeded by
Nikita Kurbanov