Milan Mačvan

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Milan Mačvan
Milan Mačvan .jpg
Mačvan warming-up with Serbian national team in August 2011.
No. 25 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Position Power forward
League Turkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1989-11-16) November 16, 1989 (age 24)
Vukovar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007 FMP
2007–2010 Hemofarm
2010–2011 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2011–2012 Partizan Belgrade
2012–present Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Career highlights and awards

Milan Mačvan (Serbian: Милан Мачван; born November 16, 1989) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League. He is 6' 9" (2.06 m) tall and he weighs 265 lbs. (120 kg).[1] He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft at the 54th pick. He was also a member of the Serbian national team.

Professional career[edit]

Mačvan started turning heads before even starting his senior club career by playing in junior and cadet European and World championships as part of the Serbian national team.

After passing through different youth levels at KK FMP, he began his senior career at the club in fall 2007, ahead of the 2007–08 season under head coach Vlada Vukoičić. He appeared in five Adriatic League games for them before transferring to KK Hemofarm in mid-December 2007.

Mačvan did not have a professional contract during his time at Železnik due to being underage; however when he turned 18 in November 2007, he got the option of signing one and somewhat surprisingly chose to do so with rival KK Hemofarm, which paid Železnik 150,000 for his services.[2] The biggest reason behind his decision to sign with Hemofarm rather than remain with Železnik lay in the fact that Hemofarm's head coach Miroslav Nikolić also coached Mačvan in the Serbian u-19 team that won the World championship that summer.[3] A couple of months later Nikolić resigned his post at Hemofarm after a string of poor results, and the club brought in Vlada Vukoičić, Mačvan's coach at Železnik, who got fired there in the meantime.

At the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit game held on April 11 at Portland's Rose Garden, Mačvan was the game's MVP with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists leading the international team to their first win since 1998.[4][5]

On December 17, 2010, Mačvan signed a five-year contract with Euroleague contenders Maccabi Tel Aviv.[6] Macvan played at the 2010-11 Euroleague Final, Scoring 3 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 12 minutes.

On October 18, 2011, Mačvan signed a one-year loan deal with KK Partizan.[7] Over 10 Euroleague games, he averaged career-high 15.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

On 30 July 2012, Mačvan signed two-year contract with Turkish team Galatasaray Medical Park[8] who also competes in the Euroleague. Mačvan's former club Maccabi Tel Aviv got a €250.000 buyout from Galatasaray.[9][10]

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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Maccabi 12 1 9.0 .438 .200 .813 1.7 .4 .2 .3 3.5 3.6
2011–12 Partizan 10 9 31.6 .558 .375 .833 8.2 2.2 1.0 .1 15.3 15.8
2013–14 Galatasaray 26 6 19.5 .476 .325 .759 4.5 1.0 .3 .3 6.8 9.3
Career 48 16 19.4 .500 .337 .790 4.5 1.1 .4 .3 7.4 10.1

Serbian national team[edit]

Youth level[edit]

Even before getting the first team club action, Mačvan was playing international competitions for Serbian national youth teams.

In 2007, 17-year-old Mačvan had a busy and successful summer. First in mid July, he led the Serbian under-19 team to victory at the World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. Then, only ten days later, he was included by coach Dejan Mijatović on the Serbian u-18 team, leading it to gold at the European Championships in Madrid, Spain with team best 19.3 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game over 8 games. Mačvan was awarded the title of the best young athlete in Serbia. For his efforts, at the end of 2007, Mačvan received the Golden Badge Award as the Best Young Athlete of the Year in Serbia given by Sport newspaper.

Next summer, 2008, in early August, 18-year-old Mačvan played for the Serbian under-20 team at the 2008 European Championships in Riga, Latvia. Coached by Slobodan Klipa, this time around, Mačvan's stats weren't as dominant as the duo of Miroslav Raduljica and Marko Kešelj took over the leading roles in the beginning stages of the tournament. However, as the matches progressed, Mačvan started regaining top form and made a huge contribution in the final versus Lithania, leading the team with 31 points. He finished the tournament with 16.9 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game over 8 games.

Senior level[edit]

Mačvan played with the senior men's Serbian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won the silver medal, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, and at the 2011 Eurobasket in Lithuania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Physicals". Draftexpress.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mačvan u Hemofarmu četiri godine, B92, December 18, 2007" (in Serbian). B92.net. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mačvan na korak od Hemofarma" (in Serbian). B92.net. November 20, 2007. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mačvan zvezda revije najboljih u Portlandu, MTS Mondo, April 12, 2009" (in Serbian). Mtsmondo.com. June 10, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mačvan se poigrao sa Amerikancima, B92, April 12, 2009" (in Serbian). B92.net. Retrieved September 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv finally gets Mačvan". interbasket.net. Retrieved December 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ "PARTIZAN MT:S lands Macvan on loan from Maccabi". Euroleague. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Milan Macvan Galatasaray Medical Park'ta". Galatasaray SK. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Carchia, E. "Galatasaray agreed to terms with Milan Macvan". sportando.net. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Milan Mačvan u Galatasaraju". B92.net. Retrieved 30 July 2012. (Serbian)

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Ivan Lenđer
Serbia The Best Young Athlete of Serbia
2006
Succeeded by
Ivana Španović