Milko Bjelica

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Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica.JPG
Bjelica with Anadolu Efes
No. 51 – Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1984-06-04) June 4, 1984 (age 30)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian / Montenegrin
Listed height 6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2006 Red Star Belgrade
2006–2007 Phantoms Braunschweig
2007–2008 Köln 99ers
2008–2011 Lietuvos Rytas
2011–2013 Saski Baskonia
2013–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

Milko Bjelica (born June 4, 1984) is a Serbian-born Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL).

Professional career[edit]

He began his professional career with Red Star Belgrade, where he spent five seasons. He then played in Germany with Phantoms Braunschweig and Köln 99ers. In 2008 he signed with Lietuvos Rytas, and made his Euroleague debut during the 2009–10 season.

In July 2011 he signed a two-year deal with Saski Baskonia.[1] On October 28, 2013, he resigned with Saski Baskonia, signing a short-term deal.[2] On December 30, 2013, he signed with the Turkish Euroleague team Anadolu Efes for the reminder of the season.[3][4] On July 9, 2014, he extended his contract with Efes for two more years.[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

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.

Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Lietuvos Rytas 10 2 21.5 .462 .154 .667 4.3 1.1 .4 .2 11.8 9.0
2010–11 Lietuvos Rytas 16 10 26.1 .533 .279 .727 4.7 1.4 .7 .4 12.3 12.1
2011–12 Baskonia 8 2 23.7 .492 .294 .842 3.9 .8 .8 .1 10.6 9.5
2012–13 Baskonia 27 19 17.3 .406 .378 .750 2.7 1.2 .5 .2 5.4 5.7
2013–14 Baskonia 8 3 21.3 .594 .353 .952 4.4 1.3 .3 .4 12.8 13.8
2013–14 Anadolu Efes 14 3 22.8 .459 .270 .913 2.5 1.2 .6 .1 9.4 7.5
2014–15 Anadolu Efes 28 7 16.2 .462 .415 .736 2.5 .8 .2 .3 7.8 6.8
Career 111 46 20.2 .478 .327 .766 3.2 1.1 .5 .2 9.0 8.2

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, he internationally represents Montenegro, [6] where his grandfather is from. One of his sisters, Milka, is also a basketball player, while another, Ana is a Serbian volleyball player.

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caja Laboral announces the arrival of Milko Bjelica". Sportando.net. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "LABORAL KUTXA brings Bjelica back". Euroleague.net. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Anadolu Efes signs Milko Bjelica". Sportando.net. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "ANADOLU EFES tabs big man Milko Bjelica". euroleague.net. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Anadolu Efes keeps Bjelica for two more years". Euroleague.net. July 9, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Milko Bjelica Player Profile". EUROBASKET. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 

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