Krstić with the Thunder
|No. 12 – CSKA Moscow|
VTB United League
July 25, 1983 |
Kraljevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (213 cm)|
|Listed weight||267 lb (121 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Pro playing career||2000–present|
|2004–2008||New Jersey Nets|
|2008||Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia)|
|2008–2011||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2011–present||CSKA Moscow (Russia)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Nenad Krstić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Крстић; born July 25, 1983) is a Serbian professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL). Krstić plays the center position and is officially listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m). He is also a captain of the Serbian national basketball team.
His first professional team was Partizan Belgrade where he spent four seasons, making his debut in 2000–01. In the 2003–04 season, his last with Partizan, he averaged 13.4 points per game in the Euroleague. With Partizan, he also won three Serbian championships in a row, and one Serbian Cup in the 2001–02 season.
New Jersey Nets
During the 2004–05 NBA season, Krstić logged an impressive rookie campaign for the New Jersey Nets, averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.84 blocked shots per game. He was honored as part of the All-Rookie NBA second team.
In his debut in the playoffs against the Miami Heat, Krstić averaged 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game; an exceptional performance for a rookie in the playoffs. This followed a greater trend where Krstić had consistently improved at a great pace as his rookie season progressed. He has a wide skill set for a big man, including refined post moves and a fantastic shooting touch from eighteen feet.
Throughout the 2005–06 season, Krstić's play had continued to rapidly improve. Three quarters of the way through the season, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and had become an integral part of the Nets offense. In the first round of the 2006 NBA playoffs against Indiana he averaged 18 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds.
In 2006–07 despite the rough Nets start, Nenad Krstić was averaging career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (6.8), and assists (1.8) before falling to the ground after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee versus the L.A. Lakers at Continental Airlines Arena on December 22, 2006. His surgery was successful. Krstić was out for the rest of the 2006–07 NBA season, but returned ahead of schedule to start the 2007–08 NBA season.
His 2007–08 season was a disappointment, as his injury disrupted his play and confidence on the court and he was largely a liability. Krstić later stated in his blog that he felt he let the team down, and vowed to return to his old form at the start of the 08–09 season.
During the 2008 summer off-season, Krstić entered negotiations with the Russian Super League team Triumph Lyubertsy and eventually signed a 2-year contract (with the NBA an opt-out option) worth €6 million euros net income with them on July 29, 2008. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in seven games in the Russian Super League and 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 6 games in the EuroChallenge.
Oklahoma City Thunder
On December 19, 2008, two NBA league sources told ESPN.com that the Oklahoma City Thunder had agreed in principle to sign Krstić to a three-year offer sheet. On December 22, Krstić officially signed the offer sheet. The New Jersey Nets had seven days to match the offer, or Krstić would be free to join the Thunder. The Nets declined to match, and the Thunder waived Steven Hill to make room for Krstić.
On February 24, 2011, Krstić was traded along with Jeff Green and a 2012 first round pick to the Boston Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. In his first game as a Celtic, he recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 26.
On June 22, 2011, Krstić signed a two-year contract with the Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow. Over the season, he averaged 14.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game in the Euroleague. That earned him his first selection for the All-Euroleague First Team. In the Euroleague Final against Olympiacos, CSKA Moscow lost by 61-62 after Georgios Printezis's buzzer beater in the last seconds of the game, securing his team second Euroleague championship in history.
After a good season with CSKA Moscow, there were rumors that he was considering a return to the Boston Celtics. However, on July 10, 2012, Krstić signed a new two-year contract with CSKA Moscow, including a team's option to extend him for one more season. At the end of the 2012-13 Euroleague season, Krstić was included for the second-straight time in the All-Euroleague First Team. After slow start at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, by the time he was improving his performances. In December 2013 it was relieved that he is a candidate for FIBA Europe Player of the Year. Eventually, Tony Parker would go for the second straight award. In loss to his former club Partizan Belgrade, he played his best game of the season by scoring 27 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He was named Euroleague MVP for month January, averaging fifth-highest 16.4 points, 6 rebounds and 21.6 in PIR.
Serbian national team
As captain of Serbian national team he played at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won the silver medal and 2010 FIBA World Championship, where he won the fourth place. In the following year, he played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship where Serbia was defeated 99–88 by Lithuania in the game for the bronze medal. At the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania Serbia finished 8th of 24 teams.
He is married to his wife Tanja and has one daughter. Krstić, whose nickname is "Curly", was voted the 3rd most eligible bachelor by Serbia's version of People magazine. On August 19, 2010, in a game against Greece for the Acropolis International Tournament 2010, he participated in a fight between players and threw a chair at Greek Ioannis Bourousis. That resulted in his spending the night at the police station, from where he was released the day after. He stated in his defence that he thought Bourousis was a fan when he threw the chair at him. In the same fight Krstić attacked Greek player Sofoklis Schortsanitis a number of times from behind, punching him in the back of the head, only to run away when Schortsanitis turned to him.
|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|
NBA regular season
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