Pero Antić

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Pero Antić
Перо Антиќ
Pero Antić.JPG
No. 6 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1982-07-29) July 29, 1982 (age 32)
Skopje, Yugoslavia
(modern-day Republic of Macedonia)
Nationality Macedonian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2004 / Undrafted
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2001 Rabotnički Skopje
2001–2005 AEK Athens
2005–2007 Red Star Belgrade
2007–2008 Academic Sofia
2008–2009 Lokomotiv Kuban
2009–2010 Academic Sofia
2010–2011 Spartak St. Petersburg
2011–2013 Olympiacos Piraeus
2013–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Pero Antić (Macedonian: Перо Антиќ; born July 29, 1982) is a Macedonian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was also a member and captain of the Macedonian national basketball team. He is 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)[1] in height and can play either power forward or center, although he is primarily a power forward.

Professional career[edit]

European career[edit]

Antić has played with: Rabotnički Skopje, AEK Athens, Red Star Belgrade, Academic Sofia, Lokomotiv Kuban, Spartak St. Petersburg and Olympiacos. He won the 2006 Serbia and Montenegro National Cup with Red Star Belgrade. He was voted the MVP of the 2007-08 season in the Bulgarian National Basketball League, a season in which he averaged 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

In the EuroChallenge 2010–11 season, he helped Spartak St. Petersburg reach the EuroChallenge Final Four, averaging 9.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.[2]

After an impressive performance at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011, Antić signed a two year contract on September 26 with Olympiacos Piraeus.[3][4] With Olympiacos, he won the Euroleague title two times, in 2012 and 2013. He also helped his team to win the 2011-12 Greek League championship.

NBA career[edit]

On July 25, 2013, Antić signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[5] In his first pre-season game against the Miami Heat, he played 16 minutes and finished with three points and four rebounds, shooting just 1-8 from the floor and 1-6 from three.[6] Antić scored his first points in an official game on November 1, in a 102-95 home win over the Toronto Raptors.

On December 28, at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, Antić scored a game-tying three-pointer off one leg with three seconds left in the game, tying the score and forcing the game into overtime. Atlanta would go on to win the game 118-116.[7] On January 3 against the Golden State Warriors, Antić was in the starting lineup for the first time in his NBA career, due to the injury of starting center Al Horford. He responded with a then career high 16 points and 7 rebounds, while shooting 6-9 from the floor, including four three-pointers from six attempts. However, Atlanta suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Andre Iguodala hit the buzzer-beater from behind the arc, to give his team a 101-100 victory over the Hawks.[8]

After a series of solid performances as a starter for the Hawks, Antić was selected as a participant in the Rising Stars Challenge game for the NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans.[9] However, because of an injury to his right ankle, Antić was forced to miss the All-Star weekend, being replaced by the Phoenix Suns' big man Miles Plumlee.[10]

On April 6, 2014, Antić scored a career high 18 points in a 107-88 win over the Indiana Pacers.[11]

The Hawks finished the regular season with a record of 38-44, which was enough for the last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference, pairing them in the first round with the number one seed on the East, the Indiana Pacers. Antić was a starter in the first game of the series, tallying 8 points and 7 rebounds in his playoff debut while also successfully guarding All-Star center Roy Hibbert, and the Hawks took a surprising victory 101-93 away from home to take the lead in the series.[12] During the game, Antić got involved in a confrontation with the Pacers' David West, which led to both players receiving technical fouls.[13]

Macedonian national team[edit]

Antić is a member and captain of the senior men's Republic of Macedonia national team. He was instrumental in his team reaching the semi-finals of FIBA EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. Antić proved his reputation as one of the tournament's best rebounders, having an average of 8.8 rebounds per game, third best in the category. He also averaged 11.5 points per game, with his tournament high coming in the semi-finals against Spain, where he scored 17 points in a 92-80 defeat. He was among the overall leaders in several other categories. Besides being fourth in average minutes per game (34.5), he also ranked fourth in double-doubles, collecting three, against Finland (14 points and 19 rebounds), Bosnia and Herzegovina (15 points and 14 rebounds) and Russia (15 points and 10 rebounds). While hardly the revelation of the tournament, he fulfilled his full potential at the EuroBasket, and was the cornerstone of the Macedonian national team's defensive strategy, that propelled them to the top four.

Antić captained the Macedonian national team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013, although to a much lesser success. Although he scored in double figures in four of the five group matches, averaging 13.8 points and 8 rebounds per game, Macedonia was eliminated in the group stage, after which Antić announced his retirement from the national team.[14]

Player profile[edit]

Antić's best offensive attributes are his body strength, jump shot, and dunking ability. He is adept at pick and roll play, which coupled with his excellent three-point shooting accuracy for a player of his position, makes him a scoring threat from all distances. While he's not a prolific scorer, he also possesses decent passing skills, adding to his offensive contribution. The defensive part of the game is considered to be one of his best attributes. Antić's anticipation, positioning, and overall athleticism made him a good rebounder in Europe. Antić demonstrated particular determination and confidence when guarding opposition star players, such as Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011.

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: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.


Denotes seasons in which Antić won the Euroleague

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Atlanta 50 26 18.5 .418 .327 .758 4.2 1.2 .4 .2 7.0
Career 50 26 18.5 .418 .327 .758 4.2 1.2 .4 .2 7.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Atlanta 7 7 24.3 .167 .120 .625 3.9 0.7 0.7 0.4 3.1
Career 7 7 24.3 .167 .120 .625 3.9 0.7 0.7 0.4 3.1

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 AEK 7 1 4.6 .500 .000 .000 1.1 .1 .1 .0 .9 .1
2002–03 AEK 12 3 15.0 .395 .294 .600 2.5 1.1 .3 .3 4.3 1.8
2003–04 AEK 3 0 7.3 .333 .250 .000 1.7 .0 .3 .3 2.3 .3
2004–05 AEK 15 0 11.5 .393 .333 .593 2.9 .5 .3 .4 4.6 2.7
2011–12 Olympiacos 22 18 18.7 .350 .250 .772 4.3 .8 .5 .3 7.2 7.3
2012–13 Olympiacos 31 4 18.1 .354 .261 .659 3.5 .7 .4 .2 6.0 5.3
Career 90 26 15.3 .363 .267 .673 3.2 .7 .4 .3 5.3 4.3

Personal life[edit]

Antić was born in Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia (modern Republic of Macedonia). Antić is a supporter of Belgrade club Red Star, where he also played from 2005–2007.[15][16] Antić married his wife Ružica, who has the same birthday as he does, in 2006. They have a son named Luka.[17] Antić has several tattoos, including ones of his family,[18] Crvena Zvezda team supporters (Delije) badge on his right under-arm,[15][19] and a stylized flag of Macedonia on his right chest.[20] Aside from Macedonian, Antić also holds Bulgarian citizenship.[21]

After the FIBA EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, Pero Antić was awarded with the Honoris causa academic title, by FON University in Skopje.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pero Antic Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  2. ^ Pero Antic (BC SPARTAK SAINT PETERSBURG).
  3. ^ "Olympiacos adds Pero Antic". Sportando. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pero Antic signs 2 year deal with Olympiakos". macedoniaonline.eu. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "HAWKS SIGN FORWARD/CENTER PERO ANTIĆ". NBA.com. July 25, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Pero Antic Still Needs to Adjust to NBA Game Before Contributing to Atlanta Hawks
  7. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24389869/video-pero-antic-hits-outrageous-gametying-3-to-force-overtime
  8. ^ http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2014/01/04/despite-loss-to-warriors-pero-antic-continues-filling-in-solidly-for-atlanta-hawks/
  9. ^ PERO ANTIC SELECTED TO BBVA COMPASS RISING STARS CHALLENGE ROSTER POOL
  10. ^ Hawks’ Antic out of All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge, Suns’ Plumlee in
  11. ^ Notebook: Hawks 107, Pacers 88
  12. ^ "Hawks take 1-0 lead as Pacers' late-season swoon continues". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Video: Pacers’ David West, Hawks’ Pero Antic get double technicals after confrontation". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pero Antic and Vlado Ilievski retire from FYR of Macedonia NT". Sportando. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Aleksandar Apostolovski (05.08.2013). "NBA Pero: Zvezdin "delija", momče Makedonče" (in Serbian).  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ MOZZART Sport (2012-01-17). "Pero Antić za MOZZART: Jednom Cigan, zauvek Cigan!" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 
  17. ^ "ВО ПОСЕТА НА ЛУКА И РУЖИЦА АНТИЌ, СИНОТ И СОПРУГАТА НА КОШАРКАРОТ ПЕРО АНТИЌ" (in Macedonian). dnevnik.com.mk. 
  18. ^ "Антиќ ќе го тетовира знамето и медалот!" (in Macedonian). plusinfo.mk. 
  19. ^ "ISPUNIO OBEĆANJE: Pero Antić istetovirao grb Delija!". kurir-info.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Manfred, Tony. "This Bald, Tattooed Macedonian Basketball Player Is The NBA's Next Great Cult Hero". businessinsider.com. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Перо Антич взел български паспорт, гостува на Ристе Стефанов" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. April 22, 2009. 
  22. ^ "The national basketball team to receive honourable academic titles". fon.edu.mk. 

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