Primož Brezec

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Primož Brezec
Primož Brezec 2009.jpg
Brezec in 2009.
No. 7 – BC Nizhny Novgorod
Position Center
League VTB United League
Personal information
Born (1979-10-02) October 2, 1979 (age 34)
Postojna, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro playing career 1996–present
Career history
1996–1998 Kraski Zidar
1998–2001 Union Olimpija
20012004 Indiana Pacers
20042007 Charlotte Bobcats
20072009 Detroit Pistons
2009 Toronto Raptors
2008–2009 Lottomatica Roma
20092010 Philadelphia 76ers
2010 Milwaukee Bucks
2010–2011 Krasnye Krylya
2011–2012 Lokomotiv Kuban
2012–present Nizhny Novgorod

Primož Brezec (born October 2, 1979) is a Slovenian professional basketball player with BC Nizhny Novgorod of the VTB United League. He is a 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall center. Brezec has played seven seasons in the NBA.

Pro career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Brezec grew up in Sežana, where he also made his professional debut with the local team Kraski Zidar. During his high school years he was a member of the basketball team and a major star of the ŠKL League, the national high school league. As a professional, he played for the Slovenian Premier A League club Union Olimpija Ljubljana from 1998 until 2001.

Brezec spent the next 7 seasons playing in the NBA in the United States and Canada. He returned to Europe on July 20, 2008, when he signed a 2-year contract with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league.[1]

On September 26, 2010, Brezec signed with BC Krasnye Krylya Samara of the Russian Professional Basketball League.[2]

In July 2011 he signed with Lokomotiv Kuban for one season,[3] but he was waived in February 2012.[4] In March 2012 he signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod.[5]

NBA[edit]

Brezec with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.

Brezec was chosen by the Indiana Pacers with the 27th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. After he spent three years in Indiana with little playing time, he was picked up in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. As the Bobcats' starting center, Brezec averaged career-highs of 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the 2004-05 NBA season. He also scored the first points, made the first turnover, and hit the first free-throws in the history of the franchise.

On December 14, 2007, Brezec, along with Bobcats teammate Wálter Herrmann, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Nazr Mohammed.[6]

At the 2008 NBA trade deadline, which was on February 21, Brezec, along with cash considerations, was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Juan Dixon.[7] During his Raptors debut, he hit all five of his shots and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a block in 13 minutes off the bench against the New York Knicks in a February 24 win.

In August 2009, he returned to the NBA when signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[8]

On February 18, 2010, Brezec was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Royal Ivey in exchange for Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson.[9]

Slovenian national team[edit]

Brezec (#7) at Eurobasket 2009

Brezec has also been a member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he has played at the 2003 FIBA European Championship, the 2005 FIBA European Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Indiana 22 4 7.3 .483 .000 .600 1.3 .3 .0 .3 2.0
2002–03 Indiana 22 1 5.0 .395 .000 .600 1.0 .2 .1 .2 1.9
2003–04 Indiana 18 0 4.0 .462 .000 .667 .8 .2 .0 .2 1.6
2004–05 Charlotte 72 72 31.6 .512 .000 .745 7.4 1.2 .5 .8 13.0
2005–06 Charlotte 79 79 27.4 .517 .000 .732 5.6 .6 .2 .4 12.4
2006–07 Charlotte 58 40 14.4 .445 .333 .632 3.2 .4 .2 .4 5.0
2007–08 Charlotte 20 18 13.4 .395 .000 .600 2.2 .3 .0 .2 1.9
2007–08 Detroit 17 0 5.8 .769 .000 .500 1.1 .2 .1 .1 1.6
2007–08 Toronto 13 0 8.5 .447 .000 .667 1.4 .1 .1 .2 3.7
2009–10 Philadelphia 7 0 5.1 .154 .000 .500 1.7 .0 .1 .1 .7
2009–10 Milwaukee 14 0 4.2 .538 .000 .000 .9 .1 .0 .1 1.0
Career 342 214 18.1 .498 .167 .701 3.9 .5 .2 .4 7.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Milwaukee 4 0 6.3 .571 .000 .500 .8 .0 .3 .0 2.3
Career 4 0 6.3 .571 .000 .500 .8 .0 .3 .0 2.3

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