|No. 10 – Panathinaikos Athens|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||Greek Basket League
December 5, 1984 |
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / 2nd round, 41st overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|Pro playing career||2000–present|
Roko-Leni Ukić (born December 5, 1984) is a Croatian professional basketball player who plays for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League. Ukić mainly plays at the point guard position, but he can also play shooting guard. He is 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall and weighs 190 lb (86 kg).
Ukić was born and raised in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia, where he began playing basketball for the youth clubs of KK Split in 1992. He competed on cadet and junior teams for the club, winning the national youth championship twice with the cadet team and earning the MVP award of the Croat cadet championship in 2000. Ukić joined the club's senior team, KK Split, in 2000, at the age of 16. He played for Split until 2005, when he was drafted by the NBA's Toronto Raptors in the second round, with the 41st pick overall, after averaging 18.5 points and 4.3 assists, in 35.2 minutes per game for Split in the Adriatic League.
Rather than risk being buried on the bench as a reserve player in the NBA, he opted to join Tau Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League, a team that had an open spot at the backup point guard position in 2005. After spending a season with Baskonia, he moved to Spanish League rivals FC Barcelona in the summer of 2006, where he also held the backup position at point guard.
In the summer of 2007, he moved to the Italian League team Virtus Roma, on a loan deal, where he was coached by his mentor and Croatian national basketball team coach Jasmin Repeša. Ukić then left Europe and moved to the NBA. After being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks during his second NBA season, in January 2010, Ukić returned to Europe when he moved to the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe Ülker. He signed a two year contract on June 17, 2010.
On July 16, 2008, Ukić agreed to a three year deal with the NBA's Toronto Raptors. During his first NBA season, he appeared in 72 games, as a backup at point guard to his former Saski Baskonia teammate, José Calderón, wearing jersey #1 for the Raptors. In 12.4 minutes of play, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 assists, with career highs of 22 points on February 22, 2009, against the San Antonio Spurs, and 10 assists on March 27, 2009, against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On August 18, 2009, Ukić was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Carlos Delfino, in exchange for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems. On January 4, 2010, he was waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, at his own request, because he wasn't satisfied with his role on the team.
Croatian national team
Ukić is a former member of the Croatian junior national teams, earning with them a gold medal at the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, and he also played with Croatia's junior national team at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Greece, averaging 19.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.6 steals per game, as his team reached the semifinals.
He has also been a member of the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. He has played with Croatia's senior national team at the: EuroBasket 2005, the EuroBasket 2007, the 2008 Summer Olympics, the EuroBasket 2009, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. At the EuroBasket 2009, he averaged 13.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game.
The father of Roko Ukić is Zoran Ukić, drummer of the Split-based rock band The Obala and former drummer of the dissolved Daleka Obala. Roko Leni got his first name after his grandfather and his middle name after drummer Lenny White. He also plays the drums.
Awards and honors
- KK Split (2000–05)
- Tau Cerámica (2005-06)
- Barcelona (2006-07)
- Fenerbahçe Ülker (2010-2012)
- Panathinaikos (2012-)
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- PANATHINAIKOS signs playmaker Ukic
- Prospect Profile Roko Ukic.
- Euroleague.net Fenerbahce Ulker announces agreement with Ukic.
- Ukic signed 2 years contract
- Raptors Sign Roko Ukic.
- NBA.com Roko Ukic Career Stats Page.
- "BUCKS COMPLETE TRADE WITH RAPTORS". NBA.com. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
- "Bucks Request Waivers on Ukic". NBA.com. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
- Archive.FIBA.com Roko-Leni UKIC 2003 FIBA U-19 World Championship.
- EuroBasket 2009.org Profile.
- "Zvuči sjajno: Poslušajte kako na bubnjevima 'roka' Leni Ukić". 24sata.hr (in Croatian). 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
- Sara Ukic has been born.
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- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Euroleague.net Profile
- FIBA Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- Greek Basket League Profile
- Italian League Profile (Italian)
- Spanish League Profile (Spanish)