Vujačić with Anadolu Efes S.K.
March 8, 1984 |
Maribor, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||2001–present|
|2004–2010||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2010–2011||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Aleksandar "Sasha" Vujačić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар »Саша« Вујачић, Slovene: Saša Vujačič, rendered in English as Sasha Vujacic; born March 8, 1984) is a Slovenian professional basketball player who last played for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL).
Throughout his career, he has also played in Italy (for Snaidero Udine) and the United States (for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets). Though he has played the point guard position in Europe, he found more playing time at the shooting guard spot while in the Lakers' triangle offense.
In the 2007–08 season, Vujačić recorded a then-career high 22 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets, and he tied it in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Vujačić shot 60% from beyond the three-point line in the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
In the 2007–2008 season Vujacic made 118 of his 270 three-point field goal attempts, setting the Los Angeles Lakers single-season record for the best three-point field goal percentage (.437) in a single season.
During Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals, Vujačić scored a career playoff high, totaling 20 points off the bench. Vujačić's 20, with the exception of Kobe Bryant, made him the only Laker to score in double figures.
In Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Vujačić led the Lakers' bench with nine points, including two three-pointers. With 11 seconds left in Game 7 and the Lakers leading by only two points, Vujačić helped secure the Lakers' championship with two crucial free throws.
On December 15, 2010, Vujačić was traded to the New Jersey Nets in a three-team trade involving the Lakers and Houston Rockets. On the Nets, Vujačić reunited with former Lakers teammate Jordan Farmar. As a result of Ben Uzoh wearing the number 18 jersey, Vujačić changed his number to 20.
In his debut for the Nets, Vujačić had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes of play.
On January 1, 2011, Vujačić tied his career high of 22 points, eight games after being traded to the Nets.
On February 9, 2011, Vujačić set a new career high with 25 points in a win over the Hornets.
On August 6, 2012, it was confirmed that Vujačić would stay with the team for one more season. On November 16, in a Euroleague game against EA7 Milano, he scored 29 points, helping his team win 77–71. Over 10 regular season games, he had 12.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Vujačić and his teammate Jordan Farmar helped Efes to advance to the Top 16 round, edging Cedevita on the road by 81–73 in one of the most crucial games in group C. 
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NBA regular season
Vujačić was born in Maribor, Slovenia, to a Serbian father and Slovenian mother. His father was a Serbian basketball coach, while his mother was a Slovenian volleyball player. His mother was playing volleyball for a top Yugoslav women's club, Branik Maribor, but quit her career at the age of 19 when she got pregnant with Sasha. His parents divorced when he was 6, and he lived with his mother and soon afterwards with his stepfather. He has two siblings, a sister named Nina, and a brother named Aljoša. In addition to playing basketball, he enjoys volleyball, tennis, and association football.
During his time with the Los Angeles Lakers he would often speak in Italian with Kobe Bryant, who is also fluent in the language.
- Prominent Slovenian Athletes in the United States by Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, January 2007.
- "NBA Bio"
- "Los Angeles Lakers/Utah Jazz recap December 1, 2005 Thursday recap". AP Sports. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
- "Vujacic, Lakers put end to Mavs' impressive streak". CBS Sportsline.com wire reports. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
- "Kobe watches 4th quarter from bench as Vujacic, Lakers bounce Nuggets". ESPN. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
- "Fantasy/Player News". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "NETS Acquire Vujacic & Two 1st-Round Picks in 3-Team Trade". NBA.com. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- ANADOLU EFES signs Vujacic
- Sasha Vujacic Efes'te (Turkish)
- "Vujacic Sasha 2011/12 Season". Euroleague. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Sasha Vujacic staying with Anadolu Efes Istanbul". Sportando. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Vujacic stars as Anadolu Efes holds off EA7 Milano". Sportando. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Vujacic Sasha Seasonal stats". Euroleague. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Game report". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Farmar, Vujacic lead Efes into Top 16". Sportando. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "Rojen na dan žena" (in Slovene). vujacic.net. Retrieved October 2010.
- NBA.com : Sasha Vujacic Bio Page
- Sharapova gets engaged to Lakers' guard Vujacic
- Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic call off engagement
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- TBLStat.net Profile
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- Sasha Vujacic at Basketball-Reference.com