Zoran Planinić

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Zoran Planinić
ZoranPlaninicBCKhimki.jpg
Planinić playing with Khimki in 2010.
No. 34 – Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Position Point guard / Shooting guard / Small forward
League Turkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1982-09-12) September 12, 1982 (age 32)
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2000 Benston Zagreb
2000–2003 Cibona Zagreb
20032006 New Jersey Nets
2006–2008 TAU Cerámica
2008–2010 CSKA Moscow
2010–2013 Khimki
2013–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

Zoran Planinić (born September 12, 1982) is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. He also represents the Croatian national basketball team.

Early years[edit]

Planinić was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. As a junior, he played for the Croatian club KK Cibona.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In the 1999–2000 season, he started his professional career on loan to Benston Zagreb.[1]

He returned to Cibona Zagreb in 2000 and he was named the Croatian League MVP in 2001. He stayed with Cibona until 2003.

In the 2003 NBA Draft, the 6 ft 7 in[2] 210 lbs. point guard-shooting guard was drafted 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets. In three NBA seasons he averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Planinić's three NBA seasons were not notable, with his only distinguishing moment coming in the 2005–06 season, when he hit a spectacular full court, 77-foot, 3rd quarter-ending buzzer beater at a November 9, 2005, home win against the Utah Jazz.[3]

Zoran Planinić warming up in the second game of the 2008 Spanish ACB League Finals.

In the summer of 2006, Planinić and the New Jersey Nets agreed to a buyout, in which he was sent back to Europe to spend the season with TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League, a team that also featured talented NBA prospect Tiago Splitter. With TAU Cerámica, Planinić won the Spanish Supercup championship in both 2006 and 2007 and the Spanish Championship in 2008.

On June 25, 2008, Planinić signed a 2-year contract with the Russian Superleague A club CSKA Moscow.[4] On June 17, 2010, decided to sign a 2+1 contract with the Russian Superleague A club BC Khimki.[5]

On July 27, 2013, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes.[6][7] In January 2014, he hit a long range buzzer beater in the last second of the game to defeat Olimpia Milano with 61–60.[8] In his first season with the team, he averaged 8.4 points points and 3.7 assists over 23 Euroleague games. In the summer of 2014, Dušan Ivković was appointed as a head coach and Planinić lost his place in the team. Despite that, he was still under contract for the 2014–15 season.[9]

Euroleague 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.


Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Cibona 5 1 16.8 .294 .000 .000 1.4 1.2 .2 .2 2.0 -1.4
2001–02 Cibona 8 7 24.8 .508 .500 .683 2.3 2.4 1.1 .4 12.1 11.0
2002–03 Cibona 18 9 22.2 .430 .235 .593 2.8 2.8 .8 .1 7.8 7.2
2006–07 Baskonia 18 11 24.2 .457 .281 .677 2.7 3.8 1.3 .3 9.3 11.6
2007–08 Baskonia 25 23 24.7 .515 .375 .662 2.8 3.1 .9 .2 10.6 12.1
2008–09 CSKA 19 4 18.7 .447 .341 .680 1.8 2.1 .5 .3 7.0 7.2
2009–10 CSKA 21 17 21.4 .455 .295 .649 2.9 2.1 1.1 .1 7.5 8.1
2010–11 Khimki 10 6 29.0 .488 .290 .710 4.2 3.1 .9 .2 11.1 13.2
2012–13 Khimki 22 22 30.8 .447 .164 .667 3.9 6.3 1.1 .1 12.4 15.2
2013–14 Anadolu Efes 23 9 23.5 .394 .298 .737 2.4 3.7 .9 .0 8.4 7.4
Career 169 109 23.9 .453 .289 .668 2.8 3.3 .9 .2 9.3 9.8

Croatian national team[edit]

Planinić was part of the Croatian junior national teams that won the bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the silver medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship.

Planinić was also a part of the senior Croatian national basketball teams at EuroBaskets 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

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