Boštjan Nachbar

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Boštjan Nachbar
Boštjan Nachbar.jpg
Nachbar in Slovenian national team jersey
Detroit Pistons
Position Scout
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-07-03) July 3, 1980 (age 37)
Slovenj Gradec, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1997–2017
Position Small forward / Power forward
Number 9, 7, 10, 34
Career history
1997–1998 Union Olimpija
1998–1999 Maribor Ovni
1999–2000 Pivovarna Laško
2000–2002 Benetton Treviso
20022004 Houston Rockets
20042006 New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets
20062008 New Jersey Nets
2008–2009 Dynamo Moscow
2009–2011 Efes Pilsen
2012 UNICS Kazan
2012–2013 Brose Baskets
2013–2015 FC Barcelona
2015–2017 Sevilla
Career highlights and awards

Boštjan "Boki" Nachbar (born July 3, 1980) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. A 2.06 m forward, he spent most of his career between the NBA and the EuroLeague. Nachbar helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Nachbar started his professional career by joining the Olimpija Ljubljana basketball club in the 1997–98 season. He played with Olimpija in Europe's top level competition the EuroLeague, where he averaged 7 points and 2 rebounds per game. In the 2000–01 season he signed with Benetton Treviso basketball club, as the youngest Italian League player. With Benetton, he averaged 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the EuroLeague. In the next season, he helped Benetton get to the Final Four of the EuroLeague, as he improved his statistics to 13 points and 4 rebounds per game. In his best game of the season, against Idea Slask Wroclaw, he scored 28 points, hitting 6 three-pointers. He won the Italian League championship and the Italian Supercup in 2002.

NBA[edit]

Nachbar was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 15th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played for the Rockets for three seasons, but only averaged about 10 minutes per game. In 2004, he went to the New Orleans Hornets, where he averaged about 8 points in 21 minutes per game. During the 2004–05 NBA season, he scored 21 points against his former team, the Rockets, which was a career high. In the 2005–06 season, however, he had a difficult time getting off the bench once again was traded to the New Jersey Nets just before the trading deadline in exchange for Marc Jackson, Linton Johnson, and cash considerations. He had a great season with New Jersey as the team's 6th man, making many contributions to the club before they lost in the Eastern Conference semis to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Return to Europe[edit]

On July 20, 2008, Nachbar returned to Europe when he signed a 3-year 9.6 million euros net income contract with the Russian Superleague club Dynamo Moscow,[1][2] giving him one of the most expensive contracts in European pro basketball history. The contract also included opt out clauses after each season. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in Europe's second level competition, the EuroCup, during the 2008-09 season.[3]

Nachbar opted out of his contract with Dynamo Moscow on May 17, 2009. In July 2009, he signed a 2-year contract with a team option for the second year with the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen.[4][5] He averaged 6.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague in the 2009-10 season.[6] In his second year with Efes, Nachbar improved his stats in the EuroLeague to 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. On June 24, 2011, Nachbar announced via Twitter that he won't stay for a third season with the team.[7]

Nachbar started the 2011-12 season out due to an ankle injury. After recovering from the injury, he was mentioned as a potential reinforcement for several NBA teams.[8][9] After not getting a contract in the NBA, Nachbar signed with Russian League team UNICS Kazan in January 2012, until the end of the season.[10] He wasn't able to perform well in UNICS, averaging only 3.1 PPG in the Russian league.

He joined Brose Baskets Bamberg in July 2012.[11] He had a successful season, leading the team to the EuroLeague Top 16, finishing as EuroLeague's second best scorer with 16.1 points per game. He also helped the team regain their Basketball Bundesliga title, as they won 3-0 in the finals series against EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

On July 23, 2013, Nachbar signed a two-year deal with FC Barcelona.[12]

On August 18, 2015, he signed a one-year deal with Baloncesto Sevilla.[13]

On May 14, 2018, Nachbar announced his retirement.[14]

National team career[edit]

Nachbar was a member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. He participated at EuroBasket 2003, EuroBasket 2005, EuroBasket 2009 and EuroBasket 2013. During the 2005 FIBA EuroBasket, he averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. He was also a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

He was also a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. EuroBasket 2013, which took place in his homeland of Slovenia, was his last one before his retirement from the national team.

Post-playing career[edit]

Nachbar is hired as an international scout by the Detroit Pistons.[15] Together with Anže Tomić and Boštjan Gorenc he runs the podcast Podrobnosti (eng. Details).[16]

Personal life[edit]

He is married [17] and has two daughters, Tara and Ajda.[18] His younger brother Grega is assistant coach of Premier A Slovenian Basketball League club Helios Suns.

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: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Houston 14 1 5.5 .355 .200 .500 .8 .2 .1 .1 2.1
2003–04 Houston 45 3 11.5 .356 .365 .724 1.6 .7 .3 .3 3.1
2004–05 Houston 16 2 12.8 .349 .476 .750 1.9 .6 .1 .0 3.1
2004–05 New Orleans 55 4 20.7 .397 .371 .838 2.8 1.2 .5 .3 8.1
2005–06 NO/Oklahoma City 25 13 16.2 .339 .298 .694 2.0 .9 .5 .2 5.0
2005–06 New Jersey 11 0 8.8 .375 .143 .625 1.0 .5 .3 .0 2.8
2006–07 New Jersey 76 1 20.2 .457 .423 .805 3.3 .8 .4 .3 9.2
2007–08 New Jersey 75 1 22.1 .402 .359 .786 3.5 1.2 .6 .3 9.8
Career 317 25 17.8 .406 .375 .784 2.6 .9 .4 .3 7.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Houston 5 0 8.2 .444 .333 1.000 1.2 .4 .2 .0 2.8
2006 New Jersey 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2007 New Jersey 12 0 23.4 .421 .375 .955 2.9 1.5 .6 .1 9.9
Career 18 0 17.9 .423 .373 .963 2.3 1.1 .4 .1 7.4

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Benetton 12 1 9.0 .429 .429 .640 1.8 .8 .5 .2 4.3 4.7
2001–02 Benetton 21 16 25.4 .475 .333 .778 3.7 1.4 1.0 .2 12.4 11.3
2009–10 Efes Pilsen 15 2 16.4 .477 .355 .844 1.9 .7 .3 .5 6.7 6.7
2010–11 Efes Pilsen 15 0 19.3 .418 .379 .822 2.8 .3 .4 .3 8.3 6.6
2011–12 UNICS Kazan 7 0 14.1 .370 .500 .833 2.4 .6 .3 .1 4.0 3.9
2012–13 Brose Baskets 23 13 26.7 .431 .370 .800 3.4 1.1 .5 .4 16.1 13.8
2013–14 Barcelona 28 6 18.3 .437 .360 .733 3.0 1.0 .4 .1 7.9 6.4
2014–15 Barcelona 24 2 12.2 .529 .462 .923 2.0 .6 .3 .1 5.3 5.0
Career 146 40 18.6 .449 .378 .788 2.7 .9 .5 .2 8.8 7.8

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