Damjan Rudež

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Damjan Rudež
No. 3 – Orlando Magic
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-06-17) June 17, 1986 (age 31)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2004 Zrinjevac
2004–2006 Oostende
2006–2008 Split
2008–2009 Union Olimpija
2009–2011 Cedevita Zagreb
2011–2012 Cibona Zagreb
2012–2014 CAI Zaragoza
2014–2015 Indiana Pacers
2015–2016 Minnesota Timberwolves
2016–present Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards

Damjan Rudež (Croatian pronunciation: [damjan ru:deʒ] (DAHM-yahn ROO-dezh); born 17 June 1986) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He represents the Croatian national team. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays the forward position.

Professional career[edit]

From 2002 to 2004, Rudež played for the junior team of Zrinjevac and occasionally for the senior team. From 2004 to 2006, he played for the Belgian club Oostende, where he won his first championship in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he played for Split.

In June 2008, he signed a two-year deal with Union Olimpija. In 2009, he left Olimpija and signed with Cedevita Zagreb.

On 7 July 2011, he signed a one-year deal with Cibona Zagreb.[1]

In August 2012, he signed a one-year deal with CAI Zaragoza of Spain.[2] On 26 June 2013, he re-signed with Zaragoza on a two-year deal.[3][4] In June 2014, he requested a buy-out from his contract with Zaragoza.[5]

On 11 July 2014, Rudež signed a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.[6][7] During 2014–15 NBA season, Rudež led all rookies in three-point field goal percentage.[8]

On 12 July 2015, Rudež was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Chase Budinger.[9] On 27 June 2016, the Timberwolves declined the $1.2 million team option on Rudež's contract for the 2016–17 season, making him an unrestricted free agent.[10]

On 8 September 2016, Rudež signed with the Orlando Magic.[11]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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]

2014–15 Indiana 68 2 15.4 .452 .406 .696 .7 .8 .2 .1 4.8
2015–16 Minnesota 33 0 8.4 .403 .340 1.000 .6 .3 .1 .0 2.3
Career 101 2 13.1 .443 .391 .774 .7 .6 .2 .1 3.9

National team career[edit]

On 3 August 2008, he was called into the Croatian national basketball team to compete in the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament after Damir Markota withdrew due to injury.[12]

In 2009, he won the gold medal at the XVI Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy. He also represented Croatia at the 2015 EuroBasket,[13] where they were eliminated in the eighth finals by Czech Republic.[14]


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