Lorbek with FC Barcelona.
February 21, 1984 |
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|College||Michigan State (2002–2003)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in (2.10 m) power forward, who also plays the center position. A three-time All-Euroleague Team member, he won the Euroleague title with FC Barcelona in 2010. Lorbek was a regular member of the Slovenian national basketball team, and earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection in 2009.
Lorbek began playing basketball with the youth clubs of Union Olimpija, the top basketball club in his hometown, and in the Slovenian league. Lorbek then played with Olimpija's B squad, in the minor leagues of Slovenia, from 1999 to 2002.
Lorbek attended Michigan State University in the U.S., where he played college basketball for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. In the 2002–03 season, as a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
After playing college basketball, Lorbek chose to return to Europe, after a year at Michigan State, and signed a deal with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian league, where he began his professional career, and played from 2003 to 2006 (for sponsorship reasons, the team was known as Skipper Bologna in the 2003–04 season, and Climamio Bologna from 2004–2006).
Lorbek began the 2006–07 season on loan from the Spanish league club Unicaja Málaga to the Italian league club Benetton Treviso; however, in February 2007, the deal was voided by the Italian Basketball Federation, due to unspecified violations of federation regulations. Lorbek then signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league, where he became one of the best power forwards of the Euroleague. He joined the Russian club CSKA Moscow in 2008, with whom he reached the Euroleague 2008–09 season's final, in his first season, and he was voted to the All-Euroleague Second Team.
On August 18, 2009, he was transferred to the Spanish league club FC Barcelona, for an undisclosed fee. He signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA after his second year. In August 2014, he parted ways with Barcelona and has been without club ever since.
Lorbek was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. But the Pacers did not sign him and Lorbek continued to play in Europe. During the 2011 NBA Draft, the Pacers traded the rights to Lorbek to the San Antonio Spurs, as part of their trade for George Hill.
|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|
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.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the Euroleague|
Slovenian national team
Lorbek is also a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he has played at the 2005, 2007, and 2009 editions of the FIBA EuroBasket. He was one of the top players of the 2009 tournament, and earned the power forward position in the All-Tournament Team. In 2011, Lorbek said that he didn't want to play for the Slovenian national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, just 15 minutes before training camp started. Two days later, he changed his mind, and decided instead to represent Slovenia at the tournament, which was held in Lithuania.
Awards and accomplishments
- Fortitudo Bologna
- Pallacanestro Treviso
- Italian Cup (1): 2006-07
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian League (1): 2008-09
- FC Barcelona Bàsquet
- Spanish League (3): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Spanish Cup (3): 2010, 2011, 2013
- Spanish Supercup (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- Euroleague (1): 2009–10
- Euroleague Rising Star (1):
- Euroleague MVP of the Week (3):
- Euroleague MVP of the Month (1):
- March/April, 2008–09
- All-Euroleague Team (1):
- All-Euroleague Second Team (2):
- All-ACB Team (2):
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: MVP
- LORBEK, ERAZEM Biography.
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- "Lorbek, blaugrana". fcbarcelona.cat. 2009-08-18.
- "Lorbek firma con el Regal FC Barcelona por tres años". as.com. 2009-08-18.
- "FC Barcelona, Erazem Lorbek part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 23, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "2016 Summer League Player Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- EuroBasket2009.org Gasol Named EuroBasket 2009 MVP Presented By Tissot. Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Erazem Maljkoviću rekel "ne" pet pred dvanajsto". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
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