Erazem Lorbek

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Erazem Lorbek
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Lorbek with FC Barcelona.
Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born (1984-02-21) February 21, 1984 (age 32)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College Michigan State (2002–2003)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career 1999–present
Career history
2003–2006 Fortitudo Bologna
2006–2007 Unicaja Málaga
2007 Benetton Treviso
2007–2008 Lottomatica Roma
2008–2009 CSKA Moscow
2009–2014 FC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards

Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 10 34 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.

Early career[edit]

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.[1]

College career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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 won the Euroleague 2004–05 season Rising Star award, and originally declared for the 2004 NBA Draft, but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] He signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA after his second year.[5] In August 2014, he parted ways with Barcelona and has been without club ever since.[6]

NBA[edit]

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.[7]

In 2016, Lorbek joined the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Summer League roster.[8]

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.

Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the Euroleague

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2003–04 Bologna 22 1 10.7 .574 .400 .542 2.3 .4 .5 .4 3.5 4.4
2004–05 20 13 22.1 .566 .368 .706 4.9 .9 1.1 .9 9.3 11.8
2005–06 19 12 23.0 .529 .474 .528 4.4 1.1 .8 .4 9.6 10.6
2006–07 Unicaja 9 1 14.0 .323 .200 .500 3.8 .7 .7 .7 2.7 5.2
2007–08 Lottomatica 20 19 26.8 .530 .390 .685 5.6 .8 1.6 1.0 13.3 15.4
2008–09 CSKA 21 15 23.1 .584 .444 .652 5.0 .8 .8 .7 12.0 14.6
2009–10 Barcelona 22 17 24.6 .536 .423 .674 4.4 1.2 .8 .8 8.6 11.5
2010–11 20 16 21.1 .512 .371 .722 3.6 .9 .9 .3 8.4 11.0
2011–12 21 21 25.2 .527 .383 .761 4.6 1.3 .6 .3 13.0 15.1
2012–13 30 26 21.2 .489 .419 .750 3.4 1.0 .2 .2 8.9 8.5
2013–14 19 16 19.4 .484 .325 .556 2.7 .6 .1 .2 8.0 6.8
Career 223 156 21.3 .526 .388 .668 4.0 .9 .7 .5 9.1 10.6

Slovenian national team[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Fortitudo Bologna
Pallacanestro Treviso
CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona Bàsquet

Individual awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LORBEK, ERAZEM Biography.
  2. ^ "Fifty-Three Early Entry Candidates Withdraw". Nba.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  3. ^ "Lorbek moves from Treviso to Roma". Euroleague.net. 2007-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Lorbek, blaugrana". fcbarcelona.cat. 2009-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Lorbek firma con el Regal FC Barcelona por tres años". as.com. 2009-08-18. 
  6. ^ "FC Barcelona, Erazem Lorbek part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 23, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2016 Summer League Player Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  9. ^ EuroBasket2009.org Gasol Named EuroBasket 2009 MVP Presented By Tissot. Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Erazem Maljkoviću rekel "ne" pet pred dvanajsto". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 

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