Jón Arnór Stefánsson

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Jón Arnór Stefánsson
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Stefánsson with the Iceland national basketball team in September 2015
No. 1 – KR
PositionShooting guard
LeagueÚrvalsdeild
Personal information
Born (1982-09-21) September 21, 1982 (age 37)
Skövde, Sweden
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High schoolArtesia (Lakewood, California)
NBA draft2004 / Undrafted
Playing career2000–present
Career history
2000–2002KR
2002–2003TBB Trier
2004–2005Dynamo Saint Petersburg
2005–2006Carpisa Napoli
2006–2007Pamesa Valencia
2007–2008Lottomatica Roma
2008–2009KR
2009Benetton Treviso
2009–2011CB Granada
2011–2014CAI Zaragoza
2014–2015Unicaja
2015–2016Valencia Basket
2016–presentKR
Career highlights and awards

Jón Arnór Stefánsson (born September 21, 1982) is an Icelandic professional basketball player who plays for KR of the Domino's League, and a former member of the Icelandic national team. He won the FIBA EuroCup title in 2005 with Dynamo Saint Petersburg. He was a member of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks from 2003 to 2004,[1] but he spent the whole season on the injury list[2] and never played a regular season or playoff game with them.[3][4][5]

On April 30, 2017, he won the Icelandic championship for the third time with KR and was named the 2017 playoffs MVP.[6] On April 28, 2018, Jón Arnór won his fourth Icelandic championship after KR defeated Tindastóll in the Úrvalsdeild finals.[7][8] In November 2018, Jón announced that he would retire after the 2018-2019 season.[9]

On 4 May 2019 he won his 5th national championship after KR beat ÍR in the Úrvalsdeild finals 3-2.[10]

High school career[edit]

Jón Arnór attended Artesia High School in Lakewood, California from 1999 to 2000. His stay was cut short when allegations rose that he and teammate Jack Michael Martínez had been illegally recruited by coach Wayne Merino.[11][12] In the end Artesia basketball program was stripped of two championships and Merino, Artesia coach of thirteen seasons, was fired.[13][14] Jón returned to KR in time for the 2000 Úrvalsdeild karla playoffs and helped the club win the national championship.[12]

Professional career[edit]

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.

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 Lottomatica 6 0 18.2 .359 .133 .800 1.8 .8 1.0 .0 6.3 2.8
2007–08 Lottomatica 15 5 25.5 .386 .311 .796 2.3 1.3 1.1 .0 10.0 7.7
2014–15 Unicaja 20 3 13.1 .396 .286 .600 .6 1.2 .2 .0 5.1 1.6
Career 41 8 18.4 .386 .280 .750 1.4 1.2 .6 .0 7.1 4.0

National team career[edit]

Jón Arnór played 100 games for the Icelandic men's national basketball team from 2000 to 2019, appearing in EuroBasket 2015 and EuroBasket 2017.[15] He retired after Iceland's 91-67 victory against Portugal on 21 February 2019, where he led all scorers with 17 points.[16]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Jón Arnór was born in Skövde, Sweden, to Icelandic parents.[22][23] He is the brother of handballer and Olympic silver medalist Ólafur Stefánsson[24] and former footballer Eggert Stefánsson who played with Fram in Úrvalsdeild karla.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stefansson member of Iceland's national team - NBA - ESPN
  2. ^ ISL - Jon Stefansson, the player who came in from the cold
  3. ^ Nelson feðgarnir féllu á prófinu
  4. ^ Varinn fyrir Charlotte Bobcats
  5. ^ Jón Arnór til Rússlands
  6. ^ Jón Arnór bestur í úrslitakeppninni
  7. ^ Kristján Jónsson (28 April 2018). "KR meistari fimmta árið í röð". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (28 April 2018). "Jón: Langar að kveðja íslenska landsliðið, sjáum til í kjölfarið". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  9. ^ Davíð Eldur (22 November 2018). "Jón Arnór hættur eftir tímabilið". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  10. ^ Ástrós Ýr Eggertsdóttir (4 May 2019). "Umfjöllun: KR - ÍR 98-70 - KR Íslandsmeistari sjötta árið í röð". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  11. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (March 23, 2000). "If It's Wrong, Artesia Should Get No Mercy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b Daðason, Kolbeinn Tumi (September 19, 2015). "Lúxuslíf síðan ég byrjaði með Lilju". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Hoops coach fired for recruiting violations". USA Today. June 3, 2000. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  14. ^ Klein, Gary (June 2, 2000). "Artesia Forfeits Titles; Merino Won't Return". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  15. ^ Tómas Þór Þórðarson (20 February 2019). "Látlausari kveðjustund en hjá Óla bróður en möguleiki að tár falli". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Standing ovation for Stefansson, Baeringsson as they reach final curtain with Iceland". FIBA. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  17. ^ Jón Arnór Stefánsson er Íþróttamaður ársins 2014
  18. ^ Körfuknattleiksfólk ársins 2016 · Gunnhildur og Martin
  19. ^ Besti leikmaður úrvalsdeildar karla
  20. ^ - Úrvalslið úrvalsdeildar karla
  21. ^ "Saga bikarúrslita KKÍ". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  22. ^ Þórólfsson, Sigurð Elvar (June 11, 2008). "Jón Arnór á förum frá Róm?". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  23. ^ "Hógvær en frekar utan við sig". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). January 11, 2015.
  24. ^ Jón Arnór spilar með KR í kvöld
  25. ^ Eggert aftur í slaginn og æfir með FH-ingum

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