Lakovič as an assistant coach of Joventut in 2018
|Born||9 July 1978|
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Listed weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2014–2015||Royal Halı Gaziantep|
|2016–2017||Barcelona B (assistant)|
|2017–2018||Bilbao Basket (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jaka Lakovič (born 9 July 1978) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the EuroCup, as well as an assistant coach of the Slovenia national team.
Standing at 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in), and weighing 95 kg (210 lbs.), he played at the point guard position. He was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005, and he helped lead the senior Slovenia national team to the fourth place finish at 2009 EuroBasket.
In his pro career, Lakovič played with the following clubs: Geoplin Slovan and Krka of the Slovenian League, Panathinaikos of the Greek League, Barcelona of the Spanish League, Galatasaray of the Turkish League, and Avellino of the Italian League.
His brilliant performances during the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, wearing the Panathinaikos jersey, earned him an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection, as he reached the EuroLeague Final Four. In 2005, he was also named the MVP of the Greek Cup, and the MVP of the Greek League. He won the EuroLeague championship in 2010, while a member of Barcelona.
In July 2011, he signed a two-year contract with Galatasaray. In January 2013, he signed with Sidigas Avellino, until the end of the season. In September 2013, he extended his contract with Avellino, for one more season.
In December 2014, he signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep for the 2014–15 season.
In September 2015, he signed with the Barcelona Lassa's reserve team. He also announced that would be his last year as professional basketball player, before he would begin to start coaching in the youth teams of Barcelona.
On 27 July 2016, Lakovič announced his retirement from playing professional basketball.
National team career
Lakovič competed for the senior Slovenian men's national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and also at 7 straight EuroBaskets; 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Lakovič began his basketball coaching career in 2016, becoming an assistant coach for the senior Slovenian men's national team, working under the team's head coach, Igor Kokoškov, and started coaching at the EuroBasket 2017 qualification tournament.
On 7 August 2017, Lakovič signed with the Spanish ACB League club Bilbao Basket as an assistant coach. On 30 April 2018, following the departure of Veljko Mršić, he took over the club as the head coach.
EuroLeague career statistics
|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 Lakovič's team won the EuroLeague|
Career awards and achievements
- 2× Spanish League Champion: 2009, 2011
- 3× Spanish Cup Winner: 2007, 2010, 2011
- 2× Spanish Super Cup Winner: 2009, 2010
- EuroLeague Champion: 2010
Slovenia junior national team
- Slovenian League All-Star: 2001
- Led the EuroLeague 2001–02 season in free throw shooting percentage: 89.0%
- Led the Slovenian League in assists: 2002
- 3× Greek League All-Star: 2003, 2005, 2006
- 2× Greek League Finals MVP: 2003, 2005
- Led the 2003–04 Greek League season in free throw shooting percentage: 91.0%
- Greek League Best Five: 2005
- Greek League MVP: 2005
- Greek Cup MVP: 2005
- All-EuroLeague 2nd Team: 2005
- Jaka Lakovic – Height: 6’2″ / 1.88 m Weight: 210 lbs / 95 kg.
- Galatasaray announces Jaka Lakovic.
- Jaka Lakovič signs with Galatasaray.
- Sidigas Avellino announced Jaka Lakovic.
- Scandone Avellino officially re-signed Jaka Lakovic.
- Royal Hali lands Jaka Lakovic.
- Jaka Lakovic signs with Barcelona B team.
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- Jaka Lakovic retires at 38.
- KOKOSKOV EMBRACES SLOVENIAN HIGH EXPECTATIONS.
- "Lakovic, entrenador ayudante del RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
- "Bilbao Basket parts ways with Veljko Mrsic, promotes Jaka Lakovic as head coach". Sportando. April 30, 2018. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- "Jaka Lakovic neuer Trainer in Ulm". www.easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
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