Veselý with the Wizards
|No. 24 – Fenerbahçe Istanbul|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||Turkish Basketball Super League
April 24, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jan Veselý (born April 24, 1990) is a Czech professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the Euroleague. Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he can play both the power forward and center positions. He was selected sixth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards.
Veselý began playing basketball with the youth clubs of Příbor and BK Snakes Ostrava in the Czech Republic. In 2007, he moved to Slovenia and signed with Geoplin Slovan.
In April 2008, he signed a multi-year deal with Serbian club Partizan. He won nine club trophies with the club, and also reached the 2009–10 Euroleague Final Four. In 2010, Veselý was presented the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award.
Veselý was drafted in the first round by the Washington Wizards with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. After Flip Saunders was fired, Veselý saw more minutes on the court under new coach Randy Wittman, who also said that he wanted him to shoot the ball a bit more. On April 9, 2012, he recorded his first double-double, finishing the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Veselý continued his success over the Bobcats on April 23, 2012 when he posted a career-high 16 points on 8-8 shooting. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first NBA season. However, in his second season with the Wizards, he averaged just 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and while shooting just 31% from the free-throw line.
On February 20, 2014, Vesely was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade. Until the end of the season, he appeared in 21 games, averaging 4.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 steals per game.
Fenerbahçe advanced to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time in team's history. On May 15, 2015, however, they lost in the semifinal game to Real Madrid with 87–96. Veselý contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinal game. Eventually, Fenerbahçe finished in 4th place after losing in third-place game to CSKA Moscow with 80–86. Over 29 Euroleague games, Veselý averaged career-high 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, on 63.3% shooting from the field.
He won Euroleague 2015-16 selection as MVP for January. On March 21, 2016, it was announced that he will be sidelined for up to six weeks due to the Achilles tendon injury, missing the entire playoffs against Real Madrid. He'd make his return on May 13, 2016 in the Final Four match-up against Laboral Kutxa. In his return, he'd record 14 points in an 88–77 overtime victory against them, while also being announced as a part of the All-Euroleague First Team for his performances in the 2015–16 Euroleague season before his Achilles tendon injury.
On July 9, 2016, Veselý signed a new three-year contract with Fenerbahçe, with NBA opt-out clauses every summer.
Veselý has been a member of the senior men's Czech Republic national basketball team, having previously played for the junior national teams. He has played at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 and the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.
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|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.
Awards and accomplishments
- Basketball League of Serbia with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- Adriatic League with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- Serbian Cup with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- 2014–15 Final Four with Fenerbahçe
- Turkish Basketball Cup with Fenerbahçe for 2016
- Europe Young Men's Player of the Year with Partizan for 2010
- Turkish Basketball League All-star with Fenerbahçe for 2015 and 2016
- Euroleague MVP of the Month with Fenerbahçe for January 2016
Veselý was born on April 24, 1990 in Ostrava (Czechoslovakia then, Czech Republic now). His father, Jan, is a former basketball player, and his mother a former volleyball player. Veselý's younger sister, and his girlfriend Eva Kodouskova are both basketball players. Reportedly, he is fluent in Czech, Slovenian, Serbian and English.
Veselý was a favorite of the Partizan supporters. He stated he was "surprised by his popularity in Serbia, as no one in Czech Republic knew who he was". The Partizan supporters created two joke slogans, "When Jan plays, we are all joyful" (Serbian: "Kad Jan igra, svi smo veseli") and "We are all happy, only Jan is joyful" (Serbian: "Svi smo srećni, samo se Jan Veseli"), as his surname means "joyful" in both Czech and Serbian.
After the end of the 2010–11 season, which had been confirmed to be his last in Partizan, Veselý stated, "My first destination in Europe will always be Belgrade. Partizan, Belgrade and Serbia have given me a great opportunity, which now I can continue in another place. Serbia has become my second home". He also added he would like to wear number 24 once again and that his wish was to end his career in Partizan. Years of life in Serbia have left a permanent trace on his musical taste, as he said he likes Serbian music better than American or Czech music.
Veselý is a favorite of the Fenerbahçe supporters as well, with a slogan going "Jan Jan Vesely, I fly Vesely, I can't stay without dunking!" (Turkish: "Jan Jan Vesely, uçalım Vesely, smacı basmadan duramıyorum!").[better source needed]
- "Veseli pristupio Partizanu". srbijasport.com (in Serbian). 5 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Mondo: Pitajte Jana Veselog (Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
- "Vesely Voted Young Men's Player Of The Year". fibaeurope.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Irving goes No. 1 to Cleveland". NBA.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Wittman Wants Jan Vesely To Shoot The Ball, And The TNT Crew Rips On Wizards-Pistons
- "Wizards get 67 points from bench, blister Bobcats". espn.go.com. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Wizards paste Bobcats for first 4-game win streak since 2007". espn.go.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Denver Nuggets Acquire Jan Vesely From Washington
- "Fenerbahce Ulker lands high flier Vesely". Euroleague.net. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Fenerbahce for the first time in the Final Four". eurohoops.net. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- MVP for January: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul
- Jan Vesely won Euroleague 2015-16 January MVP
- "Fenerbahce's Vesely sidelined through playoffs". euroleague.net. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
- "Vesely signed with Fenerbahce until 2019". Eurohoops.net. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- Ameri kažu da je Jan Veseli Kirilenkov klon (Serbian)
- Sportal.rs: Jan Veseli: Od Duleta sam mnogo naučio (Serbian) (February 7th 2010)
- eKapija.com: Jan Vesely, košarkaš Partizana – veselje se širi na sve strane (Serbian) (May 7th 2010)
- Mondo: Veseli, srećan ti put! (Serbian) (June 16th 2011)
- Sport: Jan Veseli: U Češkoj ne znaju ko sam (Serbian) (February 15th 2010)
- Vesti.com: Lepo mu u Beogradu, pa ne žuri u Ameriku (Serbian) (January 9th 2011)
- Press: Jan Veseli: Povešću celu familiju u Pariz (Serbian) (May 5th 2010)
- Kurir: Jan Veseli: Rašić uz Džordana (Serbian) (January 8th 2011)
- Mondo: Veseli u Mondu: Iz Amerike – pravac Beograd (Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
- S Media.com: Veseli: Kraj karijere u dresu Partizana (Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
- The Washington Post: Jan Vesely meets the D.C. media (English) (June 27th 2011)
- Fenerbahçe taraftarından Jan Vesely'e özel şarkı
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