Jan Veselý

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Jan Veselý
Jan Veselý 24 - FB Dogus 20180105.jpg
Veselý with Fenerbahçe in 2018
No. 24 – Fenerbahçe
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball Super League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1990-04-24) April 24, 1990 (age 28)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Geoplin Slovan
2008–2011 Partizan
20112014 Washington Wizards
2014 Denver Nuggets
2014–present Fenerbahçe
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 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in),[1][2] 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 is a two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.

Partizan (2008–2011)[edit]

In April 2008, he signed a multi-year deal with Serbian club Partizan.[3] He won nine club trophies with the club,[4] 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.[5]

Washington Wizards (2011–2014)[edit]

Veselý was drafted in the first round by the Washington Wizards with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] Veselý continued his success over the Bobcats on April 23, 2012 when he posted a career-high 16 points on 8-8 shooting.[9] 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.

Denver Nuggets (2014)[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Vesely was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade.[10] 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 (2014–present)[edit]

On August 5, 2014, Veselý signed a two-year deal with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.[11]

Fenerbahçe advanced to the 2015 Euroleague Final Four, the first time in the team's history that they played in a EuroLeague Final Four.[12] On May 15, 2015, however, they lost in the EuroLeague semifinal game to Real Madrid, by a score of 87–96.[13] Veselý contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinal game. Eventually, Fenerbahçe finished in 4th place in the EuroLeague, after losing in the third-place game to CSKA Moscow, by a score of 80–86.[14] Over 29 EuroLeague games played in the 2014–15 season, Veselý averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, on 63.3% shooting from the field.

He was the EuroLeague's 2015–16 season selection as the MVP for the month of January.[15][16] On March 21, 2016, it was announced that he would be sidelined for up to six weeks, due to an Achilles tendon injury, which caused him to miss the entire EuroLeague playoffs against Real Madrid.[17] He'd make his return on May 13, 2016, in the 2016 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.[18] In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague First Team for the 2017–18 season, his second career nomination.[19] In 2017–18 EuroLeague, Fenerbahçe made it to the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four, its fourth consecutive Final Four appearance. Eventually, they lost to Real Madrid with 80–85 in the final game.[20] Over 34 EuroLeague games, he averaged career-highs of 12.5 points and 1.6 assists, while also having 5.1 rebounds per game.

International career[edit]

Veselý has been a member of the senior men's Czech Republic national basketball team, having previously played for the Czech Republic's junior national teams. He has played at the EuroBasket 2013 and the EuroBasket 2015.

Playing style[edit]

Due to his speed and court movement, Veselý has been compared to European NBA superstars Dirk Nowitzki and Andrei Kirilenko.[21]

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 season in which Veselý's team won the EuroLeague

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Washington 57 20 18.9 .537 .000 .532 4.4 .8 .7 .6 4.7
2012–13 Washington 51 4 11.8 .500 .000 .308 2.4 .5 .3 .3 2.5
2013–14 Washington 33 1 14.2 .522 .000 .267 3.4 .3 .6 .8 3.2
2013–14 Denver 21 0 14.6 .506 .000 .423 3.7 .5 1.3 .8 4.4
Career 162 25 15.2 .521 .000 .408 3.5 .6 .7 .5 3.6

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 Partizan 17 13 19.9 .517 .056 .538 3.4 .4 .5 .3 4.8 4.2
2009–10 22 22 24.8 .550 .400 .625 4.9 1.4 .7 .5 8.4 9.5
2010–11 15 14 27.0 .536 .357 .444 3.6 1.1 1.3 .9 10.1 10.3
2014–15 Fenerbahçe 29 9 21.9 .633 .000 .491 5.4 .8 .8 1.0 11.2 13.6
2015–16 23 17 27.4 .623 .667 .453 6.8 1.6 .8 1.0 11.9 15.6
2016–17 34 26 24.5 .563 .000 .557 4.5 1.4 1.0 .6 9.6 11.7
2017–18 34 26 26.6 .609 .000 .707 5.1 1.6 .9 .7 12.5 16.0
Career 174 127 24.7 .589 .301 .562 4.9 1.2 .9 .7 10.2 12.2

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club
Individual

Personal[edit]

Veselý with Partizan in the Adriatic League in February 2009.

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.[22] Veselý's younger sister[23] is a basketball player.[24] Reportedly, he is fluent in Czech, Slovenian, Serbian and English.[25]

Veselý was a favorite of the Partizan supporters.[26] He stated he was "surprised by his popularity in Serbia, as no one in Czech Republic knew who he was".[25][27] 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.[28]

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".[29] He also added he would like to wear number 24 once again and that his wish was to end his career in Partizan.[29][30] 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.[31]

Veselý is a favorite of the Fenerbahçe supporters as well, with a slogan going "Jan Jan Vesely, let's fly Vesely, I can't stay without dunking!" (Turkish: "Jan Jan Vesely, uçalım Vesely, smacı basmadan duramıyorum!").[32][better source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ VESELY, JAN HEIGHT: 2.13
  2. ^ Name: JAN VESELY Height: 2.13 m
  3. ^ "Veseli pristupio Partizanu". srbijasport.com (in Serbian). 5 May 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Mondo: Pitajte Jana Veselog (in Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
  5. ^ "Vesely Voted Young Men's Player Of The Year". fibaeurope.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Irving goes No. 1 to Cleveland". NBA.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Wittman Wants Jan Vesely To Shoot The Ball, And The TNT Crew Rips On Wizards-Pistons
  8. ^ "Wizards get 67 points from bench, blister Bobcats". espn.go.com. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Wizards paste Bobcats for first 4-game win streak since 2007". espn.go.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Denver Nuggets Acquire Jan Vesely From Washington
  11. ^ "Fenerbahce Ulker lands high flier Vesely". Euroleague.net. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Fenerbahce for the first time in the Final Four". eurohoops.net. April 20, 2015. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  15. ^ MVP for January: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul
  16. ^ Jan Vesely won Euroleague 2015-16 January MVP
  17. ^ "Fenerbahce's Vesely sidelined through playoffs". euroleague.net. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Vesely signed with Fenerbahce until 2019". Eurohoops.net. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "2017-18 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018. 
  20. ^ "Real Madrid is 2018 EuroLeague champion". euroleague.net. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018. 
  21. ^ Ameri kažu da je Jan Veseli Kirilenkov klon (in Serbian)
  22. ^ Sportal.rs: Jan Veseli: Od Duleta sam mnogo naučio Archived May 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (in Serbian) (February 7th 2010)
  23. ^ eKapija.com: Jan Vesely, košarkaš Partizana – veselje se širi na sve strane (in Serbian) (May 7th 2010)
  24. ^ Mondo: Veseli, srećan ti put! (in Serbian) (June 16th 2011)
  25. ^ a b Sport: Jan Veseli: U Češkoj ne znaju ko sam (in Serbian) (February 15th 2010)
  26. ^ Vesti.com: Lepo mu u Beogradu, pa ne žuri u Ameriku (in Serbian) (January 9th 2011)
  27. ^ Press: Jan Veseli: Povešću celu familiju u Pariz (in Serbian) (May 5th 2010)
  28. ^ Kurir: Jan Veseli: Rašić uz Džordana (in Serbian) (January 8th 2011)
  29. ^ a b Mondo: Veseli u Mondu: Iz Amerike – pravac Beograd (in Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
  30. ^ S Media.com: Veseli: Kraj karijere u dresu Partizana (in Serbian) (June 10th 2011)
  31. ^ The Washington Post: Jan Vesely meets the D.C. media (in English) (June 27th 2011)
  32. ^ Fenerbahçe taraftarından Jan Vesely'e özel şarkı

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