Mario Kasun

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Mario Kasun
Kasun.JPG
Personal information
Born (1980-04-05) April 5, 1980 (age 37)
Vinkovci, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career 1996–2014
Position Center
Career history
1996–1997 KK Gorica
1997–2000 KK Zrinjevac
2002 RheinEnergie Köln
2002–2004 Frankfurt Opel Skyliners
20042006 Orlando Magic
2006–2008 FC Barcelona
2008–2010 Efes Pilsen
2010–2012 Zagreb
2012 Montepaschi Siena
2013–2014 Al Wasl Dubai
2014 Levski Sofia
Career highlights and awards

Mario Kasun (born April 5, 1980) is a Croatian professional basketball player. He plays at the center position.

Professional career[edit]

Kasun started playing basketball at a local club in Delnice when he was 14, before he started playing professionally with BC Zrinjevac in Zagreb. He was part of the 1998-99 Croatian junior team and the Croatian under-21 team in 2000.

After two seasons in the Zagreb club, and winning the Croatian Cup, in 2000 he moved to Gonzaga University in the NCAA, but was subsequently suspended by the Croatian Basketball Federation for this abrupt move, and spent two seasons on the bench.

Kasun played at 2002 NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, being one of the tallest players, and showing some center skills. During 50 minutes over three games, he totalled 20 points and had 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, converting nine of 17 shots (52.9%).[1] In 2002, he was initially selected by the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Los Angeles Clippers in the second round (41st overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. On June 26, he was traded by the Clippers to the Orlando Magic in exchange for future considerations. Regardless of this, he then moved to Germany to play for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, based in Frankfurt. With them he won the German championship and also appeared in the 2003-2004 ULEB Cup.

In 2004, he returned to the US to play for the Orlando Magic. In the 2004–05 season he played in 45 games for Orlando and averaged 7.9 minutes per game. In 2005–06, he appeared in 28 games.

In July 2006 he returned to Europe again, signing with FC Barcelona and later in 2008 with Efes Pilsen.

In August 2010 he returned to Croatia and signed a one-year contract with KK Zagreb.[2]

In August 2012 he signed a two-year contract with Montepaschi Siena.[3] In December 2012, Kasun left the team for personal reasons.[4] In September 2013, he signed with Al Wasl Dubai for the 2013–14 season.[5]

Euroleague 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.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2006–07 FC Barcelona 8 7 15.9 .569 .000 .875 4.3 .5 .4 .5 11.9 12.1
2007–08 FC Barcelona 21 12 17.6 .620 .000 .661 3.9 .7 .4 .6 9.6 9.8
2008–09 Efes Pilsen 1 0 10.3 .600 .000 .667 1.0 .0 .0 .0 8.0 5.0
2009–10 Efes Pilsen 16 12 15.8 .655 .000 .643 5.8 .5 .4 .5 8.0 10.3
2011–12 KK Zagreb 9 9 25.1 .536 .000 .800 6.6 .9 .7 .9 12.2 13.3
2012–13 Montepaschi 8 4 10.9 .500 .000 .556 4.0 .3 .4 .6 5.0 5.6
Career 63 44 17.0 .592 .000 .700 4.7 .6 .4 .6 9.2 10.1

Croatian national team[edit]

Kasun was part of the Croatian national basketball team at Eurobasket 2005, Eurobasket 2007 and Eurobasket 2009. After a disappointing result for Croatia in the Eurobasket 2009, Mario Kasun announced his retirement from the national team with this words: "This was my last game for the national team. Every time I gave everything on the court, but it seems that is not enough. I need the summer to rest and not be injured. Obviously I am not stable in the head anymore."[6]

Personal[edit]

In a March 2005 interview with Inside Hoops, Kasun referred to Dražen Petrović as one of his favorite players and number one idol.[7]

Kasun is famous for his tattoos, of which he has 30. He got his first when he was only 15.

His tattoos are mostly related with faith and his family. On his right forearm and wrist he has an angel and four letters: E, D, M and A. Those represent the first letter on the name of every member in his family: E for his sister "Eva", D for his father, "Drago" (angels, inner side of right biceps), M is meant for his own name, "Mario" and A for mother "Ankica" (right rib). On his back he has a big tattoo of another angel, which he describes as “watching my back”.[8]

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