Martin Müürsepp

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Martin Müürsepp
Martin Muursepp.jpg
Martin Müürsepp during his tenure with CSKA Moscow
Tallinna Kalev
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 44)
Tallinn, Estonia
NationalityEstonian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolTallinn Arte Gymnasium
NBA draft1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career1990–2010
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number13, 31, 33
Coaching career2010–present
Career history
As player:
1990–1992Kalev
1992–1993Alvik
1993–1995Maccabi Tel Aviv
1995–1996Kalev
1996–1997Miami Heat
1997–1998Dallas Mavericks
1999Aris
1999–2001AEK
2001–2002UNICS
2002Dynamo Moscow
2002–2003Ural Great
2003–2004UNICS
2004–2005CSKA Moscow
2005–2006UNICS
2006–2007Tartu Rock
2007Melbourne Tigers
2008–2009Kalev/Cramo
2009–2010Rakvere Tarvas
As coach:
2010–2017Kalev/Cramo (assistant)
2013Belarus (assistant)
2018–presentTallinna Kalev/TLÜ (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points389 (4.7 ppg)
Rebounds181 (2.2 rpg)
Assists50 (0.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Martin Müürsepp (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈmɑrˈtin ˈmyːrˈsepˑ]; born 26 September 1974) is an Estonian retired professional basketball player and current coach. He played as a power forward for the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association,[1] and several teams in Europe.

Early years[edit]

Müürsepp was born in Tallinn, the son of Hilja Volter, who worked in a barbecue restaurant, and Suido Müürsepp, a truck driver. He attended Tallinn 39 High School, Tallinn 43 High School and Tallinn Arte Gymnasium.[2] Müürsepp, who was initially interested in football, began playing basketball at the age of nine under the former basketball player Andres Sõber, who had competed in the Soviet Basketball League for Kalev.[2] In 1989 after successful games for Estonian SSR youth teams in Finland, Latvia and Moscow, he caught Stanislav Eremin´s eye and was added to the shortlist of the Soviet national youth team alongside Vitaly Potapenko, Zakhar Pashutin, Roberts Štelmahers and Dainius Adomaitis.[2]

Club career[edit]

In the 1996 NBA Draft he was selected in the 1st round (25th overall) by the Utah Jazz. After the draft, Müürsepp was traded to Miami Heat for a future draft pick (no. 23 in the 2000 draft).

He has played 83 games in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks and the Heat, averaging 4.7 points, 2.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. His career highs include 24 points, 14 rebounds and 37 minutes played. He was involved when the Phoenix Suns traded Steve Nash to Dallas, but he never played for Phoenix, as they would get rid of him soon afterwards. As of 2016, he still stands as the only Estonian to have ever played basketball in the NBA.

After the NBA he spent three years playing in Greece for Aris and AEK. With AEK he won the 2000 FIBA Saporta Cup and the 2000 and 2001 Greek Basketball Cups.

Müürsepp became the silver medalist of the 2001–02 and 2003–04 Russian National League with UNICS and the 2002–03 with Ural Great Perm. In 2003–04 he won the newly formed FIBA EuroCup with UNICS Kazan and was also named the first Final Four MVP. He played with CSKA Moscow in 2004–05 winning the Russian National League before returning to UNICS for the next season.

After spending the 2006–07 season with Tartu Rock in Estonia, Müürsepp signed with the Australian NBL's Melbourne Tigers in August 2007.[3] Because of an injury, he left the team mid-season, returning to Estonia. In February 2008 he signed with Kalev/Cramo. He was a member of the team for almost a year, but played no official games. In March 2010 Müürsepp made his comeback with Rakvere Tarvas in the Estonian National League. He helped Tarvas to silver medals in the domestic league and decided to retire from active playing.

Coaching[edit]

Martin Müürsepp became Kalev/Cramo's assistant coach in August 2010.[4] He helped Kalev win six Estonian titles and left the team in November 2017 when head coach Alar Varrak was fired.[5] In the summer of 2013 he worked as an assistant coach with the Belarus national basketball team during the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification.[6] In January 2018 he became an assistant coach of Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ alongside Gert Kullamäe.[7]

International career[edit]

In 1991 young Martin Müürsepp was a member of the U-16 USSR Basketball team that placed fifth at the 1991 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He was also a member of the Estonian U-22 Basketball team. Müürsepp was a member of the Estonia national basketball team in 1993–2005 and 2007. His national team career-high score was 41 points against Iceland in autumn 1998, during the EuroBasket 1999 qualifaying round. Müürsepp was also a member of the Estonian EuroBasket 2001 squad.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[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.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Miami Heat 10 0 2.7 .357 .250 .429 .5 .3 .0 .1 1.7
1996–97 Dallas Mavericks 32 0 10.0 .419 .150 .679 1.9 .5 .4 .3 4.3
1997–98 Dallas Mavericks 41 7 14.7 .435 .421 .761 2.8 .7 .7 .3 5.7
Career 83 7 11.5 .425 .323 .693 2.2 .6 .5 .3 4.7

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 AEK 17 14 21.5 .423 .235 .490 4.9 .7 .9 .2 8.6 7.0
2004–05 CSKA Moscow 24 6 17.5 .528 .462 .645 3.3 .9 .7 .2 8.0 7.6
Career 41 20 19.1 .475 .333 .575 4.0 .8 .8 .2 8.3 7.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Müürsepp at NBA.com". Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Soidro, Mart (2010). Mürka. Pea jagu üle. Tallinn: Go Group. pp. 16–17. ISBN 978-9949-9097-0-4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Murka" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Murka" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Tigers form 'Twin Towers' for 2007/08
  4. ^ Müürsepa uus amet: BC Kalev/Cramo abitreener! Retrieved 6 June 2013 (in Estonian)
  5. ^ "Kalev/Cramo tüüri juurest lahkuv Varrak: klubi tegi õige otsuse" (in Estonian). ERR Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ Martin Müürsepp hakkab treenima Valgevene koondist Retrieved 6 June 2013 (in Estonian)
  7. ^ "TLÜ/Kalevi peatreeneriks saanud Kullamäe võtab appi ka Müürsepa" (in Estonian). ERR Sport. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  8. ^ Estonia squad EuroBasket 2001 FIBA Europe Retrieved 6 June 2013

Bibliography[edit]

  • Soidro, Mart (2010). Mürka. Pea jagu üle. Tallinn: Go Group. ISBN 978-9949-9097-0-4.
  • Lään, Vello; Ibrus, Märt (2006). Eesti korvpall: portreed. Tallinn: Eesti Korvpalliliit. ISBN 9949-406-68-4.

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