Miro Bilan

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Miro Bilan
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Bilan with Cedevita in November 2012
No. 15 – SIG Strasbourg
Position Center
League LNB Pro A
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1989-07-21) July 21, 1989 (age 28)
Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2009 Šibenik
2009–2010 A.E.P. Olympias Patras
2010–2011 Zadar
2011–2017 Cedevita
2017–present SIG Strasbourg
Career highlights and awards

Miro Bilan (born July 21, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for SIG Strasbourg of the LNB Pro A. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays the center position.

Playing history[edit]

Bilan started his career in his hometown, playing for Šibenik from the start of 2006 until January 2010 season when he signed 3 year-deal for Zadar. In Zadar Bilan proved to be one of the most promising young centers in Croatia, becoming subject of interest from major clubs. As Zadar fell into financial troubles, failing to pay their players on time, Bilan one-sidely parted ways with the team.

In August 2011, he signed a contract with Cedevita. Zadar suspended Bilan but eventually he won Croatian Basketball Federation arbitration dispute, allowing him to debut for Cedevita in September 2011.[1] In July 2014, he extended his contract with Cedevita for one more season.[2]

On May 5, 2015, he agreed to a new two-year contract with Cedevita.[3] The 2015–16 season was until then his most successful season. He was one of Cedevita's key players in its Euroleague Top 16 run and was named ABA League MVP. In spite rumors he will continue his career abroad, in July 2016 he signed a new one-year contract with Cedevita.[4]

On October 19, 2017, Bilan signed with French club SIG Strasbourg for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[5]

Croatian national team[edit]

Bilan was a part of the Croatian U-18 and U-20 teams as well as Croatian B national side. He made his debut for the senior Croatian national basketball team in August 2014 in a friendly against Canada. He was the last player to be removed from the preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. He represented Croatia at the EuroBasket 2015,[6] where they were eliminated in the eighth finals by Czech Republic.[7] At this tournament he was the third choice for the Center position and did not spend much time on court. A year later, after Ante Tomić and Justin Hamilton canceled, he became the first-choice Center in Croatia's successful appearance at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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.

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Cedevita 9 8 19.1 .596 .000 .500 6.0 .3 .3 .2 8.8 11.4
2014–15 10 10 25.3 .549 .000 .714 6.6 1.2 .4 .0 12.5 15.4
2015–16 24 24 25.6 .554 .333 .625 6.1 2.0 .7 .3 13.1 15.5
Career 43 42 24.2 .561 .300 .628 6.2 1.5 .5 .2 12.2 14.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miro Bilan ipak u Cedeviti". Kosarka.hr. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Miro Bilan stays in Cedevita". Abaliga.com. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bilan ostaje još dvije godine". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian) (5 May 2015). Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Cedevita keeps Bilan for another season". eurobasket.com. 13 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Strasbourg signed Miro Bilan". Eurohoops.net. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "CROATIA UNVEIL AMBITIOUS EUROBASKET SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "CZECHS MAKE FIRST QUARTER-FINAL TRIP". .eurobasket2015.org. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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