Mirza Begić

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Mirza Begić
Mirza Begić 2013.jpg
Begić during EuroBasket 2013
No. 25 – Cedevita Zagreb
Position Center
League ABA League
Croatian League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1985-07-09) July 9, 1985 (age 31)
Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in)
Listed weight 120 kg (265 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2004 Triglav Kranj
2004–2006 Virtus Bologna
2004–2005 → Huy Basket
2006–2007 Geoplin Slovan
2007–2009 Union Olimpija
2009–2010 Žalgiris
2011–2013 Real Madrid
2013–2014 Olympiacos
2014 Union Olimpija
2014–2015 Laboral Kutxa
2015–2016 Bilbao Basket
2016–present Cedevita Zagreb
Career highlights and awards

Mirza Begić (born July 9, 1985) is a Bosnian-born Slovenian professional basketball player for Cedevita Zagreb. The 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) center represents the Slovenian national team in the international competitions.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Begić began his career playing with Sloboda Dita Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He made his professional debut with Sloboda in the Bosnia and Herzegovina League during the 2001–02 season.

He then arrived to Slovenia in 2002, and stayed in KK Koper for 2 months. In the 2002–03 season, he played for Union Olimpija's junior team. Then he moved to Triglav Kranj in the Slovenian League. Begić averaged 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks, in 16.9 minutes in his first season in the Slovenian League in 2003–04.

In 2004, Begić signed with the Italian League club Virtus Bologna. In his first season with the club he was loaned to Huy Basket in Belgium's First Division. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. In the 2005-06 season, he was released by Virtus Bologna.

In the 2006–07 season, Begić moved back to Slovenia. He signed with Geoplin Slovan. He averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game in the Adriatic League, and 9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in the Slovenian League.

Union Olimpija[edit]

On July 30, 2007, Begić signed a 2-year contract with Union Olimpija. He made his Euroleague debut on October 24, 2007, versus the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena. Begić averaged 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in his first season of the Euroleague play. In his second season in Euroleague, he averaged career-high 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

In his second season in the Adriatic League, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He played in the 2008 Adriatic League Final Four in Ljubljana, where his team, Union Olimpija, lost in the semifinals against Partizan Belgrade. In his third season in the Adriatic League, he finished with averages of 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He won the Slovenian National Championship and Slovenian Cup with Union Olimpija in 2008 and 2009. On November 24, 2008, he renewed his contact through the end of the 2010–11 season.

Real Madrid[edit]

On January 18, 2011, Begić reached an agreement with the Spanish League club Real Madrid to play for the club until the end of the 2012–13 season.[1] The 2012–13 season was successful for Begić in Real Madrid, reaching the Euroleague final and winning the Spanish League.

2013–present[edit]

On July 20, 2013, Begić signed a two year-contract with the back-to-back defending Euroleague champions Olympiacos of the Greek League.[2][3] He left Olympiacos after one season.

On September 20, 2014, Begić signed a one-year deal with his former team Union Olimpija.[4] On November 19, 2014, he left Olimpija and signed a one-month deal with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.[5] On December 24, 2014, he extended his contract with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia for the rest of the season.[6]

On October 14, 2015, Begić signed with the New Orleans Pelicans,[7] only to be waived by the team two days later.[8] On December 7, 2015, Begić signed with Spanish club Dominion Bilbao Basket for the rest of the season.[9]

On July 27, 2016, Begić signed with Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb for the 2016–17 season.[10]

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.

Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2007–08 Union Olimpija 9 7 12.0 .542 .000 .375 2.8 .2 .7 1.0 3.6 3.3
2008–09 Union Olimpija 10 9 22.1 .525 .000 .692 6.1 .3 .6 1.7 11.1 14.6
2009–10 Zalgiris 16 12 19.8 .592 .000 .718 4.0 .5 .5 1.3 7.4 8.8
2010–11 Real Madrid 16 3 15.5 .595 .000 .714 3.3 .3 .4 1.5 7.4 8.3
2011–12 Real Madrid 15 4 14.2 .545 .000 .643 4.7 .4 .1 1.7 4.6 7.5
2012–13 Real Madrid 29 23 12.8 .614 .000 .614 3.4 .3 .2 .9 5.0 5.5
2013–14 Olympiacos 12 3 8.4 .543 .000 .625 2.0 .2 .1 .8 3.6 4.3
2014–15 Baskonia 18 3 17.3 .556 .000 .705 4.3 .4 .4 1.7 6.8 10.2
Career 125 66 15.1 .554 .000 .665 3.8 .3 .3 1.3 6.1 7.6

Slovenian national team[edit]

Begić was a member of the Slovenian under-20 national team. He competed at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Russia, which he led in blocked shots per game.[11] He has also been a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. He played at the FIBA EuroBasket 2011, which he also led in blocked shots per game.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Begić was born in Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He lived in his native Bosnia and Herzegovina until 2002, when he moved to Slovenia and subsequently took Slovenian citizenship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REAL MADRID reels in Begic at center". Euroleague.net. 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "OLYMPIACOS adds center Begic". Euroleague.net. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Olympiakos officially sign Mirza Begic". Sportando.com. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mirza Begić joined Union Olimpija". abaliga.com. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Laboral Kutxa Baskonia refuerza su juego interior con Mirza Begic". acb.com (in Spanish). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Baskonia extends Mirza Begic. Lamont Hamilton set to leave". Sportando.com. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pelicans Sign Mirza Begic". NBA.com. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Pelicans Waive Mirza Begic". NBA.com. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mirza Begic, nuevo techo del Dominion Bilbao Basket". ACB.com (in Spanish). December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Cedevita have their Two Towers - Mirza Begić joins Miro Bilan". aba-liga.com. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "FIBA.com 2005 U20 European Championship Men : DIVISION A BLOCKS : ALL ROUNDS.". FIBA.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ "FIBA.com 2011 EuroBasket BLOCKS : ALL ROUNDS.". FIBA.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 

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