Nikola Kalinić (basketball)

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Nikola Kalinić
Nikola Kalinić.jpg
Kalinić at EuroBasket 2013
No. 33 – Fenerbahçe Istanbul
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Turkish Super League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1991-11-08) November 8, 1991 (age 25)
Subotica, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in)
Listed weight 101 kg (223 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Spartak Subotica
2010–2011 Novi Sad
2011–2013 Vojvodina Srbijagas
2013–2014 Radnički Kragujevac
2014–2015 Crvena zvezda
2015–present Fenerbahçe
Career highlights and awards

Nikola Kalinić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Калинић, born 8 November 1991) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. He also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally. He is a 2.02 m (6 ft 7 12 in) tall small forward.

Professional career[edit]

He made his professional debut with his hometown team Spartak Subotica. In 2010–11 season he played with KK Novi Sad, and then from 2011 to 2013 with Vojvodina Srbijagas.

In July 2013 he signed a three-year contract with Radnički Kragujevac.[1][2] Over 25 games in the ABA League, he averaged 6.4 points and 4 rebounds per game.

On July 21, 2014, Kalinić signed a three-year contract with Crvena zvezda.[3] In his debut EuroLeague season, he averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2 assists over 24 games. In his first season with the club he won the triple crown, winning the Serbian League, ABA League and Serbian Cup.

On July 31, 2015, Crvena zvezda announced that Kalinić moved to Fenerbahçe, for a buyout of 1 million euros.[4] On August 12, 2015, Fenerbahçe officially announced that Kalinić signed a two-year contract with the option of an additional year.[5]

In his first season with the team, Kalinić won the Turkish Cup, with a 67–65 win over Darüşşafaka. Fenerbahçe also reached the final game of the 2016 Euroleague Final Four, but fell short of winning the EuroLeague championship, after an overtime 96–101 loss to CSKA Moscow.[6] Over 29 EuroLeague games, he averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. At the end of the season, Fenerbahçe also won the Tukish League championship.

Serbian national team[edit]

Kalinić represented the Serbian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2013. He was a member of the Serbian national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup under new head coach Aleksandar Đorđević.

He represented Serbia once again at the EuroBasket 2015.[7] In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest Group B with 5-0 record, and then eliminated Finland and Czech Republic in the round of 16 and quarterfinal game, respectively. However, they were stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania with 67–64,[8] and eventually lost to the host team France in the bronze-medal game with 81–68.[9] Over 9 tournament games, Kalinić averaged 5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game on 69% shooting from the field and miserable 33.3% from the free-throw line.[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.

Denotes season in which Kalinić's team won the EuroLeague

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2014–15 Crvena zvezda 24 10 26.0 .429 .355 .627 3.9 2.0 .8 .2 9.2 9.1
2015–16 Fenerbahçe 29 13 18.9 .434 .242 .711 3.3 1.2 .4 .2 4.6 5.4
2016–17 33 20 24.0 .482 .347 .837 3.1 1.5 .8 .3 7.5 8.3
Career 86 43 22.8 .451 .329 .705 3.4 1.5 .7 .3 7.0 7.9

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 KK Vojvodina Srbijagas KLS 23 23.2 .536 .238 .806 3.4 .7 1.3 .7 7.7
2011–12 34 24.4 .586 .323 .726 3.8 1.7 1.6 .4 9.0
2012–13 42 26.0 .603 .381 .776 4.2 2.1 1.3 .3 10.6
2013–14 KK Radnički 24 22.6 .429 .300 .740 3.8 1.4 .9 .3 6.4
2014–15 KK Crvena zvezda 18 23.1 .577 .358 .627 3.9 1.9 1.5 .3 9.9
Adriatic League 34 22.8 .618 .382 .718 4.1 1.5 1.0 .6 10.1

Personal life[edit]

Nikola is the son of former table tennis player Zoran Kalinić (b. 1958), and Dragica (née Tošić), a former handball player.[11][12] His older brother Uroš (b. 1986) is a water polo player for Montpellier, while his sister Mina also played handball.[11][12] The children in the family all once played ping pong and went to tennis school.[11]

Kalinić was injured to his chin during childhood, with surgery failing to fix it, leaving a visibly deformed chin. He has said that he suffers no pain from it.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radnicki tabs Nikola Kalinic". Sportando. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nikola Kalinić prešao u Radnički" (in Serbian). b92.net. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kalinić prvo pojačanje Zvezde". b92.net (in Serbian). Večernje Novosti. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kalinić u Fenerbahčeu za milion evra". kkcrvenazvezda.rs (in Serbian). 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on August 3, 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fenerbahce signs Kalinic away from Crvena Zvezda". Euroleague.net. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "AMBITIOUS SERBIA UNVEIL POWERFUL 12-MAN SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Player profile: Nikola Kalinic". eurobasket2015.org. FIBA Europe. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Zoran Kalinić za Blic: Nikola, zakucaj i Brazil!" (in Serbian). sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Dok je Zoran nizao medalje, Dragica je bila i mama i tata" (in Serbian). vesti-online.com. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "KALINIĆEV OTAC: Nikola iz detinjstva vuče problem s vilicom! (FOTO)". telegraf.rs (in Serbian). 9 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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