Nikola Milutinov

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Nikola Milutinov
No. 11 – Olympiacos Piraeus
Position Center
League Greek Basket League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1994-12-30) December 30, 1994 (age 23)
Novi Sad, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)
Listed weight 116 kg (256 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career 2011–present
Career history
2011–2012 Hemofarm
2012–2015 Partizan
2015–present Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards

Nikola Milutinov (Serbian: Никола Милутинов; born December 30, 1994) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League. Standing at 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)[1][2] tall, and weighing 116 kg (256 lbs.),[3][4] he plays at the center position.

Professional career[edit]

Hemofarm[edit]

Milutinov made his professional debut with the Serbian club Hemofarm, in the 2011–12 season.

Partizan Belgrade[edit]

In June 2012, Milutinov signed a four-year contract with Partizan Belgrade of the Adriatic League.[5] In his first season with Partizan, he won the Adriatic League 2012–13 season championship, and the Serbian League 2012–13 season championship. In his second season, he won the Serbian League championship for the second time in a row, after his team defeated Crvena zvezda, with a 3–1 win in the league's finals series.[6]

2014–15 season[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, following the departure of Partizan starters Dejan Musli and Joffrey Lauvergne, Milutinov's role in the team increased. In a November 15 game against Levski Sofia, he posted a season-high 21 points, and also added 10 rebounds.[7] For that performance, he was selected to the Adriatic League 2014–15 season's ideal five of Round 8 of the competition.[8] On April 14, in Game 1 of the Adriatic League semifinal series against Crvena zvezda, he hurt the cornea in his right eye, after a collision with Jaka Blažič.[9] He returned to action in the following game, although without the recommendation of the team's medical staff.[10] Eventually, Crvena zvezda won the Adriatic League's finals series over Milutinov's team, Partizan, with a 3–1 series score. Over 28 games played in the Adriatic League that season, Milutinov averaged 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Olympiacos[edit]

On July 25, 2015, Milutinov signed a three-year deal with the Greek League club Olympiacos.[11] With Olympiacos, he won the Greek League 2015–16 season championship. He was named the Greek League Most Improved Player in 2017.

In October 2017, he extended his contract with Olympiacos for three more seasons.[12] In the 2017–18 season, Olympiacos was eliminated in the playoff series to Žalgiris Kaunas with 3–1. Milutinov had his best season since coming into the club, and averaged career-highs of 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds over 29 EuroLeague games.

NBA draft rights[edit]

On April 16, 2015, Milutinov declared himself eligible for the 2015 NBA draft.[13] On June 25, 2015, Milutinov was selected with the 26th overall pick of the first round of the draft, by the San Antonio Spurs.[14]

Serbian national team[edit]

Junior[edit]

Milutinov played for the Serbian under-19 national team, at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, in Prague, on a roster alongside Vasilije Micić, Mihajlo Andrić, Jovan Novak, Nikola Jokić, and Nikola Janković. He won the silver medal at the tournament, after losing 68–82 to the U.S. under-19 team, which featured Aaron Gordon, Justise Winslow, Elfrid Payton, Marcus Smart, and Jahlil Okafor. Milutinov averaged 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game at the tournament.[15]

Senior[edit]

Milutinov represented the senior men's Serbian national basketball team for the first time, at the EuroBasket 2015, under the team's head coach Aleksandar Đorđević.[16] In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest group of the tournament, Group B, with a 5–0 record, and they then eliminated Finland and the Czech Republic, in the round of 16 and quarterfinal games, respectively. However, they were beaten in the semifinal game by Lithuania, by a score of 67–64,[17] and they would go on to eventually lose to the tournament's host team, France, in the bronze-medal game, by a score of 81–68.[18] Milutinov appeared in 6 games during the tournament, playing in only 3.5 minutes per game, the lowest on the team.[19]

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 Partizan 8 1 7.9 .556 .000 .750 1.4 .1 .1 .3 3.3 2.9
2013–14 21 16 20.3 .513 .000 .640 3.3 1.0 .2 .6 4.7 4.4
2015–16 Olympiacos 18 13 10.8 .542 .000 .778 2.7 .3 .3 .7 3.7 4.1
2016–17 36 15 12.7 .579 .000 .692 3.3 .6 .3 .8 4.4 5.8
2017–18 29 26 21.7 .653 .000 .756 5.7 1.0 .6 .6 8.8 14.0
Career 112 71 15.8 .587 .000 .724 3.7 .7 .3 .7 5.4 7.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ MILUTINOV, NIKOLA HEIGHT: 2.13.
  2. ^ Nikola Milutinov Height: 213cm/7'0".
  3. ^ Nikola Milutinov Height 2,13 m Weight 116 kg.
  4. ^ NIKOLA MILUTINOV Weight: 116 kg.
  5. ^ "Milutinov pojačao Partizan, odlazi pola ekipe" (in Serbian). vesti-online.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Full Statistics: Levski Sofia - Partizan Belgrade". abaliga.com. Retrieved 18 November 2014. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Centri Partizana, Miljenović u Top5". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Повреда Милутинова, центар Партизана под знаком питања за други меч". zurnal.rs (in Serbian) (14 April 2015). Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Milutinov bi da igra, lekari protiv". b92.net (in Serbian) (15 April 2015). Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Olympiacos adds size with Milutinov". Euroleague.net. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Olympiacos extended Milutinov for three more years
  13. ^ "Nikola Milutinov will enter the draft". sportando.com. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Spurs select Nikola Milutinov and Cady Lalanne in NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 25, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Serbia 11 - Nikola Milutinov Main Statistics.
  16. ^ "AMBITIOUS SERBIA UNVEIL POWERFUL 12-MAN SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Serbia Accumulated Statistics.

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