Nikola Vujčić

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Nikola Vujčić
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Vujčić while playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv
Position Team Manager
League Israeli Premier League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1978-06-14) June 14, 1978 (age 39)
Vrgorac, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 1995–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Number 7
Career history
As player:
1995–2001 Split
2001–2002 ASVEL
2002–2008 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2008–2010 Olympiacos
2010–2011 Efes Pilsen
2011–2013 KK Split
As coach:
2011–2013 KK Split (Manager)
2013–present Maccabi Tel Aviv (Team Manager)
Career highlights and awards

Nikola Vujčić (born June 14, 1978) is a Croatian former professional basketball player and currently a team manager of Maccabi Tel Aviv. At 2.11 m (6 ft 11), playing at both the center and power forward positions, he was a five time All-EuroLeague selection and was voted as a member of the EuroLeague Basketball 2001–10 All-Decade Team.

Vujčić was the first player in the EuroLeague to achieve a triple-double in the league's current era (2001–present). On November 3, 2005, he helped in Maccabi's 95-68 win versus Prokom Trefl Sopot with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.[1] On November 30, 2006, Vujčić recorded another triple-double, the second in the EuroLeague's current era, in Maccabi's 110–87 win over Union Olimpija, with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Vujčić was born in Vrgorac, in inland Dalmatia, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. He made his professional debut with KK Split in 1995–96, coming from the young team of the club. Played there till 2000–01, wearing number 7 that once belonged to former Split star and former NBA player Toni Kukoč. With Split, Vujčić appeared twice in the Croatian League playoff final, played 57 EuroLeague/SuproLeague games, and 28 Saporta Cup games.

In 2001, he was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv as a replacement for Nate Huffman, who was expected to leave. At the last moment, though, Huffman decided to return for one more season so Maccabi sent Vujčić on loan to French club ASVEL Villeurbanne. Vujčić helped them win the French League championship for the first time in 21 years. He also took part in 14 EuroLeague games that season, averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.

From 2002 to 2008, with Maccabi, he won 2 EuroLeague titles (2004 and 2005), 5 Israeli League championships, and 4 Israeli State Cups with the club.

On June 18, 2008, he signed a two-year contract,[3] worth 4.5 million euros net income with the Greek club Olympiacos.

On October 25, 2010 he signed a contract with the Turkish club Efes Pilsen.[4] After playing for Split, from 2011 to 2013, he announced retirement in 2013.

Croatian national team[edit]

As a member of the senior Croatian national team, Vujčić played at the EuroBasket 1999, the EuroBasket 2001, the EuroBasket 2005, and the EuroBasket 2009.

Post retirement[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, Vujčić returned to his former club, Maccabi Tel Aviv, as the team's manager.

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 seasons in which Vujčić's team won the EuroLeague
Led the league

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 ASVEL 14 2 26.2 .516 .263 .714 6.4 1.6 1.4 .7 15.7 19.3
2002–03 Maccabi 20 16 28.5 .551 .386 .691 7.1 1.8 1.4 .8 17.6 21.2
2003–04 Maccabi 21 21 34.9 .548 .226 .800 6.9 3.0 .9 .8 16.8 20.0
2004–05 Maccabi 21 21 26.4 .581 .391 .726 5.6 3.0 1.1 .8 13.9 17.9
2005–06 Maccabi 24 24 31.2 .458 .405 .656 5.7 3.9 .9 .9 11.9 15.4
2006–07 Maccabi 22 22 31.0 .541 .467 .745 7.6 3.9 1.1 .8 14.9 21.7
2007–08 Maccabi 12 9 21.0 .544 .400 .559 4.3 3.2 .7 .2 9.6 11.3
2008–09 Olympiacos 21 20 22.2 .553 .250 .645 3.8 2.6 .8 .5 11.4 13.9
2009–10 Olympiacos 22 1 14.3 .584 .000 .577 2.7 1.7 .5 .3 7.4 8.3
2010–11 Efes Pilsen 15 14 18.1 .411 .000 .697 3.1 2.1 .6 .2 6.5 6.7
Career 192 150 25.8 .532 .345 .695 5.4 2.7 .9 .6 12.7 15.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maccabi Elite vs. Prokom Trefl Sopot Box Score". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Maccabi Elite vs. Union Olimpija Box Score". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Nikola Vujcic chooses Olympiacos.
  4. ^ "EFES PILSEN tabs veteran center Vujcic". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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