Ognjen Kuzmić

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Ognjen Kuzmić
Kuzmić hook shot.JPG
Kuzmić (with ball) performs a hook shot
Crvena zvezda Telekom Belgrade
Position Center
League Basketball League of Serbia
ABA League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1990-05-16) May 16, 1990 (age 26)
Doboj, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian / Bosnian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Borac Banja Luka
2008–2010 Korihait
2010 Lapuan Korikobrat
2010–2011 Čelik Zenica
2011–2013 Unicaja Málaga
2011–2012 Clínicas Rincón Benahavís
2012–2013 FIATC Joventut
20132015 Golden State Warriors
2013–2015 Santa Cruz Warriors
2015–2016 Panathinaikos
2016–present Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ognjen Kuzmić (Serbian Cyrillic: Огњен Кузмић, IPA: [ǒɡɲen kûzmit͡ɕ]; born May 16, 1990) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Crvena zvezda of the Basketball League of Serbia. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays at the center position. He was selected with the 52nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

Professional career[edit]

Kuzmić started his senior career in Borac Banja Luka and the first basketball steps began in Findo Doboj. After one season, he left to play for Korihait in the Finnish league. In 2010, he returned to Bosnia to play for KK Čelik Zenica.

In 2011, he signed with Unicaja Málaga but played the 2011–12 season with farm team, Clínicas Rincón Benahavís of the Spanish Second League. He also played two games with Unicaja.

In 2012, Unicaja Málaga loaned him to Joventut Badalona.[1]

On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Golden State Warriors.[2] During his rookie and sophomore seasons, he had multiple assignments with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League,[3][4] earning a mention to the All-NBA Development League Defensive Third Team and winning a D-League championship during the 2014–15 season.[5][6] To add to his D-League title, he was part of Golden State's championship winning team who defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals. Kuzmić failed to appear in any post-season action due to a recurring left ankle injury.[7]

On July 27, 2015, he signed a two-year deal with the Greek club Panathinaikos.[8] On April 21, 2016, he left PAO.[9]

On July 19, 2016, Kuzmić signed a three-year contract with Crvena zvezda.[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  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Kuzmić won an NBA championship

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Golden State 21 0 4.4 .385 .000 .455 1.0 .1 .1 .2 .7
2014–15 Golden State 16 0 4.5 .667 .000 1.000 1.1 .4 .1 .1 1.3
Career 37 0 4.4 .520 .000 .600 1.0 .2 .1 .1 .9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014 Golden State 3 0 2.7 .000 .000 .000 1.3 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 3 0 2.7 .000 .000 .000 1.3 .0 .0 .0 .0

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2015–16 Panathinaikos 25 18 13.47 .480 .000 .682 4.1 .3 .4 .3 5.1 6.1
Career 25 18 13.47 .480 .000 .682 4.1 .3 .4 .3 5.1 6.1

International career[edit]

Being a Bosnian Serb, Kuzmić was eligible to play either for Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia.

In May 2013, he turned down a call-up from Bosnia and Herzegovina's head coach Aleksandar Petrović for EuroBasket 2013 training camp.[11]

In May 2014, Kuzmić publicly stated his desire to play for the Serbian national basketball team.[12][13] In June 2014, national team head coach Aleksandar Đorđević included him on the preliminary list of 29 players being considered for the twelve roster spots for the 2014 World Cup.[14] Three weeks later, in early July 2014, Kuzmić further made Đorđević's shortened list of 20 players invited for the training camp,[15] however, a fibula injury he picked up during the 2014 NBA Summer League ruled him out.[16]

Kuzmić represented Serbia for the first time at the EuroBasket 2015 under head coach Aleksandar Đorđević.[17] 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,[18] and eventually lost to the host team France in the bronze-medal game with 81–68.[19] Over 9 tournament games, Kuzmić averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds on 50% shooting from the field.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Badalona adds size with Ognjen Kuzmic
  2. ^ Warriors Sign 2012 Second Round Pick Ognjen Kuzmic to Contract
  3. ^ 2013-14 NBA Assignments
  4. ^ 2014-15 NBA Assignments Archived June 28, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "NBA Development League Announces 2014-15 All-League Teams". NBA.com. April 22, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Title Wave: Santa Cruz Wins NBA D-League Championship". NBA.com. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic cleared to play in conference finals
  8. ^ "Panathinaikos inks center Kuzmic to two-year deal". Euroleague.net. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Kuzmic and Pavlovic replaced and released". Eurohoops.net. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Novi centar Crvene zvezde - Ognjen Kuzmić!". kkcrvenazvezda.rs (in Serbian). 19 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  11. ^ Kuzmić ne želi nositi dres Bosne i Hercegovine u Sloveniji
  12. ^ NBA pojačanje: Ognjen Kuzmić igra za Srbiju!
  13. ^ Šljivak, M. (13 May 2014). "Kuzmić izabrao Srbiju ispred BiH". sportsport.ba (in Serbian). Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "SP: Đorđević objavio širi spisak". B92.net. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Đorđevićevih 20 odabranih bez Bobija Marjanovića!". telegraf.rs. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Pupovac, Mihael (21 July 2014). "Kuzmić otpao, Dangubića muči koleno!". MVP.rs. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "AMBITIOUS SERBIA UNVEIL POWERFUL 12-MAN SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  20. ^ "Player profile: Ognjen Kuzmic". eurobasket2015.org. FIBA Europe. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 

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