Kuzmić with Real Madrid
|Crvena zvezda mts|
|Born||May 16, 1990|
Doboj, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Nationality||Serbian / Bosnian|
|Listed height||2.14 m (7 ft 0 in)|
|Listed weight||116 kg (256 lb)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|2007–2008||Borac Banja Luka|
|2013–2015||Golden State Warriors|
|2013–2015||→Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|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 Adriatic League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in), he plays at the center position. He was selected with the 52nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.
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.
On September 27, 2013, he signed with the Golden State Warriors. During his rookie and sophomore seasons, he had multiple assignments with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, earning a mention to the All-NBA Development League Defensive Third Team and winning a D-League championship during the 2014–15 season. 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.
On July 26, 2017, Kuzmić signed a two-year deal with Real Madrid. In October 2017, he tore the ACL in his left knee and was sidelined for the rest of the season. He returned on the court in 2018–19 season, but soon injured his right ankle and missed considerable time. After recovering from injury, he fell out of Real Madrid's rotation and appeared in only 12 games till the end of the season.
|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|
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 Kuzmić won an NBA championship|
National team career
In May 2014, Kuzmić publicly stated his desire to play for the Serbian national team. In June 2014, national team head coach Aleksandar Đorđević included him on the preliminary 29 player list for the twelve 2014 World Cup roster spots. Three weeks later, in early July 2014, Kuzmić further made Đorđević's shortened list of 20 players invited for the training camp, however, a fibula injury he picked up during the 2014 NBA Summer League ruled him out.
Kuzmić represented Serbia for the first time at EuroBasket 2015 under head coach Aleksandar Đorđević. 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, and eventually lost 68–81 to the host team France in the bronze-medal game. Over 9 tournament games, Kuzmić averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds on 50% shooting from the field.
Kuzmić also represented Serbia at the EuroBasket 2017 where they won the silver medal, after losing in the final game to Slovenia. Over 9 tournament games, he averaged 7.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
2019 traffic accident
On July 14, 2019, Kuzmić was involved in a serious traffic accident on a state road between Banja Luka and Prijedor, in which he reportedly collided with a car going in the opposite direction while he was traveling at high speed. He sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident, breaking his maxilla and mandible head bones (upper and lower jaws), as well as his chest. He was put in an induced coma and transferred to the Clinical Centre of Serbia via helicopter. Reportedly, Bosnian professional boxer Dražan Janjanin was a passenger in the car which collided with the Kuzmić's car. On July 17, Kuzmić had a surgery in which surgeons removed severe maxillofacial injuries. On July 18, he woke up from the coma.
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