Primož Brezec

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Primož Brezec
Primož Brezec 2009.jpg
Brezec in 2009.
Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionScout
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1979-10-02) October 2, 1979 (age 39)
Postojna, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1996–2017
PositionCenter
Number27, 7, 1, 9
Career history
1996–1998Kraski Zidar
1998–2001Union Olimpija
20012004Indiana Pacers
20042007Charlotte Bobcats
2007–2008Detroit Pistons
2008Toronto Raptors
2008–2009Lottomatica Roma
2009–2010Philadelphia 76ers
2010Milwaukee Bucks
2010–2011Krasnye Krylya
2011–2012Lokomotiv Kuban
2012–2014Nizhny Novgorod
2015AEK Larnaca
2015Al Kuwait
2015–2017AEK Larnaca
2017Al-Ahli Manama
Career highlights and awards

EuroLeague records since the 2000–01 season

  • Most 2-point field goals made in a game without a miss
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Primož Brezec (born October 2, 1979) is a Slovenian retired professional basketball player. He is a 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall center. Brezec has played eight seasons in the NBA.

Professional career[edit]

Europe/Asia[edit]

Brezec grew up in Sežana, where he also made his professional debut with the local team Kraski Zidar. During his high school years he was a member of the basketball team and a major star of the ŠKL League, the national high school league. As a professional, he played for the Slovenian Premier A League club Union Olimpija Ljubljana from 1998 until 2001.

Brezec spent the next 7 seasons playing in the NBA in the United States and Canada. He returned to Europe on July 20, 2008, when he signed a 2-year contract with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league.[1]

On September 26, 2010, Brezec signed with BC Krasnye Krylya Samara of the Russian Professional Basketball League.[2]

In July 2011, he signed with Lokomotiv Kuban for one season,[3] but he was waived in February 2012.[4]

In March 2012, he signed with BC Nizhny Novgorod.[5]

On February 10, 2015, he signed a two-month deal with AEK Larnaca of the Cyprus Basketball Division 1.[6] He won the title in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca averaging 14.9 points and 7 rebounds per game.

On May 7, 2015, after his contract expired, he signed with Al Kuwait of the Kuwaiti Division I Basketball League.[7]

On June 18, 2015, he re-signed with AEK Larnaca.[8]

On September 2, 2017, he announced his retirement from professional basketball,[9] and joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as international scout.[10][11]

NBA[edit]

Brezec with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.

Brezec was chosen by the Indiana Pacers with the 27th overall pick of the 2000 NBA draft. After he spent three years in Indiana with little playing time, he was picked up in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. As the Bobcats' starting center, Brezec averaged career-highs of 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the 2004–05 NBA season. He also scored the first points, made the first turnover, and hit the first free-throws in the history of the franchise.

On December 14, 2007, Brezec, along with Bobcats teammate Wálter Herrmann, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Nazr Mohammed.[12]

At the 2008 NBA trade deadline, which was on February 21, Brezec, along with cash considerations, was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Juan Dixon.[13] During his Raptors debut, he hit all five of his shots and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a block in 13 minutes off the bench against the New York Knicks in a February 24 win.

In August 2009, he returned to the NBA when he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[14]

On February 18, 2010, Brezec was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Royal Ivey in exchange for Jodie Meeks and Francisco Elson.[15]

National team career[edit]

Brezec (#7) at EuroBasket 2009

Brezec has also been a member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he has played at the 2003 FIBA European Championship, the 2005 FIBA European Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

NBA 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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Indiana 22 4 7.3 .483 .000 .600 1.3 .3 .0 .3 2.0
2002–03 Indiana 22 1 5.0 .395 .000 .600 1.0 .2 .1 .2 1.9
2003–04 Indiana 18 0 4.0 .462 .000 .667 .8 .2 .0 .2 1.6
2004–05 Charlotte 72 72 31.6 .512 .000 .745 7.4 1.2 .5 .8 13.0
2005–06 Charlotte 79 79 27.4 .517 .000 .732 5.6 .6 .2 .4 12.4
2006–07 Charlotte 58 40 14.4 .445 .333 .632 3.2 .4 .2 .4 5.0
2007–08 Charlotte 20 18 13.4 .395 .000 .600 2.2 .3 .0 .2 1.9
2007–08 Detroit 17 0 5.8 .769 .000 .500 1.1 .2 .1 .1 1.6
2007–08 Toronto 13 0 8.5 .447 .000 .667 1.4 .1 .1 .2 3.7
2009–10 Philadelphia 7 0 5.1 .154 .000 .500 1.7 .0 .1 .1 .7
2009–10 Milwaukee 14 0 4.2 .538 .000 .000 .9 .1 .0 .1 1.0
Career 342 214 18.1 .498 .167 .701 3.9 .5 .2 .4 7.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Milwaukee 4 0 6.3 .571 .000 .500 .8 .0 .3 .0 2.3
Career 4 0 6.3 .571 .000 .500 .8 .0 .3 .0 2.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roma signs center Primoz Brezec
  2. ^ Brezec is moving to Russia
  3. ^ Lokomotiv Kuban lands center Brezec
  4. ^ Lokomotiv Kuban waived Primoz Brezec
  5. ^ Primoz Brezec moves to Nizhny Novgorod
  6. ^ Primoz Brezec moves to AEK Larnaca
  7. ^ Primoz Brezec signs with Al Kuwait
  8. ^ Primoz Brezec returns to AEK Larnaca
  9. ^ "Brezec retired and become a scout for the Cavs". Eurohoops. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  10. ^ Vardon, Joe (September 1, 2017). "Isaiah Thomas' road to a comeback with Cavaliers begins Tuesday in Cleveland". cleveland.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Taningco, Brad (September 2, 2017). "Cavs news: Cleveland will add Primoz Brezec to staff as international scout". cavsnation.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Bobcats acquire Mohammed from Pistons for Brezec, Herrmann.
  13. ^ Pistons trade 7-footer Brezec to Raptors for Dixon
  14. ^ Center Brezec returns to NBA, signs contract with 76ers Archived 2015-07-27 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Bucks Acquire Ivey, Brezec from 76ers". NBA.com. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-18.

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