Slovenia national basketball team

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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Slovenia women's national basketball team.
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FIBA ranking 13 Increase1
Joined FIBA 1992
FIBA zone FIBA Europe
National federation Basketball Federation of Slovenia
Coach Igor Kokoškov
Nickname(s) Junaki (The Heroes)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3
Appearances 12
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The Slovenia national basketball team (Slovene: Slovenska košarkarska reprezentanca) is a team that is selected by the Basketball Federation of Slovenia to compete in major international basketball events in representation of Slovenia.

Slovenia ended in the 6th place in the EuroBasket 2005 and thus qualified for Basketball World Championship 2006. Since the independence of the country in 1991, the team has competed at every FIBA EuroBasket, but failed to advance to the next group until 2005.

Competitive record[edit]

For results before 1992, see Yugoslavia national basketball team.


Current roster[edit]

Slovenia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
SG Blažič, Jaka 26 – (1990-06-30)30 June 1990 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Laboral Kutxa Spain
C Bolčina, Tomaž 22 – (1994-01-06)6 January 1994 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Tajfun Slovenia
PG Bratož, Domen 23 – (1993-03-23)23 March 1993 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Tajfun Slovenia
SF Čančar, Vlatko 19 – (1997-04-10)10 April 1997 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Mega Leks Serbia
C Dimec, Žiga 23 – (1993-02-20)20 February 1993 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Krka Slovenia
PG Dragić, Goran 30 – (1986-05-06)6 May 1986 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Miami Heat United States
SG Dragić, Zoran 27 – (1989-06-22)22 June 1989 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) BC Khimki Russia
G Klobučar, Jaka 28 – (1987-08-19)19 August 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) İstanbul BB Turkey
PF Kraljević, Luka 18 – (1997-12-04)4 December 1997 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) KK Jolly Jadranska Banka Slovenia
SF Lapornik, Luka 27 – (1988-10-24)24 October 1988 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Krka Slovenia
SG Lapornik, Miha 22 – (1993-10-18)18 October 1993 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Bilbao Basket Spain
F Mahkovic, Blaž 26 – (1990-03-21)21 March 1990 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Union Olimpija Slovenia
PF Morina, Gezim 23 – (1992-12-12)12 December 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) LTH Castings Slovenia
SF Murić, Edo 24 – (1991-11-27)27 November 1991 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) KK Partizan Serbia
SF Nikolić, Mitja 25 – (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Union Olimpija Slovenia
C Omić, Alen 24 – (1992-05-06)6 May 1992 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Anadolu Efes S.K. Turkey
SG Prepelič, Klemen 23 – (1992-10-20)20 October 1992 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Limoges CSP France
PG Rebec, Matic 21 – (1995-01-24)24 January 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Krka Slovenia
PG Šiško, Žan Mark 19 – (1997-06-29)29 June 1997 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Cibona Croatia
C Vidmar, Gašper 28 – (1987-09-14)14 September 1987 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) Banvit B.K. Turkey
PF Zagorac, Saša 32 – (1984-01-01)1 January 1984 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Union Olimpija Slovenia
Head coach
Assistant coach

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 1 July 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Alen Omić Gašper Vidmar Žiga Dimec Tomaž Bolčina
PF Saša Zagorac Blaž Mahkovic Gezim Morina Luka Kraljević
SF Edo Murić Luka Lapornik Mitja Nikolić Vlatko Čančar
SG Zoran Dragić Jaka Blažič Klemen Prepelič Miha Lapornik
PG Goran Dragić Jaka Klobučar Matic Rebec Žan Mark Šiško
Domen Bratož


Slovene players in the NBA[edit]

# Player Club(s)
1 Marko Milič Phoenix Suns
2 Primož Brezec Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks
3 Radoslav Nesterović Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers
4 Boštjan Nachbar Houston Rockets, New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets, New Jersey Nets
5 Beno Udrih* San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies
6 Sasha Vujačić* Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks
7 Uroš Slokar Toronto Raptors
8 Goran Dragić* Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat
9 Zoran Dragić Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat
NOTE: Boris Gorenc signed 1 year contract with Chicago Bulls on 1 October 1997 and was waived by the club on 30 October 1997 due to his knee injuries just before the season started. He never played at any of NBA games. He trained with Michael Jordan for two months and played with him at 1997 McDonald's Open.

Slovenian players drafted in the NBA[edit]

Draft Year Round Pick Player Drafted by
Marko Milič Philadelphia 76ers
Radoslav Nesterović Minnesota Timberwolves
Primož Brezec Indiana Pacers
Boštjan Nachbar Houston Rockets
Sani Bečirović Denver Nuggets
Saša Vujačić Los Angeles Lakers
Beno Udrih San Antonio Spurs
Erazem Lorbek Indiana Pacers
Uroš Slokar Toronto Raptors
Goran Dragić San Antonio Spurs (traded to Phoenix Suns)

Past rosters[edit]

1993 EuroBasket: finished 13th among 16 teams
4.Roman Horvat, 5.Marko Tušek, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Darko Mirt, 8.Primoz Bačar, 9.Jure Zdovc, 10.Boštjan Leban, 11.Teoman Alibegović, 12.Boris Gorenc, 13.Marijan Kraljević, 14.Slavko Kotnik, 15.Žarko Durisić (Coach: Janez Drvarič)

1995 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 14 teams
4.Roman Horvat, 5.Matjaž Tovornik, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Walter Jeklin, 8.Marijan Kraljević, 9.Jure Zdovc, 10.Marko Tušek, 11.Teoman Alibegović, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Boris Gorenc, 14.Slavko Kotnik, 15.Aleš Kunc (Coach: Zmago Sagadin)

1997 EuroBasket: finished 14th among 16 teams
4.Walter Jeklin, 5.Goran Jagodnik, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Radoslav Nesterović, 9.Jure Zdovc, 8.Aleš Kunc, 10.Marko Tušek, 11.Teoman Alibegović, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Boris Gorenc, 14.Ivica Jurković, 15.Radovan Trifunovic (Coach: Andrej Urlep)

1999 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams
4.Jure Zdovc, 5.Walter Jeklin, 6.Jaka Daneu, 7.Sani Bečirović, 8.Marijan Kraljević, 9.Matjaž Tovornik, 10.Matjaž Smodiš, 11.Goran Jagodnik, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Ivica Jurković, 14.Radoslav Nesterović, 15.Ervin Dragsič (Coach: Boris Zrinski)

2001 EuroBasket: finished 15th among 16 teams
4.Beno Udrih, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Boris Gorenc, 7.Sani Bečirović, 8.Marijan Kraljević, 9.Matjaž Smodiš, 10.Marko Tušek, 11.Goran Jagodnik, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Ivica Jurković, 14.Ariel McDonald, 15.Radoslav Nesterović (Coach: Boris Zrinski)

2003 EuroBasket: finished 10th among 16 teams
4.Goran Jurak, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Boris Gorenc, 7.Simon Petrov, 8.Marijan Kraljević, 9.Boštjan Nachbar, 10.Slavko Duščak, 11.Marko Tušek, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Ivica Jurković, 14.Jurica Golemac, 15.Primož Brezec (Coach: Slobodan Subotić)

2005 EuroBasket: finished 6th among 16 teams
4.Goran Jurak, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Aleksandar Ćapin, 7.Sani Bečirović, 8.Radoslav Nesterović, 9.Nebojša Joksimović, 10.Boštjan Nachbar, 11.Erazem Lorbek, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Marko Maravič, 14.Uroš Slokar, 15.Primož Brezec (Coach: Aleš Pipan)

2006 World Championship: finished 12th among 24 teams
4.Goran Jurak, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Sašo Ožbolt, 7.Sani Bečirović, 8.Radoslav Nesterović, 9.Beno Udrih, 10.Boštjan Nachbar, 11.Željko Zagorac, 12.Marko Milič, 13.Goran Dragić, 14.Uroš Slokar, 15.Primož Brezec (Coach: Aleš Pipan)

2007 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 16 teams
4.Sandi Čebular, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Aleksandar Ćapin, 7.Goran Dragić, 8.Radoslav Nesterović, 9.Matjaž Smodiš, 10.Uroš Slokar, 11.Jaka Klobučar, 12.Goran Jagodnik, 13.Domen Lorbek, 14.Gašper Vidmar, 15.Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Aleš Pipan)

2009 EuroBasket: finished 4th among 16 teams
4.Uroš Slokar, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Samo Udrih, 7.Primož Brezec, 8.Matjaž Smodiš, 9.Jaka Klobučar, 10.Boštjan Nachbar, 11.Goran Dragić, 12.Goran Jagodnik, 13.Domen Lorbek, 14.Jurica Golemac, 15.Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Jure Zdovc)

2010 World Championship: finished 8th among 24 teams
4.Uroš Slokar, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Hasan Rizvić, 7.Sani Bečirović, 8.Jaka Klobučar, 9.Samo Udrih, 10.Boštjan Nachbar, 11.Goran Dragić, 12.Goran Jagodnik, 13.Miha Zupan, 14.Gašper Vidmar, 15.Primož Brezec (Coach: Memi Bečirović)

2011 EuroBasket: finished 7th among 24 teams
4.Uroš Slokar, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Luka Rupnik, 7.Sašo Ožbolt, 8.Matjaž Smodiš, 9.Samo Udrih, 10.Edo Murić, 11.Goran Dragić, 12.Goran Jagodnik, 13.Zoran Dragić, 14.Mirza Begić, 15.Erazem Lorbek (Coach: Božidar Maljković)

2013 EuroBasket: finished 5th among 24 teams
4.Uroš Slokar, 5.Jaka Lakovič, 6.Jure Balažič, 7.Nebojša Joksimović, 8.Edo Murić, 9.Jaka Blažič, 10.Boštjan Nachbar, 11.Goran Dragić, 12.Zoran Dragić, 13.Domen Lorbek, 14.Gašper Vidmar, 15.Mirza Begić (Coach: Božidar Maljković)

2014 World Championship: finished 7th among 24 teams
4.Jure Balažič, 5.Uroš Slokar, 6.Aleksej Nikolić, 7.Klemen Prepelič, 8.Edo Murić, 9.Jaka Blažič, 10.Miha Zupan, 11.Goran Dragić, 12.Zoran Dragić, 13.Domen Lorbek, 14.Jaka Klobučar, 15.Alen Omić (Coach: Jure Zdovc)

2015 EuroBasket: finished 12th among 24 teams
1.Nebojša Joksimović, 5.Luka Rupnik, 7.Klemen Prepelič, 9.Jaka Blažič, 10.Mitja Nikolić, 12.Zoran Dragić, 13.Miha Zupan, 15.Jure Balažič, 17.Saša Zagorac, 23.Alen Omić, 24.Jaka Klobučar, 55.Uroš Slokar (Coach: Jure Zdovc)

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