Zoran Erceg

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Zoran Erceg
Zoran Erceg.JPG
Erceg with Galatasaray in October, 2013.
Free agent
Position Power forward
Personal information
Born (1985-01-11) 11 January 1985 (age 32)
Pakrac, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight 112 kg (247 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2003 Polet Novi Bečej
2003–2008 FMP Železnik
2006 Borac Čačak
2008–2011 Olympiacos Piraeus
2009–2010 Panionios
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012–2013 CSKA Moscow
2013–2015 Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Career highlights and awards

Zoran Erceg (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Ерцег; born 11 January 1985) is a Serbian professional basketball player who last played for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League. He also represented the Serbian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), he plays the power forward position.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Erceg started playing professionally with Polet Keramika Novi Bečej in 2002, before going to FMP Železnik in 2003. In 2006 he was shortly loaned to Borac Čačak.

Olympiacos (2008–11)[edit]

He signed a 5-year contract with the Greek team Olympiacos Piraeus in June 2008.[1] In December 2009, Erceg was loaned to Panionios for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[2]

Beşiktaş (2011–12)[edit]

In August 2011, he signed a one-year deal with the Turkish team Beşiktaş.[3] With them, he won every competition they participated in, the Turkish League championship, Turkish Cup and a third-tier European competition EuroChallenge. His games in Beşiktaş attracted the interest of many European big clubs.

CSKA Moscow (2012–13)[edit]

On 29 June 2012 he signed a three-year contract with the Russian team CSKA Moscow.[4] During his stint in CSKA, Erceg has mostly came off-the-bench, producing 6.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He won the Russian League championship and the VTB United League.

Galatasaray (2013–15)[edit]

Despite having a three-year contract, Erceg terminated it and signed a two-year contract with Galatasaray Liv Hospital in July 2013.[5][6] In the new team, Erceg had bigger role than in his previous team. In April Euroleague game overtime loss against his former team CSKA Moscow, he set career-high and also team record 35 points, while also adding 9 rebounds and 2 steals.[7] He finished season with career-highs of 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds over 25 games. In the 2014–15 season his role in the team increased even more. He had a season-high 32 points in a double overtime 110–103 victory over Crvena zvezda.[8] He also hit a 30 feet far buzzer-beater to put the game in an overtime.[9] For such performance, he was named the Euroleague MVP of Round 6, for the first time in his career.[10]

Serbian national team[edit]

Erceg played with the senior Serbian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2007.

He represented Serbia once again at the EuroBasket 2015 under head coach Aleksandar Đorđević.[11] 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. He had his best performance scoring 20 points against Czech Republic in quarterfinal game. However, Serbia was stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania with 67–64,[12] and eventually lost to the host team France in the bronze-medal game with 81–68.[13] Over 9 tournament games, Erceg averaged 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game on 52.4% shooting from the field.[14]

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.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 Olympiacos 20 1 11.8 .583 .445 .559 2.1 .3 .5 .1 5.0 4.5
2010–11 16 4 17.8 .413 .297 .875 3.1 .5 .4 .4 5.9 5.7
2012–13 CSKA 15 5 14.4 .457 .375 .917 2.5 .5 .7 .1 6.2 6.5
2013–14 Galatasaray 25 23 27.5 .400 .333 .925 4.9 1.6 .6 .2 11.2 13.2
2014–15 22 22 30.7 .408 .388 .899 4.3 .9 1.2 .1 15.0 15.4
Career 98 55 22.5 .427 .363 .854 3.6 .8 .7 .2 9.1 9.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B92: Erceg u Olimpijakosu". B92.net (in Serbian). June 12, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Zoran Erceg to Panionios". Sportando.com. December 4, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Besiktas signs Zoran Erceg". Sportando.com. September 6, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "CSKA MOSCOW signs big man Erceg". Euroleague.net. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Zoran Erceg leaves CSKA Moscow, set to join Galatasaray". Sportando. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Galatasaray announced Zoran Erceg". sportando.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Top 16, Round 13 bwin MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens". euroleague.net. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Erceg, Arroyo star in Galatasaray's 2OT win over Crvena Zvezda". euroleague.net. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "EL: Erceg ukrao pobedu Zvezdi!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Regular season Round 6 bwin MVP: Zoran Erceg, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul". euroleague.net. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "AMBITIOUS SERBIA UNVEIL POWERFUL 12-MAN SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Player profile: Zoran Erceg". eurobasket2015.org. FIBA Europe. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 

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