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Aleksandar Pavlović
Sasha Pavlović.jpg
Minnesota Timberwolves  – No. 11
Guard/Forward
Born November 15, 1983 (1983-11-15) (age 26)
Bar, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbia Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
League NBA
High school Archbishop Spalding
Draft 19th overall, 2003
Utah Jazz
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams KK Budućnost (2000–2003)
Utah Jazz (2003-04)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004–2009)
Phoenix Suns (2009)
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Aleksandar "Sasha" Pavlović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Павловић - Саша; born November 15, 1983 in Bar, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player who plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Pavlović spent one year playing high school basketball in the Baltimore Catholic League where he attended and helped Archbishop Spalding High School (Severn, Maryland) to their first league championship under current John Carroll School head coach Tony Martin. Pavlović was a first-team All-BCL pick as a senior at the school.

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Career in Europe

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Budućnost Podgorica

2000-2001

Pavlović played in 14 games in the YUBA League and averaged 1.4 points per game.

2001-2002

Pavlović played in three games in the YUBA League and averaged 6.7 points. Pavlović played two games in the Euroleague.

2002-2003

Pavlović played in 20 games in the YUBA League and averaged 10.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Pavlović averaged 9.6 points on 54% shooting for Budućnost Podgorica of the Euroleague, including a season high 21 points against Tau Ceramica.

NBA career

Utah Jazz

2003-2004

Pavlović was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 19th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.

In 79 games played (14 starts), Pavlović averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds. He scored a season high 18 points on December 3, 2003 against the Houston Rockets and grabbed nine rebounds on two occasions.

Cleveland Cavaliers

2004-2005

Pavlović was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft on June 22, 2004,[1] and was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a first round draft pick the next day.[2][3]

In 65 games played (nine starts), Pavlović averaged 4.8 points and 1.1 rebounds. He scored a season high 17 points on two occasions and scored in double digits on nine occasions.[4]

2005-2006

In 53 games of the 2005-06 season, he started 19 times and averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. He scored a season high 21 points on February 21, 2006 against the Orlando Magic.[5]

Pavlović played of three minutes over three playoff games.

2006-2007

In 67 games played (28 starts) in 2006-07, Pavlović averaged a career high 9.0 points, along with 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He scored 20 points or more on seven occasions, including a new career-high 25 points on March 13, 2007 against the Sacramento Kings.[6] Approximately two weeks later, Pavlović had a career high six three point field goals made (of 7 attempts) against the New York Knicks.[7]

After occasional starts in the beginning of 2007, Pavlović was installed as the Cavaliers' starting shooting guard on March 1, 2007 and started the remaining 24 regular season games. As a starter, Pavlović averaged 12.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Pavlović started all 20 of Cavaliers' 2007 playoff games. He had playoff highs of 17 points in a game 2 victory over the New Jersey Nets in the Eastern Conference Semifinals[8] and nine rebounds in a Game 5 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.[9]

2007-2008

In the 2007 offseason Pavlović was a restricted free agent. On November 2, 2007 after nearly a month holdout he signed a three year, $13.7 million extension with the Cavaliers.[10]

Pavlović injured his left foot on January 23, 2008 in a game against the Washington Wizards.[11][12] He returned against the New Jersey Nets on March 12.[13] He started but was held scoreless in 9 minutes of action.[14] On March 14. Pavlović had a season-high 24 points on against the Washington Wizards.[15] He and scored double digit points in 15 total games.[16]

During the 2007-08 season, Pavlović played in 51 games (45 starts) and averaged 7.4 points, a career high 2.5 rebounds and a career high 1.6 assists. In eight playoff games, Pavlović averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds.

2008-2009

The Cavaliers were beaten by the Orlando Magic, in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, 4 games to 2. Pavlović became trade bait as talks with the Phoenix Suns were rekindled from earlier in the season and on June 25, 2009, Pavlović, Ben Wallace, and the 46th overall pick were traded to Phoenix for Shaquille O'Neal.[17]

On September 14, 2009, he was bought out by the Suns.[18]

Minnesota Timberwolves

On September 16, Pavlović signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. [19]

International career

Pavlović was a member of the Serbia and Montenegro Under-20 National Team and played at the 2002 European Under-20 Championships. He was a member of the Serbia and Montenegro 2004 Olympic Team, playing in four games, averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Pavlović has chosen to play for the Serbian national team after Montenegro's secession.[20][21] He confirmed this on July 7.[22]

NBA career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Utah 79 14 14.5 .396 .271 .774 2.0 .8 .5 .2 4.8
2004–05 Cleveland 65 9 13.3 .435 .385 .688 1.1 .8 .4 .1 4.8
2005–06 Cleveland 53 19 15.3 .410 .365 .653 1.5 .5 .4 .1 4.5
2006–07 Cleveland 67 28 22.9 .453 .405 .794 2.4 1.6 .8 .2 9.0
2007–08 Cleveland 51 45 23.3 .362 .298 .688 2.5 1.6 .6 .1 7.4
2008–09 Cleveland 66 12 16.0 .422 .410 .463 1.9 1.1 .3 .2 4.6
Career 381 127 17.3 .413 .363 .703 1.9 1.0 .5 .1 5.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Cleveland 3 0 1.3 .000 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .0
2006–07 Cleveland 20 20 30.8 .381 .345 .528 2.6 1.6 .9 .2 9.2
2007–08 Cleveland 8 0 13.9 .385 .444 .667 1.3 .1 .2 .0 3.5
2008–09 Cleveland 11 0 8.3 .500 .250 .333 1.4 .4 .4 .0 2.1
Career 42 20 19.6 .388 .342 .533 1.8 .9 .6 .1 5.6

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