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Nenad Krstić
Oklahoma City Thunder  – No. 12
Center
Born July 25, 1983 (1983-07-25) (age 26)
Kraljevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
League NBA
Salary $5,160,832
Draft 24th overall, 2002
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Partizan Belgrade (2001–2004)
New Jersey Nets (2004-2008)
Triumph Lyubertsy (2008)
Awards 2005 All-NBA Rookie Second Team
Profile Info Page

Nenad Krstić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Крстић) (born July 25, 1983 in Kraljevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Krstić is officially listed at 7'0" (2.13 m) tall and weighing 260 lbs (118 kg).[1]

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Pro career

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Europe

His first professional team was Partizan Belgrade in the Serbian League, the Adriatic League and the Euroleague.

NBA

He was drafted 24th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But he went on to play the next two seasons with Partizan Belgrade.[2]

During the 2004-05 NBA season, Krstić logged an impressive rookie campaign for the New Jersey Nets, averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.84 blocked shots per game.[3] He was honored as part of the All-Rookie NBA second team.[4]

In his debut in the playoffs against the Miami Heat, Krstić averaged 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game;[3] an exceptional performance for a rookie in the playoffs. This followed a greater trend where Krstić had consistently improved at a great pace as his rookie season progressed. He has a wide skill set for a big man, including refined post moves and fantastic shooting touch from eighteen feet.

Throughout the 2005-06 season, Krstić's play had continued to rapidly improve. Three quarters of the way through the season, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and had become an integral part of the Nets offense. In the first round of the 2006 NBA playoffs against Indiana he averaged 18 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds.

In 2006-07 despite the rough Nets start, Nenad Krstić was averaging career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (6.8), and assists (1.8)[3] before falling to the ground after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee versus the L.A. Lakers at Continental Airlines Arena on December 22, 2006.[5] His surgery was successful.[6] Krstić was out for the rest of the 2006-07 NBA season, but returned ahead of schedule to start the 2007-08 NBA season.[7]

His 2007-08 season was a disappointment, as his injury disrupted his play and confidence on the court and he was largely a liability. Krstić later stated in his blog that he felt he let the team down, and vowed to return to his old form at the start of the 08-09 season.

Back to Europe

During the 2008 summer off-season, Krstić entered negotiations with the Russian Super League team Triumph Lyubertsy and eventually signed a 2 year contract (with the NBA an opt-out option) worth 6 million euros net income with them on July 29, 2008.[8][9] It appears he only moved to Russia to re-establish himself as a player, due to the setback of his injury with the Nets.[10]

He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in seven games in the Russian Super League[11][12] and 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 6 games in the EuroChallenge.[13]

Return to NBA

On December 19, two NBA league sources told ESPN.com that the Oklahoma City Thunder had agreed in principle to sign Krstić to a three-year offer sheet.[14] On December 22, Krstić officially signed the offer sheet. The New Jersey Nets had seven days to match the offer, or Krstić would be free to join the Thunder.[15] The Nets declined to match, and the Thunder waived Steven Hill to make room for Krstić.[16]

He played for the first time in a Thunder uniform on January 7, 2009, versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring six points and blocking 2 shots in 16 minutes.[17]

Serbian National Team

Medal record
Competitor for  Serbia
FIBA European Championship
Silver 2009 Poland National Team

Krstić played with the Serbian national basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics and at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won the silver medal.

Personal

Krstić, whose nickname is "Curly", was voted the 3rd most eligible bachelor by Serbia's version of People magazine.[18]

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
Correct as of 22 January 2010.[3]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 New Jersey 75 57 26.2 .493 .000 .725 5.3 1.0 .4 .8 10.0
2005–06 New Jersey 80 80 30.9 .507 .250 .698 6.4 1.1 .4 .8 13.5
2006–07 New Jersey 26 26 32.6 .526 .000 .711 6.8 1.8 .4 .9 16.4
2007–08 New Jersey 45 38 18.0 .410 .000 .754 4.4 .6 .2 .4 6.6
2008–09 Oklahoma City 46 29 24.8 .469 .000 .797 5.5 .6 .5 1.1 9.7
2009–10 Oklahoma City 41 41 22.8 .498 .000 .714 4.9 .8 .4 .7 8.2
Career 313 271 26.1 .490 .1 .723 5.6 1.0 .4 .8 10.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 New Jersey 4 4 38.5 .563 .000 .792 7.5 1.8 .2 .5 18.3
2005–06 New Jersey 11 11 33.3 .504 .000 .711 6.8 .7 .4 .9 14.7
Career 15 15 34.7 .520 .000 .739 7.0 1.0 .4 .8 15.7

European Career stats

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 Triumph Lyubertsy 7 21.0 0.489 .000 .73 5.1 1.3 1.0 10.4

Notes

  1. ^ ESPN.com official player profile
  2. ^ "NBA Players – Nenad Krstic". HoopsHype.com. http://www.hoopshype.com/players/nenad_krstic.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Nenad Krstic Info Page – Career Stats and Totals". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/nenad_krstic/career_stats.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Krstic Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team". Nets.com. 2005-05-05. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/krstic_050505.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Nets center Krstic has torn ACL, out for year". ESPN.com. 2006-12-23. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2707261. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Krstic Has Successful Surgery". Nets.com. 2005-05-03. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/krstic_surgery.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  7. ^ "NBA.com New Jersey Nets Home". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/nets/chat/krstic_chat_transcript_011508.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Nenad Krstic signs deal with Russian team in Moscow". nydailynews.com. 2008-07-29. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/2008/07/28/2008-07-28_nenad_krstic_signs_deal_with_russian_tea.html. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  9. ^ Kristic signs with Triumph for 2 years $18 million USD.
  10. ^ Update from Nenad Krstic's Agent.
  11. ^ Triumph Center Nenad Krstic will play for NBA.
  12. ^ Триумф (Люберцы, Московская область) » СУММАРНАЯ СТАТИСТИКА.
  13. ^ FIBAEurope.com Krstić EuroChallenge stats.
  14. ^ Sources: Krstic, Thunder agree to deal
  15. ^ Thunder sign Krstic to offer sheet
  16. ^ Krstic gives Thunder another 7-footer
  17. ^ Foye, Wolves beat Thunder for fourth straight victory
  18. ^ "Five Tiny Tidbits On: The New Jersey Nets". Deadspin. 2006-10-30. http://deadspin.com/sports/nba/five-tiny-tidbits-on-the-new-jersey-nets-210952.php. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 

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