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Peja Stojaković
New Orleans Hornets  – No. 16
Small forward
Born June 9, 1977 (1977-06-09) (age 32)
Požega, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbia Serbian / Greece Greek
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 229 lb (104 kg)
League NBA
Salary $13,392,000[1]
Draft 14th overall, 1996
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1992–present
Former teams Red Star Belgrade (1992–1993)
PAOK (1994–1998)
Sacramento Kings (1998–2006)
Indiana Pacers (2006)
Awards Yugoslavia Championship 1993 with Red Star Belgrade

EuroBasket 2001 MVP
2001 Euroscar Player of the Year
2x Mister Europa Player of the Year (2001–02)
3x NBA All-Star (2002–04)
2004 All-NBA Second Team
2x NBA Three-Point Shootout Winner (2002–03)

Profile Info Page
Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
FIBA World Championship
Gold 2002 Indianapolis FR Yugoslavia
European Championships
Gold 2001 Istanbul FR Yugoslavia
Bronze 1999 France FR Yugoslavia

Predrag “Peja” Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић - Пеђа; born June 9, 1977 in Požega) is a Serbian basketball player currently playing for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Stojaković is often considered to be one of the most successful basketball players ever to come out of Serbia.

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Professional career

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Early years

Stojaković was born to Serbian parents, Miodrag and Branka Stojaković,[2] in Slavonska Požega, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia but his family fled to Belgrade during the Yugoslav wars.

Additionally he acquired Greek citizenship in 1993 because of having Hellenic ancestry, as a requirement to play in Greece. In his Greek passport his Hellenic family name is Kinis.

He is married to Greek model Aleka Kamila,and has two children with her: Andrej and Mila.[3]

PAOK BC

Peja, as he was called during his time in PAOK BC, scored a memorable last-second three-pointer against Olympiacos in Piraeus in the Greek playoff semi-finals series, virtually winning the match 58-55 for PAOK.[4] That victory, which ended the five year reign of Olympiacos as Greek Champions, allowed PAOK to face Panathinaikos in the finals series, although the club had a disadvantage in home games and ultimately lost the series (and the league) 3-2. Stojaković was closely guarded throughout the series by his former coach in New Orleans, Byron Scott, who was wrapping up his basketball career as the top player for Panathinaikos, and did not play at his normal level.

In his final season with PAOK, Stojaković averaged 23.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals.

Sacramento Kings

The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Stojaković was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (14th overall pick) of the 1996 NBA Draft while playing in Greece. He continued to play there until the Kings signed him prior to the 1998–99 NBA lockout season. After two seasons on the bench with Sacramento, he had a breakthrough season in 2000–01, averaging 20.4 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .400 from three-point range in his first season as a starter. He finished second in voting for the 2001 Most Improved Player Award.

In 2001–02, he played in the NBA All-Star Game for the first time. His scoring average went up to 21.2 ppg, and he reached career highs in shooting percentage (.484) and three-point percentage (.416). His scoring average dropped slightly to 19.2 ppg in 2002–03, but he played again in the All-Star Game. In both seasons, he won the three-point shooting contest conducted during All-Star Weekend.

In 2003–04, Stojaković was again selected as an All-Star, and finished second in the league in scoring with a career-high 24.2 ppg. He finished fourth in MVP voting and was voted on to the All-NBA 2nd Team. He also led the NBA in free-throw percentage (.927) and three-pointers made for the season (240). In 2004–05, he missed 16 games to injury, and was somewhat hampered in several games, but still averaged 20.1 ppg.

Indiana Pacers

On January 25, 2006, Stojaković was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Ron Artest, ending his eight-year tenure with the Kings. However, he missed four games of their first round playoff series with the New Jersey Nets, all losses.

New Orleans Hornets

During the 2006 offseason, he re-signed with the Pacers, only to be traded to the then-New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for the draft rights to Andrew Betts.[5] On November 14, 2006, Stojaković scored a career-high 42 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, and became the first player in NBA history to open the game with 20 straight points for his team.[6] He was soon sidelined for several months by injuries, including back surgery, as a result missing most of the 2006–07 season.

Career transactions

International career

As a member of the Serbian national team, he earned gold medals at the 2001 European Championships (Eurobasket), held in Turkey, and the 2002 FIBA World Championships, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Stojaković was the MVP of Eurobasket 2001, and was a member of the all-tournament team in Indianapolis in 2002, along with fellow NBA stars Manu Ginóbili, Dirk Nowitzki, and Yao Ming, as well as New Zealand's Pero Cameron.

Stojaković has also participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics.[9]

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
1998–99 Sacramento 48 1 21.4 .378 .320 .851 3.0 1.5 .9 .2 8.4
1999–00 Sacramento 74 11 23.6 .448 .375 .882 3.7 1.4 .7 .1 11.9
2000–01 Sacramento 75 75 38.7 .470 .400 .856 5.8 2.2 1.2 .2 20.4
2001–02 Sacramento 71 71 37.3 .484 .416 .876 5.3 2.5 1.1 .2 21.2
2002–03 Sacramento 72 72 34.0 .481 .382 .875 5.5 2.0 1.0 .1 19.2
2003–04 Sacramento 81 81 40.3 .480 .433 .927 6.3 2.1 1.3 .2 24.2
2004–05 Sacramento 66 66 38.4 .444 .402 .920 4.3 2.1 1.2 .2 20.1
2005–06 Sacramento
Indiana
31
40
31
40
37.0
36.4
.403
.461
.397
.404
.933
.903
5.3
6.3
2.2
1.7
.6
.6
.1
.2
16.5
19.5
2006–07 NO/Oklahoma City 13 13 32.7 .423 .405 .816 4.2 .8 .6 .3 17.8
2007–08 New Orleans 77 77 35.2 .440 .441 .929 4.3 1.2 .7 .1 16.4
2008–09 New Orleans 61 59 34.2 .399 .378 .894 4.3 1.2 .9 .1 13.3
Career 709 597 34.4 .454 .402 .894 4.9 1.8 1.0 .1 17.7
All-Star 3 0 14.3 .364 .385 .000 2.0 1.0 .3 .0 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Sacramento 5 0 21.6 .346 .214 1.000 3.8 .4 .6 .0 4.8
1999–00 Sacramento 5 0 25.8 .400 .462 .667 3.4 .6 .8 .0 8.8
2000–01 Sacramento 8 8 38.4 .406 .346 .968 6.4 .4 .6 .4 21.6
2001–02 Sacramento 10 7 33.8 .376 .271 .897 6.3 1.0 .5 .0 14.8
2002–03 Sacramento 12 12 40.5 .480 .457 .850 6.9 2.5 .8 .4 23.1
2003–04 Sacramento 12 12 43.1 .384 .315 .897 7.0 1.5 1.8 .2 17.5
2004–05 Sacramento 5 5 40.6 .470 .367 .955 5.2 1.4 .8 .2 22.0
2005–06 Indiana 2 2 25.5 .444 .000 .857 4.5 2.0 .5 .5 11.0
2007–08 New Orleans 12 12 37.9 .436 .549 .926 5.4 .5 .5 .1 14.1
2008–09 New Orleans 5 5 32.4 .367 .308 .923 2.8 .4 .8 .2 11.2
Career 76 63 36.3 .419 .376 .904 5.7 1.1 .8 .2 16.2

Awards and achievements

  • Second Team: (2004)

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/predrag_stojakovic/bio.html NBA.com, Peja Stojakovic, Personal & Bio
  3. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/predrag_stojakovic/bio.html NBA.com, Peja Stojakovic, Personal & Bio
  4. ^ PAOK @ Olympiacos; the last 4 minutes of the game at YouTube (requires Adobe Flash)
  5. ^ July 2006 Transactions, NBA.com, accessed February 1, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Stojaković feat historic", NOLA.com, November 19, 2006, accessed February 11, 2008.
  7. ^ Kings Acquire Ron Artest for Peja Stojakovic
  8. ^ Hornets Acquire Peja Stojakovic
  9. ^ Yugoslav Olympic participants by sports - Basketball, OKS.org.yu, accessed February 1, 2008.
  10. ^ Career Leaders and Records for Free Throw Pct, basketball-reference.com, accessed April 15, 2009.
  11. ^ Career Leaders and Records for 3-Pt Field Goals, basketball-reference.com, accessed April 15, 2009.
  12. ^ Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Free Throw Pct, basketball-reference.com, accessed May 25, 2008.
  13. ^ Career Leaders and Records for 3-Pt Field Goal Attempts, basketball-reference.com, accessed April 15, 2009.
  14. ^ Career Leaders and Records for 3-Pt Field Goal Pct, basketball-reference.com, accessed April 15, 2009.
  15. ^ a b "10 Things You Should Know About Peja Stojaković", Pacers.com, January 25, 2006, accessed February 1, 2008.
  16. ^ SuperBasket "Mister Europa" honor roll, FIBAEurope.com, accessed February 21, 2008.

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