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Primož Brezec
Philadelphia 76ers  – No. 7
Center
Born October 2, 1979 (1979-10-02) (age 30)
Postojna, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
League NBA
Draft 1st round, (27th overall), 2000
Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1996–present
Former teams Kraski Zidar (1996–98)
Union Olimpija Ljubljana (1998–01)
Indiana Pacers (2001–04)
Charlotte Bobcats (2004–07)
Detroit Pistons (2007–08)
Toronto Raptors (2008)
Lottomatica Roma (2008–09)
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Primož Brezec (born October 2, 1979 in Postojna, Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player currently playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) tall center. Brezec has played seven seasons in the NBA.

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Pro career

Europe

Brezec grew up in Sežana, where he also made his professional debut with the local team Kraski Zidar. During his high school years he was a member of the basketball team and a major star of the ŠKL League, the national high school league. As a professional, he played for the Slovenian Premier A League club Union Olimpija Ljubljana from 1998 until 2001.

Brezec spent the next 7 seasons playing in the NBA in the United States and Canada. He returned to Europe on July 20, 2008, when he signed a 2 year contract with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian League.[1]

NBA

Brezec was chosen by the Indiana Pacers with the 27th overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. After he spent three years in Indiana with little playing time, he was picked up in the 2004 NBA expansion draft by the Charlotte Bobcats. As the Bobcat's starting center, Brezec averaged career-highs of 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the 2004-05 NBA season. He also scored the first points, made the first turnover, and hit the first free-throws in the history of the franchise.

On December 14, 2007, Brezec, along with Bobcats teammate Wálter Herrmann, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for center Nazr Mohammed.[2]

At the 2008 NBA trade deadline, which was on February 21, Brezec, along with cash considerations, was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Juan Dixon.[3] During his Raptors debut, he hit all five of his shots and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and a block in 13 minutes off the bench against the New York Knicks in a February 24 win.

In early March, just two weeks after Brezec joined the Raptors, a fan started a website called ReSignPrimoz.com,[4] to convince the Canadian franchise to re-sign the center to a contract-extension in the off season, to no avail. In August 2009, he returned to the NBA when signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[5]

Slovenian national team

Brezec has also been a member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he has played at the 2003 FIBA European Championship, the 2005 FIBA European Championship, and the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

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
2001–02 Indiana 22 4 7.3 .483 .000 .600 1.3 .3 .0 .3 2.0
2002–03 Indiana 22 1 5.0 .395 .000 .600 1.0 .2 .1 .2 1.9
2003–04 Indiana 18 0 4.0 .462 .000 .667 .8 .2 .0 .2 1.6
2004–05 Charlotte 72 72 31.6 .512 .000 .745 7.4 1.2 .5 .8 13.0
2005–06 Charlotte 79 79 27.4 .517 .000 .732 5.6 .6 .2 .4 12.4
2006–07 Charlotte 58 40 14.4 .445 .333 .632 3.2 .4 .2 .4 5.0
2007–08 Charlotte 20 18 13.4 .395 .000 .600 2.2 .3 .0 .2 1.9
2007–08 Detroit 17 0 5.8 .769 .000 .500 1.1 .2 .1 .1 1.6
2007–08 Toronto 13 0 8.5 .447 .000 .667 1.4 .1 .1 .2 3.7
Career 321 214 19.0 .500 .167 .706 4.1 .6 .2 .4 7.6

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