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Zoran Planinić
Zoran Planinić warming up in the second game of the 2008 Spanish ACB League Finals.
Zoran Planinić warming up in the second game of the 2008 Spanish ACB League Finals.
Position Point guard
Shooting guard
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League Russian League
Team CSKA Moscow
Born September 12, 1982 (1982-09-12) (age 27)
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Draft 22nd overall, 2003
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Benston Zagreb (1999–00)
Cibona Zagreb (2000–03)
New Jersey Nets (2003–06)
TAU Cerámica (2006–08)
Awards 2001 Croatian League MVP

Zoran Planinić (born September 12, 1982 in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Bosnian-Croatian professional basketball player. He is currently a member of the Euroleague club CSKA Moscow. He is also a member of the Croatian national basketball team.


Pro career


Planinić was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. He played for the Croatian club Cibona Zagreb from 2000-03 and he was named the Croatian League MVP in 2001.

In the summer of 2006, Planinić and the New Jersey Nets agreed to a buyout, in which he was sent back to Europe to spend the season with TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League, a team that also featured talented NBA prospect Tiago Splitter. With TAU Cerámica, Planinić won the Spanish Supercup Championship in both 2006 and 2007 and the Spanish Championship in 2008. On June 25th, 2008, Planinić signed a 2 year contract with the Russian Superleague A club CSKA Moscow.[1]


The 6 ft 7 in[2] 210 lbs. point guard-shooting guard was drafted 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 2003 NBA Draft and in three NBA seasons he averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Planinić's three NBA seasons were not notable, with his only distinguishing moment coming in the 2005-06 season, when he hit a spectacular full court, 77-foot, 3rd quarter-ending buzzer beater at a November 9, 2005, home win against the Utah Jazz.[3]

Croatian national team

Planinić was part of the Croatian junior national teams that won the bronze medal at the 1999 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the silver medal at the 2001 FIBA Under-21 World Championship. Planinić was also a part of the senior Croatian national basketball teams at the EuroBasket 2003, the EuroBasket 2005, the EuroBasket 2007 and the EuroBasket 2009.


Planinić married Marina Knezovic on June 28, 2009, in Croatia.


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