Boštjan "Boki" Nachbar (born July 3, 1980) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. A 2.06 m forward, he spent most of his career between the NBA and the EuroLeague. Nachbar helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.
Nachbar in Slovenian national team jersey
|Born||July 3, 1980|
Slovenj Gradec, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||221 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Number||9, 7, 10, 34|
|2004–2006||New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2006–2008||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
Nachbar started his professional career by joining the Olimpija Ljubljana basketball club in the 1997–98 season. He played with Olimpija in Europe's top level competition the EuroLeague, where he averaged 7 points and 2 rebounds per game. In the 2000–01 season he signed with Benetton Treviso basketball club, as the youngest Italian League player. With Benetton, he averaged 4 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the EuroLeague. In the next season, he helped Benetton get to the Final Four of the EuroLeague, as he improved his statistics to 13 points and 4 rebounds per game. In his best game of the season, against Idea Slask Wroclaw, he scored 28 points, hitting 6 three-pointers. He won the Italian League championship and the Italian Supercup in 2002.
Nachbar was selected by the Houston Rockets as the 15th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played for the Rockets for three seasons, but only averaged about 10 minutes per game. In 2004, he went to the New Orleans Hornets, where he averaged about 8 points in 21 minutes per game. During the 2004–05 NBA season, he scored 21 points against his former team, the Rockets, which was a career high. In the 2005–06 season, however, he had a difficult time getting off the bench once again was traded to the New Jersey Nets just before the trading deadline in exchange for Marc Jackson, Linton Johnson, and cash considerations. He had a great season with New Jersey as the team's 6th man, making many contributions to the club before they lost in the Eastern Conference semis to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Return to EuropeEdit
On July 20, 2008, Nachbar returned to Europe when he signed a 3-year €9.6 million euros net income contract with the Russian Superleague club Dynamo Moscow, giving him one of the most expensive contracts in European pro basketball history. The contract also included opt out clauses after each season. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in Europe's second level competition, the EuroCup, during the 2008-09 season.
Nachbar opted out of his contract with Dynamo Moscow on May 17, 2009. In July 2009, he signed a 2-year contract with a team option for the second year with the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen. He averaged 6.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague in the 2009-10 season. In his second year with Efes, Nachbar improved his stats in the EuroLeague to 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. On June 24, 2011, Nachbar announced via Twitter that he won't stay for a third season with the team.
Nachbar started the 2011-12 season out due to an ankle injury. After recovering from the injury, he was mentioned as a potential reinforcement for several NBA teams. After not getting a contract in the NBA, Nachbar signed with Russian League team UNICS Kazan in January 2012, until the end of the season. He wasn't able to perform well in UNICS, averaging only 3.1 PPG in the Russian league.
He joined Brose Baskets Bamberg in July 2012. He had a successful season, leading the team to the EuroLeague Top 16, finishing as EuroLeague's second best scorer with 16.1 points per game. He also helped the team regain their Basketball Bundesliga title, as they won 3-0 in the finals series against EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
On May 14, 2018, Nachbar announced his retirement.
National team careerEdit
Nachbar was a member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. He participated at EuroBasket 2003, EuroBasket 2005, EuroBasket 2009 and EuroBasket 2013. During the 2005 FIBA EuroBasket, he averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. He was also a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
He was also a member of Slovenia's national team that played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. EuroBasket 2013, which took place in his homeland of Slovenia, was his last one before his retirement from the national team.
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
- Sanjski prestop Nachbarja v Moskvo (in Slovene)
- Ex-Nets F Nachbar, Dynamo Moscow agree to 3-year, $14.3M deal
- Eurocup 2008-09 season.
- Sportando.net Nachbar inks for Efes Pilsen - The Slovenian to stay in Europe.
- Efes Pilsen lands forward Bostjan Nachbar
- Euroleague.net - 2009-10 season.
- "Bostjan Nachbar leaves Efes Istanbul". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- "Knicks Seeking 3/4 Swingman For Bench". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- "Charlotte Bobcats plan to audition Bostjan Nachbar and Jamario Moon". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-30.
- Unics brings in Bostjan Nachbar
- Brose Baskets lands Nachbar
- "FC Barcelona announced Bostjan Nachbar". Sportando.net. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Baloncesto Sevilla lands Bostjan Nachbar
- "Bostjan Nachbar retires at 37". Sportando. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.[permanent dead link]
- "Bostjan Nachbar to work with the Pistons as an international scout". sportando.com.[permanent dead link]
- "Podrobnosti". apparatus.si. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Nachbar talks about wife and season with the NETS
- Boštjan Nachbar postal očka (in Slovene)
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- Boštjan Nachbar at eurobasket.com
- Boštjan Nachbar at euroleague.net
- Boštjan Nachbar at fiba.com
- Boštjan Nachbar at legabasket.it
- Boštjan Nachbar at nba.com
- Boštjan Nachbar at tblstat.net
- Boštjan Nachbar on Twitter