Damjan Rudež (born 17 June 1986) is a Croatian former professional basketball player. He represented the Croatian national team. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he played at both forward positions.
|Born||17 June 1986|
Zagreb, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||228 lb (103 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Number||9, 10, 3|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
From 2002 to 2004, Rudež played for the junior team of Zrinjevac and occasionally for the senior team. From 2004 to 2006, he played for the Belgian club Oostende, where he won his first championship in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he played for Split.
In August 2012, he signed a one-year deal with CAI Zaragoza of Spain. On 26 June 2013, he re-signed with Zaragoza on a two-year deal. In June 2014, he requested a buy-out from his contract with Zaragoza.
On 12 July 2015, Rudež was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Chase Budinger. On 27 June 2016, the Timberwolves declined the $1.2 million team option on Rudež's contract for the 2016–17 season, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Return to EuropeEdit
On 26 October 2017, Rudež signed a three-month contract with Spanish club Valencia Basket. Following the expiration of his contract, on 29 January 2018, he parted ways with Valencia. On 16 July 2018, Rudež signed a one-year contract with Spanish club UCAM Murcia. Eventough he had several offers, Rudež made the choice to stay home during the 2019-2020 season to take care of his baby. He planned to return in March, April or May, but the coronavirus made a return impossible.
On 27 June 2020, Rudež signed with Donar in the Netherlands. His brother Ivan had signed before as head coach. He averaged 7.9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assiststs in the Dutch Basketball League.
In November, 2021, Rudež announced his retirement from playing basketball and his intention to remain professionally in the sport.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
National team careerEdit
In 2009, he won the gold medal at the XVI Mediterranean Games, which were held in Pescara, Italy. He also represented Croatia at the EuroBasket 2015, where they were eliminated in the eighth-finals by the Czech Republic.
- Belgian League: 2005–06
- Union Olimpija
- A-1 Liga All-Star: 2007, 2008, 2010
- "Damjan Rudež Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
- "KK Cibona lands Rudez and Kovacevic". Sportando. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
- CAI Zaragoza puts Damjan Rudez at forward
- "CAI ZARAGOZA re-signs Rudez". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- CAI Zaragoza keep Damjan Rudez
- Damjan Rudez to workout with Cleveland Cavaliers
- Pacer Sign Free Agents C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez; Re-sign Lavoy Allen
- Sources: Pacers reach agreement with European shooter Damjan Rudez
- NBA Player 3-Point Shooting Statistics - 2014-15
- "Timberwolves Acquire Damjan Rudez from Indiana". NBA.com. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- Gauruder, Dana (27 June 2016). "Timberwolves Decline Option On Damjan Rudez". HoopsRumors.com. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "Orlando Magic Sign Six Players". NBA.com. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
- "Magic Re-Sign Damjan Rudez". NBA.com. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Magic Waive Kalin Lucas and Damjan Rudez". NBA.com. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- "Valencia adds versatile forward Rudez". Euroleague.net. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- Damjan Rudez leaves Valencia
- "ACB.COM - Damjan Rudez, nuevo soldado de los Tercios del UCAM Murcia CB". www.acb.com (in European Spanish). 16 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- "youtube.com - Damjan Rudež, welkom bij Donar! 270620". www.youtube.com (in Dutch). 27 June 2020. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
- "Donar versterkt zich met Damjan Rudež". Retrieved 27 June 2020.
- "Damjan Rudez, Basketball Player". Proballers. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
- "HRVAT KOJI JE ZA JEDAN SAT OČARAO LARRYJA BIRDA: 'PRIŠAO MI JE I REKAO: NE IDEŠ NIGDJE, POTPISUJEŠ ZA NAS'" [The Croat who fascinated Larry Bird in one hour: 'He approached me and said: you're not going anywhere, you're signing for us']. sportske.jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). 11 November 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
- CRO – Rudez called by Croatia after meniscus injury knocks out Markota
- "CROATIA UNVEIL AMBITIOUS EUROBASKET SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 4 September 2015. Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
- "CZECHS MAKE FIRST QUARTER-FINAL TRIP". eurobasket2015.org. 13 September 2015. Archived from the original on 14 September 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.