Emir Preldžić (born 6 September 1987) is a Turkish professional basketball player for Bahçeşehir of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He also represents the Turkish national basketball team. He is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall and he mainly plays the small forward position, but he also has the ability to play as a power forward, shooting guard and point guard.
Preldžić with Fenerbahçe
|No. 55 – Bahçeşehir Koleji|
|League||Turkish Basketball Super League|
|Born||6 September 1987|
Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Nationality||Bosnian / Slovenian / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Career highlights and awards|
Preldžić began his career playing with Čelik Zenica youth teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He made his pro debut with Čelik Zenica in the Bosnia and Herzegovina League during the 2003–04 season. In the 2004–05 season he played with Triglav Kranj. He then moved to the Adriatic League club Geoplin Slovan for the 2005–06 season.
On 27 January 2011, in the EuroLeague match against Power Electronics Valencia, he double blocked Rafa Martínez in only one second. He played with 10 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks performance in a victory against Power Electronics Valencia.
On 28 February 2011, the official page of the team declared that he had signed a three-year contract with the team.
On 20 March 2011, he played with 10 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assist performance against Olin Edirne which he did his first triple double in the team. This triple double is second in Turkish Basketball League history after Mark Dickel played with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists performance against Galatasaray in the 2002-03 season.
On 11 October 2012, his stat line was 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in a performance against BC Khimki in 2012–13 Euroleague first week match which made him Euroleague Weekly MVP by 31 ratings.
In the 2009 NBA draft, Preldžić was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round, with the 57th draft pick. His draft rights were then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and later to the Washington Wizards in a February 2010 trade that sent Antawn Jamison from Washington to Cleveland. On 17 July 2014 the Dallas Mavericks acquired Preldžić's rights from the Wizards in a sign-and-trade deal for DeJuan Blair. On July 6, 2016, the rights to Preldžić, along with Jeremy Evans, were traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the rights to Stanko Barać. On July 14, 2017, the rights to Preldžić were traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Cory Joseph. On February 6, 2019, his rights were again traded, this time to the Philadelphia 76ers.
|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.
National team careerEdit
Slovenian national teamEdit
Preldžić was a member of the Slovenian national basketball team and he competed for Slovenia at the 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament, since he acquired Slovenian citizenship as a member of the Bosniak community in Slovenia.
Turkish national teamEdit
Through 2011, the Bosnian media speculated that Preldžić may play for the Bosnian national basketball team because of his birthplace Zenica, city in modern Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, on July 6, 2011, the Turkish Basketball Federation announced Preldžić's name in its official nominated squad for the EuroBasket 2011 held in Lithuania. Preldžić decided to change national team using the FIBA regulation on Eligibility and National Status of Players (Chapter I.22).
He was later selected to the Turkish national team's EuroBasket 2011 roster by head coach Orhun Ene. On 5 September 2011 in EuroBasket 2011 group match against Spain, he played with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal performance in a victory. Over the tournament, he averaged 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
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- "Euroleague'de ilk haftanın MVP'si Emir Preldzic". Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü Resmi İnternet Sitesi. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
- "Emir Preldzic signs with Darussafaka Dogus". Sportando.com. August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- "Emir Preldzic signs two-year deal with Galatasaray". Sportando.com. September 9, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
- "Cavaliers Acquire the Rights to Emir Preldzic". NBA.com. June 25, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- "Wizards Acquire Ilgauskas, Thornton and First-Round Pick In Three-Team Deal". NBA.com. February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- "Wizards Acquire DeJuan Blair". NBA.com. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- "Mavs send DeJuan Blair to Wizards". ESPN.com. July 17, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- "Pacers Acquire Jeremy Evans in Trade with Dallas". NBA.com. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
- "Raptors Complete Trade With Indiana". NBA.com. July 14, 2017.
- "Richardson, Preldžić, Second-Round Pick Acquired From Toronto". NBA.com. February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
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- "Chapter I.22 - Eligibility and National Status of Players" (pdf). fiba.com. p. 9. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
- "Emir Preldzic Profile". eurobasket2011.com. Archived from the original on June 24, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
- "Spain-Turkey game report". eurobasket2011.com. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
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- "EMIR PRELDZIC PROFILE". eurobasket2013.org. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.