Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. At 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in (2.10 m), he primarily played at the power forward position but was also capable of playing center. A three-time All-EuroLeague Team member, he won the EuroLeague title with FC Barcelona in 2010. He is the older brother of Domen Lorbek, also a professional basketball player.
Lorbek with FC Barcelona in 2013.
|Born||February 21, 1984|
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|College||Michigan State (2002–2003)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lorbek was also a regular member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. He earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection as he helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.
Lorbek began playing basketball with the youth clubs of Union Olimpija, the top basketball club in his hometown, and in the Slovenian league. Lorbek then played with Olimpija's B squad, in the minor leagues of Slovenia, from 1999 to 2002.
Lorbek attended Michigan State University in the U.S., where he played college basketball for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. In the 2002–03 season, as a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
After playing college basketball, Lorbek chose to return to Europe, after a year at Michigan State, and signed a deal with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian league, where he began his professional career, and played from 2003 to 2006 (for sponsorship reasons, the team was known as Skipper Bologna in the 2003–04 season, and Climamio Bologna from 2004–2006).
Lorbek began the 2006–07 season on loan from the Spanish league club Unicaja Málaga to the Italian league club Benetton Treviso; however, in February 2007, the deal was voided by the Italian Basketball Federation, due to unspecified violations of federation regulations. Lorbek then signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league, where he became one of the best power forwards of the EuroLeague. He joined the Russian club CSKA Moscow in 2008, with whom he reached the EuroLeague 2008–09 season's final, in his first season, and he was voted to the All-EuroLeague Second Team.
On August 18, 2009, he was transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona, for an undisclosed fee. He signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA, after the second year of the contract. In August 2014, he parted ways with Barcelona. Lorbek did not play in 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons. He was recovering from knee injury he suffered during his service in Barcelona Bàsquet.
NBA draft rightsEdit
Lorbek was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA draft, by the Indiana Pacers. But the Pacers did not sign him, and Lorbek continued to play in Europe. During the 2011 NBA draft, the Pacers traded the draft rights to Lorbek, to the San Antonio Spurs, as part of their trade for George Hill.
Slovenian national teamEdit
Lorbek was also a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he played at the 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 editions of the FIBA EuroBasket. He was one of the top players of the 2009 tournament, and earned the power forward position in the All-Tournament Team. In 2011, Lorbek said that he didn't want to play for the Slovenian national team at EuroBasket 2011, just 15 minutes before Slovenia's training camp started. Two days later, he changed his mind, and decided instead to represent Slovenia at the tournament, which was held in Lithuania.
|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.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the EuroLeague|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- Fortitudo Bologna
- Pallacanestro Treviso
- Italian Cup (1): 2006-07
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian League (1): 2008-09
- FC Barcelona Bàsquet
- Spanish League (3): 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
- Spanish Cup (3): 2010, 2011, 2013
- Spanish Supercup (3): 2009, 2010, 2011
- EuroLeague (1): 2009–10
- EuroLeague Rising Star:
- EuroLeague MVP of the Round (3):
- EuroLeague MVP of the Month:
- March/April, 2008–09
- All-EuroLeague Team (3):
- All-Spanish ACB League Team (2):
- Spanish ACB League Finals MVP:
- LORBEK, ERAZEM Biography.
- "Fifty-Three Early Entry Candidates Withdraw". Nba.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Lorbek moves from Treviso to Roma". Euroleague.net. February 28, 2007.
- "Lorbek, blaugrana". fcbarcelona.cat. August 18, 2009. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010.
- "Lorbek firma con el Regal FC Barcelona por tres años". as.com. August 18, 2009.
- "FC Barcelona, Erazem Lorbek part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
- "Erazem Lorbek:"Thoughts of Retirement Never Crossed My Mind"". TeamScout. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
- Limoges inks Erazem Lorbek.
- Lorbek did not pass his medicals for Limoge.
- "Erazem Lorbek joins Dinamo Sassari for one month". Sportando.com. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- Erazem Lorbek leaves Dinamo Sassari
- "Erazem Lorbek joined Petrol Olimpija". aba-liga.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Erazem Lorbek signs with Petrol Olimpija". Sportando.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 23, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
- "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016 UTAH SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". NBA.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- "2016 Summer League Player Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2016. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- EuroBasket2009.org Gasol Named EuroBasket 2009 MVP Presented By Tissot. Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Erazem Maljkoviću rekel "ne" pet pred dvanajsto". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
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