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Jaka Blažič (born June 30, 1990) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League, the ABA League and the EuroCup. He also represents the Slovenian national basketball team. Standing at 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in), he plays as a shooting guard/small forward.

Jaka Blažič
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Blažič in 2016 with Slovenia
No. 11 – Cedevita Olimpija
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueSlovenian League
ABA League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1990-06-30) June 30, 1990 (age 29)
Jesenice, SR Slovenia,
SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight96 kg (212 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2009Triglav
2009–2011Slovan
2011–2013Olimpija Ljubljana
2013–2015KK Crvena zvezda
2015–2017Saski Baskonia
2017–2018MoraBanc Andorra
2018–2019FC Barcelona
2019–presentCedevita Olimpija
Career highlights and awards

Contents

Professional careerEdit

 
Blažič with Crvena zvezda.

Blažič started his professional career in 2007 with Triglav Kranj. From 2009 to 2011 he played with Geoplin Slovan.

In July 2011, he signed a three-year deal with Union Olimpija.[1]

On June 18, 2013, Blažič signed a three-year deal with the Serbian team Crvena zvezda.[2] On September 14, 2015, he parted ways with the club.[3]

One day later, on September 15, 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Spanish team Baskonia.[4] On July 3, 2017, Blažič parted ways with Baskonia.[5]

On July 16, 2017, Blazič signed with MoraBanc Andorra for the 2017–18 season.[6] On August 9, 2018, Blazič signed a one-year deal with FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.[7]

On July 20, 2019, Blazič signed a two-year contract with Slovenian club Cedevita Olimpija.[8]

National team careerEdit

As a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team, Blažič competed at the EuroBasket 2013 and 2014 FIBA World Cup. He also represented Slovenia at the EuroBasket 2015 where they were eliminated by Latvia in eighth finals.[9][10]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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.

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12 Union Olimpija 10 1 14.2 .350 .182 .600 2.4 .4 .2 .0 3.6 2.3
2012–13 10 9 28.3 .373 .278 .731 4.0 1.9 .5 .0 12.4 10.9
2013–14 Crvena zvezda 10 2 19.7 .462 .345 .750 3.5 1.1 .9 .2 10.3 8.8
2014–15 24 10 21.4 .422 .309 .750 2.8 1.0 .5 .1 9.1 5.8
2015–16 Baskonia 29 3 19.0 .432 .352 .793 3.2 .6 .6 0 7.8 6.4
2016–17 33 7 13.9 .397 .387 .560 2.1 .5 .5 0 4.7 3.3
2018–19 Barcelona 25 7 13.7 .465 .387 .809 2.3 .6 .4 .1 5.2 5.7
Career 141 39 17.6 .418 .338 .743 2.7 .7 .5 .1 7.0 5.7

Personal lifeEdit

Traffic accidentEdit

In the early morning hours of Saturday, 4 October 2014, Blažič caused a traffic accident while driving under the influence, slamming his Volkswagen Golf into the back of a taxi vehicle while changing lanes at the corner of Nemanjina and Resavska streets in central Belgrade. No injuries were reported as the traffic patrol administered a breathalyzer test on the twenty-four-year-old KK Crvena zvezda basketball player, determining his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit in Serbia of 0.5.[11] Several hours earlier, Friday evening 3 October 2014, Blažič had played in KK Crvena zvezda's opening game of the 2014–15 Adriatic League season versus Levski Sofia,[11] an 85-55 blowout win in which he contributed 8 points including a spectacular dunk.[12][13]

Later in the day, after paying the RSD16,000 (~135) fine to the misdemeanor judge,[14] Blažič publicly apologized "to the taxi driver whose car I hit, as well as to my club and its fans"[11] while his club Crvena zvezda fined him according to its own disciplinary code of conduct by reportedly docking the amount of two monthly salaries from his pay.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UNION OLIMPIJA invests in promising guard Blazic". Euroleague.net. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ "CRVENA ZVEZDA adds Blazic". Euroleague.net. Archived from the original on July 7, 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ "JAKA HVALA TI ZA SVE I SREĆNO!". kkcrvenazvezda.rs (in Serbian). 14 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Jaka Blazic joins Baskonia for the next three seasons - Saski Baskonia". Saski Baskonia. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ "¡Gracias por todo, Jaka Blazic! - Saski Baskonia". Saski Baskonia (in Spanish). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Arriba Jaka BLAZIC". bca.ad (in Spanish). 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Jaka Blazic: An intense and physical presence for Barça Lassa | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Jaka Blažič is coming back to Stožice". aba-liga.com. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  9. ^ "SLOVENIA MAKE LAST CUT BEFORE ZAGREB TRIP". 3 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ "STRELNIEKS STEERS LATVIA INTO LAST EIGHT". eurobasket2015.org. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. ^ a b c "Zvezda kaznila Blažiča zbog izazivanja saobraćajnog udesa: Izvinjavam se taksisti, klubu i navijačima". Večernje novosti. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Ovako je Blažič naterao navijače da mu skandiraju u "Pioniru"!". Telegraf.rs. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Zvezda demonstrirala silu na startu ABA lige, šoutajm Kalinića i Blažiča!". Telegraf.rs. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  14. ^ a b Todorović, N. (4 October 2014). "Blažič se izvinio za saobraćajnu nezgodu, Zvezda ga kaznila sa dve plate". Blic. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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