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Jaka Lakovič (born July 9, 1978) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player, and a professional basketball coach, who is the head coach of ratiopharm Ulm. Standing at 1.86 m (6' 1​14"), and weighing 95 kg (210 lbs.),[1] he played the point guard position. He was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005 and helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.

Jaka Lakovič
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Lakovič as assistant coach of Joventut.
ratiopharm Ulm
PositionHead coach
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1978-07-09) July 9, 1978 (age 41)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Listed weight95 kg (209 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2000 / Undrafted
Playing career1996–2016
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2016–present
Career history
As player:
1996–2001Geoplin Slovan
2001–2002Krka Novo Mesto
2002–2006Panathinaikos
2006–2011FC Barcelona
2011–2013Galatasaray
2013–2014Sidigas Avellino
2014–2015Royal Halı Gaziantep
2015–2016FC Barcelona B
As coach:
2016–2017FC Barcelona B (assistant)
2016–presentSlovenia (assistant)
2017–2018Bilbao Basket (assistant)
2018Bilbao Basket
2018–2019Joventut (assistant)
2019–presentratiopharm Ulm
Career highlights and awards
As player

Professional careerEdit

 
Lakovič, with Galatasaray.

In his pro career, Lakovič played with the following clubs: Geoplin Slovan and Krka Novo Mesto of the Slovenian League, Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek League, FC Barcelona of the Spanish League, Galatasaray of the Turkish League, and Avellino of the Italian League.

His brilliant performances during the 2004–05 EuroLeague season, wearing the Panathinaikos jersey, earned him an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection, as he reached the EuroLeague Final Four. In 2005, he was also named the MVP of the Greek Cup, and the MVP of the Greek League. He won the EuroLeague championship in 2010, while a member of FC Barcelona.

In July 2011, he signed a two-year contract with Galatasaray.[2][3] In January 2013, he signed with Sidigas Avellino, until the end of the season.[4] In September 2013, he extended his contract with Avellino, for one more season.[5]

In December 2014, he signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep for the 2014–15 season.[6]

In September 2015, he signed with the FC Barcelona Lassa's reserve team.[7] He also announced that would be his last year as professional basketball player, before he would begin to start coaching in the youth teams of FC Barcelona.[8]

On July 27, 2016, Lakovič announced his retirement from playing professional basketball.[9]

Slovenian national teamEdit

Lakovič competed for the senior men's Slovenian national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and also at 7 straight EuroBaskets, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

Coaching careerEdit

Lakovič began his coaching career in 2016. He became an assistant coach with the Slovenia national basketball team, working under the team's head coach, Igor Kokoškov, and started coaching at the EuroBasket 2017 qualification.[10]

On 7 August 2017, Lakovič signed for Spanish club Bilbao Basket as assistant coach.[11]

In June 2019, he was announced as the new head coach of German Basketball Bundesliga club ratiopharm Ulm.[12]

EuroLeague 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.

Denotes seasons in which Lakovič's team won the EuroLeague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 Krka 14 13 32.5 .491 .436 .890 2.1 3.8 2.0 .0 20.9 22.4
2002–03 Panathinaikos 19 6 23.7 .504 .500 .891 1.8 2.6 .5 .0 9.4 9.3
2003–04 Panathinaikos 20 15 29.2 .448 .358 .846 2.1 2.4 1.3 .1 13.3 14.3
2004–05 Panathinaikos 25 19 31.5 .445 .353 .839 2.1 2.8 1.4 .0 15.1 15.7
2005–06 Panathinaikos 22 21 31.0 .400 .370 .838 1.4 2.5 1.1 .1 14.4 13.7
2006–07 Barcelona 23 19 24.7 .429 .398 .768 1.7 3.5 .9 .0 10.3 11.0
2007–08 Barcelona 23 20 25.4 .388 .358 .807 2.2 3.0 1.0 .0 12.2 12.5
2008–09 Barcelona 18 11 22.6 .435 .413 .881 1.3 2.9 .8 .0 9.9 10.3
2009–10 Barcelona 19 0 13.5 .416 .439 .879 .8 1.3 .5 .0 6.2 5.9
2010–11 Barcelona 19 3 24.7 .426 .365 .643 .5 1.9 .2 .1 6.4 5.6
2011–12 Galatasaray 16 8 26.2 .396 .361 .818 1.9 2.7 .3 .1 9.7 10.0
Career 218 135 25.2 .433 .386 .836 1.6 2.7 .9 .0 11.6 11.8

HonorsEdit

PanathinaikosEdit

FC BarcelonaEdit

Slovenian national teamEdit

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jaka Lakovic – Height: 6’2″ / 1.88 m Weight: 210 lbs / 95 kg.
  2. ^ Galatasaray announces Jaka Lakovic.
  3. ^ Jaka Lakovič signs with Galatasaray.
  4. ^ Sidigas Avellino announced Jaka Lakovic.
  5. ^ Scandone Avellino officially re-signed Jaka Lakovic.
  6. ^ Royal Hali lands Jaka Lakovic.
  7. ^ Jaka Lakovic signs with Barcelona B team.
  8. ^ "Lakovic, experiencia contrastada para el Barça Lassa B." acb.com (in Spanish). September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Jaka Lakovic retires at 38.
  10. ^ KOKOSKOV EMBRACES SLOVENIAN HIGH EXPECTATIONS.
  11. ^ "Lakovic, entrenador ayudante del RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Jaka Lakovic neuer Trainer in Ulm". www.easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved June 8, 2019.

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