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' 11⁄4"), and weighing 95 kg (210 lbs.), 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.
Lakovič as assistant coach of Joventut.
|Born||July 9, 1978|
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Listed weight||95 kg (209 lb)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2001–2002||Krka Novo Mesto|
|2014–2015||Royal Halı Gaziantep|
|2015–2016||FC Barcelona B|
|2016–2017||FC Barcelona B (assistant)|
|2017–2018||Bilbao Basket (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. In January 2013, he signed with Sidigas Avellino, until the end of the season. In September 2013, he extended his contract with Avellino, for one more season.
In September 2015, he signed with the FC Barcelona Lassa's reserve team. 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.
On July 27, 2016, Lakovič announced his retirement from playing professional basketball.
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.
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.
EuroLeague 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||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 Lakovič's team won the EuroLeague|
- 2× Spanish League Champion: (2009, 2011)
- 3× Spanish Cup Winner: (2007, 2010, 2011)
- 2× Spanish Super Cup Winner: (2009, 2010)
- EuroLeague Champion: (2010)
Slovenian national teamEdit
- Slovenian League All-Star: (2001)
- Led the EuroLeague 2001–02 season in free throw shooting percentage: (89.0%)
- Led the Slovenian League in assists: (2002)
- 3× Greek League All-Star: (2003, 2005, 2006)
- 2× Greek League Finals MVP (2003, 2005)
- Led the 2003–04 Greek League season in free throw shooting percentage: (91.0%)
- Greek League Best Five: (2005)
- Greek League MVP: (2005)
- Greek Cup MVP: (2005)
- All-EuroLeague 2nd Team: (2005)
- Jaka Lakovic – Height: 6’2″ / 1.88 m Weight: 210 lbs / 95 kg.
- Galatasaray announces Jaka Lakovic.
- Jaka Lakovič signs with Galatasaray.
- Sidigas Avellino announced Jaka Lakovic.
- Scandone Avellino officially re-signed Jaka Lakovic.
- Royal Hali lands Jaka Lakovic.
- Jaka Lakovic signs with Barcelona B team.
- "Lakovic, experiencia contrastada para el Barça Lassa B." acb.com (in Spanish). September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
- Jaka Lakovic retires at 38.
- KOKOSKOV EMBRACES SLOVENIAN HIGH EXPECTATIONS.
- "Lakovic, entrenador ayudante del RETAbet Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). ACB.com. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
- "Jaka Lakovic neuer Trainer in Ulm". www.easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved June 8, 2019.