Kosta Perović

Kosta Perović (Serbian Cyrillic: Коста Перовић; born February 19, 1985) is a Serbian former professional basketball player. He represented the Serbian national basketball team internationally. In the 2006 NBA draft he was a second-round selection of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, with whom he signed on August 3, 2007. A 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) center, Perović was the tallest player taken in the 2006 NBA Draft. His game has been compared to that of Slovenian center Radoslav Nesterović.[1]

Kosta Perović
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Perović warming up with Valencia in 2009
Personal information
Born (1985-02-19) February 19, 1985 (age 36)
Osijek, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Listed weight118 kg (260 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career2000–2015
PositionCenter
Number7, 13, 17, 19
Career history
2000–2002Beopetrol
2002–2007Partizan
2007–2008Golden State Warriors
2007–2008Bakersfield Jam
2008–2010Valencia
2010–2012Barcelona
2012–2013Málaga
2013–2015Enisey
2015Partizan
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Professional careerEdit

EuropeEdit

Perović was born in Osijek, SR Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. He played basketball professionally for Partizan Belgrade at the time of his being drafted by the Golden State Warriors.

After being drafted in 2006, Perović did not immediately come to the NBA. Rather, he played the 2006–07 season in the Serbian League.

NBAEdit

On August 3, 2007, Perović was signed to a two-year contract worth about US$3.5 million with a team option for a third season by Golden State. On November 18, 2007, he was assigned to the NBA D-League after going without an appearance in Golden State's first seven games. He played for the Warriors' affiliate team, the Bakersfield Jam until January 6, 2008, when he was recalled to the Warriors' squad after they waived D. J. Mbenga.

Perović played his first minutes in an NBA game with the Warriors on January 19, 2008 against the Milwaukee Bucks, in which he scored 4 points (on 2 of 2 field goal shooting) and 4 grabbed rebounds (2 offensive), as well as blocking a shot.[2] In 7 games in the NBA, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

Spanish teamsEdit

After being waived by the Warriors on September 12, 2008,[3][4] Perović reportedly signed a three-year deal worth 3.3 million net income with Pamesa Valencia of the Spanish ACB.[5][6] After a mutual termination of the contract with Pamesa Valencia in June 2010, Perović signed with FC Barcelona Bàsquet.[7] In the 2009–2010 season, he averaged 8.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

On August 19, 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the Spanish club Unicaja Málaga.[8][9] At the end of the season, Perović was waived by Unicaja Málaga.[10]

RussiaEdit

In August 2013, Perović signed a one-year deal with Yenisey Krasnoyarsk of Russia.[11] In July 2014, he extended his contract with Yenisey for one more season.[12] In December 2014, he got injured and missed the rest of the season.[13]

Return to Partizan and retirementEdit

On September 29, 2015, he returned to Partizan Belgrade.[14] Struggling to return to his previous form after few months of absence due to a knee injury, he retired from professional basketball on December 15, 2015.[15] He appeared in 12 games of the ABA League, averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

National team careerEdit

Perović played for the FR Yugoslavian U16 national team at the 2001 European Championship and won a gold medal. He began his senior national team career at the EuroBasket 2003 when Serbia and Montenegro finished with 6th place. Perović has also been a member of the senior men's Serbian national basketball team. With them he won the silver medal at the EuroBasket 2009. In the following year, he was member of team that finished 4th at the World Championship in Turkey. At the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, where he was capped, Serbia finished 8th.

Post-playing careerEdit

Perović owns and operates a cherry orchard and a small pig farm.[16]

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

EuroleagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Partizan 12 2 13.2 .444 .000 .786 3.3 .5 .3 .9 4.5 1.2
2003–04 Partizan 9 2 22.0 .491 .000 .533 4.0 1.0 .4 .7 6.9 6.2
2004–05 Partizan 12 9 25.9 .432 .000 .623 4.7 .9 1.3 .9 9.1 9.0
2005–06 Partizan 13 13 26.3 .505 .000 .672 4.4 .4 1.8 .6 10.4 11.2
2006–07 Partizan 20 16 26.3 .500 .000 .718 6.3 1.4 1.2 1.1 10.8 15.2
2010–11 FC Barcelona 17 8 12.4 .610 .000 .694 3.0 .3 .4 .5 5.7 6.8
2011–12 FC Barcelona 20 11 13.2 .531 .000 .786 3.3 .5 .3 .9 4.5 6.6
2012–13 Unicaja Málaga 21 2 9.3 .439 .000 .731 2.2 .2 .2 .2 3.3 4.6
Career 124 63 17.5 .495 .000 .683 3.7 .6 .7 .7 6.5 7.8

NBAEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Golden State 7 0 5.4 .300 .000 .667 1.9 .1 .0 .3 1.4
Career 7 0 5.4 .300 .000 .667 1.9 .1 .0 .3 1.4

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Kosta Perovic, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook. Archived 2006-06-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Warriors 119, Bucks 99.
  3. ^ Warriors Waive Kosta Perovic.
  4. ^ Serbia's Perovic Waived by Warriors.
  5. ^ Kosta Perovic Signs With Spanish Club. Archived 2008-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Pamesa signs center Kosta Perovic
  7. ^ Regal Barcelona signs Kosta Perovic
  8. ^ "Unicaja Malaga adds size with Kosta Perovic". Sportando. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  9. ^ Moutis, Lefteris. "Unicaja's powerful front line". eurohoops.net. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Unicaja Malaga waives Krunoslav Simon and Kosta Perovic". Sportando. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  11. ^ Коста Перович и Александр Павлов (in Russian). Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Kosta Perovic remains with Enisey Krasnoyarsk". Sportando.com. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Enisey Krasnoyarsk big man Kosta Perovic reportedly done for season". Sportando.com. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Kosta Perović, Aleksandar Cvetković i Andrej Magdevski ponovo zadužili crno-belu opremu". kkpartizan.rs (in Serbian). 29 September 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Kosta Perović okončao karijeru". b92.net (in Serbian). 15 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Intervju, Uroš Tripković: Od "bloka za Uroša" do plantaža borovnica". moravainfo.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 5 March 2019.

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