Mario Nakić (Serbian Cyrillic: Марио Накић; born June 14, 2001) is a Serbian-Croatian professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB.

Mario Nakić
No. 17 – Real Madrid
PositionSmall forward
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (2001-06-14) June 14, 2001 (age 18)
Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / Croatian[1]
Listed height202 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight99 kg (218 lb)
Career information
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentReal Madrid
Career highlights and awards

Early life and careerEdit

Nakić was born in Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia to a Croatian father and a Serbian mother.[2] His father is Ivo Nakić, a former Croatian professional basketball player.[3] His mother is Zorica Desnica. Nakić's older half-brother is Filip Živojinović, a son of Serbian former tennis player Slobodan Živojinović.[4]

He started his basketball career with youth team of Zemun where he played until 2014.[5] In the 2014–15 season, Nakić played with the youth selection of Serbian powerhouse Partizan. He moved to the Real Madrid's youth team one year later, for the 2015–16 season. He was selected to the all-tournament team for the 2017–18 season of the Next Generation Tournament. Nakić was a member of the Real Madrid U18 team that won the Next Generation Tournament in the 2018–19 season. He was named the MVP and selected to the all-tournament team after helping defeat Mega Bemax Belgrade in the final. He set championship game records with 33 points and a performance index rating of 41.[6][7]

Professional careerEdit

On May 24, 2018, Nakić made a debut with Real Madrid in the Liga ACB (the top-tier Spanish League). He scored two points in a Real Madrid's 2017–18 season loss from Herbalife Gran Canaria.[8]

National team careerEdit

Nakić is eligible to play for either Croatia or Serbia.[9] In May 2019, the Croatian head coach Veljko Mršić stated that Nakić has not decided anything yet, but he is closer to play for Serbia.[10] That was followed by confirmation of the Basketball Federation of Serbia Vice president Igor Rakočević.[11] In the end, the Serbian head coach Aleksandar Đorđević confirmed that Nakić has not decided anything yet.[12]

Career achievements and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NAKIC, MARIO U18 REAL MADRID". adidasngt.com. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  2. ^ "RAKOČEVIĆ ZA "NOVOSTI": Želimo da Mario igra za Srbiju". novosti.rs. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Sin Iva Nakića debitovao za seniore Reala". rs.n1info.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  4. ^ "STEFANA I VIKTORA SVI ZNAJU, ALI TREĆEG BRATA FILIPA ŽIVOJINOVIĆA NE: Pogledajte fotografije Maria Nakića!". expresstabloid.ba. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ "SUPER SAM SE SNAŠAO U MADRIDU". sportinfo.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  6. ^ "MVP Nakic of Real Madrid headlines All-Tournament Team". adidasngt.com. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ "U18 MEGA BEMAX BELGRADE 76 -- U18 REAL MADRID 95". adidasngt.com. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "HERBALIFE GRAN CANARIA - REAL MADRID 88-78". acb.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. ^ "SA KOLENA NA KOLENO Otac pokorio Evropu sa Partizanom, a sin debitovao u dresu novog prvaka Starog kontinenta". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Mladić koji je Real odveo na krov Europe bira između Hrvatske i Srbije". index.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  11. ^ ""Mario je bliži tome da igra za Srbiju"; "Moramo da uradimo sve da izabere Hrvatsku"". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Đorđević: Na pogrešan način se borimo za Nakića". b92.net. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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