Matjaž Smodiš (born December 13, 1979) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. Standing at 2.05 m and played as a power forward or center, he was a three-time EuroLeague champion and an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2007.
Smodiš, during an interview in 2007.
|Born||December 13, 1979|
Trbovlje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1994–2000||Krka Novo Mesto|
|2012–2013||Krka Novo Mesto|
|Career highlights and awards|
Smodiš played with teams like Krka Novo Mesto of the Slovenian League and the Italian League clubs Virtus Bologna and Climamio Bologna. Smodiš also played with the Russian League club CSKA Moscow, from 2005 to 2011, being one of the team's major stars. In 2011, he left CSKA Moscow, and signed with the Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb (A1 Croatian League).
On November 30, 2012, he signed with his home town team, Krka. Smodiš announced his retirement from playing professional basketball in May 2013, after leading Krka to their 4th consecutive Slovenian national domestic league championship.
Slovenian national teamEdit
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- 2× Slovenian League All Star: (1999, 2000)
- 2× Slovenian League Champion: (2000, 2013)
- 2× Italian Cup Winner: (2001, 2002)
- 2× Italian League Champion: (2001, 2005)
- 3× EuroLeague Champion: (2001, 2006, 2008)
- Italian League All-Star: (2004)
- 2× Russian Cup Winner: (2006, 2007)
- 5× Russian League Champion: (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- 2× Triple Crown Champion: (2001, 2006)
- 3× EuroLeague runner-up: (2004, 2007, 2009)
- All-EuroLeague Second Team: (2007)
- Croatian Cup Winner: (2012)
- Croatian Cup MVP: (2012)
- Slovenian League Finals MVP: (2013)