Matjaž Smodiš (born December 13, 1979) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. Standing at a height of 2.05 m (6'8 3⁄4") tall, he played at the power forward and center positions. During his pro club playing career, he played in seven EuroLeague Finals (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), and he was a three-time EuroLeague champion (2001, 2006, 2008). He was also an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2007. Smodiš was also the team captain of the senior Slovenian national team.
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|
During his pro career, 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.
National team careerEdit
Smodiš was a member of the Slovenian Under-20 junior national team that won the silver medal at the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Smodiš also played with the senior Slovenian national team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he played at the 1999 EuroBasket, the 2001 EuroBasket, the 2007 EuroBasket, the 2009 EuroBasket, and the 2011 EuroBasket.
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)
- 2× Triple Crown Winner: (2001, 2006)
- 4× EuroLeague runner-up: (2002, 2004, 2007, 2009)
- Italian League All-Star: (2004)
- 3× Russian Cup Winner: (2006, 2007, 2010)
- 6× Russian Championship Champion: (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- All-EuroLeague Second Team: (2007)
- 2× VTB United League Champion: (2008, 2010)
- Croatian Cup Winner: (2012)
- Croatian Cup MVP: (2012)
- Slovenian League Finals MVP: (2013)
Slovenian junior national teamEdit
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