Mile Ilić (Serbian: Миле Илић; born June 2, 1984) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Al-Ahli of the Bahraini League. He played with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ilić, a 2.15-metre-tall (7'1") center, was drafted by the Nets in the 2005 NBA draft as the 43rd overall pick, and began his rookie season in the 2006–07 season.
|No. 16 – Al-Ahli|
|Born||June 2, 1984|
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Nationality||Serbian / Bosnian|
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||229 lb (104 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 43rd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|2006–2007||New Jersey Nets|
|2007||→ Colorado 14ers|
|2018||Al Mouttahed Tripoli|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ilić started his senior career with FMP.
New Jersey NetsEdit
In the 2005 NBA Draft he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets as a 43rd overall pick. On September 13, 2006, Nets signed Ilić as a foreseeable future backup for countryman Nenad Krstić. On February 26, 2007, the Nets assigned him to the Colorado 14ers, their NBA Development League affiliate. Ilić thus became the first player that the Nets assigned to the D-League since instituting affiliate teams (prior to the 2005–06 NBA season). On October 29, 2007, he was traded by the Nets to New Orleans Hornets along with Bernard Robinson for David Wesley (both Ilić and Robinson were immediately waived by the Hornets).
After getting waived in the NBA, Ilić returned to Europe and signed with Lokomotiv Rostov on November 26, 2007. However, he never played for the Russian club because of injury. On February 24, 2008, he signed with CB Bilbao Berri, team from the Spanish ACB. Hampered by the recovery process from a leg injury he only appeared in 10 games for the club averaging 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Seasons in SerbiaEdit
In March 2010, he signed with Metalac Valjevo for the 2009–10 Serbian Superleague season. For the 2010–11 season he returned to FMP Železnik. The 2011–12 season he played with Crvena zvezda. In March 2013, signed with Vojvodina Srbijagas for the 2012–13 Serbian Superleague season.
Seasons in the Middle East and stints in Georgia and LithuaniaEdit
In October 2013, Ilić signed with Mahram Tehran BC of the Iranian Super League. In January 2014, he left Tehran and signed with MIA Academy of the Georgian Super Liga for the rest of the season.
In September 2016, Ilić signed with Nuwaidrat of the Bahraini Premier League. At the end of March 2017, Ilić signed with Tadamon Zouk of the Lebanese Basketball League. In July 2017, he returned to Nuwaidrat. In September 2018, Ilić signed for a Bahraini club Al Itihad.
- NBA Draft history: 2005 Draft
- Nets sign Serb center Ilic, '05 second-round pick
- NETS ASSIGN MILE ILIC TO COLORADO 14ers OF D-LEAGUE
- HORNETS: Hornets Complete Deal With Nets
- Ilic, Harrington join Rostov, FIBA November 26, 2007
- Košarka: Mile Ilić nije potpisao za Lokomotivu (in Serbian)
- El pivot serbio Mile Illic llega a un acuerdo con iurbentia Bilbao Basket (in Spanish)
- Cajasol adds size with Mile Ilic
- Cajasol cut Mile Ilic
- Mile Ilić debituje za Metalac Archived 2016-02-15 at the Wayback Machine (in Serbian)
- Jao Mile predvodi FMP (in Serbian)
- "Mile Ilić u Vojvodini (Serbian)". Novosti.rs. March 26, 2013.
- Mahram Tehran adds size with Mile Ilic
- "MIA Academy lands Mile Ilic". Eurobasket.com. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Qatar SC bounce back to beat Arabi". menafn.com. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- ""Lietkabelio" marškinėlius apsivilks NBA duonos ragavęs serbas". basketnews.lt (in Lithuanian). 17 October 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
- "Mile Ilic replaces Jasmin Perkovic in Nuwaidrat !!". Eurobasket.com. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- "التضامن يضمّ عملاقاً بطول 216 سنتمتراً". 28 March 2017.
- Nuwaidrat welcomes back Ilic
- "Mile Ilić svoju 17. profesionalnu sezonu počinje u Al Itihadu". basketballsphere.com. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- "Mile Ilic (ex As Seeb) joins Al-Ahli". asia-basket.com/. Retrieved 13 July 2019.