Mirza Begić (born July 9, 1985) is a retired Bosnian-born Slovenian professional basketball player. The 2.16 m (7 ft 1 in) center, he represented the Slovenian national team in the international competitions.
|Born||July 9, 1985|
Bijeljina, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
|Listed height||2.16 m (7 ft 1 in)|
|Listed weight||120 kg (265 lb)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|Number||15, 16, 25|
|2004–2005||→ Huy Basket|
|2017–2018||Petrochimi Bandar Imam|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
He then arrived to Slovenia in 2002, and stayed in KK Koper for 2 months. In the 2002–03 season, he played for Union Olimpija's junior team. Then he moved to Triglav Kranj in the Slovenian League. Begić averaged 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks, in 16.9 minutes in his first season in the Slovenian League in 2003–04.
In 2004, Begić signed with the Italian League club Virtus Bologna. In his first season with the club he was loaned to Huy Basket in Belgium's First Division. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. In the 2005-06 season, he was released by Virtus Bologna.
In the 2006–07 season, Begić moved back to Slovenia. He signed with Geoplin Slovan. He averaged 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game in the Adriatic League, and 9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in the Slovenian League.
On July 30, 2007, Begić signed a 2-year contract with Union Olimpija. He made his Euroleague debut on October 24, 2007, versus the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena. Begić averaged 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in his first season of the Euroleague play. In his second season in Euroleague, he averaged career-high 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
In his second season in the Adriatic League, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He played in the 2008 Adriatic League Final Four in Ljubljana, where his team, Union Olimpija, lost in the semifinals against Partizan Belgrade. In his third season in the Adriatic League, he finished with averages of 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He won the Slovenian National Championship and Slovenian Cup with Union Olimpija in 2008 and 2009. On November 24, 2008, he renewed his contract through the end of the 2010–11 season.
On January 18, 2011, Begić reached an agreement with the Spanish League club Real Madrid to play for the club until the end of the 2012–13 season. The 2012–13 season was successful for Begić in Real Madrid, reaching the Euroleague final and winning the Spanish League.
On September 20, 2014, Begić signed a one-year deal with his former team Union Olimpija. On November 19, 2014, he left Olimpija and signed a one-month deal with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia. On December 24, 2014, he extended his contract with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia for the rest of the season.
On October 14, 2015, Begić signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, only to be waived by the team two days later. On December 7, 2015, Begić signed with Spanish club Dominion Bilbao Basket for the rest of the season.
On September 21, 2020, he has decided to retire from professional basketball.
|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|
|Led the league|
Slovenian national teamEdit
Begić was a member of the Slovenian under-20 national team. He competed at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Russia, which he led in blocked shots per game. He has also been a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. He played at the EuroBasket 2011, which he also led in blocked shots per game.
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- "OLYMPIACOS adds center Begic". Euroleague.net. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
- "Olympiakos officially sign Mirza Begic". Sportando.com. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- "Mirza Begić joined Union Olimpija". abaliga.com. 20 September 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "Laboral Kutxa Baskonia refuerza su juego interior con Mirza Begic". acb.com (in Spanish). 19 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Baskonia extends Mirza Begic. Lamont Hamilton set to leave". Sportando.com. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- "Pelicans Sign Mirza Begic". NBA.com. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "Pelicans Waive Mirza Begic". NBA.com. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
- "Mirza Begic, nuevo techo del Dominion Bilbao Basket". ACB.com (in Spanish). December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- "Cedevita have their Two Towers - Mirza Begić joins Miro Bilan". aba-liga.com. 27 July 2016. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "Mirza Begic and Willie Warren ink in Iran with Petrochimi". Sportando.com. August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
- "Mirza Begić is back at Petrol Olimpija". aba-liga.com. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
- "KK Mornar Bar, Mirza Begic part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
- "Mirza Begic retires at 35". Sportando. September 21, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
- "FIBA.com 2005 U20 European Championship Men : DIVISION A BLOCKS : ALL ROUNDS". FIBA.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "FIBA.com 2011 EuroBasket BLOCKS : ALL ROUNDS". FIBA.com. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
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