Nikola Ivanović

Nikola Ivanović (Cyrillic: Никола Ивановић; born February 19, 1994) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player for Budućnost VOLI of the ABA League, the Montenegrin League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in), he plays the point guard position.

Nikola Ivanović
No. 2 – Budućnost VOLI
PositionPoint guard
LeagueABA League
Montenegrin League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1994-02-19) February 19, 1994 (age 26)
Podgorica, Montenegro, FR Yugoslavia
NationalityMontenegrin
Listed height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Listed weight85 kg (187 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2010–2011Mornar
2011–2015Budućnost
2015–2016Mega
2016–2017AEK Athens
2017Orlandina
2017–presentBudućnost
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ivanović started his career in local club KK Joker Podgorica. He then played for Mornar Bar during the 2010–11 season, averaging 10.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game. While in Mornar he also averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game during 2010–11 BIBL season.[1]

Budućnost PodgoricaEdit

In 2011, Ivanović transferred to the biggest Montenegrin basketball club, Budućnost Podgorica, signing his first professional contract in February 2012, after he turned 18.[2] In his first season with the team, he averaged 6.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1 steal per game in 16.2 minutes per game played in the 2011–12 ABA League season.

During the 2013–14 season, Ivanović was handed a chance with being the first point guard option for Budućnost due to the injury of the starting point guard, Aleksandar Ćapin. Ivanović took up the opportunity in the late half of the season and had his best showings against Union Olimpija when he scored 28 points, making 8 out of his 11 shots for two points and also adding one three-pointer. In the same game he also had 3 assists and 2 steals with an index rating of 31.[3]

In the next game against Szolnoki Olaj he again showed great performance by scoring 27 points, making 4 assists and taking 2 steals. He shot 4 from 7 for two points and made 5 out of 7 three-pointers. He had a final index rating of 36.[4]

On July 15, 2015, he parted ways with Budućnost.[5]

Mega LeksEdit

On July 31, 2015, Ivanović moved to Serbia and signed with Mega Leks.[6] In Adriatic League he averaged 30.2 minutes with 13.4 points, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He won the Serbian Cup with Mega Leks against rivals Partizan. In the finals he scored 24 points, five assists and he was the MVP of the competition.[7]

AEK Athens / OrlandinaEdit

On June 14, 2016, Ivanović signed a three-year contract with the Greek club AEK Athens.[8] On January 11, 2017, he was loaned to Italian club Orlandina Basket for the rest of the 2016–17 Serie A season.[9]

Budućnost VOLIEdit

On September 13, 2017, Ivanović returned to Budućnost VOLI.[10]

Montenegrin national teamEdit

After going through many youth national teams of Montenegro, Ivanović became standard member of the senior Montenegrin national team. On 18 August 2012, Ivanović scored an amazing three-pointer buzzer beater from a half court in a match against Serbia.[11][12]

Career statisticsEdit

Basketball Champions LeagueEdit

[13]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 A.E.K. 11 17.0 .408 .310 1.000 1.1 1.1 .9 0 4.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stats at BeoBasket
  2. ^ "Nikola Ivanović i Budućnost Voli potpisali profesionalni ugovor" (in Serbian). vijesti.me. February 20, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "ABA: Ivanović i Vitkovac "presudili" Olimpiji, Budućnost u igri za "fajnal for"" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "IVANOVIĆ PONOVO BLISTAO, SOLNOK PAO U MORAČI!" (in Serbian). kosarka.me. March 1, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Budućnost VOLI parted ways with Ivanović". Abaliga.com. July 15, 2015. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Ivanović from Budućnost VOLI to Mega Leks". Abaliga.com. 31 July 2015. Archived from the original on August 3, 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Nikola "MVP" Ivanović: Ponosni!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 22 February 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Ivanovic until 2019". aekbc.gr. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ "UN ALTRO TALENTO PER LA BETALAND, ECCO NIKOLA IVANOVIC!". orlandinabasket.it (in Italian). 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Nikola Ivanović officially joins Budućnost VOLI". aba-liga.com. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Crna Gora trojkom Ivanovića sa pola terena pobedila Srbiju u Areni!" (in Serbian). sport.blic.rs. August 18, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "YouTube video of Nikola Ivanović's half court three pointer against Serbia".
  13. ^ http://www.championsleague.basketball/16-17/AEK#%7Ctab=statistics

External linksEdit