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Vanja Marinković

Vanja Marinković (Serbian: Вања Маринковић, born January 9, 1997) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Valencia Basket of the Liga ACB and EuroLeague. Standing at 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in), he plays the shooting guard position.

Vanja Marinković
No. 2 – Valencia Basket
PositionShooting guard
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (1997-01-09) January 9, 1997 (age 22)
Belgrade, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
Listed height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Listed weight86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2013–present
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Marinković was born in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia. He comes from a relatively-sports related family; his father Zoran is a football referee and cinematographer, while his mother Dragana and his six-year older brother both played basketball in their youth. Marinković started playing basketball for Belgrade-based club Vračar where he played from 2006 until 2010. He then moved to Koledž where he stayed for one season.[1]

Club careerEdit

Partizan BelgradeEdit

In the summer of 2011, he moved to play with Partizan's youth categories. He continued to play with the youth categories of the team for four seasons, with the exception of the last season in which he played occasionally, as he spent most of his time training with the senior team.

In the 2013–14 season, he started working with the senior team of Partizan, under head coach Duško Vujošević. He debuted for the team in the Serbian Cup game against FMP Belgrade.[1] However, although being capped for the games many times, he occasionally got the chance to play in the rest of the season. Partizan finished the season winning its 13th consecutive domestic league title, defeating archrivals Crvena zvezda by 3-1 in the final series; that would be the only title won over the season.[2] He also became a champion with Partizan's junior team by beating Crvena zvezda in the final game.[3]

In the 2014–15 season, he became a standard part of senior team's rotation. On November 8, he led his team with season-high 20 points in 65–50 win over MZT Skopje, showing great potential for the future.[4][5] Three days after turning 18, on January 12, 2015, he signed his first professional, four-year contract with Partizan.[6] Over the season, he appeared in 29 games of the ABA League, averaging 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. He also played in the EuroCup where Partizan was eliminated in the Group E.[7] On September 18, 2015, he appeared in the EuroBasket 2015 special event - FIBA European U-18 All-Star game, consisted of the 24 most talented European players born in 1997 or after.[8][9] He led his Team Black with 17 points and 4 assists in 82–87 loss to Team Red.[10] Over 26 games of the 2015–16 ABA League, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while shooting 31.3% from the field.

In the 2016–17 season, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, while shooting 42.5% from the field over 23 games of the 2016–17 ABA League.

On 14 October 2017, in a ABA League away game versus Zadar in a 104–97, Marinković scored a career-high 33 points, also adding 5 rebounds and 1 assist.[11] Over 20 games of the 2017–18 ABA League, he averaged 11.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while shooting 41.3% from the field and 36.1% from the three-point field goal.

In June 2018, he signed a two-year contract extension with the club.[12] Over 23 games of the 2018–19 ABA League, he averaged 12.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 40.2% from the field and 32.8% from the three-point field goal.

Valencia BasketEdit

On 23 July 2019, Marinković signed a two-year contract with the Spanish club Valencia Basket.[13][14]

NBA draft rightsEdit

On 20 June 2019, Marinković was the final pick of the 2019 NBA draft, after being selected by the Sacramento Kings.[15]

National team careerEdit

Marinković represented the Serbia men's national under-16 basketball team at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship where they won the silver medal.[16] The following year he was part of the U17 national team that won the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA Under-17 World Championship.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Vanja Marinković - Partizanov junak koji voli Džordana i Čarlija Šina!". (in Serbian). 13 November 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Partizanu derbi i juniorska titula". (in Serbian). Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Partizan NIS vs. MZT Skopje Full Statistics". Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Marinković nosio Partizan do pobede". (in Serbian). 8 November 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Вања Маринковић потписао професионални уговор са црно-белима". (in Serbian). 12 January 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Partizan se pobedom oprostio od Evrokupa". (in Serbian). Tanjug, Beta. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Бориша Симанић и Вања Маринковић на европском ол-стару". (in Serbian). 11 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  9. ^ "FIBA EUROPEAN U18 ALL-STAR GAME PLAYERS ANNOUNCED". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  10. ^ "FUTURE EUROPEAN STARS SHINE IN LILLE". 18 September 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  11. ^ "PARTIZAN UTIŠAO ZADAR: Maestralni Vanja Marinković doneo vrednu pobedu crno-belima". 14 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Vanja Marinković produžio ugovor sa Partizanom, ima i klauzulu". (in Serbian). 14 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  13. ^ Tegeltija, Vladan (23 July 2019). ""NE MOGU DA VERUJEM DA VIŠE NEĆU NOSITI DRES PARTIZANA" Vanja Marinković više nije član crno-belih". (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Vanja Marinkovic signs a 2-year deal with Valencia Basket". 23 July 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 NBA Draft Grades: Pick-by-pick evaluations for every first- and second-round selection". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  16. ^ "EP (U16): Kadeti Srbije osvojili srebrnu medalju". (in Serbian). Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Bronza za "orliće"!". (in Serbian). Retrieved 16 September 2014.

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