Zoran Planinić (born September 12, 1982) is a Croatian former professional basketball player.
|Born||September 12, 1982|
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Position||Point guard / shooting guard|
|2003–2006||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Planinić was born in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the former Yugoslavia. He started his basketball career at HKK Brotnjo Čitluk from Čitluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina and was noticed by KK Cibona where he continued his junior career.
In the 2003 NBA draft, the 6-foot-7-inch-tall (201 cm) (in shoes), 210-pound (95 kg) point guard/shooting guard was drafted 22nd overall by the New Jersey Nets. In three NBA seasons he averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Planinić's three NBA seasons were not notable, with his only distinguishing moment coming in the 2005–06 season, when he hit a spectacular full-court, 77-foot, 3rd-quarter-ending buzzer beater at a November 9, 2005, home win against the Utah Jazz.
Planinić's final NBA game was Game 2 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Semi-finals on May 10th, 2006 against the Miami Heat. New Jersey would lose the game 89 - 111 with Planinić recording 1 assist and 1 steal. Miami then won the next 3 games and eliminated the Nets from the playoffs.
In the summer of 2006, Planinić and the Nets agreed to a buyout, in which he was sent back to Europe to spend the season with TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB League, a team that also featured talented NBA prospect Tiago Splitter. With TAU Cerámica, Planinić won the Spanish Supercup championship in both 2006 and 2007, and the Spanish League championship in 2008.
On July 27, 2013, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes. In January 2014, he hit a long-range buzzer beater in the last second of the game to defeat Olimpia Milano by a score of 61–60. In his first season with the team, he averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 assists, over 23 EuroLeague games. In the summer of 2014, Dušan Ivković was appointed as Efes' head coach, and Planinić lost his place in the team. Despite that, he was still under contract for the 2014–15 season.
EuroLeague career statisticsEdit
|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|
Croatian national teamEdit
- "Njegov doprinos vrlo važan" (in Croatian). hrsport.net. 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- "Zoran Planinić". Brotnjo Sport. brotnjo-sport.info. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- NBA.com Official Player Profile.
- Carter scores 21 as Nets cruise past Jazz.
- CSKA Moscow signs Planinic to 2 year deal.
- Zoran Planinic will continue his career in Khimki
- Anadolu Efes officially sign Zoran Planinic
- "ANADOLU EFES plans future with Planinic". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Zoran Planinic scores the most incredible game winning buzzer beater you'll ever see". sportando.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "OTAC DARIJA ŠARIĆ U ŠOKU 'Ivkovićevi potezi su suludi, možda ćemo tražiti raskid!'". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 October 2014.