Erazem Lorbek

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Erazem Lorbek
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Lorbek with FC Barcelona in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1984-02-21) February 21, 1984 (age 35)
Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
CollegeMichigan State (2002–2003)
NBA draft2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1999–2018
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
2003–2006Fortitudo Bologna
2006–2007Unicaja Málaga
2007Benetton Treviso
2007–2008Lottomatica Roma
2008–2009CSKA Moscow
2009–2014FC Barcelona
2018Petrol Olimpija
Career highlights and awards

Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. At 6 ft 10 34 in (2.10 m), he primarily played at the power forward position but was also capable of playing center. A three-time All-EuroLeague Team member, he won the EuroLeague title with FC Barcelona in 2010, he is the older brother of Domen Lorbek, also a professional basketball player.

Lorbek was also a regular member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team, he earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection as he helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.

Early career[edit]

Lorbek began playing basketball with the youth clubs of Union Olimpija, the top basketball club in his hometown, and in the Slovenian league. Lorbek then played with Olimpija's B squad, in the minor leagues of Slovenia, from 1999 to 2002.[1]

College career[edit]

Lorbek attended Michigan State University in the U.S., where he played college basketball for Tom Izzo and the Spartans. In the 2002–03 season, as a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Professional career[edit]

After playing college basketball, Lorbek chose to return to Europe, after a year at Michigan State, and signed a deal with Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian league, where he began his professional career, and played from 2003 to 2006 (for sponsorship reasons, the team was known as Skipper Bologna in the 2003–04 season, and Climamio Bologna from 2004–2006).

Lorbek won the EuroLeague 2004–05 season Rising Star award, and originally declared for the 2004 NBA draft, but he ultimately withdrew his name from consideration.[2]

Lorbek began the 2006–07 season on loan from the Spanish league club Unicaja Málaga to the Italian league club Benetton Treviso; however, in February 2007, the deal was voided by the Italian Basketball Federation, due to unspecified violations of federation regulations. Lorbek then signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian league, where he became one of the best power forwards of the EuroLeague,[3] he joined the Russian club CSKA Moscow in 2008, with whom he reached the EuroLeague 2008–09 season's final, in his first season, and he was voted to the All-EuroLeague Second Team.

On August 18, 2009, he was transferred to the Spanish club FC Barcelona, for an undisclosed fee,[4] he signed a three-year contract, with the possibility to leave and join the NBA, after the second year of the contract.[5] In August 2014, he parted ways with Barcelona.[6] Lorbek did not play in 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, he was recovering from knee injury he suffered during his service in Barcelona Bàsquet.[7]

He signed with the French LNB Pro A club Limoges, in December 2016.[8] However, he failed his physical.[9]

On August 14, 2017, Lorbek joined Dinamo Sassari for one month.[10] On September 11, 2017, he left Sassari.[11]

On January 19, 2018, Lorbek signed with Slovenian club Petrol Olimpija.[12][13]

NBA draft rights[edit]

Lorbek was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 NBA draft, by the Indiana Pacers, but the Pacers did not sign him, and Lorbek continued to play in Europe. During the 2011 NBA draft, the Pacers traded the draft rights to Lorbek, to the San Antonio Spurs, as part of their trade for George Hill.[14]

In 2016, Lorbek joined the San Antonio Spurs' 2016 NBA Summer League roster.[15][16]

Slovenian national team[edit]

Lorbek was also a member of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. With Slovenia's senior national team, he played at the 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 editions of the FIBA EuroBasket, he was one of the top players of the 2009 tournament, and earned the power forward position in the All-Tournament Team.[17] In 2011, Lorbek said that he didn't want to play for the Slovenian national team at EuroBasket 2011, just 15 minutes before Slovenia's training camp started. Two days later, he changed his mind, and decided instead to represent Slovenia at the tournament, which was held in Lithuania.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes seasons in which Lorbek's team won the EuroLeague

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2003–04 Bologna 22 1 10.7 .574 .400 .542 2.3 .4 .5 .4 3.5 4.4
2004–05 20 13 22.1 .566 .368 .706 4.9 .9 1.1 .9 9.3 11.8
2005–06 19 12 23.0 .529 .474 .528 4.4 1.1 .8 .4 9.6 10.6
2006–07 Unicaja 9 1 14.0 .323 .200 .500 3.8 .7 .7 .7 2.7 5.2
2007–08 Lottomatica 20 19 26.8 .530 .390 .685 5.6 .8 1.6 1.0 13.3 15.4
2008–09 CSKA 21 15 23.1 .584 .444 .652 5.0 .8 .8 .7 12.0 14.6
2009–10 Barcelona 22 17 24.6 .536 .423 .674 4.4 1.2 .8 .8 8.6 11.5
2010–11 20 16 21.1 .512 .371 .722 3.6 .9 .9 .3 8.4 11.0
2011–12 21 21 25.2 .527 .383 .761 4.6 1.3 .6 .3 13.0 15.1
2012–13 30 26 21.2 .489 .419 .750 3.4 1.0 .2 .2 8.9 8.5
2013–14 19 16 19.4 .484 .325 .556 2.7 .6 .1 .2 8.0 6.8
Career 223 156 21.3 .526 .388 .668 4.0 .9 .7 .5 9.1 10.6

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Fortitudo Bologna
Pallacanestro Treviso
CSKA Moscow
FC Barcelona Bàsquet

Individual awards[edit]

Pro clubs[edit]

National team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LORBEK, ERAZEM Biography.
  2. ^ "Fifty-Three Early Entry Candidates Withdraw". Nba.com. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lorbek moves from Treviso to Roma". Euroleague.net. February 28, 2007.
  4. ^ "Lorbek, blaugrana". fcbarcelona.cat. August 18, 2009. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "Lorbek firma con el Regal FC Barcelona por tres años". as.com. August 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "FC Barcelona, Erazem Lorbek part ways". Sportando.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "Erazem Lorbek:"Thoughts of Retirement Never Crossed My Mind"". TeamScout. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Limoges inks Erazem Lorbek.
  9. ^ Lorbek did not pass his medicals for Limoge.
  10. ^ "Erazem Lorbek joins Dinamo Sassari for one month". Sportando.com. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  11. ^ Erazem Lorbek leaves Dinamo Sassari
  12. ^ "Erazem Lorbek joined Petrol Olimpija". aba-liga.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Erazem Lorbek signs with Petrol Olimpija". Sportando.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 23, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  15. ^ "SPURS ANNOUNCE 2016 UTAH SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". NBA.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "2016 Summer League Player Profile". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2016. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  17. ^ EuroBasket2009.org Gasol Named EuroBasket 2009 MVP Presented By Tissot. Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Erazem Maljkoviću rekel "ne" pet pred dvanajsto". Rtvslo.si. Retrieved November 13, 2012.

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