Predrag Drobnjak

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Predrag Drobnjak
Sacramento Kings
PositionInternational Scout
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1975-10-27) October 27, 1975 (age 43)
Bijelo Polje, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityMontenegrin
Listed height2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight132 kg (291 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career1992–2011
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1992–1998Partizan
1998–2001Efes Pilsen
20012003Seattle SuperSonics
2003–2004Los Angeles Clippers
2004–2005Atlanta Hawks
2005–2006Tau Cerámica
2006–2007Partizan
2007Akasvayu Girona
2007–2008Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2008–2009Efes Pilsen
2009–2010PAOK
2011Iraklis
Career highlights and awards

Predrag "Peja" Drobnjak (Cyrillic: Предраг "Пеђа" Дробњак; born October 27, 1975) is a Montenegrin professional basketball scout and former player. At 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he played at the power forward and center positions. Throughout his nineteen-year career, Drobnjak has spent four seasons playing in the NBA.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Drobnjak started his professional career with Partizan in the 1992–93 season, he played six seasons for Partizan, winning three national titles in a row (1995, 1996 and 1997). In his last year with the club, Drobnjak played in the EuroLeague Final Four, where they finished fourth, after losing in the semifinals to Kinder Bologna, and in the third-place game against Benetton Treviso.[1]

Before the 1998–99 season, Drobnjak signed with Efes Pilsen, in Turkey. Drobnjak stayed for the next three seasons with Efes.[2]

NBA[edit]

Drobnjak was a second-round draft choice of the Washington Bullets in the 1997 NBA draft.[3] During his time in the NBA, Drobnjak played two seasons for the Seattle SuperSonics, one season for the Los Angeles Clippers, and one season for the Atlanta Hawks. In 2004, the Clippers made him available for selection by the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft.[4] After his selection by the Bobcats, Drobnjak was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a 2005 second-round draft pick before playing a game for Charlotte.[5]

Return to Europe[edit]

In July 2005, Drobnjak signed a three-year contract with Tau Cerámica in Spain.[6] However, he was released after only a year, which followed by his signing a one-year contract with his former team Partizan.[7]

In July 2007, he signed with Akasvayu Girona.[8] In December 2007, he left Girona and signed with Beşiktaş Cola Turka for the rest of the season.[9] In November 2008, Drobnjak returned to Efes Pilsen for the 2008–09 season.[10] In the 2009–10 season, Drobnjak played in the Greek Basket League with PAOK.[11] In February 2011, he signed with Iraklis until the end of the season.[12] However, he decided to retire later that month.[13]

National team career[edit]

Drobnjak won gold medals at both the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships, and he also won a gold medal at the EuroBasket 2001, while playing with the senior Yugoslav national team.[14]

After Montenegro's secession from Serbia and Montenegro, Drobnjak represented Montenegro internationally.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2015, Drobnjak was named a scout for the Sacramento Kings.[15][16]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Seattle 64 12 18.3 .461 .000 .753 3.4 .8 .3 .5 6.8
2002–03 Seattle 82 69 24.2 .412 .353 .791 3.9 1.0 .6 .5 9.4
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 61 14 15.6 .393 .306 .849 3.2 .6 .4 .4 6.3
2004–05 Atlanta 71 1 20.2 .438 .352 .800 3.4 .7 .6 .3 8.4
Career 278 96 19.9 .425 .340 .799 3.5 .8 .5 .4 7.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Seattle 3 1 12.7 .333 .000 .500 2.7 .7 .3 .0 3.3
Career 3 1 12.7 .333 .000 .500 2.7 .7 .3 .0 3.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Euroleague Final Four 1998". Euroleague.net. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Predrag Drobnjak – Turkish Basketball League". TBLstat.net. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "NBA Draft history: 1997 Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Crowe, Jerry (June 15, 2004). "Clippers Expose Drobnjak, Dooling to Expansion Draft". latimes.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Drobnjak Traded to Hawks". fibaeurope.com. August 17, 2004. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Drobnjak signs contract with Tau Ceramica". ESPN.com. July 27, 2005. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Drobnjak goes back to Partizan". Eurosport.com. September 19, 2006. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Akasvayu upgrades frontline with Drobnjak". Eurocupbasketball.com. July 29, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  9. ^ Ture, Gokhan (December 22, 2007). "Besiktas adds Drobnjak from Akasvayu". Euroleague.net. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Ture, Gokhan (November 28, 2008). "Efes brings back Drobnjak". Euroleague.net. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "Drobnjak opet u crno-belom dresu". Sportskacentrala.com (in Serbian). August 28, 2009. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Carchia, Emiliano (February 3, 2011). "Iraklis agreed to terms with Predrag Drobnjak". Sportando.com. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Freeman, Eric (February 21, 2011). "Say goodbye to Predrag Drobnjak and his Manjaks". Yahoo.com. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Predrag Drobnjak – FIBA.com Profile". fiba.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Divac Offers Scouting Position to Predrag Drobnjak". sactownroyalty.com. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Kings BASKETBALL OPERATIONS". nba.com/kings. Retrieved April 17, 2018.

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