Nenad Krstić


Nenad Krstić
Nenad Krstić
Ненад Крстић
Krstić with the Thunder
PBC CSKA Moscow
Center
Personal information
Date of birth July 25, 1983 (1983-07-25) (age 28)
Place of birth Kraljevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro career 2001–present
Career history
2001–2004 Partizan (Serbia)
20042008 New Jersey Nets
2008 Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia)
2008–2011 Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 Boston Celtics
2011-present CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nenad Krstić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Крстић; born July 25, 1983 in Kraljevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player for CSKA Moscow. Krstić is officially listed at 7'0" (2.13 m) tall.

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Pro career

KK Partizan

His first professional club was KK Partizan where he played for three years, making his debut in the 2001–02 season. In the 2003–04 season, his last with Partizan, he averaged 13.4 points per game in the Euroleague. With Partizan, he also won three national championships in a row, and one national cup in his first season.

New Jersey Nets

He was drafted 24th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But he then went on to play the next two seasons with Partizan Belgrade.[1]

During the 2004–05 NBA season, Krstić logged an impressive rookie campaign for the New Jersey Nets, averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.84 blocked shots per game.[2] He was honored as part of the All-Rookie NBA second team.[3]

In his debut in the playoffs against the Miami Heat, Krstić averaged 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game;[2] an exceptional performance for a rookie in the playoffs. This followed a greater trend where Krstić had consistently improved at a great pace as his rookie season progressed. He has a wide skill set for a big man, including refined post moves and a fantastic shooting touch from eighteen feet.

Throughout the 2005–06 season, Krstić's play had continued to rapidly improve. Three quarters of the way through the season, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and had become an integral part of the Nets offense. In the first round of the 2006 NBA playoffs against Indiana he averaged 18 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds.

In 2006–07 despite the rough Nets start, Nenad Krstić was averaging career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (6.8), and assists (1.8)[2] before falling to the ground after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee versus the L.A. Lakers at Continental Airlines Arena on December 22, 2006.[4] His surgery was successful.[5] Krstić was out for the rest of the 2006–07 NBA season, but returned ahead of schedule to start the 2007–08 NBA season.[6]

His 2007–08 season was a disappointment, as his injury disrupted his play and confidence on the court and he was largely a liability. Krstić later stated in his blog that he felt he let the team down, and vowed to return to his old form at the start of the 08–09 season.

BC Triumph Lyubertsy

During the 2008 summer off-season, Krstić entered negotiations with the Russian Super League team Triumph Lyubertsy and eventually signed a 2 year contract (with the NBA an opt-out option) worth 6 million euros net income with them on July 29, 2008.[7][8] He averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in seven games in the Russian Super League[9][10] and 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 6 games in the EuroChallenge.[11]

Oklahoma City Thunder

On December 19, 2008, two NBA league sources told ESPN.com that the Oklahoma City Thunder had agreed in principle to sign Krstić to a three-year offer sheet.[12] On December 22, Krstić officially signed the offer sheet. The New Jersey Nets had seven days to match the offer, or Krstić would be free to join the Thunder.[13] The Nets declined to match, and the Thunder waived Steven Hill to make room for Krstić.[14]

He played for the first time in a Thunder uniform on January 7, 2009, versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring six points and blocking 2 shots in 16 minutes.[15]

Boston Celtics

On February 24, 2011, Krstić was traded along with Jeff Green and a 2012 first round pick to the Boston Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson. In his first game as a Celtic, he recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers on February 26.

CSKA Moscow

On June 22, 2011 he signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow in Russia.[16]

Serbian national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Serbia
FIBA European Championship
Silver 2009 Poland National Team

Krstić played with the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics and Eurobasket 2005.

As captain of Serbian national basketball team he played at the Eurobasket 2009, where he won the silver medal and 2010 FIBA World Championship, where he won the fourth place.

Personal

He is married to his wife Tanja and has one daughter.[17] Krstić, whose nickname is "Curly", was voted the 3rd most eligible bachelor by Serbia's version of People magazine.[18] On August 19, 2010, in a game against Greece for the Acropolis Tournament, he participated in a fight between players and threw a chair at Greek Center-Forward Giannis Bourousis. That resulted in his spending the night at the police station, from where he was released the day after.[19]

After the 2010 Serbia earthquake, Krstić and his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates donated $10,000 to help his hometown of Kraljevo.[20]

NBA career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 New Jersey 75 57 26.2 .493 .000 .725 5.3 1.0 .4 .8 10.0
2005–06 New Jersey 80 80 30.9 .507 .250 .698 6.4 1.1 .4 .8 13.5
2006–07 New Jersey 26 26 32.6 .526 .000 .711 6.8 1.8 .4 .9 16.4
2007–08 New Jersey 45 38 18.0 .410 .000 .754 4.4 .6 .2 .4 6.6
2008–09 Oklahoma City 46 29 24.8 .469 .000 .797 5.5 .6 .5 1.1 9.7
2009–10 Oklahoma City 76 76 22.9 .502 .200 .717 5.0 .7 .4 .6 8.4
2010–11 Oklahoma City 47 47 21.7 .498 .000 .803 4.4 .4 .4 .4 7.6
2010–11 Boston 24 20 23.0 .537 .000 .750 5.3 .3 .3 .3 9.1
Career 419 373 25.2 .494 .143 .730 5.4 .8 .4 .7 10.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 New Jersey 4 4 38.5 .563 .000 .792 7.5 1.8 .2 .5 18.3
2006 New Jersey 11 11 33.3 .504 .000 .711 6.8 .7 .4 .9 14.7
2010 Oklahoma City 6 6 21.5 .405 .000 .929 5.8 .7 .5 .7 7.2
2011 Boston 7 0 8.0 .625 .000 .667 1.7 .3 .0 .6 1.7
Career 28 21 25.2 .505 .000 .767 5.4 .8 .3 .7 10.4

Russia

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Triumph Lyubertsy 7 21.0 0.489 .000 .73 5.1 1.3 1.0 10.4

Notes

  1. ^ "NBA Players – Nenad Krstic". HoopsHype.com. http://www.hoopshype.com/players/nenad_krstic.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nenad Krstic Info Page – Career Stats and Totals". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/nenad_krstic/career_stats.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Krstic Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team". Nets.com. 2005-05-05. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/krstic_050505.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Nets center Krstic has torn ACL, out for year". ESPN.com. 2006-12-23. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2707261. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Krstic Has Successful Surgery". Nets.com. 2005-05-03. http://www.nba.com/nets/news/krstic_surgery.html. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  6. ^ "NBA.com New Jersey Nets Home". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/nets/chat/krstic_chat_transcript_011508.html. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Nenad Krstic signs deal with Russian team in Moscow". nydailynews.com. 2008-07-29. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nets/2008/07/28/2008-07-28_nenad_krstic_signs_deal_with_russian_tea.html. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  8. ^ Kristic signs with Triumph for 2 years $18 million USD.
  9. ^ Triumph Center Nenad Krstic will play for NBA.
  10. ^ Триумф (Люберцы, Московская область) » СУММАРНАЯ СТАТИСТИКА.
  11. ^ FIBAEurope.com Krstić EuroChallenge stats.
  12. ^ Sources: Krstic, Thunder agree to deal
  13. ^ Thunder sign Krstic to offer sheet
  14. ^ Krstic gives Thunder another 7-footer
  15. ^ Foye, Wolves beat Thunder for fourth straight victory
  16. ^ CSKA puts veteran Krstic at center
  17. ^ http://www.mondo.rs/s186037/Zvezde_i_tracevi/Nenad_Krstic_postao_otac.html
  18. ^ "Five Tiny Tidbits On: The New Jersey Nets". Deadspin. 2006-10-30. http://deadspin.com/sports/nba/five-tiny-tidbits-on-the-new-jersey-nets-210952.php. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  19. ^ "Police release Nenad Krstic after melee". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5478923. 
  20. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5779054

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