Boban Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бобан Марјановић; born August 15, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team in international competitions. Standing at 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m), he plays the center position. In 2015, Marjanović earned an All-EuroLeague First Team selection.

 

 

Professional career

Early years

Marjanović began playing basketball with the youth teams of Boljevac-based club Rtanj.[7] At the age of 14, Serbian professional team Hemofarm took his talents; he was already 2.09 m (6 ft 10 14 in) tall at the time.[7] With their youth categories he played until the 2005–06 season.

Marjanović joined the first team of Hemofarm in the second half of 2005–06 season; team which played the Adriatic League. He played with them until January 2007 when he was loaned to the Serbian League team Swisslion Takovo. After half a season there, he returned to Hemofarm. In the following seasons, he played an important role for his team, together with his other teammates that he played with from the Serbian junior national team, Stefan Marković and Milan Mačvan.

2010–2012

In the summer of 2010, Marjanović signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow, on the insistence of Duško Vujošević.[8] However, after Vujošević got fired, Marjanović lost his place in CSKA's senior men's first team. On December 31, 2010, he was loaned to Žalgiris, until the end of the 2010–11 season.[10]

In July 2011, he signed with Nizhny Novgorod,[11] staying there for half a season. In January 2012, he returned to Serbia, and signed with Radnički Kragujevac for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[13]

Mega Vizura

In July 2012, he signed a contract with the Serbian team Mega Vizura for the 2012–13 season.[14] He had a great season, and was named the MVP of the Serbian League.[15]

Crvena zvezda

2013–14 season

On July 2, 2013, Marjanović signed a two-year contract with Crvena zvezda.[16][17] In December 2013, he was named the EuroLeague MVP of the Round for Round 10.[18] In April 2014, along with his teammate DeMarcus Nelson, he was selected to the ideal team of the 2013–14 ABA League season.[19][20]

2014–15 season

In the first game of the 2014–15 EuroLeague season, Marjanović led his team to a 76–68 victory against Galatasaray, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court.[21] He was later named the EuroLeague MVP of the Round for Round 1.[22] On November 22, 2014, he recorded 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, for a total index rating of 39, in a double overtime 103–110 loss against Galatasaray.[23] At the time, his 17 rebounds in a single game was the highest number of rebounds by any player in a three-season span of the EuroLeague.[24]

On April 9, in a game against Panathinaikos, he set the EuroLeague record since the 2000–01 season for the most rebounds in a single season, with 256, passing the previous record of Mirsad Türkcan, who had 248 rebounds in the 2002–03 season.[25] He also set the EuroLeague record since the 2000–01 season for the most double-doubles in a season with 16, passing the previous record of Tanoka Beard, who had 14 in the 2004–05 season.[25] Over 24 EuroLeague games, he averaged all career-highs of 16.6 points, a league-leading 10.7 rebounds, and a record (since the EuroLeague 2000–01 season) of 25.67 in PIR.[25][26]

On April 2, 2015, he was selected to the ideal team of the 2014–15 ABA League season.[27] Later that month, he helped his team to win the 2014–15 ABA League trophy.[8] For his performances, he was named the MVP of the ABA League playoffs.[8] In May 2015, he was chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team, for his performances over the season.[8]

On June 5, 2015, Marjanović was named the Serbian Super League MVP for the third consecutive season, after having helped his team to reach first place in the regular season, with a record of 13–1.[8] Eventually, Crvena zvezda won the 2014–15 Serbian League championship, after a 3–0 series score in the finals series against Partizan Belgrade.[8]

NBA

San Antonio Spurs (2015–2016)

On July 17, 2015, Marjanović signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the San Antonio Spurs.[8][8] He made his NBA debut on October 30, recording 6 points and 5 rebounds in the Spurs' 102–75 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[8] On December 4, he was assigned to the Austin Spurs, San Antonio's D-League affiliate.[8] He was recalled by San Antonio on December 6,[8] and the following day, scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in a 119–68 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[10] On December 28, in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Marjanović provided a spark off the bench with Tim Duncan out injured and LaMarcus Aldridge limited to six points. Marjanović scored 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting in just 14 minutes to help the Spurs defeat the Timberwolves 101–95 and extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 27 games (dating to 2014–15 season).[10] Two days later, in a win over the Phoenix Suns, he became the first player in Spurs franchise history to record 12 rebounds in 15 minutes or less.[10] On January 21, 2016, he recorded 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a 117–89 win over the Phoenix Suns.[10] On March 20, he was reassigned to the Austin Spurs,[10] earning a recall two days later.[10] On March 23, he scored a then career-high 19 points in a 112–88 win over the Miami Heat.[10] On April 13, in the team's regular season finale, Marjanović recorded a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 96–91 win over the Dallas Mavericks.[10]

Detroit Pistons (2016–present)

After the 2015–16 season, Marjanović became a restricted free agent. On July 7, 2016, he received a three-year, $21 million offer sheet from the Detroit Pistons.[10] The Spurs declined to match the offer[10] and Marjanović signed with the Pistons on July 12.[11] On January 5, 2017, Marjanović recorded 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in a 115–114 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He had played only 76 minutes all season prior to the game against the Hornets, but with Andre Drummond in foul trouble and Aron Baynes out injured, coach Stan Van Gundy had to give Marjanović extended minutes.[11] On April 7, 2017, he led the Pistons with a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in a 114–109 win over the Houston Rockets.[11]

Serbian national team

As a junior national team player with Serbia, Marjanović won the gold medals at the 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He was on the candidates list before both the EuroBasket 2009 and the 2010 FIBA World Championship, but he did not get in the final 12-man squads. His senior men's debut with the Serbian national basketball team, at a major tournament, came at the EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania, where Serbia finished in 8th place.

In August 2015, the San Antonio Spurs prohibited him from playing for the Serbian national team at the EuroBasket 2015, due to risk of injury after signs of pain in his left foot, although the Serbian Basketball Federation (KSS) stated that no bone fractures were found in his foot.[11]

Marjanović represented Serbia at the EuroBasket 2017 where they won the silver medal, after losing in the final game to Slovenia.[11] Over 9 tournament games, he averaged 12.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game on 56.2% shooting from the field.

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames 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.

 Led the league

EuroLeague

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPGPIR
2010–11CSKA Moscow8311.4.458.000.9233.5.4.6.64.35.6
2010–11Žalgiris6112.3.647.000.6433.5.3.2.55.25.7
2013–14Crvena zvezda10919.9.616.000.6217.71.0.9.810.815.2
2014–15Crvena zvezda242427.3.621.000.78110.71.0.4.916.625.7
Career483721.3.610.000.7558.0.8.5.811.917.7

NBA

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2015–16San Antonio5449.4.603.000.7633.6.4.2.45.5
2016–17Detroit3508.4.545.000.8103.7.3.2.35.5
Career8949.0.578.000.7793.6.3.2.45.5

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2016San Antonio706.0.667.000.8892.0.4.0.33.4
Career706.0.667.000.8892.0.4.0.33.4

See also