Aleksandar "Sasha" Vujačić (Serbian: Саша Вујачић, Slovene: Saša Vujačič, rendered in English as Sasha Vujacic, Serbian pronunciation: [alekˈsandar ˈsaʃa ˈʋujat͡ɕit͡ʃ]; born March 8, 1984) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for Auxilium Torino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). Throughout his career, he has also played in Italy (for Snaidero Udine), in Turkey (for Anadolu Efes and İstanbul BB) and in the United States (for the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks). He plays at the shooting guard position.
Vujačić's father, Vaso, is a Serbian basketball coach.
Vujačić was a member of the Slovenian junior national team, winning a silver medal at the 2002 European Junior Championship.
Los Angeles Lakers (2004–2010)
On November 29, 2007, Vujačić recorded a then-career high 22 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets.
In the 2007–08 season, Vujačić made 118 of his 270 three-point field goal attempts, setting the Los Angeles Lakers single-season record for the best three-point field goal percentage (.437) in a single season. However, Vladimir Radmanović broke that record in 2008–09 with 44.1%.
During game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals, Vujačić scored a career playoff high 20 points off the bench. Vujačić's 20, with the exception of Kobe Bryant, made him the only Laker to score in double figures. The Lakers went on to lose the series in 6 games to the Boston Celtics.
In July 2008, he switched agents to Rob Pelinka. On July 28, 2008, Vujačić re-signed with the Lakers to a multi-year deal. Los Angeles made it back to the NBA Finals to face the Orlando Magic. The Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals 4-1 to give Vujačić his first NBA championship.
In Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Vujačić led the Lakers' bench with nine points, including two three-pointers. With 11 seconds left in Game 7 and the Lakers leading by only two points, Vujačić helped secure the Lakers second championship in a row with two crucial free throws and defeat the Celtics in a game 7 for the first time in the rivalry.
New Jersey Nets (2010–2011)
On December 15, 2010, Vujačić was traded to the New Jersey Nets in a three-team trade involving the Lakers and Houston Rockets. On the Nets, Vujačić reunited with former Lakers teammate Jordan Farmar. In his debut for the Nets, Vujačić had 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 27 minutes of play.
On January 1, 2011, Vujačić tied his career high of 22 points, eight games after being traded to the Nets.
On February 9, 2011, Vujačić set a new career high with 25 points in a win over the then New Orleans Hornets.
Anadolu Efes (2011–2013)
On August 6, 2012, it was confirmed that Vujačić would stay with the team for one more season. On November 16, in a Euroleague game against EA7 Milano, he scored 29 points, helping his team win 77–71. Over 10 regular season games, he had 12.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. Vujačić and his teammate Jordan Farmar helped Efes to advance to the Top 16 round, edging Cedevita on the road by 81–73 in one of the most crucial games in group C.
Los Angeles Clippers (2014)
On February 3, 2014, Vujačić signed a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. He did not sign a second 10-day contract with Clippers after his first 10-day contract expired. He appeared in just two games for the Clippers, averaging 2.5 points per game.
Return to Europe (2014–2015)
On October 28, 2014, Vujačić signed with the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa for the rest of 2014–15 season. He left the team on December 30, 2014. On January 2, 2015, he signed with İstanbul BB of Turkey for the rest of the 2014–15 Turkish Basketball League season.
New York Knicks (2015–2017)
On August 7, 2015, Vujačić signed with the New York Knicks. He made his debut for the Knicks in the team's season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks on October 28, recording 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in a 122–97 win. On March 9, 2016, Vujačić made the most of a rare opportunity to start and play big minutes. He scored a season-high 23 points and knocked down a career high-tying 6-of-7 three-pointers to help the Knicks defeat the Phoenix Suns 128–97.
Auxilium Torino (2017–present)
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
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 season in which Vujačić won the NBA championship|
Vujačić was born in Maribor, Slovenia, to a Serbian father and Slovenian mother. His father was a Serbian basketball coach, while his mother was a Slovenian volleyball player. His mother was playing volleyball for a top Yugoslav women's club, Branik Maribor, but quit her career at the age of 19 when she got pregnant with Sasha. His parents divorced when he was 6, and he lived with his mother and soon afterwards with his stepfather. He has two siblings, a sister named Nina, and a brother named Aljoša. In addition to playing basketball, he enjoys volleyball, tennis, and soccer.