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Full Name: Aleksandar “Saša” Vujačić Current Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Height/Weight: 6'7"/205 Number: 18
Birthdate: March 8, 1984 Entry Draft: 1st round (27th) in 2004
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia Drafted By: Los Angeles Lakers
Position: SG College: N/A


Biography

Aleksandar "Sasha" Vujačić (born March 8 1984 in Maribor, Slovenia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Though he has played the point guard position in Europe, he has found more playing time at the shooting guard equivalent spot in the Lakers' triangle offense (as opposed to the more point guard-like initiator spot).

Vujačić began his professional career at the age of 16, playing with Snaidero Udine of Italy. Basketball definitely runs in his family, as his father is Vaso Vujačić, a Serbian basketball coach. He also received a lot of encouragement and support from his step father Goran Bjekovic and his mother Ksenija Bjekovic.

Sasha also was a member of the Slovenian Junior National Team. He was drafted by the Lakers with the 27th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. He has averaged 3.6 points per game in his NBA career.

While he was drafted mostly for his shooting proficiency (namely from three-point range), Vujacic has proven himself a more than competent defender as well. His tantalizing, up-close and personal defense has irked some of the NBA's elite guards.

Vujacic has shown flashes of future excellence, perhaps most notably in a clutch three-pointer against the Utah Jazz and also during his other extremely clutch three pointer against the Dallas Mavericks, but still has a long way to go before coach Phil Jackson could consider placing him in the starting lineup.

Vujacic shot 60% from the three point line in the 2006 NBA Playoffs.

Vujacic names Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as his greatest role models and favorite sportsmen.

He has one brother, Aljosa Bjekovic, and one sister, Nina Bjekovic.

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Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2005 LAL 35 3 403 33 117 .282 17 63 .270 18 19 .947 13 49 62 51 12 2 15 41 101
2006 LAL 82 4 1449 108 312 .346 59 172 .343 46 52 .885 33 126 159 139 48 3 50 150 321
2007 LAL 73 4 935 105 268 .392 60 161 .373 43 49 .878 28 79 107 64 41 1 30 103 313
2008 LAL 72 0 1279 219 482 .454 118 270 .437 76 91 .835 19 135 154 72 36 5 52 107 632
2009 LAL 80 0 1293 155 401 .387 81 223 .363 70 76 .921 19 116 135 113 77 7 35 154 461
Career 342 11 5359 620 1580 .392 335 889 .377 253 287 .882 112 505 617 439 214 18 182 555 1828

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2005 LAL 35 3 11.5 0.9 3.3 .282 0.5 1.8 .270 0.5 0.5 .947 0.4 1.4 1.8 1.5 0.3 0.1 0.4 1.2 2.9
2006 LAL 82 4 17.7 1.3 3.8 .346 0.7 2.1 .343 0.6 0.6 .885 0.4 1.5 1.9 1.7 0.6 0.0 0.6 1.8 3.9
2007 LAL 73 4 12.8 1.4 3.7 .392 0.8 2.2 .373 0.6 0.7 .878 0.4 1.1 1.5 0.9 0.6 0.0 0.4 1.4 4.3
2008 LAL 72 0 17.8 3.0 6.7 .454 1.6 3.8 .437 1.1 1.3 .835 0.3 1.9 2.1 1.0 0.5 0.1 0.7 1.5 8.8
2009 LAL 80 0 16.2 1.9 5.0 .387 1.0 2.8 .363 0.9 1.0 .921 0.2 1.5 1.7 1.4 1.0 0.1 0.4 1.9 5.8
Career 342 11 15.7 1.8 4.6 .392 1.0 2.6 .377 0.7 0.8 .882 0.3 1.5 1.8 1.3 0.6 0.1 0.5 1.6 5.3

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