Vlade Divac


C | 7-foot-1 | Prijepolje, Serbia | # 21

KEY FACTS:
2001 All-Star
1989-90 All-Rookie Team
1990 Member of FIBA Champion Yugoslavia Team
CAREER STATS:
PPG: 11.8
RPG: 8.2
APG: 3.1

Arriving stateside in 1989, Vlade Divac entered the NBA at a time when European players were far less common by current standards. Although he was a pioneer, Divac brought with him a swagger indebted to his six years spent playing professionally in the former Yugoslavia.

Under the tutelage of L.A. Lakers teammates Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he learned how to adjust to the American style while picking up a few new tricks, such as the hook shot. After averaging more than eight points and six rebounds in less than 20 minutes per game, the center was selected to the 1989-90 All-Rookie team.

Divac would spend his first seven seasons in L.A. before moving on to Charlotte, N.C., in a trade for Kobe Bryant. Through two seasons with the Hornets, his statistics hovered around a double-double.

In 1998, Divac signed with the Sacramento Kings — providing the rebuilt Kings with the sort of interior presence it had always desired. Joined by the addition of Chris Webber, the team’s new center became the heart of the franchise’s revitalization.

Playing in a lockout-shortened season, Sacramento qualified for the Playoffs for only the third time since arriving in California. As the sixth seed, the Kings were matched up against a veteran Utah Jazz team, which featured Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone. During the series, Divac averaged more than 16 points a contest and sunk several clutch free throws to help force a decisive fifth game.

He spent five more seasons with the Kings – becoming the team’s emotional leader on the floor and in the locker room, while the Kings consistently contended for a NBA Championship. With Divac setting the tone, Sacramento’s chemistry and camaraderie on the floor were well apparent. Implementing an offense utilizing the skilled passing ability of the team’s star post players, Sacramento became known as one of the most entertaining teams in the League because of its stellar ball movement – a period in time memorialized by a cherished Kings Sports Illustrated cover story.

In 2001, Divac was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. The following season, Sacramento pushed an eventual champion Lakers team to overtime in the seventh game of the Western Conference Finals.

After one final season with the Lakers, Vlade retired from the game of basketball in 2005. A deft-passing big man with an even larger personality, he is one of the most popular players in Kings history.




CAREER SEASON AVERAGES
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
1989-90 L.A. Lakers 82 5 19.6 .499 .000 .708 2.0 4.2 6.2 0.9 1.0 1.4 1.34 2.90 8.5
1990-91 L.A. Lakers 82 81 28.2 .565 .357 .703 2.5 5.6 8.1 1.1 1.3 1.6 1.78 3.00 11.2
1991-92 L.A. Lakers 36 18 27.2 .495 .263 .768 2.4 4.4 6.9 1.7 1.5 1.0 2.44 3.20 11.3
1992-93 L.A. Lakers 82 69 30.8 .485 .280 .689 2.7 6.2 8.9 2.8 1.6 1.7 2.61 3.80 12.8
1993-94 L.A. Lakers 79 73 34.0 .506 .191 .686 3.6 7.2 10.8 3.9 1.2 1.4 2.42 3.60 14.2
1994-95 L.A. Lakers 80 80 35.1 .507 .189 .777 3.3 7.1 10.4 4.1 1.4 2.2 2.56 3.80 16.0
1995-96 L.A. Lakers 79 79 31.3 .513 .167 .641 2.5 6.1 8.6 3.3 1.0 1.7 2.52 3.50 12.9
1996-97 Charlotte 81 80 35.1 .494 .234 .683 3.0 6.0 9.0 3.7 1.3 2.2 2.38 3.40 12.6
1997-98 Charlotte 64 41 28.2 .498 .214 .691 2.9 5.2 8.1 2.7 1.3 1.5 1.78 2.80 10.4
1998-99 Sacramento 50 50 35.2 .470 .256 .702 2.8 7.2 10.0 4.3 0.9 1.0 2.62 3.30 14.3
1999-00 Sacramento 82 81 29.0 .503 .269 .691 2.1 5.9 8.0 3.0 1.3 1.3 2.32 3.10 12.3
2000-01 Sacramento 81 81 29.9 .482 .286 .691 2.6 5.8 8.3 2.9 1.1 1.2 2.37 3.00 12.0
2001-02 Sacramento 80 80 30.3 .472 .231 .615 2.6 5.8 8.4 3.7 1.0 1.2 1.98 2.90 11.1
2002-03 Sacramento 80 80 29.8 .466 .240 .713 2.0 5.2 7.2 3.4 1.0 1.3 1.90 3.00 9.9
2003-04 Sacramento 81 81 28.6 .470 .154 .654 1.7 4.0 5.7 5.3 0.7 1.0 2.14 2.70 9.9
2004-05 L.A. Lakers 15 0 8.7 .419 .000 .667 1.2 0.9 2.1 1.3 0.3 0.1 0.93 1.70 2.3
Career 1134 979 29.8 .495 .235 .692 2.5 5.7 8.2 3.1 1.1 1.4 2.18 3.20 11.8
All-Star 1 0 9.0 .667 .000 .000 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 1.00 0.00 8.0

CAREER SEASON TOTALS
Year Team G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
1989-90 L.A. Lakers 82 5 1,611 274-549 0-5 153-216 167 345 512 75 79 114 110 240 701
1990-91 L.A. Lakers 82 81 2,310 360-637 5-14 196-279 205 461 666 92 106 127 146 247 921
1991-92 L.A. Lakers 36 18 979 157-317 5-19 86-112 87 160 247 60 55 35 88 114 405
1992-93 L.A. Lakers 82 69 2,525 397-819 21-75 235-341 220 509 729 232 128 140 214 311 1,050
1993-94 L.A. Lakers 79 73 2,685 453-895 9-47 208-303 282 569 851 307 92 112 191 288 1,123
1994-95 L.A. Lakers 80 80 2,807 485-957 10-53 297-382 261 568 829 329 109 174 205 305 1,277
1995-96 L.A. Lakers 79 79 2,470 414-807 3-18 189-295 198 481 679 261 76 131 199 274 1,020
1996-97 Charlotte 81 80 2,840 418-847 11-47 177-259 241 484 725 301 103 180 193 277 1,024
1997-98 Charlotte 64 41 1,805 267-536 3-14 130-188 183 335 518 172 83 94 114 179 667
1998-99 Sacramento 50 50 1,761 262-557 11-43 179-255 140 361 501 215 44 51 131 166 714
1999-00 Sacramento 82 81 2,374 384-764 7-26 230-333 174 482 656 244 103 103 190 251 1,005
2000-01 Sacramento 81 81 2,420 364-755 4-14 242-350 207 466 673 231 87 93 192 242 974
2001-02 Sacramento 80 80 2,420 338-716 3-13 209-340 205 466 671 297 79 94 158 229 888
2002-03 Sacramento 80 80 2,384 305-655 6-25 179-251 157 417 574 274 83 105 152 239 795
2003-04 Sacramento 81 81 2,317 314-668 2-13 170-260 136 327 463 432 57 77 173 222 800
2004-05 L.A. Lakers 15 0 130 13-31 0-0 8-12 18 14 32 19 4 1 14 25 34
Career 1134 979 33,838 5,205-10,510 100-426 2,888-4,176 2,881 6,445 9,326 3,541 1,288 1,631 2,470 3,609 13,398
All-Star 1 0 9 4-6 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 0 8