Season Preview - Marko Jaric
We continue our in-depth season previews with all you need to know about Marko Jaric.
Scroll down for: Jaric's Bio; Jaric's Numbers; Coach J.B. Bickerstaff's analysis; Timberwolves.com analysis and Jaric's Five Facts.
Acquired for Sam Cassell during the summer of 2005, Jaric spent his first three seasons with the L.A. Clippers, averaging career highs 9.9 ppg, 6.1 apg and 33.1 mpg in 2004-05. Last season, Minnesota was 11-1 when Jaric went for 10+ points.
Jaric was a 2nd-round pick in 2000 after starring in Europe for Fortitudo Bologna and Kinder Bologna, leading both to Italian League Championships. In 2000-01, Jaric led Kinder Bologna to the "Triple Crown" (Italian League Championship, Euroleague Championship and Italian Cup Championship). Jaric also played in Greece, and his father Srecko is considered one of the greatest international players ever.
Jaric also co-owns a fashion company located in Italy and plays for the Serbian National Team.
COACH J.B. BICKERSTAFF SAYS...
"Marko is a versatile guard who can do a lot of different things offensively, but what he does better than a lot of people expect is be very disruptive and active defensively. He gets his hands on a lot of balls ... That starts your break, gets you going and disrupts opposing offenses."
His talents can help any team in the NBA if he's used correctly, but how to use him best is seemingly difficult to determine. His shooting percentage wouldn't have been so poor last season had he not hurt his thumb, but Jaric played through the pain and found other ways to help the team. In Euro-fashion, he moves great without the ball on offense and doesn't have sticky fingers when it comes to him.
JARIC'S FIVE FACTS
1) Along with Tony Parker, Pau Gasol and Andrei Kirilenko, Jaric served as a coach for Basketball Without Borders, a camp for young people held in Treviso, Italy during the summer of 2003.
2) Jaric was a key member of the 2002 World Basketball Championship team from his native (former) Yugoslavia, and the 1998 Gold Medal Under-22 European Championship team.
3) Blessed with quick hands, Jaric had a career-high 108 steals in 2005-06 with Minnesota.
4) He was originally an early entry candidate for the 1998 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration.
5) Jaric shot 46.3% from the field last season before injuring his thumb and shooting 34.7% after the All-Star Break.
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