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Name: Jaka Lakovic
Place of birth: Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kg
After starting out with Slovan in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where he made his first team debut aged 18 in the 96-97 season, he then moved to another of the biggest clubs in his country, Novo Mesto in 2000.
His speed, vision and amazing stats of 63.9 % in two pointers and 49.3 % in threes attracted the interest of one of the strongest clubs in Europe.
That team was Panathinaikos, who he joined in 2002 and played for over four seasons, collecting four Greek leagues and three Greek Cups. With 18 points and 2 assists he was named MVP of the Play Off for the Greek title against Olympiakos. In his last year in Greece, he averaged 16.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals per game in Euroleague matches.
After his brilliant years in Greece, Lakovic decided it was time for a change, even considering the NBA before coming to Barcelona in July 2006, as one of the most wanted playmakers in Europe. He was presented along with Croatia's Mario Kasun.
He has played international basketball at all levels, and won silver with Slovenia at the European Under 22 championship, and also appeared with the full side at the 2003 and 2005 European Championships. His most important tournament with his national team was at the European Championships 2005 held in Serbia.
Lakovic is classic Balkan player. His speed and vision have led to his being considered one of the best playmakers in Europe right now.
He scores with ease, and also registers strong percentages for free throws. He is able to penetrate defences and his style is ideal for winning free throws, his speciality. He is also very powerful advancing down the left, and is impressively accurate when shooting three pointers.
2008-09 ACB League
2006-07 Spanish Cup
2005-06 Greek League
2005-06 Greek Cup
2004-05 Greek League
2004-05 Greek Cup
2003-04 Greek League
2002-03 Greek League
2002-03 Greek Cup