Jan Vesely BIO:
Professionally: Has played professionally in Slovenia and Serbia, including Euroleague action for Partizan Belgrade from 2008-2011. Averaged 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2010-11. Was named the FIBA Young Men’s Player of the Year in 2011 (top player born in 1990 or later), edging out three-time winner Ricky Rubio of Spain. Has connected at a .500 clip or better from the field in every season in his professional career. Finished second in voting for the Euroleague’s Rising Star trophy (top player under 23 by July 1) in 2009-10 and third in 2010-11. In 2009-10, in an exhibition contest vs. the Phoenix Suns during the NBA preseason, had a game-high 16 points as well as five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes of action.
Personally: Name is pronounced Yahn VES-uh-lee. Grew up playing for the club team, BK Snakes Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. In national team competition, has represented Czech Republic at the youth, junior and senior level.
2011-12: Appeared in 57 games (20 starts) and averaged 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds per game. Shot .537 from the field. Scored a career-high 16 points vs. CHA (4/23). Grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at CLE (4/25). Had 10 or more rebounds in five games. Posted two double-doubles. Averaged 6.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 20 starts. Had a career-high five steals vs. TOR (2/10). Averaged 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting .551 from the field in April.