Partizan tabs veteran guard Popovic

Aug 26, 2010 by Aca Ostojic, Belgrade Print
Bojan Popovic - Lietuvos Rytas_22791Euroleague semifinalist and Serbian champion Partizan m:ts signed veteran guard Bojan Popovic to a one-year deal. Popovic (190, 27) split last season between Lietuvos Rytas and Efes Pilsen. He ranked first in steals, with 2.4 per game, and third in assists, 5.4 on average, in the Euroleague regular season regular season with L. Rytas. He also scored 11.2 points per game and was chosen as the Euroleague's October MVP after leading L. Rytas to back-to-back wins against Efes and Entente Orleans in which he averaged 11 points and 9.5 assists. Popovic played a lesser role with Efes in the Top 16 and averaged 3.3 points and 1.3 assists in six appearances. Partizan will mark Popovic’s fifth Euroleague club. He played the 2006-07 campaign with Dynamo Moscow, when he started all 22 games and helped the team reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs. The following season he played 20 Euroleague games for Unicaja. Popovic grew up with FMP Zeleznik, where he made his professional debut and helped the club win the Serbian Cup twice, reach the ULEB Cup semifinals and win the Adriatic League. He joined Dynamo in 2005 and returned from injury to become a key factor in the title game as Dynamo won the ULEB Cup that season. After two years in Moscow, Popovic signed for Unicaja and later for Guipuzkoa Basket, also in Spain, before joining Lietuvos Rytas last summer. As a member of the Serbian national team, Popovic won the silver medal at EuroBasket 2009.