All-Decade Nominee: Jan Vesely

Dec 23, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

Nicknamed "The Czech Jet" due to his athletic skills and impressive dunks, Jan Vesely developed by leaps and bounds during the 2010s, which he began as a promising small forward and finished as one of the most dominant centers in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Vesely finished the decade in style, too, winning the EuroLeague title in 2017 with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul and being voted by fans and media as the 2018-19 EuroLeague MVP.

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Vesely debuted in the EuroLeague with Partizan in 2008 and took the Serbian powerhouse to the first Final Four of the decade in 2010. Even when Partizan lost both games in overtime, Vesely showed his potential, getting a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in the semifinal. Vesely returned from the NBA to join Fenerbahce in 2014 and help lead the team to five consecutive Final Four appearances and three championship games in a row, from 2016 to 2018. He posted 8 points and 8 rebounds in 2017 title-game victory against Real Madrid, which made Fenerbahce the first continental champion ever from Turkey.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion, 2017
  • EuroLeague MVP, 2018-19
  • All-EuroLeague First Team: 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19
  • MVP January 2016

A three-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection, Vesely also earned the MVP for January honor in 2016. Despite missing three seasons abroad and most of the current one due to injury, Vesely ranks fourth in two-pointers made, ninth in total rebounds, 10th in two-point accuracy and performance index rating, and 13th in points scored among all EuroLeague players this decade. Simply put, when Vesely is in the game, spectacular things happen.