Jan Veselý (born 24 April 1990) is a Czech professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. Standing at 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in), he can play both the power forward and center positions. He was selected sixth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. Veselý is a two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection.
Veselý with Fenerbahçe in 2018
|No. 24 – Fenerbahçe Beko|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||Turkish Basketball Super League|
|Born||24 April 1990|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||243 lb (110 kg)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Wizards|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Veselý began playing basketball with the youth clubs of Příbor and BK Snakes Ostrava in the Czech Republic. In 2007, he moved to Slovenia and signed with Geoplin Slovan.
In April 2008, he signed a multi-year deal with Serbian club Partizan. He won nine club trophies with the club, and also reached the 2009–10 Euroleague Final Four. In 2010, Veselý was presented the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award.
Washington Wizards (2011–2014)Edit
Veselý was drafted in the first round by the Washington Wizards with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. After Flip Saunders was fired, Veselý saw more minutes on the court under new coach Randy Wittman, who also said that he wanted him to shoot the ball a bit more. On 9 April 2012, he recorded his first double-double, finishing the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Veselý continued his success over the Bobcats on 23 April 2012 when he posted a career-high 16 points on 8-8 shooting. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in his first NBA season. However, in his second season with the Wizards, he averaged just 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game and while shooting just 31% from the free-throw line.
Denver Nuggets (2014)Edit
On 20 February 2014, Vesely was traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade. Until the end of the season, he appeared in 21 games, averaging 4.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 steals per game.
Fenerbahçe advanced to the 2015 Euroleague Final Four, the first time in the team's history that they played in a EuroLeague Final Four. On 15 May 2015, however, they lost in the EuroLeague semifinal game to Real Madrid, by a score of 87–96. Veselý contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinal game. Eventually, Fenerbahçe finished in 4th place in the EuroLeague, after losing in the third-place game to CSKA Moscow, by a score of 80–86. Over 29 EuroLeague games played in the 2014–15 season, he averaged a career-high 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, on 63.3% shooting from the field.
He was the EuroLeague's 2015–16 season selection as the MVP for the month of January. On 21 March 2016, it was announced that he would be sidelined for up to six weeks, due to an Achilles tendon injury, which caused him to miss the entire EuroLeague playoffs against Real Madrid. He'd make his return on 13 May 2016, in the 2016 Final Four match-up against Laboral Kutxa. In his return, he'd record 14 points, in an 88–77 overtime victory against them, while also being announced as a part of the All-EuroLeague First Team, for his performances in the 2015–16 Euroleague season, before his Achilles tendon injury.
On 9 July 2016, Veselý signed a new three-year contract with Fenerbahçe, with NBA opt-out clauses every summer. In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague First Team for the 2017–18 season, his second career nomination. In 2017–18 EuroLeague, Fenerbahçe made it to the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four, its fourth consecutive Final Four appearance. Eventually, they lost to Real Madrid with 80–85 in the final game. Over 34 EuroLeague games, he averaged career-highs of 12.5 points and 1.6 assists, while also having 5.1 rebounds per game.
In the beginning of 2018–19 season, Veselý's game showed huge improvement in free throws shooting accuracy, as he went from one of the worst free throw shooters over years in the EuroLeague to becoming one of the leading players in that category.
On 18 February 2019, Veselý signed a three-year contract extension with Fenerbahçe. On 9 May 2019, Veselý was once again named to the All-EuroLeague First Team. Later that month, Veselý was named the EuroLeague MVP for 2018–19 EuroLeague season.
Veselý has been a member of the senior men's Czech Republic national basketball team, having previously played for the Czech Republic's junior national teams. He has played at the EuroBasket 2013 and the EuroBasket 2015.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes season in which Veselý's team won the EuroLeague|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- Basketball League of Serbia with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- Adriatic League with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- Serbian Cup with Partizan for 2009, 2010 and 2011
- 2014–15 Final Four with Fenerbahçe
- Turkish Basketball Cup with Fenerbahçe for 2016
Veselý was born on 24 April 1990 in Ostrava (Czechoslovakia then, Czech Republic now). His father, Jan, is a former basketball player, and his mother a former volleyball player. Veselý's younger sister is a basketball player. Reportedly, he is fluent in Czech, Slovenian, Serbian and English.
Veselý was a favorite of the Partizan supporters. He stated he was "surprised by his popularity in Serbia, as no one in Czech Republic knew who he was". The Partizan supporters created two joke slogans, "When Jan plays, we are all joyful" (Serbian: "Kad Jan igra, svi smo veseli") and "We are all happy, only Jan is joyful" (Serbian: "Svi smo srećni, samo se Jan Veseli"), as his surname means "joyful" in both Czech and Serbian.
After the end of the 2010–11 season, which had been confirmed to be his last in Partizan, Veselý stated, "My first destination in Europe will always be Belgrade. Partizan, Belgrade and Serbia have given me a great opportunity, which now I can continue in another place. Serbia has become my second home". He also added he would like to wear number 24 once again and that his wish was to end his career in Partizan. Years of life in Serbia have left a permanent trace on his musical taste, as he said he likes Serbian music better than American or Czech music.
Veselý is a favorite of the Fenerbahçe supporters as well, with a slogan going "Jan Jan Vesely, let's fly Vesely, I can't help dunking!" (Turkish: "Jan Jan Vesely, uçalım Vesely, smacı basmadan duramıyorum!").[better source needed]
- VESELY, JAN HEIGHT: 2.13
- Name: JAN VESELY Height: 2.13 m
- "Veseli pristupio Partizanu". srbijasport.com (in Serbian). 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Mondo: Pitajte Jana Veselog (in Serbian) (10 June 2011)
- "Vesely Voted Young Men's Player Of The Year". fibaeurope.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Irving goes No. 1 to Cleveland". NBA.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Wittman Wants Jan Vesely To Shoot The Ball, And The TNT Crew Rips On Wizards-Pistons[permanent dead link]
- "Wizards get 67 points from bench, blister Bobcats". espn.go.com. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Wizards paste Bobcats for first 4-game win streak since 2007". espn.go.com. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- Denver Nuggets Acquire Jan Vesely From Washington
- "Fenerbahce Ulker lands high flier Vesely". Euroleague.net. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Fenerbahce for the first time in the Final Four". eurohoops.net. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "CSKA Moscow beats Fenerbahce in third-place game". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- MVP for January: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Istanbul
- Jan Vesely won Euroleague 2015-16 January MVP
- "Fenerbahce's Vesely sidelined through playoffs". euroleague.net. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
- "Vesely signed with Fenerbahce until 2019". Eurohoops.net. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "2017-18 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Real Madrid is 2018 EuroLeague champion". euroleague.net. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "How Jan Vesely became one of EuroLeague's top free throw shooters". eurohoops.net. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
- "Vesely stays at Fenerbahce through 2022". euroleague.net. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- "2018-19 All-EuroLeague First Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- "2018-19 Season MVP: Jan Vesely, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul". euroleague.net. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
- Ameri kažu da je Jan Veseli Kirilenkov klon (in Serbian)
- Sportal.rs: Jan Veseli: Od Duleta sam mnogo naučio Archived 16 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Serbian) (7 February 2010)
- eKapija.com: Jan Vesely, košarkaš Partizana – veselje se širi na sve strane (in Serbian) (7 May 2010)
- Mondo: Veseli, srećan ti put! (in Serbian) (16 June 2011)
- Sport: Jan Veseli: U Češkoj ne znaju ko sam Archived 7 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine (in Serbian) (15 February 2010)
- Vesti.com: Lepo mu u Beogradu, pa ne žuri u Ameriku (in Serbian) (9 January 2011)
- Press: Jan Veseli: Povešću celu familiju u Pariz (in Serbian) (5 May 2010)
- Kurir: Jan Veseli: Rašić uz Džordana (in Serbian) (8 January 2011)
- Mondo: Veseli u Mondu: Iz Amerike – pravac Beograd (in Serbian) (10 June 2011)
- S Media.com: Veseli: Kraj karijere u dresu Partizana (in Serbian) (10 June 2011)
- The Washington Post: Jan Vesely meets the D.C. media (in English) (27 June 2011)
- Fenerbahçe taraftarından Jan Vesely'e özel şarkı
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