Aleksandar Vujacic, better known as Sasha Vujacic, is a professional basketball player from Slovenia. Although Sasha mainly played as a point guard back in Europe, in the NBA, he has acquired the role of a shooting guard. At the age of 16, Sasha began his career playing with Snaidero Udine in Italy. As a member of the Slovenian junior national team, Sasha caught the eye of the management at the Los Angeles Lakers and was drafted as the 27th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
While Sasha struggled to get regular playing time, he made the best of what he got. In 2005-06, he scored a 3-pointer in overtime against the Utah Jazz that gave the Lakers a lead, which they never lost again. He was also responsible for ending the Dallas Mavericks’ 13-game winning streak after making a crucial shot at the dying seconds. Sasha has been known to shoot at an incredible 60% from beyond the 3-point arc, during the Playoffs.
In the 2008 NBA Finals, Sasha scored 20 points in game 3, after coming off the bench. A reliable scorer and 3-point specialist, he became known as “the 11 A.M. Shooter” that basically meant that he was unbeatable in practice but somehow managed to mess up the script during games. He has also been known as “the Machine” for his relentless shooting from the 3-point range. He has been known to be quite pesky in defense but his natural instinct remains to stand ground at the 3-point line even on a fast break.