Radoslav Nesterovic, also known as Raso, is a professional basketball player from the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. The center began his playing career in Europe, Nesterovic started at the KD Slovan youth team, a local club in his home town. He then went on to play for the junior team at Partizan Belgrade.

Due to the war in Yugoslavia, Nesterovic decided to move to Greece where he played for PAOK Thessaloniki and got his Greek citizenship to avoid the EU restrictions. He changed his name to Radoslav Makris to obtain Greek citizenship. In 1995-96, Nesterovic returned to Slovenia and to his home town to play for KK Union Olimpija. After scoring at 17 points per game with 14 rebounds, he was picked for the Slovenia youth national team for the 1996 European Championships (Under-22). Crowned MVP at the championships, Nesterovic grew immensely in potential and led Olimpija to the Euroleague final four, scoring at 14 points per game with 8 rebounds per game.

Position Center
Born 30 May 1976
Nationality Slovenia Slovenia
Nickname Raso

His skills caught the attention of Virtus Bologna, an Italian basketball giant. Scoring at 9 points per game with 12 rebounds per game, Nesterovic made himself a regular starter in the Italian side but it was at the Euroleague where his real ability shone through. Nesterovic played a major part in helping Virtus Bologna win the Euroleague title after scoring at 11.2 points with 8.4 rebounds per game during the campaign.

That was to be his last season in Europe as Nesterovic declared for the 1998 NBA Draft and fulfilled his dream of playing in the NBA. Picked at 17th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nesterovic joined the franchise before the end of the 1998-99 season. He only saw two games in his debut seasons and the entire post-season calendar. In 2002-03, he averaged at 11.2 points per game with 6.6 rebounds, notching up his best numbers in a Wolves jersey.

His performances earned him a 6-season long contract with the San Antonio Spurs, one that he signed in 2004. Nestrovic was efficient in his first season with the Spurs, scoring at 8.7 with 7.7 rebounds per game. In 2004-05, he suffered an ankle injury and only played 70 games but that did not deter him from being he starting center for a major part of the season. The Spurs would win the NBA Championships that year, giving Nesterovic that coveted ring.

Despite being a part of the winning team and having 4 years to go on his contract, the Toronto Raptors swooped in to grab Nesterovic, and some cash, in exchange for Matt Bonner, Eric Williams and a 2009 NBA Draft second round pick. He stayed with his new team until 2008, playing a stable game at Center.

In June of 2008, the Indiana Pacers got in T. J. Ford, Maceo Baston and Roy Hibbert, along with Nesterovic, in exchange for Jermaine O’Neal and Nathan Jawai.

Nesterovic was a part of the Slovenian National Basketball Team and took them to 6th place at the 2005 Eurobasket at Belgrade. He even helped the team qualify for the Basketball World Championships in 2006 before retiring from international basketball in 2008.

With the Pacers, Nesterovic finished the season with a career high 1.6 assists per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 6.4 points per game.

At the end of the 2008 season, Nesterovic decided to move back to the Raptors and signed a two-year deal at $1.9 million a year.

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