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Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:36 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:58 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Peja Stojakovic is going out on top.

One of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Stojakovic, 34, announced he will retire after 13 seasons in the NBA which finished with him winning his first ever championship with the Mavericks last season.

"When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game," Stojakovic said, "it's a wakeup call."

Stojakovic said he was battling through neck and back issues and because of the physical demand of an NBA season, he just saw it as time to hang it up.

“I feel so blessed to have been given the athletic gifts to play professional basketball," Stojakovic said in a release. "I have always loved the game, and have great respect for it, and I know the time is right to step away. I promised myself a long time ago, if it came to the point where my heart and body were not 100% committed, I would step away. I have reached that point and I know the time is right to retire.”

Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star, played for the Kings, Pacers, Hornets and Mavericks. He averaged 17 points per game for his career, 40 percent from 3-point range and fourth all-time with 1,760 3-pointers made.

So with Stojakovic being one of the greatest shooters ever, it has to be asked: Is he Hall of Fame material?

He will be, at least in terms of the international Hall of Fame committee. He was a star in Greece for a number of years and was a major part of the Serbian national team winning the 2001 Eurobasket tournament and the 2002 World Championship. As for NBA Hall of Famer, probably not.

Though Peja did have some incredible years in Sacramento. Look at his run from 2000-2005. He averaged better than 20 ppg on 48 percent shooting and 40 percent shooting from 3. His 2003-04 season was outstanding: 24.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 48 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from 3. That's incredible.

After he finished in Sacramento, he had difficulty staying healthy, missing about 30 games on average every season after that.

He's an all-time great shooter and after multiple years of being so close in Sacramento, Stojakovic got his title in Dallas last season. Always a good way to go out.
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

He should be in the HOF...but because the NBA stole a title from him and gave it to the Lakers, he will be thought of an 'also ran'.  There's some superstars who don't deserve to be in the hall while guys like him are over looked.  He was an amazing player.  Glad he got a title and swept the Lakers on the way to doing it.   Go Mavs!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

Sigma: here is the problem with your opinion (although I agree with your comments about his contribution early in the playoffs). He sat and did nothing for the Raptors for the whole season. They paid him, I think it was 5 million. Then Dallas picks him up for nothing. He is totaslly rested since he played a handful of games all year, goes out and hits some key shots for a team that paid nothing for him. The way NBA does business is assinine. From Stern's interference in the FA process with Paul to all these players being "waived" by teams paying them millions; then the same player gets picked up by a contender. They influence the playoffs while they are actually paid most of their salary by the team that waived them. The whole process is a joke and no matter what the NBA does to fix it, they just make it worse. So now Knicks will pay the bulk of Chauncey's salary to play for the Clips. They pick up a Cleveland cast off for nothing. It is just stupid.



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Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:02 am
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

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Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:11 am
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

He certainly had a tremendous career and for 5-7 years was a premiere small forward (despite being 6'10) in this league. He will go down as one of the deadliest long range shooters in league history and his stats for that period justify his 3 consecutive All-Star selections from 2002-2004. He was one of the main reasons for the Kings resurgence in the early to mid 2000s. However, to even suggest that Peja Stojakovic belongs in the NBA (and here I stress NBA not International) Hall of Fame is a bit of a stretch. He made 2nd team All-NBA only once, and never first team. He was only on 3 All-Star teams and with the exception 2003-2004 was never one of the 10 best players in this league. His stats are impressive but not HOF worthy. As some of the other posters have said he was fairly one dimensional as a player - a lethal shooter and not much else. I realize he was a small forward, but for a 6'10 player to average under 5 rebounds a game for his career is not impressive. He was at times a liability on defense (and that may be putting it kindly) and while this is not necessarily indicative of that he only blocked 106 shots in 804 games! Never more than 14 in a single season. By comparison when John Stockton was 39 and in his 18th season he blocked 24 shots. In any event, Peja Stojakovic will go down as one of the best international players to grace the NBA stage and had a highly successful and memorable career, but an NBA Hall of Famer he is not.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:24 am
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

In case anyone was not watching the playoffs six months ago, Peja was huge in a couple of rounds for the Mavericks.  Not as a star but as a great spot shooter and role player.

Anyone who saw the Lakers series saw Peja turn back the clock for 3 games and he even made a few plays as a defender. Plus, he had a solid run in the series over the Thunder.

The ring is the thing and he was important for Dallas to have some scoring from the SF spot after Butler went down.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

Peja a Hall of Famer? Are the NBA standards really that much lower than Major League Baseball? As I recall Peja was a shooter and that was about it. I seem to recall him having problems with much smaller defenders getting in his face when he was with the Kings. I can't imagine him being "one of the best" unless the basketball HoF needs residents ...



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

He could have gone two years sooner. Like so many athletes his decent career will be tainted by the last few years where he made too much money for doing too little. In his case it ended with him not being able to play in the playoffs because he couldn't defend younger players.

Got himself a nice new ring though.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Peja Stojakovic retires after 13 seasons

I loved watching Peja shoot.  He was so pure I wish he would consider one more year and play for The Celts.  He had some incredible years in Sacramento and played well in Indy before injuries started to hamper him.  I'm happy for him that he got to win a Championship in Dallas.  It was a pleasure watching him play and I hope that he goes to Springfield, MA.  He deserves to be in The Hall Of Fame!


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