Luka Samanic

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2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed training camp deal with the Celtics in September of 2022
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Luka Samanic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. His father, Marko, had a 19-year career in professional basketball, including a stint with Krka of the EuroLeague. Luka's early interests included soccer, handball and tennis. He did not begin playing basketball until he was 11 years old. Samanic started his basketball career with a local club at the youth level. He was named MVP of the Croatian cadet championship in 2016 and attended the Adidas EuroCamp soon thereafter. At the age of 16, Samanic signed a two-year amateur contract with Spanish club FC Barcelona, initially playing with its junior team. He earned the Rising Star award at the 2016-17 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. The following season, he took on a larger role with Barcelona's junior team and earned All-Tournament honors at the 2017-18 Adidas Next Generation Tournament. Later that year, he began his professional career with Barcelona's senior reserve team. Learn more about Samanic by following him on Twitter (@SamanicLuka) and on Instagram (@lukasamanic9). After taking up basketball at the age of 11 and playing with various international junior teams, Samanic started his pro career in 2017-18 with Barcelona's reserve team. Samanic only logged four minutes in his debut, but he started gaining notice by scoring 10 points over 20 minutes in his second game -- the first of several double-digit efforts. He finished the year with averages of 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds across 12.7 minutes. Samanic played one more season with Petrol Olimpija in 2018-19 before declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. Even with a deep pool of international talent, he was selected in the first round with the 19th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs.

Inks training camp deal
FBoston Celtics
September 22, 2022
Samanic signed a training camp contract with the Celtics, per Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com.
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Samanic appeared in 33 games with the Knicks last season, posting averages of 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.3 minutes prior to being waived in March. He will face an uphill battle to claim a regular-season spot on one of the deepest rosters in the NBA.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 19-year-old out of Croatia was selected by the Spurs with the 19th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. At 6-foot-10 and 215 pounds with some shooting touch, Samanic projects as a stretch four at the NBA level. In 50 games and 23 starts last season for Union Olimpija, he averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes. Samanic better demonstrated his skillset during the U18 Euro Championship A in 2018, where he posted 17.0 points (48.1 FG%, 47.4 3P%, 68.0 FT%), 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.3 assists in just over 26 minutes per game across six appearances. Coach Gregg Popovich has plenty of other options at forward in 2019-20, so it's unlikely Samanic will be a regular part of the rotation, and there's a strong chance he'll spend time in the G League.
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Let go by Knicks
FWestchester Knicks   G League (Knicks)
Heel
March 17, 2022
Samanic (heel) was waived by the Knicks on Thursday, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
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Out with heel injury
FWestchester Knicks   G League (Knicks)
Heel
January 11, 2022
Samanic missed Monday's G League contest due to a left heel bruise.
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Scores 26 in return from injury
FWestchester Knicks   G League (Knicks)
January 6, 2022
Samanic (foot) tallied 26 points (11--21 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and one steal over 35 minutes for Westchester in a G League loss to Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
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Misses game due to foot injury
FWestchester Knicks   G League (Knicks)
Foot
December 12, 2021
Samanic did not play in Westchester's loss to Delaware on Sunday due to a left foot injury.
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Keeps rolling in G League
FWestchester Knicks   G League (Knicks)
December 4, 2021
Samanic totaled 36 points (15-26 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and two assists over 34 minutes Friday in a 121-117 win over College Park.
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