Macedonians in the Turkish Basketball League

There are many international basketball players in the Turkish Basketball League right now, but that same trend existed in the past as well. The Turkish Basketball League has been the breeding ground for many talented basketball internationals and curiously enough some of the best of those internationals came from the small country of Macedonia.

Macedonia is a country located in South Eastern Europe and has long had a basketball history. Those basketball beginnings date back to the time when Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia and as such provided the Yugoslav federation with talented individuals which helped Yugoslavia win gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals.
Independent Macedonia also managed to play in some big competitions and participated in the 2011 European Championship semi-final in which they lost to basketball heavyweight and eventual winner, Spain.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that there has also been a strong Macedonian influence to the Turkish Basketball League. In this article we will take a look at three accomplished Macedonian players that have plied their trade in Turkey.

Petar Naumoski
Naumoski played for two Turkish teams, Efes Pilsen and Ulkerspor. He spent six years at Efes and there he had some of the biggest successes in his playing career. While he was playing there, he won 4 Turkish President’s Cups, one FIBA European Runners-up Cup, 4 Turkish Super League titles, and 4 Turkish Cups. He also won one Turkish Cup and one Turkish President’s Cup while at Ulkerspor.
The time Petar spent in Turkey helped him become one of the best point guards in Europe. He possessed excellent organizational skills, was the captain of his national team and was the stand out international star in the Turkish Basketball League.

Vrbica Stefanov
Vrbica was a journeyman basketball player and among the clubs he represented was the illustrious Turkish trio of Pinar Karsiyaka, Ulkerspor, Mersin BSB. In all of those clubs Vrbica was the lynchpin that kept the team together and even managed to win the Turkish League with Ulkerspor in 2006, while also playing impressively in his time with Pinar Karsiyaka.

Stefanov was lightning fast and used to dribble round his opponents with the ease with which a professional slots spinner spins the reels at Dunder casino . Vrba, as he was affectionately known, frequently caused fear in opposition defences and he was particularly deadly on the counter attack.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic was the captain of the Macedonian team which finished fourth in the Eurobasket in Lithuania in 2011 and is currently the only Macedonian player that has had a successful NBA career as he played quite a role for the Atlanta Hawks.
Furthermore, Antic is yet another Macedonian basketball player to have had a taste of Turkish basketball and the power forward played successfully for a strong Fenerbahce team for a couple of seasons.
The tall Macedonian, who has tattoos much like the live casino dealers in many of the casinos reviewed at , won one Turkish League title, but also lost in a EuroLeague final that his team played against CSKA Moscow.