Peja Stojakovic is a renowned director of personnel development and former basketball player associated with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He was picked by the team as their 14th overall pick in the NBA draft of 1996 and later led the Dallas Mavericks to scoop the NBA championship title in 2011. He is also a three-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA three-point shooting champion, and a two-time Mister Europa Player of the Year winner. In addition to that, Peja is a two-time gold medalist with the Yugoslavian National Basketball Team.
The amazing basketball prodigy officially retired from basketball in 2011; he is currently working as a director of basketball development for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. He’s married to a Greek model and actress named Aleka Kamila. Read on, as we take a trip through Peja’s bio, family, career, height and other interesting facts below.
Who is Peja Stojakovic?
Peja was born as Predrag Stojakovic on June 9, 1977, to Serbian parents Branka Stojakovic and her husband Miodrag. He was born in Pozega, SFR Yugoslavia and was raised in Belgrade, Serbia. His father was an army veteran who fought during the Yugoslav wars from 1991 to 1999. There is no information about his childhood, siblings, and educational background.
He started playing basketball from a very young age and when he was fifteen, he joined a Serbian basketball team KK Crvena Zvezda with which he won a national championship title. The following year, he relocated to Greece and there, he played for PAOK basketball club of the Greek League from 1993 to 1998.
Professional Career and Stats
While he was still playing in Greece, Peja was chosen by the Sacramento Kings as the 14th pick during the NBA draft of 1996. He was signed by the Kings during the 1998 lockout season. Upon joining the Kings, Peja played the first two seasons from the bench and finally got his breakthrough in 2001. He finished the season with an average of 5.9 rebounds and 20.4 points per game. In addition to that, he became the second Most Improved Player of the year in 2001.
During the 2002 season, Peja finished the season recording 21.2 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Star team. He participated in the All-Star three-point shooting weekend where he emerged the winner. The following season, he averaged 19.2 points per game and also won the three-point shooting weekend contest. In 2004, he finished the season as the second-best in scoring, thus averaging 24.2 points per game. He came fourth in the season’s MVP voting list and was named to the NBA All-Star second team.
In 2006, Peja was traded to the Indiana Pacers where he finished his eight-year career with the Kings the same year and signed up with the New Orleans Hornets. He penned a five-year deal worth $64 million with the team. While with the Hornets, Peja created an NBA franchise history by becoming the first player to score 20 straight points in his first game. However, his impressive season was cut short as a result of injuries. The following year, he helped the Hornets to clinch their first division title and finished second in the NBA championship.
Alongside Jerryd Bayless, Peja was traded with the Toronto Raptors in 2010. There, he featured in a few games; due to a left knee injury, he was ruled out for the rest of the season. He later signed with Dallas Mavericks in 2011; leading the team to clinch the NBA Championship title. In December 2011, Peja announced his retirement; citing injuries as the reason behind his sudden retirement.
Upon retirement, the NBA star was appointed the director of basketball and team development by the Sacramento Kings in 2015. Additionally, he is also working as the General Manager for the NBA Development League affiliate called Reno Bighorns.
Peja Stojakovic had a successful career and was one of the top players of his time. He played professionally for five teams of the NBA including Indiana Pacers, New Orleans, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors. He has earned a lot of money from his basketball career and other business ventures. Currently, Peja has a whopping net worth of $45 million while his salary and earnings from his job at Sacramento Kings are not available.
Family: Wife and Kids
Peja Stojakovic is married to a famous Greek model named Aleka Kamila who is also an actress and television personality. Aleka is best known for her appearance in the 201 Greek film titled Na I efkairia and Ola Paisoun in 2014. Born and raised in Greece, Kamila has appeared on the cover of several Greek magazines.
The couple met in Greece several years ago while Peja was playing basketball for PAOK of the Greek League. After a few years of successful relationship, they got hitched in a small wedding held in 2006. The former NBA Star and his wife has two children – a son named Andrej Stojakovic and a daughter Mila Stojakovic. They currently reside in Glyfada, Greece.
Height And Other Facts About Peja Stojakovic
Birth name: Predrag Stojakovic
Date of Birth: June 9, 1977
Birth sign: Gemini
Birth City: Slavonska Pozega, SR Croatia, SFR, Yugoslavia
Nationality: Serbian, Greek
Profession: Former Professional Basketball Player
Height: 6 feet 8 inches (2.06 m)
Weight: 104 kg (229 lbs)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Aleka Kamila (m. 2006)
Children: 2 (Andrej Stojakovic and Mila Stojakovic)
Net Worth: $45 million.