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Panathinaikos Athens announced the addition of guard Stefan Jovic. The Serbian playmaker signed a contract for the rest of the 2021-22 season that includes an option for 2022-23.
Jovic had emerged as an option for Panathinaikos in the 2021 offseason. The Greens were interested in the player but the two sides didn’t reach a deal back then.
During the Olympic Qualifying Tournament of Belgrade, Jovic suffered a muscle injury that kept him sidelined for several weeks before he was ready to get back on track.
In 2015, Jovic set a new EuroLeague record for assists in a single game by dishing out 19 dimes in a Crvena Zvezda win over Bayern Munich.
Panathinaikos OPAP has signed Stefan Jovic (31, 1.98 meters) till the end of the 2021-2022 season with an option to extend it for one more year. Jovic is a basketball player born on November 3, 1990 in Nis, Serbia. He is a point guard who last played for Khimki.
Jovic played in the junior teams of Ergonom from his hometown Niš. From 2010 to 2012 he played with Sloga. In July 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Radnički.
On September 21, 2014, he signed a three-year deal with Crvena zvezda. In the 2014–15 season, his first with the club, Crvena zvezda won the ABA League championship, the Serbian League championship and the Serbian Cup. He also appeared in 19 games in the EuroLeague, averaging 2.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds
On November 12, 2015, in a road game against Bayern Munich, he set the Euroleague record for the most assists in a single game – 19. In May 2016, he was named MVP of the 2015–16 ABA League Finals. On October 3, 2016, in a home game against Cedevita, he recorded 16 assists in 24 minutes.
On July 14, 2017, Jovic signed a two-year deal with German team Bayern Munich. In his first season with the team, Jović with Bayern lifted the 2017–18 Basketball Bundesliga. Over 40 games league games, he averaged 7.4 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 54.7% from the field goal. In EuroCup, he appeared in 15 games and averaged 5.3 points and 5.6 assists per game.
In 2018–19 season, he appeared in 35 games of the Bundesliga and averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 assists, while shooting 44.4% from the field goal. Bayern eventually defended the championship trophy by defeating Alba Berlin with 3–0 in the final series of 2018–19 Basketball Bundesliga. In the EuroLeague, he averaged 8.3 points and 4.6 assists over 23 games played.
On July 17, 2019, Jovic signed a contract with the Russian team Khimki. During the 2019-2020 season with Khimki, Jović averaged 7.6 points, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest in a total of 23 EuroLeague games. In the following season, in EuroLeague he averaged 4.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2 rebounds per game.
In the youth category, Jović was a member of the squad that won the silver medal at the 2013 Mediterranean Games and bronze medal at the 2013 University Games. He was also a member of the Serbian national basketball team that won silver medals at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Jovic also represented Serbia at the EuroBasket 2017 where they won the silver medal, after losing in the final game to Slovenia. Over 9 tournament games, he averaged 6.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
At the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup he averaged 7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
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