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Damjan Rudez | Forward

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/17/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 230
College: Croatia
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Damjan Rudez made his second start of the season on Tuesday, notching 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, five 3-pointers and five assists in 27 minutes vs. the Magic.
C.J. Miles was out with a foot injury, which thrust Rudez into the starting five, and he looked much more comfortable surrounded by the Pacers' starters. Rudez, a 28-year-old rookie, was billed as a perimeter gunner when he was drafted, and to his credit he's made 50.0 percent of his shots from downtown since the All-Star break. Give him a look in deep leagues, but everyone else should ignore him while Miles is day-to-day. Mar 10 - 9:24 PM

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Damjan Rudez will enter the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Magic with C.J. Miles (foot) unavailable.

Rudez failed to do much of anything during his last start, putting up a meager three points with a turnover through 14 minutes of action. He'll see some increased opportunity tonight as a starter, but he'll be far too risky to use in most leagues.
Mar 10 - 6:32 PM

Pacers F Damjan Rudez started Sunday's game but only had three points and one turnover in 14 minutes before being benched to start the second half.

Frank Vogel had seen more than enough from Rudez by halftime and there's no reason to think he'll offer fantasy value down the stretch, even if he reclaims a starting job. Indy's 28-year-old rookie is averaging 4.6 points, 0.9 threes, 0.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16 minutes per game.
Mar 1 - 9:54 PM

Damjan Rudez started over C.J. Miles on Sunday.

This news came very late, but Miles' numbers as a reserve vs. a starter are nearly identical, so he should still be able to knock down some 3-pointers inefficiently regardless of how he enters the game. Rudez hasn't scored more than 10 points in his previous 10 games, so there's not a lot of upside here. We'll let you know how he does after the game.
Mar 1 - 6:13 PM

Pacers rookie Damjan Rudez erupted for 16 points in the final quarter on Sunday, finishing with a season-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers.

He's no Klay Thompson, but this was still an impressive showing from Rudez. He's struggled with his shot all season but is slowly turning the corner, and is worth a look as a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues. His emergence has knocked Chris Copeland out of the Pacers' rotation, and Copeland picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.
Jan 25 - 9:10 PM

Damjan Rudez picked up his seventh consecutive DNP-CD on Sunday.

The Pacers rookie was a deadly sharp-shooter in Europe but he's struggled since joining the NBA, averaging 4.0 points on 40.6 percent shooting, including a 32.8 percent mark from downtown.
Jan 5 - 12:06 AM

Damjan Rudez (illness) is not expected to play against the Bulls on Monday.

He will be on the active list, but the team will likely hold him out due to how he's missed practice. That means Chris Copeland could remain in the rotation for now. Rudez is not worth owning in most leagues.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Damjan Rudez (illness) is questionable for Monday's game against the Bulls.

Rudez and C.J. Miles are both dealing with upper respiratory infections, so Chris Copeland and Solomon Hill could be in line for big minutes Monday if they sit out. Rudez has been a bright spot for the Pacers this season in limited minutes, but he is not an asset in the majority of leagues.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

With C.J. Miles (illness) doubtful, Chris Copeland should get back in the rotation tonight. Rudez had a good run for about a week, but he's also fallen out of the rotation for the most part.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

He's losing playing time anyway now that the Pacers are getting healthy again. Rudez isn't very appealing in any fantasy league.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 04:26:00 PM

Damjan Rudez (illness) will not play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

He's barely a part of the rotation, so there are not much fantasy implications to his absence. Leave him on the waiver wire.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Damjan Rudez is questionable to play on Tuesday night against the Pelicans due to an upper respiratory infection.

He's out of the rotation for the most part now with the Pacers getting some guys back. Rudez will likely be inactive tonight just because the Pacers won't need him.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Damjan Rudez played 26 minutes in an 88-82 loss to the Blazers on Thursday with five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

He has some bright spots here and there and coach Frank Vogel gave him a little more run with Chris Copeland struggling. Rudez did only play a total of nine minutes in his previous three combined, so you would have to be in a very deep league to even throw him on your watch list.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Damjan Rudez looked good off the bench against the Grizzlies on Friday with 11 points and three 3-pointers on 3-of-4 from the field in 20 minutes.

That's an effective field goal percentage of 112.5, and Solomon Hill looked awful tonight. It's not too far-fetched to think Rudez takes the starting job soon, but you'd have to be in an extremely deep league to make a move for him.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:32:00 PM

Pacers F Damjan Rudez said that he "[doesn't] expect to sit on the bench all season" during his rookie season in the NBA.

Rudez also understands that he won't have a major role in Indiana's rotation, despite the minutes left vacant by Paul George's potentially season-ending injury. "I'm ready to help the team and I'm ready for whatever might happen," Rudez said. "I don't expect to play 30 minutes per game ... I realize that for any European player going to the NBA, the first year is a transition process." The 28-year-old is a proven perimeter scorer in Europe, but he'll be fighting for relevancy behind Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
Source: HoopsHype
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 09:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1George Hill
SG1Monta Ellis
2C.J. Miles
3Rodney Stuckey
4Joseph Young
SF1Paul George
2Solomon Hill
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Chris Copeland
2Luis Scola
C1Roy Hibbert
2Myles Turner
3Ian Mahinmi