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Damjan Rudez | Forward

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/17/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 230
College: Croatia
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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

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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

The Pacers officially signed rookie SF Damjan Rudez on Friday.

"Rudez is one of the best shooters in Europe," said Pacers president Larry Bird. "We’ve got to figure out how to get him in the mix." Rudez may emerge as a 3-point specialist but he faces steep competition for playing time from C.J. Miles, Solomon Hill and Chris Copeland.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 10:53:00 AM

The Pacers have agreed to a three-year deal with Croatian F Damjan Rudez, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers, Raptors and Jazz also expressed interest in Rudez as a free agent, and the 6'10" small forward shot a scorching 51.9 percent from downtown in 16 games during last year's Eurocup. He may not do much else as a rookie, but he'll give the Pacers a designated 3-point gunner to bring off the bench. The signing of Rudez is reportedly not dissuading Indiana from also pursuing free agent C.J. Miles.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:51:00 AM

Croatian F Damjan Rudez is reportedly negotiating a contract with the Cavaliers.

Rudez played in Spain's professional league last season, notching 10.7 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent from downtown. He may not sign more than an unguaranteed deal with Cleveland for Summer League and training camp.
Sun, Jun 15, 2014 03:56:00 PM

European forward Damjan Rudez has generated some interest as a free agent, according to Yahoo! Sports.

He went undrafted in 2008 and is eligible to sign a free-agent deal with any team. Rudez has worked out with the Cavs this week and also has some interest from the Pacers, Raptors and Jazz. He shot 51.9 percent from downtown in his 16 Eurocup games last year, but probably wouldn't crack a rotation right off the bat.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1George Hill
2C.J. Watson
3Donald Sloan
SG1Rodney Stuckey
2C.J. Miles
SF1Solomon Hill
2Damjan Rudez
3Paul George
PF1David West
2Luis Scola
3Chris Copeland
C1Roy Hibbert
2Lavoy Allen
3Ian Mahinmi
4Shayne Whittington