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Kings sign Steven Markovic
The Sydney Kings have secured the services of veteran guard Steven Markovic for the upcoming National Basketball League season. Originally from Sydney, Markovic has spent the past two seasons playing for the Townsville Crocodiles after a successful seven-year stint in Europe. The 30-year-old has also represented Australia in over 60 games and competed in three World Championships, highlighted by winning the Gold medal at the 2003 U19 World Championships alongside Perth Wildcats captain Damian Martin and 2015 NBA Champion Andrew Bogut. The Bankstown native is excited at the opportunity to return to his hometown and pull on the purple and gold for the first time. “It was an easy choice in the end, “ said Markovic on his decision to join the Sydney Kings. “It’s always great to have an opportunity to represent the place you grew up, so being from Sydney, I couldn’t be more excited to be back home playing in front of family and friends on what is shaping up to be a great team.” Markovic’s professional career began with the West Sydney Razorbacks where he won the 2003/04 NBL Rookie of the Year award. In October 2005, Markovic signed with Euroleague side and Serbian powerhouse Crvena zrezda. The talented guard spent three seasons in Serbia before signing a one-year deal with Italian Serie A side Benetton Treviso. The following year he went back to Serbia where he remained until 2013 then returned to Australia to play for Townsville. During his time with the Crocs, Markovic averaged 11.6ppg, 4.5apg and two rebounds per game while shooting 87 per cent from the free-throw line over two seasons. While Markovic is a great shooter and proven scorer, his experience and leadership qualities are what make him a valuable asset to the Sydney Kings growing 2015/16 roster. “What we get with Steve is a highly successful and highly skilled player that wants to be a part of this team, representing his home city,” said Sydney Kings head coach Damian Cotter. “This year we are looking to bolster the squad with a wealth of experience and Steve is a big part of it.” Markovic is expected to join the team in the coming weeks as he begins to workout ahead of the pre-season.