The Marjanovic Project: Meet the Spurs’ 7-Foot-3 Secret Weapon

By Brian Kotloff | December 8, 2015

If NBA fans didn’t know who the 7-foot-3 foreign center on the end of the Spurs’ bench was last week, Boban Marjanovic has issued several reminders of what he can do on the court over the past four days.

The Spurs signed Marjanovic in July to little fanfare. He entered the NBA as a virtual unknown … until this weekend. Assigned to their NBA D-League affiliate in Austin, Marjanovic offered a glimpse of his game with a 16-point, nine-rebound debut on Friday followed by a 34-point, 13-rebound outburst on Saturday.

Who is Boban Marjanovic?

At 7-3, 290 pounds, he can do this:

Two days later, he worked his magic with the big-league Spurs, scoring 18 points in 17 minutes during Monday’s blowout of the Sixers.

That’s two games at two different levels over the span of three days in which Marjanovic combined to score 52 points on 24-of-28 shooting and grab 17 rebounds in 46 minutes.

And it’s proof that the 27-year-old can ball, especially against younger, raw NBA D-League prospects. Marjanovic is a three-time Serbian League MVP who was first team all-Euroleague last season. He’s played in three different European countries and won FIBA gold medals with Serbia’s junior national teams — experience few end-of-the-bench NBA players have.

Full highlights from Saturday’s buzzworthy performance:

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