SACRAMENTO (CBS13) - The Sacramento Kings announced Tuesday they will be retiring Peja Stojakovic's jersey later this year. The three-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion will be honored when the Kings play Oklahoma Thunder in Sacramento on December 16, according to a team statement.
A Serbian native, Stojakovic was drafted 14th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft. He ranks first in Kings franchise history in three-pointers made (1,070) and attempted (2,687), and in free throw percentage (.893). He's also ranked second on the Kings all-time scoring list with 9,498 points, third in field goals made (3,352) and attempted (7,269), and fifth in steals (543).
"My time in Sacramento was the best years of my career and truly some of the best years of my life," said Stojakovic. "I am proud of what we built in Sacramento and the connection we made with the fans and the community."
Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé had this to say about Stojakovic: "As one of only a select group of Serbian players in the NBA, Peja helped carve out a place for basketball players from all over the world. Recognizing his leadership will be a special moment for fans and the entire Kings organization, as well as a great reminder of the kind of success we are building in Sacramento."
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