Pero Antic Bio: NBA, Net Worth & Family

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Pero Antic is a Macedonian basketball executive and former professional player who currently serves as the president of the Basketball Federation of North Macedonia. He is also a vice president of the Olympics Committee in North Macedonia.

Antic is also a three times championship winner of the Euro league and a two-time Turkish league championship winner.

The former basketball player started his professional career with KK Rabotnicki in the Macedonian First League and played with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

Pero Antic, A Former Professional NBA Player
Pero Antic, A Former Professional NBA Player (Source: Bleacher Report)

He only played two seasons in the NBA and most of his professional career in different European Leagues.

Similarly, Antic’s great height allows him to play as a power forward and as a center.

We will learn more about this former basketball player from his early career to his post-basketball life.

So, stick with us till the end of the article, but first, let’s take a look at a quick fact.

 Quick Facts

Full Name Pero Antic
Birth Date July 29, 1982
Birth Place Skopje, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nick Name Mash-adonia
Religion Christian
Nationality Macedonian
Ethnicity White
Education FON University
Horoscope Leo
Father’s Name Not known
Mother’s Name Not Known
Siblings Not Known
Age 41 Years Old
Height 6’11″/2.11 m/211 cm
Weight 118 kg/260 lb.
NBA Draft 2004 / Undrafted
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Career Highlights & Awards  3× EuroLeague champion (2012, 2013, 2017)
Build Athlete
Marital Status Married
Girlfriend/Spouse Ruzica Antic
Position Power Forward / Center Position
Profession Basketball player
Net Worth $1 million – $5 million
Total NBA Earnings $2,450,000
Last Played for Crvena zvezda
League Euro League
Active Since 1999-2018
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Merch Trading Card
Last Update May 2024

Early Life, Family & Education

Pero Antic was born to his father, Zoran Antic, and mother, in Skopje, SFR, Yugoslavia, in North Macedonia, on July 29, 1982.

His father was a professional basketball player in Yugoslavia for 14 years and won several trophies. Zoran started working for different companies after his basketball career.

According to one of Pero’s interviews, as his father was busy traveling and working at companies, he and his brother would play with trophies as toys and smash them without realizing it, for which he now apologizes.

Pero During His Youth
Pero During His Youth (Source: Instagram)

Pero’s mother was a handball player. However, there is not much information available about his mother.

Similarly, his brother was also a basketball player, although he has not talked about his brother much in public.

Growing up with athletic parents undoubtedly influenced Pero’s decision to pursue his career in basketball.

When Pero was 16, he left home for high school, took care of everything, and lived alone until he became a family man himself.

Careers

Early Careers

After joining high school, he was assisted by his coaches, and he was later selected by AEK Athens, which offered him four years deal, and he won his first Greek League Championship in 2002.

The former basketball player got a chance to play with several teams boosting his basketball skills. He played with teams like Rabotnicki Skopje, AEK Athens, Crvena Zvezda, Academic Sofia, Lokomotiv Kuban, Spartak St.Petersburg, and Olympiacos.

Pero played with those teams spending 12 years as a professional basketball player before making his NBA debut. Similarly, during his 2007-08 seasons, he was honored with MVP in Bulgarian National Basketball League.

During his time with Lukoil Academic, he recorded 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

In the same way, in the 2010-11 seasons, he played his best, leading his team to reach the EuroLeague finals.

Following his incredible performance, he signed a two years contract with Olympiacos Piraeus on September 26, 2011.

He continued his finest-ever season with Olympiacos, first winning the Greek League (2012) and later the Euroleague trophy two years in a row (2012 and 2013).

NBA Careers & More

After his contract expired with the Olympiacos, he signed a two-year contract with Atlanta Hawks on July 25, 2013.

His first game for the NBA franchise was against the Miami Heat, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in 16 minutes while shooting only 1-8 from the field and 1-6 from three.

During his game over Charlotte Bobcats, he showed his excellent play by posting a game-tying score. Also, against the Golden State Warriors, he was included in the starting lineup for the first time.

Pero Antic During His Time With The Hawks
Pero Antic During His Time With The Hawks (Source-Atlantamagazine.com)

In addition, he was picked for the Rising Star Challenge game, which he was unable to attend due to an injury to his right ankle.

Antic recorded his NBA career-high 18 points in a 107-88 win over the Pacers. After the Hawks bagged a surprising 101-93 away win to take the lead in the series against the Pacers in the playoffs.

During the final game of the series, he was involved in an altercation with the Pacers’ David West, which resulted in penalties for both players.

After his NBA journey came to an end, he signed a two-year contract with the option of AN additional year with the Turkish team Fenerbahce on June 30, 2015.

After playing for two years with the Turkish team and winning the Turkish League championship but failing to clinch the 2016 Euroleague Final Four, he joined Crvena zvezda on September 11, 2017.

National Team Career

As a captain and member of the Macedonia national team, Pero led his team to the semi-finals of FIBA EuroBasket 2011.

Similarly, he did his best as a rebounder in the tournament against Spain and averaged 11.5 points in each game.

Throughout the tournament, he played against Russia, Finland, Herzegovina, and Bosnia in his national team career.

Antic also captained the national team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 but was deprived of any major success. However, he scored in double figures in four of the five group matches.

With this failed attempt at the EuroBasket, he announced his retirement from the national team.

Awards And Recognitions

Some of Pero Antic’s awards and career highlights include:

  • 3× EuroLeague champion (2012, 2013, 2017)
  • 2× Greek League champion (2002, 2012)
  • 2× Turkish League champion (2016, 2017)
  • Turkish Cup winner (2016)
  • Turkish President’s Cup winner (2016)
  • Russian Cup winner (2011)
  • Serbian League champion (2018)

Age, Height, And Weight

Pero Antic, a former basketball player, is currently 41 years old. He is a July born and celebrates his birthday on the 29th, making his horoscope a Leo.

Speaking of Pero’s height, he stands 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 meters) tall, which is an excellent height for someone who played in the NBA.

Also, he weighs 118 kg (260 pounds) and leads a healthy lifestyle keeping his physique well-maintained.

Net Worth

Pero has earned a good amount of money playing with several teams as a professional basketball player.

However, the exact net worth of this former player is not revealed; his approximate net worth is estimated to fall in the range of $1 to $ 5 million.

With his Atlanta Hawks, he earned $ 2,450,000 over two years. His salary from other teams, aside from the NBA, is not revealed, but we can assume that his career earnings are sufficient to allow him to live a life of luxury with his family.

His current designations as the president and vice president might also earn him some extra money.

Personal Life

Pero is a father of three children and the husband of a beautiful wife, Ruzica Antic. Ruzica’s birthdate is the same as her husband’s, which is an interesting detail about her.

On February 26, 2007, the couple married and welcomed their first child, Luka, into the world. In 2012, the couple had their second son, Pavel, and in 2016, they welcomed their third, also a son, Petar.

Following his footsteps, his firstborn, Luka, is a member of the Fenix Basketball Team.

Pero values his family above anything else. During his two years in the NBA, he missed his family and was not used to living alone, as he explained in one of his interviews.

Pero With His Sons
Pero With His Sons (Source-Instagram)

Besides basketball, Pero is fascinated by cars and tattoos. He has several tattoos on his body and does not keep track of them.

Similarly, his tattoos are all about his family and significant moments in his life, with his favorite being those with his son’s birthdate on his hands.

Antic is a guy with good humor as he always used to joke with his teammates and believes that if you can have fun in any work, only good results can come out.

Pero’s motivation during his professional basketball career was his supporter, who used to show up to his games. The former NBA player said it was a joy to hear them shout and encourage him.

He is also a big supporter of Red Star Belgrade and holds Bulgarian citizenship in addition to his Macedonian citizenship.

Pero shares a great friendship with Gigi Datome. Furthermore, he has chopped Datome’s hair as promised in the event of a Euro league victory.

Pero Antic Arrested

On the 8th of April 2015, Pero, along with his teammate Thabo Sefolosha was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing authorities.

The former Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and a female companion were stabbed with a knife outside a New York nightclub.

Per the NYPD, Pero and Thabo refused to leave the crime scene, and the situation escalated after Pero got physical with one of the arresting officers.

After the investigation, the officials were convinced Pero was trying to calm down his friend, and in the process of doing so, he grabbed one of the officer’s shoulder.

The officials didn’t believe it was in an aggressive manner and none of the cops were harmed, and all the charges on Pero were dropped.

Social Media Presence

Pero has always been active on social media, updating his supporters on what’s going on in his life via Instagram and Twitter.

Furthermore, he has many followers on both social media platforms, and all his posts are about basketball and his family.

You can find him on Instagram under the handle @cickostoilko and Twitter @antic12pero.

Twitter: 134.3k followers

Instagram: 69.6 k followers

Popularity

After playing professional basketball from 1999 to 2018 and now serving as the president of the Basketball Federation of North Macedonia, he has continuously gained popularity.

Pero Antic's Popularity Graph
Pero Antic’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph illustrates the fluctuating Google search trend in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Pero Antic and LeBron James during a game against the Cavaliers?

Pero Antic was claimed to commit a flagrant foul on LeBron James during his game against the Cavaliers.

What number jersey did Pero Antic wear throughout his basketball career?

Pero wore jersey numbers 6 and 12.

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