Czech basketballer to move stateside after NBA draft

Vit Krejčí was selected in the NBA draft last week before being traded.

Tom Lane

Written by Tom Lane
Published on 24.11.2020 13:01 (updated on 24.11.2020)

Czech basketball player Vit Krejčí will be moving to the US after being selected in the NBA draft. Krejčí was originally selected by the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the No. 37 overall pick in Wednesday’s draft.

Czech Players who played in the NBA

  • Jiří Welsch (Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Tomáš Satoranský (Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan Veselý (Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets)
  • Jiří "George" Zídek Jr (Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Seattle SuperSonics)

The 20-year-old spent last season playing for in Spain for Casademont Zaragoza and also featured in the Basketball Champions League.

In a video message on Instagram he told the fans:

 “I’d like to thank the OKC organization for putting their confidence in me, I’m happy to be a part of this great organization and I’m ready to get to work.”

General Manager and Executive Vice President Sam Presti welcomed a raft of new arrivals to Oklahoma this week.

“It's a continuation of the things that we've talked about since last summer, which is continually trying to reposition the team after 12 years of extremely high performance results, and ultimately continuing to try to replenish our flexibility and tools for us to continue to build a platform for an elite team going forward but full well knowing that that's going to take time,” said Presti.

Krejčí is a 6-foot-8 guard and made 37 appearances in all competitions last season.

There are plenty of places to play basketball and teams to watch in the Czech Republic, once the COVID pandemic allows for spectators to return!