Zenit St. Petersburg will have an experienced playmaker running the show next season after signing Stefan Markovic, who was the EuroCup’s career assists leader before spending the previous two seasons in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague with Unicaja Malaga. Markovic (1.91 meters, 28 years old) averaged 3.6 points and 4.9 assists in the EuroLeague last season, though injuries limited him to just 10 games. He was also worth 6.2 points and 2.6 assists per game in the Spanish League. Markovic amassed 363 assists in 92 career EuroCup games over eight seasons with four clubs between 2006 and 2014, which is now the second-most assists in competition history behind only Marko Marinovic’s 400. Markovic also ranks among the EuroCup’s best in steals (third, 135) and games played (sixth, 92).
Markovic started his professional career with Atlas Novi Beograd, before moving to Hemofarm Vrsac, where he played four seasons. He then spent one season in Italy with Benetton Treviso, two in Spain with Valencia Basket and one with Banvit Bandirma in Turkey. He is a four-time EuroCup semifinalist and appeared in the 2012 EuroCup Championship Game with Valencia. Markovic is also a long-time member of the Serbian national team, with whom he won silver medals at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014 and at EuroBasket 2009. He is currently competing with Serbia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.