Luka Samanic

Croatian professional basketball player

Luka Samanic
Croatian professional basketball player Source; Google

Luka “Amani” is a professional basketball player from Croatia who plays for the Maine Celtics in the NBA G League. He is a power forward who was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 19th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Early Life, Family & Nationality

Marko Samanic, Luka’s father, and an unidentified mother welcomed him into the world on January 9, 2000. He was produced in Zagreb, Croatia.

In a similar vein, he has Croatian nationality, and as of this writing, neither his ethnicity nor religion has been made public on the internet.

While looking into his early life, parents, childhood, and education, no such tales were found.

Luka’s father, Marco, played basketball professionally for at least 20 years.

He had just turned nine months old when he relocated to Belgium. Luka did not grow up to be a huge basketball lover like his father.

He adored football and played it until he was eleven years old, which is known as soccer in America.

In addition, he believes that playing soccer gave him the foundation he needed to succeed in basketball.

Luka played tennis and handball among other sports. He also participated in breakdancing, although no video has yet been found.

However, he did it for pleasure when he was nine or ten years old. In particular, rap music made him want to dance uncontrollably.

Youth Career

At the youth level, he started playing basketball with the Zagreb neighborhood club.

Later, on November 16, he contributed 43 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 steals to Zagreb’s 160-21 victory over Samobor.

Luka was named the most valuable player after his side defeated Virtus Roma to win the championship in an Italian youth competition on January 3, 2016. (MVP).

In the same vein, winning was gaining popularity. Luka scored 32 points in a blowout against the Rude junior team on January 16 (111-43).

He and his squad had 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks to lead the junior Cedevita team in scoring.

He won the Croatian Cadet Championship MVP award for the efforts he put forth on the floor with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds in a rout of the Cibona junior squad on May 29.

Luka took part in the Adidas EuroCamp, an international players’ three-day pre-National Basketball Association (NBA) draft camp, later in June in Treviso, Italy.

Professional Career

For the 2017–18 season, he joined FC Barcelona Basque B, the FC Barcelona reserve team, in the LEB Oro, the Spanish League Basketball System.

He just had four minutes on the field against Força Lleida, but he still contributed to the team’s victory.

Luka also participated in the Basketball Without Borders Camp in Los Angeles, which was attended by numerous other international NBA aspirants.

San Antonio Spurs 

Luka announced his intention to enter the 2019 NBA Draft on April 20, 2019. He’s had this dream since he was a young child.

He always worked very hard to improve his body, his shooting, and everything else that would enable him to be successful in the NBA as a modern big man.

Not to mention, Luka was one of the record-breaking 58 foreign prospects who declared their entry that year.

Later, on June 20, 2019, San Antonio Spurs selected him in the first round of the NBA draft.

The Austin Spurs, an NBA G League team that is an associate of the San Antonio Spurs, were given Luka’s first assignment.

On August 13, 2020, he started a game against the Utah Jazz, which sadly ended in a loss for his side. There, he finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

National Team Career

At the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Radom, Poland, he made his debut for the Croatian national team.

However, Croatia finished in fourth place, and Luka was named to the All-Star Five.

He took part in Division B of the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Tallinn, Estonia.

After averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game, he brought the gold medal back to his nation.

Additionally, Luka competed in the Latvian leg of the 2018 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship.

In the tournament, he could only manage an average of 17 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game; Croatia finished in eleventh place.

Does Luka have a girlfriend?

Luka is a young, attractive man. He completely kills it with his charismatic attitude and good appearance.

There is no reason why any female wouldn’t fall in love with him and get down on one knee just in case. Regrettably, we were unable to locate any reliable information.

Perhaps he is currently unmarried and absolutely cautious when it comes to his career.

And that’s alright; he’s still young, and the day will come when he can actually meet someone who is meant for him.

Net Worth & Salary

Regarding his earnings, Luka signed a three-year deal worth $8,473,320 with the San Antonio Spurs, giving him an average annual income of $2,824,440.

Internet sources claim,



Due to a foot ailment, Luka Samanic missed most of the games in December 2021. He did, however, make a comeback to participate in the team’s opening game of the 2022 campaign.

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Height and Weight

When it comes to h body measurement, he stands at the height of 6’10” (2.08m) tall. In terms of weight, he weighs around 227 lb (103 kg).

Social Media Presence:

When it comes to social media presence, Luka is not that socialite. That is to say, he only has 8,602 followers on Twitter and goes by the handle @SamanicLuka.


Is Luka Samanic better at forwarding or defense?

Luka Samanic is regarded as one of the game’s most gifted forwards. But because he is often outplayed by players who are swift and explosive, he is regarded as an average defender.

Why did the Knicks wave Luka Samanic?

Luka Samanic was released by the New York Knicks after he missed time at Westchester due to a plantar fasciitis issue.

Quick Facts

Full Name Luka Samanic
Birth Date January 9, 2000
Birth Place Zagreb, Croatia
Nick Name The Croatian Kevin Durant‘
Religion Not known
Nationality Croatian
Ethnicity Not revealed yet
Education Not revealed yet
Horoscope Capricorn
Father’s Name Marko Samanic
Mother’s Name Not known
Siblings A sister
Age 22 years old
Height 6’10” (2.08m)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg)
Wingspan 6’10.5
Standing reach 8′ 11”
NBA Draft Year-2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th Overall
Hair Color Blonde Hair
Eye Color Brownish Eyes
Career Highlights and Awards 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18  Championship B MVP
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Not known
Position Power Forward
Profession Basketball player
Net Worth $8 million as of 2021
Salary $2,824,320 base salary
Former Team FC Barcelona B, Olimpija, San Antonio Spurs, Westchester Knicks
Currently Plays for Westchester Knicks
Jersey number #19 (San Antonio Spurs)
League NBA G League
Active Since 2017- present
Social Media Twitter




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