Former All-Star Peja Stojakovic to Retire After 13 NBA Seasons

Tuesday December 20th, 2011

Dallas Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic has elected to retire after 13 NBA seasons, according to

Stojakovic, 34, decided that it was time to step away from the game after helping the Mavericks claim the NBA title last season. It was Stojakovic’s first and only NBA Championship.

"When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game," Stojakovic told, "it's a wakeup call."

The three-time All-Star’s best years came as a member of the Sacramento Kings in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In 2003-04, Stojakovic had his most productive year offensively, averaging 24.2 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the three-point line.

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