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Stojacic, new number one 3x3 player in the World
MIES (FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - Liman Tesla Voda and Serbia star Stefan Stojacic became the new number one 3x3 Player in the World on August 6, 2018.
The man also known as 'Mr.Robot' climbed to the top of the rankings after a successful start of the 2018 season.
The 29-year-old helped Serbia win their 4th FIBA 3x3 World Cup on June 8-12. He also impressed on the professional circuit. The 6ft 4in (1.92m) sniper already won 3 Challengers and 1 World Tour Masters (in Utsunomiya, Japan) this season. His team Liman Tesla Voda is guaranteed to play in at least 8 World Tour events this year and currently ranks 1st in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour standings.
A former youth basketball star who helped Serbia win 3 gold medals in 2007 and 2008, Stojacic has recently become a professional 3x3 player and was named MVP of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Regular Season in 2017.
Mr Robot replaces Novi Sad Al Wahda's sharpshooter Dejan Majstorovic - who had an uninterrupted 340-day tenure as number 1 player in the world - for just over 5,000 points.
The timing of this change may surprise as Stojacic's Liman Tesla Voda had a disappointing quarter-final exit at the Prague Masters last weekend, while Majstorovic's Novi Sad Al Wahda won the event.
The FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking is calculated based on the 9 best results in the last 12 months. Novi Sad Al Wahda had already won the Prague Masters last year and therefore Majstorovic only gained 11,280 points compared to last year (some ranking points are also allocated based on individual statistics, more information in the Rankings Quick Guide).
Liman Tesla Voda however had not even qualified to the Prague Masters in 2017. Their 5th-place finish brought Stojacic 118,320 points, a 32,220-point net increase over his previous 9th best result in the last 12 months.