Maik Zirbes (born January 29, 1990) is a German professional basketball player for Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League, ABA League and the EuroCup. He also represents the senior German national basketball team in the international competitions. Standing at 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in), he plays at the center position.
Zirbes first played soccer, but opted to focus on basketball when he was 12 years old. He started his basketball career in the youth set up of TBB Trier before signing his first professional contract with TBB at the age of 17. In the 2008–09 campaign, Zirbes was named Most Valuable Player of the German youth league NBBL.
Zirbes played with TBB Trier until signing a three-year contract with Brose Baskets in June 2012.
On August 5, 2014, Zirbes signed a two-year deal with the Serbian team Crvena zvezda. In his first 2014–15 season with the club, Crvena zvezda won the Adriatic League championship, the Serbian League championship and the Radivoj Korać Cup. In June 2015, he exercised his player option for the 2015–16 season.
On June 13, 2016, Zirbes signed a two-year contract with the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv. On January 24, 2017, Zirbes returned to Germany and signed with Bayern Munich on loan, till the end of the season. On July 30, 2017, Zirbes signed a two-year contract extension with Bayern Munich.
On July 17, 2018, he returned to Crvena zvezda. During his one year stint with KK Crvena zvezda, Zirbes averaged 7.7 points and 4 rebounds in just over 15 minutes per game. His best game was on October 8, 2018 in a 87–71 win against KK Budućnost in the round 2 of the ABA League regular season, where he scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. After being cut from the roster for the Basketball League of Serbia, on May 3, 2019, Zirbes signed for the Guangxi Weizhuang of the National Basketball League (China).
On September 26, 2019, he has signed with Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League.
National team career
Zirbes represented the German Junior National Teams at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He was handed his first cap with the senior German national basketball team in August 2009, when Germany took on the Netherlands. In 2013, Zirbes was a member of Germany's roster at the 2013 EuroBasket, in Slovenia.
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.