Nenad Krstic (Serbian: Ненад Крстић) (born July 25, 1983 in Kraljevo, Serbia) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Currently he is the starting center for the New Jersey Nets. His first profesional team was Partizan Belgrade in the Serbia-Montenegro league, the Adriatic League and Euroleague. Krstic is officially listed as seven feet (2.13 m) tall and weighing 240 lb (109 kg).
He was drafted 24th overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He went on to play the next two seasons with Partizan Belgrade. During the 2004-2005, Krstić logged an impressive rookie campaign for the New Jersey Nets, averaging 10.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.84 blocked shots per game. He was honored as part of the 2nd All-Rookie NBA team.
In his debut in the playoffs against the Miami Heat, Krstic averaged 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.5 turnovers per game; an exceptional performance for a rookie in the playoffs. This followed a greater trend where Krstić had consistently improved at a great pace as his rookie season progressed. He has a wide skill set for a big man, including refined post moves and fantastic shooting touch from eighteen feet.
Nenad Krstic's teammates and coach have fondly nicknamed him Curly.
Throughout the 2005-2006 season, Krstic's play had continued to rapidly improve. Three quarters of the way through the season, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and had become an integral part of the Nets offense. In the first round of the 2006 NBA playoffs against Indiana he averaged 18 points per game along with 7.1 rebounds.