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Drazen Dalipagic


As a player September 10, 2004
November 27, 1951 in Mostar, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia-Herzegovina)

235 pounds


High School:
  • Technical School, Mostar, Yugoslavia

  • Teachers College, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Partizan Belgrade (1971-78, 1979-80, 1981-82)
  • Reyer Venice (1980-81, 1985-88)
  • Real Madrid (1982-83)
  • APU Undine (1983-85)
  • Verona (1988-89)
  • Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (1990-91)
Pro Playing Hihlights:
  • European Player of the Year (1977, 1978, 1980)
  • Led Partizan to Yugoslavian League title (1976) and FIBA Korac Cup (1978)
  • Averaged 33.7 points per game while playing for Partizan
  • Led A-1 and A-2 Italian Leagues in scoring
  • Set Italian League playoff career scoring record of 34.7 ppg
International Teams:
  • 243 games for the Yugoslavian National Team (1973-86)
International Playing Highlights:
  • Olympic Gold Medal (1980)
  • World Championships Gold Medal (1978)
  • European Championships Gold Medal (1973, 1975, 1977)
  • FIBA record 4 World Championship medals
  • Twelve total medals in International competition
Pro Coaching
  • Gorica (1994-96)


Military Service:
  • Yugoslavian Army (1979)

Drazen Dalipagic was one of the highest-scoring players in European history and was virtually unstoppable when the ball was in his hands. His polished offensive game and court awareness belied the fact that Dalipagic did not start playing basketball until 1971 at the age of 19. Two years later, in 1973, Dalipagic played the first of his 243 games as a member of the Yugoslavian National Team, winning his first of three gold medals at the European Championships. His four medals in the World Championships (Silver, 1974; Gold, 1978; Bronze, 1982 and 1986) are international basketball records. A three-time Olympian, Dalipagic was instrumental in the Yugoslavian team's capturing the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal.

Professionally, in seven seasons playing for Partizan in the former Yugoslavia, the small forward averaged 33.7 points per game and was the team's undisputed leader. Dalipagic led the team to the 1976 Yugoslavian League title, and in 1978 his 50 points in the title game powered Partizan to the FIBA Korac Cup. He continued his offensive prowess in the Italian Leagues, scoring 50 points in a game 15 times and leading both the A-1 and A-2 Leagues in scoring. While playing for Reyer Venice, Dalipagic set the single game scoring record with 70 points. He holds the Italian playoff career scoring record with an average of 34.7 points per game. Dalipagic's scoring exploits and all-around game earned him three European Player of the Year awards. Elected the best athlete in the nation in 1978, Dalipagic is one of the most decorated athletes in Yugoslavian history.


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