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Drazen Dalipagic, Yugoslavia
HoopHall.com: 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.
Name: Drazen Dalipagic
Born: November 27, 1951
Status: Retired as player, retired as coach
Origin: Mostar, Yugoslavia
Schools: Technical School (Mostar, Yugoslavia) Teachers College (Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
Teams (jersey): 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
Ibn Notes: One of the few international players inducted into the basketball Hall-of-Fame, Dalipagic was a explosive player with the ability to put up points in a hurry.
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