Alexander Alexandrovich Belov (Russian: Александр Александрович Белов) (November 9, 1951 – October 3, 1978) was a Soviet basketball player who won the gold medal with the Soviet Union national basketball team at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, scoring the game-winning basket in the gold medal game. Belov died from a very rare disease - cardiac sarcoma, in 1978, at the age of 26. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.
Born in Leningrad, Belov was the star player of Spartak Leningrad, leading the club to the Soviet Union League title in 1975, and to three European Cup Winners' Cup finals, in 1971, 1973, and 1975, winning the last two. He also won the Soviet Union League championship in 1975.
1975 NBA Draft
In the tenth round of the 1975 NBA draft, the New Orleans Jazz selected Belov with the 161st pick of the draft. However, Belov, who was playing with the Soviet Union League club Spartak Leningrad before the draft, stayed with the club until the end of his career.
Soviet Union national team
Belov won four gold medals with the Soviet Union national team. The highlight of his career came when he hit the game-winning shot in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games gold medal game.