April 15, 1977 |
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||254 lb (115 kg)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
|2008–2009||Galatasaray Café Crown|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dejan Milojević (Serbian: Дејан Милојевић; born April 15, 1977 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player who played at the power forward position. He also played for the Serbian national basketball team. Milojević is currently serving as a head coach of Mega Vizura in the Serbian League.
Milojević was born and raised in Belgrade, and started playing basketball for a small team named Beovuk. He was quite a dominant figure while playing in youth leagues, once scoring 131 points in a single game, a still-standing record.
His professional career began in 1998 with a first division club KK FMP from the Belgrade suburb of Železnik. While playing a couple of seasons for a club well known for its working with young players, the 6 ft 7 in Milojević became famous for his blue collar and never-quit style of playing. He averaged a double-double in both of his seasons with FMP, and won the league MVP award in 1999.
In 2000, Milojević moved to KK Budućnost Podgorica in Montenegro, where he won his first national championship in 2001. He spent three more seasons there, improving his skills and his game every year. Already a dominating inside presence, he improved his three-point and free-throw shooting, an area in which he struggled a lot in early years. While in Budućnost he won a couple more league MVP Awards, in 2003 and 2004.
After averaging 20.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in 2003–04, his third MVP season, Milojević decided he wanted to play in the Euroleague against the best players on the continent, so he signed with the three-time defending champion KK Partizan. Although Partizan underachieved in the competition, Milojević was his usual dominant self, averaging 20.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg, and just over 3 steals and assists per game. He was also the key player for Partizan's another title rout in the domestic league, as they lost only one game during the playoffs.
In the 2005–06 season, another rather weak year for Partizan in the Euroleague, Milojević had another double-double Euroleague season, scoring 16.4 ppg and grabbing 10 rebounds per game, also winning a couple of Player of the Week honors.
From Partizan, Milojević moved to the Spanish side Pamesa Valencia, where he played two seasons, finishing his international career with the Turkish club Galatasaray Café Crown in the 2008–09 season. He moved back to Partizan in 2009, but soon decided to end his career because of knee injury.
Euroleague career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.
In October 2012, three years after retiring from the professional basketball, Milojević became the head coach of Serbian team Mega Vizura. In his first season with the team he had great success, leading his team to the semifinal of the Serbian League, winning the place in the regional Adriatic League for the next season. In team's first ABA League season, he led the team to 8th place with 12-14 record.
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