Dino Meneghin

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Dino Meneghin
Dino Meneghin Premio Chiara.jpg
Personal information
Born 18 January 1950
Alano di Piave, Veneto, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Career information
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 11 / Pick: 182nd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 1966–1994
Position Center
Career history
1966–1980 Pallacanestro Varèse
1980–1990 Olimpia Milano
1990–1993 Pallacanestro Trieste
1993–1994 Olimpia Milano
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Dino Meneghin (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdino meneˈɡin]; born January 18, 1950) is an Italian former professional basketball player. He is widely considered as the best Italian player ever, as well as one of Europe's all time greats. A 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) tall center, Meneghin was born in Alano di Piave, Veneto (northeast Italy). On November 20, 1966, when he was 16 years old, he played his first match in the Italian League with Ignis Varese. He played the last match of his career at the age of 45. Today, he works for the Italian Basketball Federation and for the club Olimpia Milano. On August 20, 2010, Meneghin was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in recognition of his play in international competition.[1]

Playing career[edit]

In total, he played in 836 games and scored 8,560 points in the Italian Championship. With the Italian national basketball team, he played in 271 games and totaled 2,847 points scored. Meneghin became the second player from a European league to be drafted by an NBA team when the Atlanta Hawks manager Marty Blake selected him with a late-round pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. He never played in the USA, however.

In 1980 and 1983, he was elected European Player of the Year: Mr. Europa, and also won the Euroscar European Player of the Year award in 1983. In 1991, he was named the greatest European basketball player of all time by Giganti del Basket.[2] On September 5, 2003, he became the second Italian player to enter into the Basketball Hall of Fame after Cesare Rubini, who served Olimpia Milano, both as player and coach between the 1940s and the 1970s.

One of the greatest records of his career is his number of Finals appearances in the European Champions Cup (Euroleague). He played in 10 consecutive finals with Ignis Varese, winning 5; and later in 2 more consecutive finals with Olimpia Milano, winning both. Finally, before his playing career ended, Dino Meneghin played in the Italian League against his son Andrea, who was also a great international player.

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Italian national team[edit]

Individual[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vladimir Tkachenko
Mr. Europa
1980
Succeeded by
Dragan Kićanović
Preceded by
Dragan Kićanović
Mr. Europa
1983
Succeeded by
Juan Antonio San Epifanio