Dražen Dalipagić (born November 27, 1951) is a retired Yugoslav professional basketball player. He was selected the best athlete of Yugoslavia in the year 1978, and is one of the most decorated athletes in Yugoslavian history. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. Dalipagić was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, as a player, on September 10, 2004. He was enshrined as a player, into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.
Dalipagić played for the pro club Partizan (1971–78, 1979–80, 1981–82), where he won the European Player of the Year Mr. Europa award twice, in the years 1977 and 1978, and the European Player of the Year Euroscar award, in the year 1980. He was declared the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1978. In 1976, he led Partizan to the Yugoslav League title, and also to the FIBA Korać Cup title in 1978. He also played for Crvena zvezda in the 1990-91 season.
Yugoslavian national team
Dražen, widely known by his nickname Praja, finished high school at the Technical School in Mostar, and graduated from the Teachers College in Belgrade. He started playing basketball at the age of 19, and two years later, in 1973, Dalipagić played the first of his 243 games that he would play between the years 1973 and 1986, with the Yugoslavian national basketball team, winning the gold medal at the 1978 FIBA World Championship, and the gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. As a member of the Yugoslavian national team, he also won three gold medals at the FIBA European Championship. His four medals in the FIBA World Cup (Silver, 1974 FIBA World Championship; Gold, 1978 FIBA World Championship; Bronze, 1982 FIBA World Championship, and 1986 FIBA World Championship) is tied for the all-time international basketball record. A three-time Olympian, Dalipagić was instrumental in the Yugoslavian team's capturing of the gold, at the 1980 Summer Olympics.