Dragan Kićanović

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Dragan Kićanović
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1953-08-17) August 17, 1953 (age 60)
Čačak, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Career information
Pro playing career 1971–1984
Career history
1971–1972 Borac Čačak
1972–1981 Partizan
1981–1983 Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Scavolini)
1983–1984 Paris Basket Racing

Dragan Kićanović (Serbian: Драган Кићановић; born August 17, 1953) is a Serbian retired professional basketball player.

A 1.92m (6 ft 3 1/2 in) tall shooting guard, he played in the 70's and 80's and is considered as one of the best European players and scorers of all time, having won both the Mr. Europa and the Euroscar European Player of the Year awards in 1981 and 1982. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. On August 20, 2010, Kićanović was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition.[1] He was named as The best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1982 and the best athlete of the Yugoslavia in 20th century.

Since September 2013, he's been performing the role of consul general at the Serbian consulate in Trieste.[2]

Club career[edit]

During the 70's he played alongside Dražen Dalipagić, thus creating a spectacular duo as members of Partizan Belgrade. In international club competition, Kićanović won 2 consecutive Korać Cup championships with Partizan in 1978 and 1979, scoring 33 (behind Dalipagić's 50) respectively 41 points in the finals. Furthermore, he won a Cup Winner's Cup with Scavolini Pesaro in 1983, in which he again dominated the final with 31 points and 8 assists.[3] With Partizan Belgrade Kićanović also won 3 Yugoslavian championships (1976, 1979 and 1981) and a Yugoslavian cup (1979).

National team[edit]

Kićanović played with the Yugoslavian national basketball team from 1973 to 1983 and he competed at all the major international competitions with them: the European Championship, the FIBA World Championship and the Olympics Basketball Tournament. He won the European Championship three times, winning the 1973 European Championship, 1975 European Championship and 1977 European Championship.

At the Olympics, Kićanović won the silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Basketball Tournament and the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Basketball Tournament.[4] At the FIBA World Championships, he won the silver medal at the 1974 FIBA World Championship, being selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, the gold medal at the 1978 FIBA World Championship, and the bronze at the 1982 FIBA World Championship. He was the top scorer in total points scored of the 1982 World Championship, scoring 190 points. He is one of the leading scorers of all-time in the history of FIBA World Championships, having scored a total of 484 points.

Administrative career[edit]

KK Partizan[edit]

Shortly after retiring from playing basketball, Kićanović was named vice-president at KK Partizan under the club presidency of Tomislav Jeremić. With the division of tasks it was Kićanović who ran the squad from player personnel decision to coaching acquisitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class". FIBA. 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ Kića novi konzul;Vecernje novosti, 19 September 2013
  3. ^ "Player Nominees". Euroleague Basketball. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Dragan Kićanović". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 

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Preceded by
Aleksandar Bakočević
President of the
Olympic Committee of Yugoslavia

1996 – 2005
Succeeded by
Philip Zepter
Awards
Preceded by
Borut Petrić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
1982
Succeeded by
Dragutin Šurbek
Preceded by
Italy Dino Meneghin
Mr. Europa
1981, 1982
Succeeded by
Italy Dino Meneghin