|No. 21 – Mega Vizura|
May 6, 1979 |
Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)|
|Listed weight||112 kg (247 lb)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1995–present|
|2009–2011||Asseco Prokom Gdynia|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ratko Varda (Cyrillic: Ратко Варда; born May 6, 1979) is a professional basketball player. He was born in Bosanska Gradiška. Varda is a center with a height of 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) who plays for Mega Vizura of the Serbian League.
Varda came up through KK Partizan's youth system and made his debut during the 1995–96 season, before making himself eligible for the 2001 NBA Draft. He ended up not getting selected but still found himself on the Detroit Pistons roster to the start of the 2001–02 season. Varda ended up spending two seasons in the NBA on the rosters of the Pistons and the Washington Wizards, but during that time he was only featured in a single official game (he played six minutes and scored five points for Detroit).
In 2003, he returned to Europe and signed for Union Olimpija until the end of the 2002–03 season. Over the summer of 2004, he played with Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League, but he left the club during the final series against Efes Pilsen.
On August 21, 2008, he signed a two-year contract with the Lithuanian champions BC Žalgiris from Kaunas. Because of the financial problems of the club, he left Žalgiris in late November. The details of his financial arrangements at the bankrupt club became publicly known when he wrote an open letter to the public discussing the issue.
On January 26, 2009, he signed with the Russian club BC Khimki. On the last day of 2009, Varda signed a one-month contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia of Poland. In 2010, Varda extend his contract with Prokom until the end of the 2010–11 season.
In August 2011, he returned to his former club Union Olimpija, signing a one-year contract. However, he left the team in December because of the club's financial difficulties and signed with BC Azovmash from Mariupol. He left the team in March by mutual agreement.
He played for young national teams of exYugoslavia. When we was 30, he played for senior national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His first game was against Portugal in 2009 in extra qualifications. In that game he scored 22 points and he was the first player responsible for this victory. Also, the played against Belgium. But, Bosnia and Herzegovina failed to qualify to Europe Basket Cup in Poland. After conflict with couch Sabit Hadzić, Varad missed next Europe Basket Cup with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- NBA Draft 2001
- Ratko Varda se pierde lo que resta de temporada (in Spanish), acb, January 10, 2007.
- Ratko Varda refuerza el ViveMenorca hasta final de temporada (in Spanish), acb, October 29, 2007.
- Ratko Varda's open letter to Zalgiris thehoop, November 24, 2008.
- Khimki adds center Ratko Varda eurocup, January 26, 2009.
- Prokom signs Ratko Varda for one month euroleague, December 31, 2009.
- ASSECO PROKOM keeps Ratko Varda euroleague, September 10, 2010.
- Union Olimpija reunites with Varda
- Ratko Varda leaves Union Olimpija and signs with Azovmash Mariupol
- Ratko Varda and Azovmash Mariupol part ways
- "Mega Vizura signs Ratko Varda". Sportando.net. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Varda pojačao Mega Vizuru". B92.net. Retrieved 31 July 2013.(Serbian)
- Ratko Varda at ACB.com
- Ratko Varda at Euroleague.net
- Ratko Varda at Abaliga.com
- Ratko Varda at Basketball-Reference.com