Markota with Iurbentia Bilbao
|No. 22 – İstanbul BB|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
December 26, 1985 |
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|2007–2008||Spartak St. Petersburg|
|Career highlights and awards|
Damir Markota (born December 26, 1985) is a Bosnian-born Croatian professional basketball player who plays for İstanbul BB of the Turkish Basketball League. He is 2.09 m (6 ft 10) tall and 102 kg (225 lbs) in weight. His style of play has been compared to Vladimir Radmanović.
Markota, born in Sarajevo (then SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia), fled Bosnia during the war and settled in Sweden, where he began to practice basketball. He played together with Maciej Lampe in Stockholm, until moving to Croatia when he was fourteen, after being invited to play in the Croatian league. Markota signed with KK Cibona, but was loaned to Zabok and Karlovac Šanac until the end of 2002–03. Subsequently, he received Croatian citizenship (holding Swedish as well), declining an offer to play for the Swedish national basketball team.
Markota was an early candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft, but soon withdrew his name from consideration. He was later invited to the Croatian national team, and in 2005 he changed his last name from "Omerhodžić" to "Markota" (his mother's maiden name).
He was eventually chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 59th overall, then immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the summer of 2006, the Bucks signed Markota to a multi-year contract after the Spurs traded his draft rights for the higher of the Bucks’ two 2007 NBA Draft second-round picks.
On September 7, Markota was waived by the Bucks, and signed with Russian team Spartak St. Petersburg on a two-year contract two days later. However, in early 2008, he switched to Lithuanian powerhouse Žalgiris Kaunas.
On August 14, 2008, Markota was signed by Cibona, returning to the team he represented as a youngster but, after a series of unsatisfying performances upon recovering form knee injury, he was suspended for clashing with the coach.
He signed a contract with Beşiktaş in August 2012. On September 27, 2013, he signed a three-month contract with Brose Baskets. On November 25, 2013, he signed with his former club Bilbao Basket until the end of the season.
In October 2014 Markota returns to Cibona for the third time signing a contact to last until the end of the season. On January 2, 2015 he parted ways with Cibona. The same day he signed with Turkish team İstanbul BB.
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Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
- DraftExpress profile
- "Profile: Damir Markota". NBA. 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
- Milwaukee Bucks Assign Rookie Forward Damir Markota to Tulsa 66ers of NBA Development League
- Bucks request waivers on Damir Markota
- Баскетбольный клуб "Спартак" (Санкт-Петербург) (Russian)
- Zalgiris Kaunas profile (Lithuanian)
- Cibona brings back Markota
- "Bermuda triangle in Cibona" (Croatian)
- Markota joins ViveMenorca (Croatian)
- Markota to wear #11 (Spanish)
- Bilbao brings in Markota.
- Union Olimpija adds Damir Markota
- Damir Markota officially joins KK Zagreb
- Damir Markota signs with Beşiktaş
- "BROSE BASKETS adds Markota". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Damir Markota vuelve el Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). bilbaobasket.biz. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "Damir Markota u Ciboni!" (in Croatian). KK Cibona. 17 October 2014.
- Cibona Zagreb officially part ways with Damir Markota
- Istanbul BSB announces Vujacic, Jenkins and Markota