|Born||December 26, 1985|
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Croatian / Swedish|
|Listed height||2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)|
|Listed weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|2007–2008||Spartak St. Petersburg|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Damir Markota (born December 26, 1985 as Damir Omerhodžić) is a Croatian professional basketball player who last played for Cibona in the Croatian League and ABA League. Standing at 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in), he plays at the power forward position.
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 club 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 contract 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.
Markota started the 2020–21 season with the Croatian side Zabok but on October 23, 2020, he signed with Cibona for the fifth time in his career. After a conflict with coach Vladimir Jovanović, in April 2021, Markota left Cibona.
National team career
Markota has also been a member of the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia's senior national team, he played at the EuroBasket 2007, EuroBasket 2011, EuroBasket 2013 and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
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- "Profile: Damir Markota". NBA. 2006. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. 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)[permanent dead link] (in Russian)
- Zalgiris lands Damir Markota
- Cibona brings back Markota
- Bermudski trokut u Ciboni - nakon Callowaya, nestao i Markota! (in Croatian)
- Markota joins ViveMenorca Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
- Markota to wear #11[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
- Bilbao brings in Markota.
- Olimpija add Damir Markota
- "Damir Markota officially joins KK Zagreb". Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Damir Markota signs with Beşiktaş". Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
- "BROSE BASKETS adds Markota". Euroleague.net. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "Damir Markota vuelve el Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). bilbaobasket.biz. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "Damir Markota u Ciboni!" (in Croatian). KK Cibona. 17 October 2014.
- "Cibona Zagreb officially part ways with Damir Markota". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
- Istanbul BSB announces Vujacic, Jenkins and Markota
- "Usak Sportif signs Ian Miller, Jordan Hamilton, Isaiah Miles and Damir Markota". Sportando.com. June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
- Usak Sportif part ways with Damir Markota and Mutlu Demir
- "Stiže pojačanje! Damir Markota potpisao za Cedevitu". kkcedevita.hr (in Croatian). 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
- "KK Cibona signs Damir Markota". sportando.com. 17 September 2018. Archived from the original on 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
- "Damir Markota (ex Cibona) joins Mornar Bar". eurobasket.com. 4 July 2019.
- "SLUŽBENO: Damir Markota u Ciboni!". cibona.hr (in Croatian). 23 October 2020.
- "Damir Markota više nije Cibonin igrač. Ovako se oprostio od kluba". index.hr (in Croatian). 2 April 2021. Retrieved 14 April 2021.