August 17, 1953 |
Čačak, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 3.75 in (1.92 m)|
|Listed weight||192 lb (87 kg)|
|NBA draft||1975 / Undrafted|
|1983–1984||Paris Basket Racing|
|Career highlights and awards|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
A 1.92m (6 ft 3¾ in) tall shooting guard, Kićanović played in the 1970s and 1980s, and is considered to be 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. He was named as the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1982 and as the best athlete of Yugoslavia in the 20th century.
During the 1970s, Kićanović played alongside Dražen Dalipagić, thus creating an accomplished duo as members of Partizan Belgrade. In international club competition, Kićanović won two consecutive Korać Cup championships with Partizan in 1978 and 1979, scoring 33 (behind Dalipagić' 50) and 41 points respectively 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 eight assists. With Partizan Belgrade Kićanović also won three Yugoslavian League championships (1976, 1979, and 1981) and a Yugoslavian Cup (1979).
Kićanović played with the Yugoslavian national basketball team from 1973 to 1983, and he competed at all the major international competitions with them: the FIBA EuroBasket, the FIBA World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games. He won the FIBA EuroBasket three times, winning the FIBA EuroBasket 1973, FIBA EuroBasket 1975, and FIBA EuroBasket 1977.
At the Olympic Games, Kićanović won the silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Summer Olympic Games. At the FIBA World Cup, 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 the FIBA World Cup, having scored a total of 491 points.
Shortly after retiring from playing basketball, Kićanović was named vice-president at Partizan Belgrade, under the club presidency of Tomislav Jeremić. With the division of tasks, Jeremić was mostly involved on the business end while Kićanović ran the squad, making decisions on everything from player personnel to coaching acquisitions. He immediately brought in Zoran Slavnić, former teammate from the Yugoslav national team where the two were part of the famous one-two backcourt guard duo, as the new head coach.