Dragan Labović

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Dragan Labović
Labović with Sokoli in 2016
No. 26 – Karpoš Sokoli
Position Power forward
League Macedonian First League
Personal information
Born (1987-04-20) April 20, 1987 (age 30)
Prokuplje, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 115 kg (254 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–2010 FMP Železnik
2005–2006 Borac Čačak
2010 Aris
2010 Skyliners Frankfurt
2010–2011 Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
2011–2012 Krasnye Krylia Samara
2012–2013 Nizhny Novgorod
2013–2014 AZS Koszalin
2014 Aliağa Petkim
2014 Al Riyadi Club
2014–2015 CSU Asesoft Ploiești
2015 İstanbul BB
2015–2016 BC Nokia
2016–present Karpoš Sokoli
Career highlights and awards

Dragan Labović (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Лабовић; born April 20, 1987) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Karpoš Sokoli of the Macedonian First League. He also represented the Serbian national basketball team internationally. He is a 2.07 m (6 ft 10 in) tall power forward.

Professional career[edit]

Labović grew up with KK Zdravlje from Leskovac. In 2002 he moved to juniors of FMP Železnik. He made his debut for the first team during the 2003–04 season, and in next two years he played a couple games for first team.

For the 2005–06 season he was loaned to KK Borac Čačak where he had minutes to play and chance to improve himself. In 2006 he was invited to play at Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tennessee.[1]

Labović in 2010 with Yenisey Krasnoyarsk

After one season at loan he goes back to FMP Železnik. With FMP he won the 2007 Serbian cup. He was the top scorer of the 2008–09 season of the Adriatic League, averaging 18 points per game.

On January 3, 2010, he signed with the Greek club Aris.[2] He played only three league games and four Eurocup games, and in March 2010, he moved to Skyliners Frankfurt for the rest of the season.[3]

The 2010–11 season he played with BC Enisey.[4] For the next season he moved to Krasnye Krylia.[5] In June 2012, he signed a two–year contract with Nizhny Novgorod.[6] He left Nizhny after one season.

In November 2013, he signed with the Polish club AZS Koszalin.[7] He left the club in January 2014, because of family reasons.[8] On January 31, 2014, he signed with Aliağa Petkim of the Turkish Basketball League.[9] He left them in April 2014.[10] Later that month he entered the Lebanese League signing with Al Riyadi Club.[11] He left Al Riyadi in May 2014 after playing only two games.[12]

In July 2014, he signed a one-year contract with the Romanian team CSU Asesoft Ploiești.[13] In February 2015, he left Asesoft.[14] In 12 league games he averaged 10.7 points per game. He also played 15 games in Eurocup where he had 8.3 points per game.[15]

In October 2015, he signed with the Turkish club İstanbul BB.[15] He left Istanbul after appearing in four games. In December 2015, he signed with the Finnish club BC Nokia for the rest of the season.[16]

On July 7, 2016, Labović signed with Macedonian club Karpoš Sokoli for the 2016–17 season.[17] On June 19, 2017, he re-signed with Karpoš Sokoli for one more season.[18]

Serbian national team[edit]

Youth level[edit]

Labović won the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was MVP at 2005 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was part of the younger generation in the national teams did not lose a single match at official matches, and there he was one of the best players in that generation with Milenko Tepić and Miloš Teodosić.

Full squad[edit]

Labović made the Serbian national basketball team under head coach Moka Slavnić for the EuroBasket 2007.

Controversial 2012 press release about Dušan Ivković

During summer 2012, head coach Dušan Ivković included Labović on the preliminary list of players for the EuroBasket 2013 qualifying, but the 25-year-old power forward who spent the previous season with BC Krasnye Krylia from Samara didn't make the final cut.

Commenting his decision to exclude Labović, Ivković reportedly said that "Labović has issues with his weight as he recently became a father and probably celebrated a little too much".

Stung by Ivković's comment, Labović responded months later in September 2012 by putting out a bitter, somewhat cryptic, and highly unusual press release, which was published by Serbian sports media outlets. Though Ivković's comments were made months earlier, Labović's press release came after the end of qualifying cycle in which Serbia barely qualified for the EuroBasket.

In the release Labović criticized 68-year-old Ivković's professional integrity and coaching skills, accusing the famous coach of letting his agent Miško Ražnatović of the BeoBasket agency exert an undue influence when it comes to squad selection for the national team. Among other things, addressing Ivković directly, Labović said:

A few weeks after his press release, Labović's club BC Nizhny Novgorod led by a Serbian head coach Zoran Lukić, reprimanded the player although his punishment was not specified.[20]


  1. ^ "Naši solidni na "Hup samitu"". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 10 April 2006. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Aris BSA 2003 adds big man Dragan Labovic". Eurocupbasketball.com. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dragan Labovic moves to Frankfurt". Sportando.com. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dragan Labovic inks with Enisey". Sportando.com. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Krasnye Krylya Samara signs Dragan Labovic". Sportando.net. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dragan Labovic inks with Nizhny Novgorod". Sportando.net. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dragan Labovic moves to AZS Koszalin". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dragan Labovic leaves AZS Koszalin". Sportando.com. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dragan Labovic signs with Aliaga Petkim". Sportando.com. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Labović napušta Alijagu". B92.net (in Serbian). April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dragan Labovic signs with Riyadi". Sportando.com. April 21, 2014. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dragan Labovic left Al Riyadi". Eurobasket.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dragan Labovic, primul transfer al campionilor". csuasesoft.ro (in Romanian). 12 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dragan Labovic and Jarvis Hayes leaving CSU Asesoft Ploiesti". Sportando.com. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi lands Dragan Labovic". Eurobasket.com. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Meritoitunut serbijätti BC Nokian vahvuuteen". basket.fi (in Finnish). 3 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Карпош Соколи донесе големо засилување во Србинот Драган Лабовиќ". gol.mk (in Macedonian). 7 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Labovic re-signs at Karpos Sokoli". Eurobasket.com. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ovo još niste videli: Labović opleo po Dudi i "reprezentaciji menadžerske agencije"". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). 15 September 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Uprava Novgoroda kaznila Labovića: Tvoje je da igraš, ne da kritikuješ Ivkovića". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). 3 October 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 

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