May 9, 1973 |
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Serbian / Greek|
|Listed height||2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)|
|Listed weight||122 kg (269 lb)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Dragan Tarlać (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Тарлаћ, born May 9, 1973) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship. Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he played as a center.
After starting his senior pro career with his hometown club KK Vojvodina, he transferred to Crvena zvezda from Belgrade. He stayed there for a season, which was enough for Olympiacos to notice his talent and offer him a move to Piraeus.
With Olympiacos, he won 5 Greek League championships (1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97), 2 Greek Cups (1993–94, 1996–97) the 1996-97 EuroLeague championship, and the Triple Crown (1996–97). He was one of the best centers that has ever played for Olympiacos.
Tarlać was selected by the NBA club the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 NBA Draft. He finally left Greece to go play in the NBA in the summer of 2000, when he took off for the United States to play with the Chicago Bulls. His career in the NBA was not particularly successful, and he returned to Europe the following off-season, after winning the FIBA EuroBasket 2001 with the senior Yugoslavian national team.
Back to Europe
After leaving the NBA, and returning to Europe, Tarlać then spent his next two seasons with the Spanish League club Real Madrid, before finishing up his career with the Russian League club CSKA Moscow.
Serbo-Montenegrin national team
It was with Olympiacos, that Tarlać made a name for himself, earning a call up to the senior FR Yugoslavia national squad (Serbia-Montenegro). For a while, there was a controversy over his national team status, because he took Greek nationality (under the names of Dragan Milonas and Dragan Konstantinidis) like many other Serbian players of the time did in the 1990s.
The issue was finally straightened out, and he was allowed to compete for the senior Serbo-Montenegrin national basketball team at the FIBA EuroBasket 1999 in France, along with his fellow countrymen Peja Stojaković and Milan Gurović, who were also in the same situation, having also taken Greek citizenship. His team won the bronze medal at the tournament. He also won the gold medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 2001 with his national team.
NBA career statistics
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- ACB.com Dragan Tarlac nacionalidad | licencia: GRC | Varios - Doble nacionalidad. Yugoslavia-Grecia. (in Spanish).
- "Bulls finally take Tarlac". bbc.co.uk. 17 August 2000. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "El Real Madrid culmina el fichaje de Tarlac". EFE. AS.com. 2001-08-09. Retrieved 7 November 2012.