Šakota, in action with Pallacanestro Varese, in 2012.
|No. 5 – AEK Athens|
22 April 1986 |
Belgrade, SR Serbia,
|Nationality||Serbian / Greek|
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||229 lb (104 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dušan Šakota (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Шакота, Greek: Ντούσαν Σάκοτα (Ntousan Sakota), born 22 April 1986) is a Greek professional basketball player, of Serbian descent. He is the son of former professional basketball player and basketball coach, Dragan Šakota, and the brother of former professional basketball player and basketball coach, Miloš Šakota. He is 6'10 3⁄4" (2.10 m) tall. He is a power forward, who possesses the height of a center, and the shooting ability of a shooting guard. He has won two triple crowns in his career. He currently plays with AEK Athens of the Greek League.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Greek national team
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Awards and achievements
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Šakota was born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia (now Serbia), but he moved with his family to Greece, at the age of four, when his father, Dragan Šakota, was given the head coaching job with the Greek League club PAOK. In the early 2000s, he played in the Greek junior league competitions, with the junior teams of AEK Athens, which was his father's club at the time.
Panathinaikos and Panionios
In 2003, Šakota signed his first professional contract, with the Greek club Panathinaikos, which was coached by Željko Obradović at the time. He did not play much, due to his young age. He stayed with Panathinaikos until 2007, and won every possible title with the club, including: the prestigious triple crown in his last year: 4 Greek League championships (2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07), 3 Greek Cups (2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07), and a EuroLeague title (2006–07). He was also selected to the All-World Team Roster at the 2005 Nike Hoop Summit.
In 2007, he was loaned for the whole Greek League 2007–08 season, to Panionios, in order to get more playing time. He helped Panionios finish 3rd in the Greek League that season, and thus qualify for a place in the next season's EuroLeague; the first time in 12 years that Panionios had qualified for the European-wide top-tier level basketball competition.
In the 2008–09 season, he returned to Panathinaikos, and with them, he won his second triple crown. He got more playing time with Panathinaikos this time, than in his previous time with the club, as he played in 25 games in the Greek League, averaging 5.0 points per game. He also appeared in 9 EuroLeague games with Panathinaikos, during the early stages of the competition, with averages of 8.1 minutes and 3.2 points per game; at the 2009 Berlin EuroLeague Final Four, he was a member of the team's 12 man active roster, but finished both games as an unused substitute.
Victoria Libertas Pesaro and the accident
Seeking more playing time, Šakota joined the Italian League club Victoria Libertas Pesaro in 2009. Unfortunately, his season in Italy ended before the conclusion of the 2009–10 Italian League season, in a shocking way. On 25 April 2010, Šakota suffered a superficially light injury, during a game versus Teramo. Following an incorrect initial medical diagnosis, which led to an equally wrong surgery the next day, he fell into a coma, caused by septicæmia. Finally, the doctors managed to save his life, but he had to cease playing basketball for a long period.
Oostende, Enisey, and Pallacanestro Varese
In the summer of 2011, after a year of recovery from severe septicæmia, Šakota joined the Belgian League club Oostende. His contract with the team was terminated by mutual consent, in December 2011. During the 2011–12 season's winter transfer window, Šakota was released from Oostende.
In the following days after he was released by Oostende, he signed a contract with the Russian League club Enisey. After playing with Enisey, Šakota signed a two-year contract with Pallacanestro Varese of the Italian League, on 17 July 2012.
In September 2014, Šakota signed a contract with the Greek Basket League club AEK Athens, the club for which he had previously played as a youth player. He became the club's team captain. On 28 June 2017, Šakota signed a contract extension with AEK Athens, lasting through the 2019–20 season.
Greek national team
Greek junior national team
Šakota holds dual citizenship; Serbian (former Yugoslav) by birth, and Greek, because he's been permanently living in Greece, since his young childhood. In 2003, he declared his eligibility to play with Greece's national teams, although, according to the press, his father, Dragan, preferred for him to play with Serbia.
Between 2003 to 2006, he represented Greece at the junior levels, in a total of 59 games, averaging 13.5 points per game. He was a member of the Greek junior national team that won the bronze medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. He also represented Greece at the World Military Championship in 2009.
Greek senior national team
|GP||Games played||MPG||Minutes per game||FG%||Field goal percentage|
|3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game|
|PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high||Led the league|
Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.
Awards and achievements
- 5x Greek League Champion: (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
- 4x Greek Cup Winner: (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
- 2x EuroLeague Champion: (2007, 2009)
- 2x Triple Crown Champion: (2007, 2009)
- BCL Star Lineup Second Best Team: (2017)
Greek junior national team
- 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup: Bronze
- 2005 Nike Hoop Summit All-World Team
- 2009 World Military Championship: Gold
- LegaBasket.it Dusan Sakota Altezza: 210 cm (in Italian).
- ΣΑΚΟΤΑ Ντούσαν | HEIGHT 2.10 (in Greek).
- "Pesaro in ansia per Sakota – Sempre in pericolo di vita" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Sakota, nuovo intervento E' in coma farmacologico" (in Italian). la Repubblica. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Dusan Sakota naar Oostende" (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Sakota en Winston weg bij basketclub Oostende" (in Dutch). Het Laatste Nieuws. 21 December 2011.
- ""Sua altezza" Sakota è della Cimberio" (in Italian). VareseNews.it. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- ΑΕΚ: Δικός της ο Σάκοτα (in Greek). OnSports.gr. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Dusan Sakota signs a three-year contract extension with AEK Athens". Sportando.com. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
- Η "πρώτη" της Εθνικής σε φωτογραφίες (in Greek).
- Greece announce preliminary player list for games against Great Britain and Israel.
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- Greek Basket League Profile (in Greek)
- Italian League Profile (in Italian)
- Draftexpress.com Profile
- NBADraft.net Profile
- Οutrageous refusal from Dusan Sakota (in Greek), newspaper Eleftherotypia, 11th Feb 2003.