Igor Rakočević

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Igor Rakočević
Igor Rakocevic.jpg
Rakočević with Crvena zvezda
Personal information
Born (1978-03-29) March 29, 1978 (age 38)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 1995–2013
Position Guard
Number 6, 7, 8, 11, 36
Career history
1995–2000 Crvena zvezda
2000–2002 Budućnost Podgorica
2002–2003 Minnesota Timberwolves
2003–2004 Crvena zvezda
2004–2005 Pamesa Valencia
2005–2006 Real Madrid
2006–2009 TAU Cerámica
2009–2011 Efes Pilsen
2011–2012 Montepaschi Siena
2012–2013 Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards

Igor Rakočević (Serbian Cyrillic: Игор Ракочевић; born March 29, 1978) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He played at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, but has spent the vast majority of his career playing as a shooting guard. He is 1.94 m (6 ft 4 ½ in) tall.[1] He is son of the Serbian basketballer Goran Rakočević who played as point guard for Crvena zvezda.[2] Since February 2015 he has been a vice-president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia in charge of men’s basketball.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Rakočević played with Crvena zvezda and Budućnost before going to the NBA. With Crvena zvezda, he won the YUBA League championship in the 1997–98 season, and finished second in the Korać Cup in the same season.

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

Rakočević was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft.[3] He did not play until the 2002–03 NBA season, in which he amounted 244 minutes in 42 games and averaged 1.9 points, 0.8 assists, and 0.4 rebounds per game. He was released after the season and signed by the San Antonio Spurs, who also released him shortly after.

Back to Europe[edit]

In October 2003, Rakočević returned to Europe and signed with Crvena zvezda,[4] where he was the top scorer of the Adriatic League Final Four. He was the captain and best player of Crvena zvezda in that season.

He continued his career in Spain where he played for Pamesa Valencia, Real Madrid and Tau Cerámica. In the Euroleague 2006–07 season he won the Alphonso Ford Trophy.[5] He was also selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team of that year's competition.[6] With TAU Cerámica, Rakočević won the Spanish Supercup in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the Spanish King's Cup in 2008, and the Spanish ACB League championship in 2008.

In June 2009, he signed a three-year contract with the Turkish club Efes Pilsen.[7][8] While playing for Efes, he was a two-time winner of the Alphonso Ford Trophy.[9][10] In June 2011, he left Efes.[11]

In October 2011, Rakočević signed with Montepaschi Siena for the 2011–12 season.[12]

On August 9, 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Crvena zvezda, beginning his third stint with that team.[13][14] In July 2013, Rakočević decided not to play for the Crvena zvezda the following season, with the statement that he will play abroad one more season, or will retire and become sports director of the team.[15][16]

National team[edit]

Rakočević made his debut with the senior Yugoslavian national team at the 2000 Olympic Basketball Tournament. After that he played in the EuroBasket 2001 in Turkey (where he won a gold medal) and at the EuroBasket 2005 in Serbia and Montenegro. He was a member of the team that became the FIBA World Champions in Indianapolis, at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, and he was the captain of the Serbia and Montenegro national team in Japan, at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He also played at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament at Athens.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Budućnost 11 10 29.8 .417 .222 .653 2.7 1.8 1.4 .0 12.9 9.8
2001–02 14 12 29.6 .480 .345 .655 1.6 2.1 1.3 .0 17.7 14.8
2005–06 Real Madrid 20 9 27.2 .443 .402 .893 2.9 3.0 .8 .0 14.8 14.2
2006–07 TAU Cerámica 22 20 27.2 .492 .475 .843 2.4 1.7 1.4 .1 16.2 14.4
2007–08 22 22 27.8 .465 .396 .837 2.3 1.7 .7 .0 14.9 12.7
2008–09 21 21 26.5 .460 .398 .895 2.3 2.0 .8 .0 18.0 16.8
2009–10 Efes Pilsen 16 5 20.1 .353 .286 .833 1.7 2.3 .4 .0 10.0 9.1
2010–11 14 14 29.9 .457 .435 .877 2.3 1.7 .7 .0 17.2 15.0
2011–12 Montepaschi 19 5 19.7 .399 .455 .780 1.9 1.6 .3 .1 9.4 7.0
Career 159 118 26.3 .449 .384 .816 2.3 2.0 .8 .0 14.6 12.8

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Minnesota 42 0 5.8 .379 .417 .806 .4 .8 .1 .0 1.9
Career 42 0 5.8 .379 .417 .806 .4 .8 .1 .0 1.9

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Crvena zvezda Belgrade
Budućnost Podgorica
  • Serbia and Montenegro Cup (1): 2001
Valencia BC
Real Madrid
TAU Cerámica
Montepaschi Siena

Individual[edit]

Yugoslavian national team[edit]

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dejan Bodiroga
Serbia and Montenegro captain
2006
Succeeded by
Milan Gurović