Rakočević with Crvena zvezda
March 29, 1978 |
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Number||6, 7, 8, 11, 36|
|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. He is son of the Serbian basketballer Goran Rakočević who played as point guard for Crvena zvezda. Since February 2015 he has been a vice-president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia in charge of men’s basketball.
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.
Rakočević was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft. 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
In October 2003, Rakočević returned to Europe and signed with Crvena zvezda, 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. He was also selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team of that year's competition. 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. While playing for Efes, he was a two-time winner of the Alphonso Ford Trophy. In June 2011, he left Efes.
On August 9, 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Crvena zvezda, beginning his third stint with that team. 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.
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.
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
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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|
Awards and accomplishments
- Crvena zvezda Belgrade
- Yugoslav Basketball League championship (1): 1998
- Serbia and Montenegro Cup (1): 2004
- Radivoj Korać Cup (1): 2013
- Budućnost Podgorica
- Serbia and Montenegro Cup (1): 2001
- Valencia BC
- Lliga Valenciana (1): 2005
- Real Madrid
- Community of Madrid Tournament (1): 2006
- TAU Cerámica
- Montepaschi Siena
- Yugoslavian League Most Improved Player (1998)
- Adriatic League Final Four Top Scorer (2004)
- Led the Adriatic League in scoring (2004)
- Won the Spanish ACB League 3 Point Shootout Contest 2007
- 3x Alphonso Ford Trophy 2007, 2009, 2011
- All-Euroleague Second Team (2007)
- All-Euroleague First Team (2009)
Yugoslavian national team
- Won the bronze medal at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (1996)
- Won the bronze medal at the FIBA Under-21 World Championship (1997)
- Won the gold medal at the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (1998)
- FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP (1998)
- Won gold medal at EuroBasket 2001
- Won the gold medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship
References and notes
- Official Olympic height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 ½ in).
- Euroleague - Vladimir Stanković: The excitement starts here
- NBA Draft history: 2000 Draft
- Rakočević potpisao ugovor sa Crvenom zvezdom (Serbian)
- Tau's Rakocevic wins race for Alphonso Ford Trophy
- All-Euroleague team, MVP announced
- B92.net Rakočević u Efesu! (Serbian)
- Euroleague.net Top scorer Rakocevic joins Turkish champs.
- Rakocevic is Ford Trophy winner again
- Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Igor Rakocevic, Efes Pilsen
- Igor Rakocevic leaves Anadolu Efes Istanbul
- Montepaschi Siena bags scoring champ Rakocevic
- Carchia, E. "Red Star brings Igor Rakocevic back home". Sportando. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- Vunulović, B. "Rakočević u Zvezdi po treći put, ugovor potpisan na dve godine". Blic Sport (in Serbian). Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Igor Rakocevic won't play for Red Star next season". Sportando. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "CZ bez Rakočevića naredne sezone". B92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 17 July 2013.
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|Serbia and Montenegro captain