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Damir Markota (born December 26, 1985 as Damir Omerhodžić) is a Croatian professional basketball player for Mornar of the ABA League and the Montenegrin League. Standing at 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in), he plays at the power forward position.

Damir Markota
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Markota with Iurbentia Bilbao in 2009
No. 85 – Mornar
PositionPower forward
LeagueABA League
Montenegrin League
Personal information
Born (1985-12-26) December 26, 1985 (age 33)
Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian / Swedish
Listed height2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Listed weight102 kg (225 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career2001–present
Career history
2001–2006Cibona
2001–2002Zabok
2002–2003→ Šanac Karlovac
2006–2007Milwaukee Bucks
2007Tulsa 66ers
2007–2008Spartak St. Petersburg
2008Žalgiris Kaunas
2008Cibona
2008–2009ViveMenorca
2009–2010Iurbentia Bilbao
2010–2012Union Olimpija
2012Zagreb
2012–2013Beşiktaş
2013Brose Baskets
2013–2014Bilbao Basket
2014–2015Cibona
2015–2017İstanbul BB
2017Uşak Sportif
2017–2018Cedevita
2018–2019Cibona
2019–presentMornar
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Professional careerEdit

Markota, born in Sarajevo (then SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia), fled Bosnia during the war and settled in Sweden, where he began to practice basketball. He played together with Maciej Lampe in Stockholm, until moving to Croatia when he was fourteen, after being invited to play in the Croatian league. Markota signed with KK Cibona, but was loaned to Zabok and Karlovac Šanac until the end of 2002–03. Subsequently, he received Croatian citizenship (holding Swedish as well), declining an offer to play for the Swedish national basketball team.

Markota was an early candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft, but soon withdrew his name from consideration.[1] He was later invited to the Croatian national team, and in 2005 he changed his last name from "Omerhodžić" to "Markota" (his mother's maiden name).[1]

He was eventually chosen by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, 59th overall, then immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the summer of 2006, the Bucks signed Markota to a multi-year contract after the Spurs traded his draft rights for the higher of the Bucks’ two 2007 NBA draft second-round picks.

In February 2007, the Bucks assigned Markota to Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, in order to further improve his play.[2]

On September 7, Markota was waived by the Bucks,[3] and signed with Russian team Spartak St. Petersburg on a two-year contract two days later.[4] However, in early 2008, he switched to Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas.[5]

On August 14, 2008, Markota was signed by Cibona, returning to the team he represented as a youngster[6] but, after a series of unsatisfying performances upon recovering form knee injury, he was suspended for clashing with the coach.[7]

On October 28, 2008 ViveMenorca, of the Spanish ACB, announced the signing of Markota.[8][9] In January 2009, he joined Iurbentia Bilbao.[10]

On September 1, 2010 he signed a one-year deal with Union Olimpija in Slovenia.[11] In January 2012 he left Union Olimpija due to lack of payment and signed with KK Zagreb.[12]

He signed a contract with Beşiktaş in August 2012.[13] On September 27, 2013, he signed a three-month contract with Brose Baskets.[14] On November 25, 2013, he signed with his former club Bilbao Basket until the end of the season.[15]

In October 2014 Markota returns to Cibona for the third time signing a contact to last until the end of the season.[16] On January 2, 2015 he parted ways with Cibona.[17] The same day he signed with Turkish team İstanbul BB.[18]

On June 17, 2017, Markota signed with Turkish club Uşak Sportif.[19] On December 4, 2017, he parted ways with Uşak,[20] and signed with Croatian club Cedevita.[21]

In September 2018 Markota returned to Cibona for the third time in his career.[22]

In July 2019 Markota signed with the Montenegrin Mornar.[23]


National team careerEdit

Markota has also been a member of the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia's senior national team, he played at the EuroBasket 2007, EuroBasket 2011, EuroBasket 2013 and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Career statisticsEdit

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Milwaukee 30 0 5.7 .365 .375 .636 1.0 .2 .1 .0 1.7
Career 30 0 5.7 .365 .375 .636 1.0 .2 .1 .0 1.7


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.

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2001–02 Cibona 1 0 .2 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2003–04 Cibona 1 0 2.0 .1000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0 2.0
2004–05 Cibona 11 8 13.3 .435 .238 .500 2.0 .4 .4 .1 3.5 1.4
2005–06 Cibona 19 0 20.1 .610 .323 .615 5.1 .6 .4 .3 7.8 8.1
2007–08 Žalgiris 6 0 13.2 .462 .200 .1000 2.0 .8 .3 .5 3.5 2.0
2010–11 Union Olimpija 15 15 26.2 .508 .275 .724 4.5 1.9 .7 .1 8.5 8.8
2011–12 Union Olimpija 7 5 26.0 .769 .143 .700 6.0 1.4 .4 .1 4.7 9.1
2012–13 Beşiktaş 24 17 24.2 .510 .319 .824 5.1 1.4 .7 .2 8.7 10.2
2013–14 Brose Baskets 6 3 16.3 .500 .214 .000 2.7 1.0 .5 .0 4.2 4.3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Profile: Damir Markota". NBA. 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  2. ^ Milwaukee Bucks Assign Rookie Forward Damir Markota to Tulsa 66ers of NBA Development League
  3. ^ Bucks request waivers on Damir Markota
  4. ^ Баскетбольный клуб "Спартак" (Санкт-Петербург)[permanent dead link] (in Russian)
  5. ^ Zalgiris lands Damir Markota
  6. ^ Cibona brings back Markota
  7. ^ Bermudski trokut u Ciboni - nakon Callowaya, nestao i Markota! (in Croatian)
  8. ^ Markota joins ViveMenorca Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine (in Croatian)
  9. ^ Markota to wear #11[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Bilbao brings in Markota.
  11. ^ Olimpija add Damir Markota
  12. ^ "Damir Markota officially joins KK Zagreb". Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  13. ^ "Damir Markota signs with Beşiktaş". Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  14. ^ "BROSE BASKETS adds Markota". Euroleague.net. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ "Damir Markota vuelve el Bilbao Basket" (in Spanish). bilbaobasket.biz. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Damir Markota u Ciboni!" (in Croatian). KK Cibona. 17 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Cibona Zagreb officially part ways with Damir Markota". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  18. ^ Istanbul BSB announces Vujacic, Jenkins and Markota
  19. ^ "Usak Sportif signs Ian Miller, Jordan Hamilton, Isaiah Miles and Damir Markota". Sportando.com. June 17, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  20. ^ Usak Sportif part ways with Damir Markota and Mutlu Demir
  21. ^ "Stiže pojačanje! Damir Markota potpisao za Cedevitu". kkcedevita.hr (in Croatian). 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  22. ^ "KK Cibona signs Damir Markota". sportando.com. 17 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Damir Markota (ex Cibona) joins Mornar Bar". eurobasket.com. 4 July 2019.

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