Igor Rakočević (Serbian Cyrillic: Игор Ракочевић; born 29 March 1978) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player. He currently serves as the vice president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia in charge for the men's basketball.
Rakočević with Crvena zvezda in 2013.
|Born||29 March 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|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rakočević is 1.94 m (6 ft 4½ in) tall. A two-time All-EuroLeague Team member and three-time Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy winner, he played at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, but spent the vast majority of his career playing as a shooting guard. He is the son of Serbian former basketball player Goran Rakočević, who played as a point guard for Crvena zvezda. Due to his authentic looks, he is nicknamed "Gargamel".
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 EuropeEdit
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 EuroLeague Top Scorer 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 9 August 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 Crvena zvezda the following season, with the statement that he would play abroad one more season, or would retire, and become the sports director of the team.
National team careerEdit
Rakočević made his debut with the senior Yugoslavian national team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. 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 Summer Olympic Games, 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 accomplishmentsEdit
- Crvena zvezda Belgrade
- Budućnost Podgorica
- Yugoslav 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)
- Adriatic League Top Scorer: (2004)
- Spanish ACB League 3 Point Shootout Champion: (2007–08)
- 3× Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy: 2007, 2009, 2011
- All-EuroLeague Second Team: (2007)
- All-EuroLeague First Team: (2009)
- Spanish League Top Scorer: (2009)
- All-Spanish League Team: (2009)
Yugoslavian junior national teamEdit
- 1996 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: Bronze
- 1997 FIBA Under-21 World Cup: Bronze
- 1998 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Gold
- 1998 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: MVP
Yugoslavian senior national teamEdit
References and notesEdit
- Official Olympic height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 ½ in). Archived 2011-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
- 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.
- "Igor Rakočević novi potpredsednik KSS-a: Velika čast i odgovornost". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
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- Igor Rakočević at draftexpress.com
- Igor Rakočević at euroleague.net
- Igor Rakočević at fiba.com
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Igor Rakočević". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-11-06.