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 of Serbian men's basketball.

Igor Rakočević
Igor Rakocevic.jpg
Rakočević playing with Crvena zvezda, in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 41)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career1994–2013
PositionShooting guard
Number6, 7, 8, 11, 36
Career history
1994–2000Crvena zvezda
2000–2002Budućnost
2002–2003Minnesota Timberwolves
2003–2004Crvena zvezda
2004–2005Valencia
2005–2006Real Madrid
2006–2009TAU Cerámica
2009–2011Efes Pilsen
2011–2012Siena
2012–2013Crvena zvezda
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

At a height of 1.94 m (6'4 ​12") tall,[1] he played at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, but he spent the vast majority of his career playing as a shooting guard. During his playing career, Rakočević was a two-time All-EuroLeague Team member, and a three-time Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy winner. He was also a member of the senior FR Yugoslavian national team, which was eventually renamed the Serbian and Montenegrin national team. With FR Yugoslavia, he won gold medals at both the 2001 FIBA EuroBasket and the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Professional careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

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 FIBA Korać Cup in the same season.

Minnesota TimberwolvesEdit

Rakočević was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft.[2] He did not play in the NBA, until the 2002–03 NBA season, in which he totaled 244 minutes of playing time, in 42 games played, 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

In October 2003, Rakočević returned to Europe, and signed with Crvena zvezda,[3] where he was the top scorer of the Adriatic League. He was the captain and best player of Crvena zvezda in that 2003–04 season.

He continued his career in Spain, where he played with Pamesa Valencia, Real Madrid and Tau Cerámica. In the EuroLeague 2006–07 season, he won the Alphonso Ford EuroLeague Top Scorer Trophy.[4] He was also selected to the All-EuroLeague Second Team of that year's competition.[5] With TAU Cerámica, Rakočević won the Spanish Supercup title in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the Spanish King's Cup title in 2009, and the Spanish ACB League championship in 2008. He also won another Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy with TAU, in 2009.

In June 2009, he signed a three-year contract with the Turkish Super League club Efes Pilsen.[6][7] While playing with Efes, he also won the 2011 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy.[8][9] In June 2011, he left Efes.[10]

In October 2011, Rakočević signed with the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena, for the 2011–12 season.[11]

On 9 August 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Crvena zvezda, which began his third stint with that team.[12][13] In July 2013, Rakočević decided not to play for Crvena zvezda in the following season, and he made the statement that he would play abroad for one more season, or would retire, and become the sports director of the team.[14][15]

National team careerEdit

Rakočević made his debut with the senior FR Yugoslavian national team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. After that, he played at the 2001 EuroBasket, in Turkey (where he won a gold medal), and at the 2005 EuroBasket, in Serbia and Montenegro. He was a member of the FR Yugoslavia 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 Athens Summer Olympic Games.

Post-playing careerEdit

In February 2015, Rakočević was elected as the vice-president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia, and put in charge of men's basketball.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Rakočević is the son of former Serbian basketball player Goran Rakočević, who played at the point guard position with Crvena zvezda.[17] Due to his authentic looks, he is nicknamed "Gargamel".

Career statisticsEdit

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

EuroLeagueEdit

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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

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 accomplishmentsEdit

Pro careerEdit

Crvena zvezda Belgrade
Budućnost Podgorica
Valencia Basket
Real Madrid
TAU Cerámica
Efes Istanbul
Montepaschi Siena

IndividualEdit

FR Yugoslavian junior national teamEdit

FR Yugoslavian senior national teamEdit

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ Official Olympic height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 ½ in). Archived 2011-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ NBA Draft history: 2000 Draft
  3. ^ Rakočević potpisao ugovor sa Crvenom zvezdom (Serbian)
  4. ^ Tau's Rakocevic wins race for Alphonso Ford Trophy
  5. ^ All-Euroleague team, MVP announced
  6. ^ B92.net Rakočević u Efesu! (Serbian)
  7. ^ Euroleague.net Top scorer Rakocevic joins Turkish champs.
  8. ^ Rakocevic is Ford Trophy winner again.
  9. ^ Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy: Igor Rakocevic, Efes Pilsen
  10. ^ Igor Rakocevic leaves Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
  11. ^ Montepaschi Siena bags scoring champ Rakocevic.
  12. ^ Carchia, E. "Red Star brings Igor Rakocevic back home". Sportando. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  13. ^ Vunulović, B. "Rakočević u Zvezdi po treći put, ugovor potpisan na dve godine". Blic Sport (in Serbian). Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Igor Rakocevic won't play for Red Star next season". Sportando. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  15. ^ "CZ bez Rakočevića naredne sezone". B92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Igor Rakočević novi potpredsednik KSS-a: Velika čast i odgovornost". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ Euroleague - Vladimir Stanković: The excitement starts here.

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