Josip Sesar (born 17 January 1978) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player for Cibona of the Croatian League and ABA League.

Josip Sesar
LeagueCroatian League
ABA League
Personal information
Born (1978-01-17) 17 January 1978 (age 44)
Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career1993–2008
PositionShooting guard
Career history
As player:
2002–2003Split CO
2005Široki Hercegtisak
2008–2009Zrinjski Mostar
As coach:
2011–2013Cibona (youth)
2018–2019Croatia (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

Sesar started training basketball when he was ten. He was 182 cm tall at the time. In 1992 he left Zrinjski Mostar for Split. Since the youth coach did not consider him a prospect, his father took him to Zagreb. In 1993, he started his professional career there. After six successful seasons with Zagreb, in 1999, Sesar signed his second professional contract, namely with Cibona. At the 2000 NBA Draft he was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics and then traded to the Boston Celtics. However, he never played a game for the Celtics or any other NBA team, making him 1 of 8 players from the 2000 NBA Draft to never play in the league.

National team careerEdit

Sesar was the MVP of the 1996 European Championship for junior men, held in France.[1] He also participated in the 1995 World Championship for junior men.

He was part of senior Croatia national team selections at the 1997 EuroBasket, 1999 EuroBasket qualification and the 2001 EuroBasket.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

In July 2011, Sesar became a coach for the youth selections of Cibona.[3] In July 2022, Cibona hired Sesar as their new head coach.[4]


  1. ^ "Josip Sesar profile, European Championship for Junior Men 1996". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Josip Sesar profile, World Championship for Junior Men 1995 | FIBA.COM". Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Bili i ostali najveći klub" - Josip Sesar i Damjan Rudež u Ciboni! Author: D.R., July 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Josip Sesar novi je trener Cibone". Retrieved 23 August 2022.

External linksEdit