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Dražen Petrović

Full name: Dražen Petrović
Other name(s): Дражен Петровић
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5.5 (197 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: October 22, 1964 in Šibenik, Šibensko-kninska županija, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1993 in Denkendorf, Bayern, Germany
Affiliations: KK Šibenik, Šibenik (CRO) / KK Cibona, Zagreb (CRO) / New Jersey Nets, Rutherford (USA)
Country: YUG Yugoslavia, CRO Croatia
Sport: Basketball

Related Olympians: Brother of Aleksandar Petrović.

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Other SR Links: Basketball-Reference.com

Biography

Dražen Petrović is considered the greatest player ever produced in Yugoslavia, and probably in Europe. The Croatian began playing for Yugoslavia in 1981 when only 17. A 1.97 metre (6-5½) guard, he helped Yugoslavia to a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics, a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, and a European championship in 1989. He was drafted in the third round by the [Portland Trail Blazers] of the NBA. Petrović was the youngest Yugoslav player to play professionally in another country when he signed a four-year contract with [Real Madrid] which began shortly after the 1988 Olympics. In 1989 he joined the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA but was later traded to the New Jersey Nets. He led Croatia in 1992 at Barcelona when they won a silver medal, losing only to the "Dream Team". Petrović played for four years in the NBA, and in his last two seasons was one of the top shooting guards in the league, averaging 22.3 points/game in 1992-93. He was tragically killed in a car accident on the German Autobahn (motorway) shortly after that season ended. Posthumous honors that came to him included the re-naming of his home basketball arena in Cibona as the Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall, a square in the city of Zagreb was named for him, and a statue of Petrović was erected in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2002 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2007 to the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Men's Basketball Yugoslavia YUG 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Men's Basketball Yugoslavia YUG 2 Silver
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Men's Basketball Croatia CRO 2 Silver

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS TRB AST STL TOV BLK
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Final Round Match 3/4 1 1984-08-09 YUG 88, CAN 82 12 2 3 1 2 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1984-08-08 ESP 74, YUG 61 16 2 2 0 5 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1984-08-06 YUG 110, URU 82 20 1 8 2 1 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #2 1 1984-07-29 YUG 96, FRG 83 21 9 8 5 5 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #6 1 1984-07-30 YUG 94, AUS 64 22 3 3 0 2 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #8 1 1984-08-01 YUG 100, EGY 69 10 2 2 0 0 2
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #11 1 1984-08-02 YUG 98, BRA 85 26 5 2 2 2 0
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #15 1 1984-08-04 YUG 69, ITA 65 13 5 2 0 6 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Final Round Match 1/2 2 1988-09-30 URS 76, YUG 63 24 3 4 2 1 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1988-09-28 YUG 91, AUS 70 24 1 3 0 4 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1988-09-26 YUG 95, CAN 73 11 0 2 3 2 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #3 1 1988-09-18 YUG 92, URS 79 25 2 1 0 3 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #5 1 1988-09-20 YUG 102, CAF 61 17 1 4 1 1 1
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #7 1 1988-09-21 YUG 104, KOR 92 22 1 2 0 3 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #12 1 1988-09-23 YUG 98, AUS 78 17 1 5 0 1 0
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Basketball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #15 2 1988-09-24 PUR 74, YUG 72 9 2 1 0 2 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Final Round Match 1/2 2 1992-08-08 USA 117, CRO 85 24 1 5 4 5 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-06 CRO 75, EUN 74 28 1 0 3 2 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-04 CRO 98, AUS 65 25 2 4 5 4 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Group A Match #3 1 1992-07-26 CRO 93, BRA 76 22 2 5 3 0 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Group A Match #5 2 1992-07-27 USA 103, CRO 70 19 3 3 3 5 2
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Group A Match #9 1 1992-07-29 CRO 88, ESP 79 28 2 2 1 1 0
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Basketball Croatia CRO Group A Match #11 1 1992-07-31 CRO 99, GER 78 26 2 3 3 2 0
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