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Medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Silver 1980 Moscow Team
European Championship
Gold 1983 France Team
Bronze 1971 West Germany Team
Bronze 1975 Yugoslavia Team

Dino Meneghin (born January 18, 1950) is an Italian former professional basketball player. He was considered the best player of his country for decades and for several years, also the best in all of the history of Europe. He is 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) tall. Meneghin was born in Alano di Piave, Veneto (northeast Italy). On November 20, 1966, when he was 16 years old, he played his first match in the Italian A League with the Ignis Varese club. He played the last match of his career at the age of 45. Today, he works for the Italian Basketball Federation and for the club Olimpia Milano.


Playing career

In total, he played in 836 matches and scored 8,560 points in the Italian Championship. With the Italian national basketball team, he played in 271 matches and totaled 2,847 points scored. Meneghin became the second player from a European league to be drafted by an NBA team when the Atlanta Hawks manager Marty Blake selected him with a late-round pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. He never played in America, however.

In 1980 and 1983, he was elected the Mister Europa European Player of the Year and he also won the Euroscar European Player of the Year award in 1983. In 1991, was elected the greatest European basketball player of all time. On September 5, 2003, he became the second Italian player to enter into the Basketball Hall of Fame after Cesare Rubini, who played for and coached Olimpia Milano between the 1940s and the 1970s.

One of the greatest records of his career is his number of Finals appearances of the European Champions Cup. He played in 10 consecutive finals with Ignis Varese (winning 5 and losing 5) and later in 2 more consecutive finals with Olimpia Milano (he won both of those).

Before his playing career ended, Dino Meneghin played in the Italian League against his son Andrea, who was also a great international player.

Pro clubs




Italian national team

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