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Dragan Tarlać
Position Center
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 270 lb (120 kg)
Number 12
Born May 9, 1973 (1973-05-09) (age 36)
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian / Greek
Draft 31st overall, 1995
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1990–2004
Former teams Red Star Belgrade (1990–91)
Olympiacos (1991–00)
Chicago Bulls (2000–01)
Real Madrid (2001-03)
CSKA Moscow (2003-04)
Awards 1x Euroleague Champion (1997)

Dragan Tarlać (born May 9, 1973 in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He played in the NBA. He is 2.11 m (6'11") in height.

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Pro career

Europe

After starting his senior pro career with his hometown club KK Vojvodina, he transferred to Red Star from Belgrade. He stayed there for a season, which was enough for Olympiacos to notice his talent and offer him a move to Piraeus.

With Olympiacos, he won 5 Greek Championships (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997), 2 Greek Cups (1994, 1997) the 1997 Euroleague championship, and the Triple Crown in Basketball championship in 1997. He is one of the best centers that has ever played for Olympiacos.

NBA

Tarlać was selected by the NBA club the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 NBA Draft. He finally left Greece to go play in the NBA in the summer of 2000, when he took off for the United States to play with the Chicago Bulls. His career in the NBA was not particularly successful and he returned to Europe the following off-season after winning the 2001 European Championship with the Yugoslavian national team.

Back to Europe

After leaving the NBA and returning back to Europe, Tarlać then spent his next two seasons with the Spanish League club Real Madrid, before finishing up his career with the Russian League club CSKA Moscow.

Yugoslavian national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
FIBA European Championship
Bronze 1999 France FR Yugoslavia
Gold 2001 Turkey FR Yugoslavia

It was with Olympiacos that Tarlać made a name for himself, earning a call up to the FR Yugoslavia national squad. For a while there was a controversy over his national team status because he took Greek nationality (under the name of Dragan Milonas) like many other Serbian players of the time did in the 1990s.

The issue was finally straightened out and he was allowed to compete for the Yugoslavian national basketball team at the 1999 FIBA European Championship in France, along with his fellow countrymen Predrag Stojaković and Milan Gurović who were also in the same situation, having also taken Greek citizenship. His team won the bronze medal at the tournament. He also won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA European Championship with his national team.

NBA career statistics

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2000–01 Chicago 43 12 13.9 .394 .000 .758 2.8 .7 .2 .4 2.4
Career 43 12 13.9 .394 .000 .758 2.8 .7 .2 .4 2.4

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