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Igor Rakočević
Игор Ракочевић
Igor Rakočević with TAU.
Igor Rakočević with TAU.
Nickname "The Grasshopper"[1]
"The White Michael Jordan"[2]
Position Point Guard-Shooting Guard
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4+12 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
League Turkish League
Euroleague
Team Efes Pilsen
Born March 29, 1978 (1978-03-29) (age 31)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbia Serbian
Draft 2nd round, 51st overall, 2000
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1995–present
Former teams Red Star Belgrade (1995–2000)
Budućnost Podgorica (2000–2002)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2002–2003)
Red Star Belgrade (2003–2004)
Pamesa Valencia (2004–2005)
Real Madrid (2005–2006)
TAU Cerámica (2006–2009)
Efes Pilsen (2009– )
Awards Yugoslavian League Most Improved Player 1998
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP 1998
Adriatic League MVP 2004
Spanish ACB League 3 Point Shootout Champ 2007
All-Euroleague Second Team 2007
Euroleague Scoring Champ 2007, 2009
All-Euroleague First Team 2009

Igor Rakočević (Serbian: Игор Ракочевић; born March 29, 1978, in Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player. He is a graduate of the IX-th Belgrade Gymnasium. He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard positions. He is 1.94 m (6 ft 4 ½ in) tall[3][4]. He is currently playing with the pro club Efes Pilsen.

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Pro career

NBA

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

Europe

Rakočević then returned to Europe playing for Red Star and was officially the best player of the Adriatic League. He continued his career in Spain where he played for Pamesa Valencia, Real Madrid and he's currently playing for Tau Cerámica. In the Euroleague 2006-07 season he won the "Alphonso Ford" trophy, which is given to the best scorer of the Euroleague and he was also selected to the All-Euroleague 2nd Team of that year's competition.

With TAU Cerámica, Rakočević won the Spanish Supercopa in 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Copa del Rey in 2008 and the Spanish ACB League championship in 2008. In 2009, he signed a 3 year 5.5 million euros net income contract with the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen[5][6].

FIBA international career

Medal record
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
FIBA World Championship
Gold 2002 Indianapolis Yugoslavia
EuroBasket
Gold 2001 Turkey Yugoslavia

Rakočević made his debut with the senior Yugoslavian national team at the 2000 Olympic Basketball Tournament. After that he played in the 2001 FIBA European Championship in Turkey (where he won a gold medal) and at the 2005 FIBA European Championship in Serbia and Montenegro. He was a member of the 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 Olympic Basketball Tournament at Athens.

Awards and accomplishments

Yugoslavian national team

Pro career

Notes

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rasho Nesterovič
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
1998
Succeeded by
Sani Bečirovič
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