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Drazen Petrovic


Drazen Petrovic

Drazen Petrovic

Date of Birth:22 October 1964
Born At: Sibenik, Croatia
Height: 6’5"
NBA Experience :4 seasons

Career accomplishments

  • Scored 112 points in a Croatian League game, making 40 of 60 from the field (1984-85)
  • Member of Silver Medal-winning Yugoslavian (1988) and Croatian (1992) Olympic teams
  • Led Yugoslavian National Team to the European Championships, 1989
  • Led Real Madrid to the European Cup championship, 1989
  • Led Real Madrid to the Spanish National Cup, 1989
  • Led Cibona to the European Cup, 1987
  • Led Cibona to National Cup, 1988
  • Named Sportsman of the Year in his native Croatia in 1985, 1986, 1988
  • Croatian Player of the Year (both Zutko and KLM Trophy) in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • MVP of World Champions for Senior Men in Spain, 1986
  • Led National Team to the Gold Medal at the World Championships, 1990
  • Led National Team to the Gold Medal at the European Championships, 1989
  • MVP of European Championships in Zagreb, 1989
  • Averaged 28.3 ppg and shot .600 from the floor in 47 games, leading the Club Real Madrid to a second-place finish behind Barcelona in the 1989 Spanish League championship series
  • Leading scorer of Spanish ABC League, 1988-89
  • La Gazetta dello Sport (Italy), 1992
  • La Gazetta dello Sport (Italy) Europe Player of the Year, 1989
  • Giganti del Basket’s Mister Europa, 1986
  • Best player of Croatian Championship for Cadets, 1979
  • Led Sibenka to Gold Medal at the Croatian Championship for Cadets, 1980
  • Best Player of the Balkan Championship for Junior Men, 1982
  • McDonald Tournament Trophy named in his honor
  • As a member of the Nets, scored career-high 44 points vs. Houston on January 24, 1993
  • Third in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.449) during the 1992-93 season
  • Averaged career-high and team-leading 22.3 ppg on 51.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 44.9 percent from 3-point range, in 1992-93
  • All-NBA Third Team (1993)
  • During four-year NBA career, averaged 15.4 ppg on 50.6 percent shooting; (43.7 percent 3-pointers)
  • Drazen Petrovic biography

    The late Drazen Petrovic, who was born in Sibenik, Croatia, was hailed as a superstar in his native land. As a young man in 1984-85, he once scored 112 points in a Croatian League game, hitting 40 of 60 from the field. He was a member of the silver medal-winning Yugoslavian (1988) and Croatian (1992) Olympic teams. He also led his Real Madrid Spanish league team to the European Cup Championship in February 1989, and led the Yugoslavian National Team to victory at the European Championships in June of that year. Petrovic’s skills propelled him into a brief career in the NBA, cut short by his tragic death at the age of 28 in a car accident in Germany. Although he only played four seasons, it was evident that Petrovic was a budding NBA superstar. He began his career with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989 before he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 1991. He remained with the Nets until his death in 1993. Petrovic possessed exceptional shooting ability, and during his final season in 1992-93, he averaged a career-high and team-leading 22.3 ppg on 51.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 44.9 percent from three-point range. That season, he was third in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.449) and was named to the All-NBA Third Team. In his four-year NBA career, he averaged 15.4 ppg on 50.6 percent shooting, including 43.7 percent from three-point range.