Dragan Tarlać

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Dragan Tarlać
Personal information
Born (1973-05-09) May 9, 1973 (age 45)
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / Greek
Listed height2.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
Listed weight122 kg (269 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1990–2004
PositionCenter
Number12
Career history
1990–1992Crvena zvezda
1992–2000Olympiacos
2000–2001Chicago Bulls
2001–2003Real Madrid
2003–2004CSKA Moscow
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Dragan Tarlać (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Тарлаћ, born May 9, 1973) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship.[1] Standing at 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in), he played as a center.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

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

With Olympiacos, he won 5 Greek League championships (1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97), 2 Greek Cups (1993–94, 1996–97) the 1996-97 EuroLeague championship, and the Triple Crown (1996–97). He was one of the best centers that has ever played for Olympiacos.

NBA[edit]

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.[2] His career in the NBA was not particularly successful, and he returned to Europe the following off-season, after winning the FIBA EuroBasket 2001 with the senior Yugoslavian national team.

Back to Europe[edit]

After leaving the NBA, and returning 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.

National team career[edit]

It was with Olympiacos, that Tarlać made a name for himself, earning a call up to the senior FR Yugoslavia national squad (Serbia-Montenegro). For a while, there was a controversy over his national team status, because he took Greek nationality (under the names of Dragan Milonas and Dragan Konstantinidis)[3] 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 senior Serbo-Montenegrin national basketball team at the FIBA EuroBasket 1999 in France, along with his fellow countrymen Peja 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 FIBA EuroBasket 2001 with his national team.

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

His son, Luka (born 2002) is a basketball player, also.[4] Luka was a member of the Serbia national under-16 team at the 2018 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ACB.com Dragan Tarlac nacionalidad | licencia: GRC | Varios - Doble nacionalidad. Yugoslavia-Grecia. (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Bulls finally take Tarlac". bbc.co.uk. 17 August 2000. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ "El Real Madrid culmina el fichaje de Tarlac". EFE. AS.com. 2001-08-09. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ "On je sin prelepe Srpkinje i poznatog košarkaša: Mama se rastopila od PONOSA I LJUBAVI". zena.blic.rs. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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