The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Basketball Players of all time. This list of famous Basketball Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Basketball Players.
With an HPI of 55.13, Dražen Dalipagić is the most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages on wikipedia.
Dražen "Praja" Dalipagić (Serbian Cyrillic: Дражен "Праја" Далипагић; born 27 November 1951) is a Serbian former professional basketball player and head coach. He was selected the best athlete of Yugoslavia in the year 1978, and is one of the most decorated athletes in Yugoslavian history. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. Dalipagić was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2004, and into the FIBA Hall of Fame, also as a player, in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. During his professional playing career, he scored at least 50 points in a game 15 times. His single-game career scoring high was 70 points scored, achieved during an Italian League game, between Venezia and Virtus Bologna, on 25 January 1987. He was nicknamed "The Sky Jumper".
With an HPI of 54.80, Mirza Delibašić is the 2nd most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.
Mirza Delibašić (Serbo-Croatian Cyrillic: Мирза Делибашић; 9 January 1954 – 8 December 2001) was a Bosnian professional basketball player and coach. Delibašić was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors. He is widely considered one of the best shooters in the history of European basketball.
With an HPI of 43.73, Predrag Danilović is the 3rd most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.
Predrag "Saša" Danilović (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг "Саша" Даниловић, pronounced [prêdraːɡ saːʃa danǐːloʋitɕ]; born February 26, 1970), usually referred to in English as Sasha Danilović, is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former player, considered one of the best European shooting guards during the 1990s. Danilović was the EuroLeague Final Four MVP in 1992, was voted Mister Europa Player of the Year in 1998, and was Italian League MVP the same year. Beginning in 2007, Danilović served as the president of Partizan, the club with which he spent six years as a player, during the 1980s and early 1990s. In 2015, he resigned from the position. On December 15, 2016, Danilović became the president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia (KSS).
With an HPI of 40.57, Sabit Hadžić is the 4th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Sabit Hadžić (7 August 1957 – 3 March 2018) was a Bosnian basketball player who competed for Yugoslavia in the 1984 Summer Olympics. He also worked as a basketball coach.He died on 3 March 2018 after a reported stroke. He was 60.
With an HPI of 40.41, Zoran Savić is the 5th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Zoran Savić (Serbian Cyrillic: Зоран Савић; born November 18, 1966) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and former professional player who is currently the sports director for Partizan Belgrade of the Serbian KLS, the Adriatic League and the EuroLeague. The 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) tall center played in various European countries throughout his career.
With an HPI of 36.96, Bojan Bogdanović is the 6th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born 18 April 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Croatian national team internationally. Standing at 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in), he plays the small forward position. He has also played with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, and Utah Jazz.
With an HPI of 35.80, Franjo Arapović is the 7th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Franjo Arapović (born 2 June 1965) is a Croatian former professional basketball player who played as a center. A 7 ft 0.5 in (2.15 m) tall, he won the silver medal with the Croatia national team at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Four years earlier he was a member of the Yugoslavia national team, that won the silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Arapović was born in Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. In his professional career, he played for KK Lokomotiva Mostar, after which he moved to Croatian clubs Cibona, Croatia Osiguranje Split and Zrinjevac. He then moved to Pallacanestro Trapani in Italy, BC Žalgiris in Lithuania, Krka Telekom in Slovenia, Fenerbahçe S.K. in Turkey, Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israel, again Žalgiris, and again Zrinjevac, Croatia Osiguranje Split and Cibona.One of Arapović's most well-known moments was during the first half of the gold medal game between Croatia and the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics, when Arapović caught a pass from Toni Kukoč while driving toward the basket and made a running two-handed slam dunk to give Croatia a 25–23 lead over the Dream Team. David Robinson was whistled for a foul on the play, and Arapović demonstratively hung on the rim for several moments before giving the cheering crowd several fist-pumps.Member of Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Arapović was their MP in the Croatian Parliament from December 2003 until January 2008. His son Marko is also a professional basketball player.
With an HPI of 35.48, Mirza Teletović is the 8th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.
Mirza Teletović (born September 18, 1985) is a Bosnian former professional basketball player who has been the president of the Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina since October 20, 2018, until 2021. As a player, he spent six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represented and captained the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays at the power forward position. Teletović started his career in Bosnia with Sloboda Tuzla, which was followed by a stint in Belgium with Oostende. He played six years for Saski Baskonia, with whom he won two Liga ACB championships. He was also named to the All-ACB Team in 2012. Then, he played five seasons in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. On September 27, 2018 Teletović announced his retirement after suffering a career-ending injury pulmonary emboli during his tenure with the Bucks and then got waived in March 2018, removing his final year of his contract in December of that same year.
With an HPI of 33.37, Damir Mulaomerović is the 9th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Damir Mulaomerović (born 19 September 1974) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for Cedevita Junior of the Croatian League, as well as the head coach of the Croatia national team.
With an HPI of 32.92, Vladimir Radmanović is the 10th most famous Basketball Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Vladimir Radmanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Владимир Радмановић; born November 19, 1980) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player. In Serbia he played for Crvena zvezda and FMP and in the National Basketball Association (NBA) he was a member of the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls. Radmanović also represented his national team most notably at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Pantheon has 22 people classified as basketball players born between 1951 and 1999. Of these 22, 20 (90.91%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living basketball players include Dražen Dalipagić, Predrag Danilović, and Zoran Savić. The most famous deceased basketball players include Mirza Delibašić and Sabit Hadžić. As of April 2022, 3 new basketball players have been added to Pantheon including Sabit Hadžić, Franjo Arapović, and Nihad Đedović.
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