The Most Famous

BASKETBALL PLAYERS from Slovenia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Slovene Basketball Players. The pantheon dataset contains 1,264 Basketball Players, 19 of which were born in Slovenia. This makes Slovenia the birth place of the 9th most number of Basketball Players behind France and Australia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Slovene Basketball Players of all time. This list of famous Slovene 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 Slovene Basketball Players.

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1. Ivo Daneu (1937 - )

With an HPI of 61.02, Ivo Daneu is the most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages on wikipedia.

Ivo Daneu (born October 6, 1937) is a retired Slovenian professional basketball player and coach. During his playing career, at a height of 1.91 m (6'3") tall, he played at the point guard and shooting guard positions. He represented the Yugoslavia national basketball team internationally. He was voted the Best Sportsperson of the Year in Yugoslavia, in 1967, and the Slovenian Sportsperson of the Year, in 1969. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. He was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in 2007. He was inducted into the Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame, in 2012.

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2. Sasha Vujačić (1984 - )

With an HPI of 57.96, Sasha Vujačić is the 2nd most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Aleksander "Sasha" Vujačić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Саша Вујачић, Slovene: Aleksander Saša Vujačič, rendered in English as Sasha Vujacic; born March 8, 1984) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. He was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft with the 27th overall pick. In the 2007–08 season, Vujacic set the Lakers record for the best three-point field goal percentage (.437) in a single season. In the 2009 and 2010 seasons, he won the NBA championship with the Lakers. Vujacic is also a two-time Turkish Basketball League All-Star and a Turkish Basketball League MVP.

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3. Jure Zdovc (1966 - )

With an HPI of 54.29, Jure Zdovc is the 3rd most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player and coach. He is the current head coach of Levallois Metropolitans, of the LNB Pro A. As a player, he was a 1.98 m (6'6") tall point guard, who began his professional playing career with the Yugoslav Second Division club Smelt Olimpija. During his playing career, he was a two-time member of the FIBA European Selection, in the years 1990 and 1991, and a one-time FIBA EuroStar selection, in 1996. He also represented both the senior Yugoslav national team, and the senior Slovenian national team. He was inducted into the Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame in 2015. As a basketball coach, Zdovc received the EuroCup Coach of the Year award in 2012, while he was the head coach of the Russian club Spartak Saint Petersburg.

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4. Luka Dončić (1999 - )

With an HPI of 54.29, Luka Dončić is the 4th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Luka Dončić (; Slovene: [ˈlùːka ˈdòːntʃitʃ]; born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Slovenian national team. Born in Ljubljana, Dončić shone as a youth player for Union Olimpija before joining the youth academy of Real Madrid. He debuted for their senior team in 2015, at age 16, becoming the youngest in club history. Two years later, he led Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title, winning the EuroLeague MVP as well as the Final Four MVP. Dončić was also named the ACB Most Valuable Player and won back-to-back EuroLeague Rising Star and ACB Best Young Player awards. He was selected to the EuroLeague 2010–20 All-Decade Team. In 2018, Dončić declared for the NBA draft, joining the Dallas Mavericks. He was selected unanimously to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and won Rookie of the Year for the 2018–19 season. In his sophomore season, he was selected to his first NBA All-Star game and named to the All-NBA First Team. A Slovenian international, Dončić made his senior debut for Slovenia in 2016 at only 17 years of age; he would later be named to the All-Tournament Team after helping his country win its first EuroBasket title in 2017.

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5. Jaka Lakovič (1978 - )

With an HPI of 52.47, Jaka Lakovič is the 5th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Jaka Lakovič (born 9 July 1978) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the EuroCup, as well as an assistant coach of the Slovenia national team. Standing at 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in), and weighing 95 kg (210 lbs.), he played at the point guard position. He was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2005, and he helped lead the senior Slovenia national team to the fourth place finish at 2009 EuroBasket.

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6. Goran Dragić (1986 - )

With an HPI of 51.73, Goran Dragić is the 6th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.

Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "the Dragon", he had played professional basketball in Slovenia and Spain before entering the NBA in 2008. Dragić has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets. He was an All-NBA Third Team selection and the NBA Most Improved Player with the Suns in 2014. He was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2018 with Miami. He led the senior Slovenian national team to its first FIBA EuroBasket title in 2017, while being named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

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7. Rasho Nesterović (1976 - )

With an HPI of 50.77, Rasho Nesterović is the 7th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterović (Serbian Cyrillic: Радослав "Рашо" Нестеровић, Slovene: Radoslav "Rašo" Nesterovič; born May 30, 1976), often referred to in English as Radoslav "Rasho" Nesterović, is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. He holds citizenship in both Slovenia and Greece. During his career in the NBA, Nesterović played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, and Toronto Raptors. He retired in 2011.

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8. Matjaž Smodiš (1979 - )

With an HPI of 49.22, Matjaž Smodiš is the 8th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Matjaž Smodiš (born December 13, 1979) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. Standing at a height of 2.05 m (6'8 ​3⁄4") tall, he played at the power forward and center positions. During his pro club playing career, he played in seven EuroLeague Finals (2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), and he was a three-time EuroLeague champion (2001, 2006, 2008). He was also an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2007. Smodiš was also the team captain of the senior Slovenian national team.

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9. Erazem Lorbek (1984 - )

With an HPI of 49.03, Erazem Lorbek is the 9th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Erazem Lorbek (born February 21, 1984) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. At a height of 6 ft 10 3⁄4 in (2.10 m) tall, he primarily played at the power forward position, but he was also capable of playing at the center position. A three-time All-EuroLeague Team member, he won the EuroLeague title with FC Barcelona in 2010. Lorbek was also a regular member of the senior Slovenian national basketball team. He earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection, as he helped lead the Slovenian national team to a fourth place finish at the 2009 EuroBasket.

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10. Boštjan Nachbar (1980 - )

With an HPI of 48.18, Boštjan Nachbar is the 10th most famous Slovene Basketball Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Boštjan "Boki" Nachbar (born July 3, 1980) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player. A 2.06 m forward, he spent most of his career between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the EuroLeague. Nachbar helped lead the Slovenian national basketball team to a fourth place at EuroBasket 2009.

Pantheon has 19 people classified as basketball players born between 1937 and 1999. Of these 19, 19 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living basketball players include Ivo Daneu, Sasha Vujačić, and Jure Zdovc. As of October 2020, 2 new basketball players have been added to Pantheon including Ivo Daneu and Goran Jagodnik.

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