Stojko Vranković

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Basketball player
Stojko Vranković
Player information
Full name Stojan Vranković
birthday 22nd January 1964 (age 56)
place of birth Drniš , SR Croatia , SFR Yugoslavia
size 217 cm
Weight 118 kg
position center
NBA draft undrafted, 1986
Clubs as active
1986–1989 KK Zadar 1989–1990 Aris Thessaloniki 1990–1992 Boston Celtics 1992–1996 Panathinaikos Athens 1996–1997 Minnesota Timberwolves 1997–1999 Los Angeles Clippers 1999–2001 Paf Bologna 2001–2002 KK Cibona ZagrebYugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia
United StatesUnited States
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National team
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Stojan "Stojko" Vranković (born January 22, 1964 in Drniš , SR Croatia , SFR Yugoslavia ) is a former Croatian basketball player .


Vranković, who played in the center position at a height of 2.17 meters , began his professional career at KK Zadar , where he was under contract until 1989. In the following 12 years of his career he played for various top European teams, where he was able to win a number of titles. His bedeutendster title was in 1996 with Panathinaikos Athens won the European Cup of Champions . Vranković proved to be in the final against FC Barcelona as an outstanding player when he a few seconds left the score at 67:66 for Athens one seemed to be sure layup after a fast break could block the Spaniard and thus his team secured the win. In addition to his European career, Vranković also played for three different clubs in the NBA , where he even won two division titles with the Boston Celtics .

In addition to a successful career as a club player, Vranković, who is still considered one of the best shot blockers of all time, can also boast a number of awards as a national player. In 1989 he won the European Championships with the Yugoslav national team. Vranković also won two silver medals at the Olympic Games : in 1988 with Yugoslavia and 1992 with Croatia.

At the beginning of 2008, Vranković was one of a group of 105 basketball players who were nominated by the EuroLeague in order to be able to determine fifty important personalities in the sport of basketball in Europe, active between 1958 and 2008, and to honor them in May 2008 in Madrid (Spain) . All nominated players played a particularly prominent role in the European Cup competitions of FIBA Europe and the Euroleague basketball and were each among the particularly prominent "stars" of their national league teams.


  • Greek champion : 1990
  • Greek Cup Winner: 1993, 1996
  • Italian champion: 2000
  • European Champion Clubs' Cup : 1996
  • European Champion: 1989
  • Bronze medal at the European Championships: 1987, 1993, 1995
  • Silver medal at the Olympic Games: 1988, 1992

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NN: The All-Time Player Nominees. ( Memento of January 2, 2015 on the Internet Archive ) Archived from EuroLeague website; Barcelona, ​​January 2, 2015. Accessed February 2, 2019.