Commentary

Best of the Euroleague and NBA: Dino Radja

Originally Published: May 2, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

Click the pics below to read the bios of our top 12 Euroleague/NBA stars.

Bradley
Bradley
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McAdoo
Wilkins
Wilkins
Szczerbiak
Szczerbiak
Sabonis
Sabonis
Petrovic
Petrovic
Divac
Divac
Kukoc
Kukoc
Radja
Radja
Ginobili
Ginobili
Parker
Parker
Scola
Scola

Dino Radja
Croatia
Dino Radja
Boston Celtics

Born in Split, in the former Yugoslavia, Radja helped his hometown team become one of the greatest teams in European basketball history. Along with Toni Kukoc, they won the Euroleague in 1989 and 1990. But instead of sticking around for the historic three-peat, Radja moved to Italy, where he enhanced his reputation over three seasons by leading Roma to the 1992 Korac Cup title (a secondary European competition).

More on Radja
Born: April 24, 1967
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Playing height/weight: 6-11, 265

Career: 1987-2003
Teams: Jugoplastika Split (Croatia), Virtus Roma (Italy), Boston Celtics, Panathinaikos (Greece), KK Zadar (Croatia), Olympiacos (Greece), Cibona Zagreb (Croatia), KK Split (Croatia)

Radja was also part of arguably the greatest European national team of all time, winning the 1987 World Junior Championships, the 1989 and 1991 European Championships and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics with Yugoslavia.

In 1993, Radja went to the NBA (he had been drafted by the Celtics in 1989) and spent four productive seasons with Boston before a proposed trade to the Philadelphia 76ers broke down in 1997, convincing him to return to Europe.

Photo credits: (l-r) Euroleague.net, Bill Baptist/NBAE/Getty Images

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Ian Whittell covers basketball for The Times of London.