6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
| 1970 / Round: 11 / Pick: 182nd overall|
Andrea Meneghin, Pierluigi Marzorati, Sandro Gamba, Dan Peterson, Antonello Riva
Dino Meneghin Wikipedia
Dino Meneghin ([ˈdino meneˈɡin]; born January 18, 1950) is an Italian former professional basketball player. He is widely considered to be the best Italian player ever, as well as one of Europe's all-time greats. A 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) tall center, Meneghin was born in Alano di Piave, Veneto (northeast Italy). On November 20, 1966, when he was 16 years old, he played in his first game in the Italian League, with Ignis Varese. He played the last game of his career at the age of 45. In 2003, Meneghin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2010, he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.
In total, Meneghin played in 836 games and scored 8,560 points in the Italian League championship. Meneghin became the second player from a European league to be drafted by an NBA team, when the Atlanta Hawks manager Marty Blake selected him with a late-round pick in the 1970 NBA draft. He never played in the USA, however.
In 1980 and 1983, he was elected European Player of the Year: Mr. Europa, and he also won the Euroscar European Player of the Year award in 1983. In 1991, he was named the greatest European basketball player of all time by the Italian basketball magazine Giganti del Basket.
One of the greatest records of his career is his number of Finals appearances in the European Champions Cup (EuroLeague). He played in 10 consecutive finals with Ignis Varese, winning 5; and later in 2 more consecutive finals with Olimpia Milano, winning both. Finally, before his playing career ended, Meneghin played in the Italian League against his son, Andrea, who was also a great international player.
With the senior Italian national basketball team, Meneghin played in 271 games, and totaled 2,847 points scored.
On September 5, 2003, Meneghin became the second Italian player to enter into the Basketball Hall of Fame, after Cesare Rubini, who served Olimpia Milano, both as player and coach between the 1940s and the 1970s. After his playing career ended, Meneghin has since worked for the Italian Basketball Federation and for Olimpia Milano.4x World Cup for Clubs Champion: (1967, 1970, 1973, 1987)
7x European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) Champion: (1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1987, 1988)
2x European Cup Winners Cup Winner: (1967, 1980)
Korać Cup Winner: (1985)
12x Italian League Champion: (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989). He was also on the runner-up team 9 times.
6x Italian Cup Winner: (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1986, 1987)
EuroBasket 1971: Bronze
EuroBasket 1975: Bronze
1980 Summer Olympic Games: Silver
EuroBasket 1983: Gold
3x European Player of the Year:
2x Mister Europa European Player of the Year: 1980, 1983
Euroscar European Player of the Year: 1983
FIBA's 50 Greatest Players: 1991
Italian Basketball Hall of Fame: 2006
50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors: 2008