Dino Meneghin

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Dino Meneghin
Dino Meneghin Premio Chiara.jpg
Meneghin, in 2010.
Personal information
Born 18 January 1950
Alano di Piave, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 243 lb (110 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 11 / Pick: 182nd overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1966–1994
Position Center
Career history
1966–1980 Pallacanestro Varèse
1980–1990 Olimpia Milano
1990–1993 Pallacanestro Trieste
1993–1994 Olimpia Milano
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
FIBA Hall of Fame as player

Dino Meneghin (Italian pronunciation: [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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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.[2]

One of the greatest records of his career is his number of Finals appearances in the FIBA 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.

Italian national team[edit]

With the senior Italian national basketball team, Meneghin played in 271 games, and totaled 2,847 points scored.

Post-playing career[edit]

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.


Dino Meneghin is the father of Andrea Meneghin, who also played professional basketball. Andrea played against his father, during the latter's last season as a pro.



Italian senior national team[edit]



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